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post #1 of 13
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Looking to upgrade my sennheisers and Im not really sure what all I need with this new headset. Im looking at buying the Philips Fidelio X1 and a Schiit Magni. But I have no idea if i need the Modi also with the Magni. Or what all I will need to hook up the Amp to my computer

post #2 of 13

What kind of sound card do you have in your computer? If it's generic motherboard sound then you would definitely benefit from a DAC like the Modi. If you have a decent sound card with a line out, then just hook your amp to the line out.

post #3 of 13
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Looking to upgrade my Sennheisers and I'm not really sure what all I need with this new headset. I'm looking at buying the Philips Fidelio X1 and a Schiit Magni. But I have no idea if i need the Modi also with the Magni. Or what all I will need to hook up the Amp to my computer

The Magni does not need to use the Modi or any other add-on DAC to work with your computer, your computer should come with a very low costing budget DAC chip, and just about any add-on DAC would do a better job then the DAC built into the motherboard.

The Modi USB DAC does not come with any Headphone Surround Sound features.

You can get a Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $60) that comes with a CS4398 DAC chip and the Magni can plug right into the Xonar.

post #4 of 13
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i have a HT Omega Striker card

post #5 of 13
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I have a HT Omega Striker card

I would say to keep using the Striker and get a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99) and plug the Magni into the Striker's Front/line-out/headphone jack and plug the Philips into the Magni.

 

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS?

The Striker uses the C-Media CMI8770 chip-set, same C-Media series as used in the Asus sound cards.

The "Unified Xonar Drivers" might work with the Striker.

Or go to C-Media and see if you can get the latest drivers for the CMI8770 audio processor.

post #6 of 13
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Okay now what happens if i throw a BoomPro microphone into this situation? Or should I just go with a standalone mic?

post #7 of 13
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Okay now what happens if i throw a BoomPro microphone into this situation? Or should I just go with a standalone mic?

I guess you could use duck tape to hold the BoomPro to the side of the Philips, might lose a little bit of the paint job off the Philips, no big deal.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Oh so I cant use it plugged into the headphones

post #9 of 13

The BoomPro mic should work fine with the Philips because the end that plugs into the headphones is a standard 3.5mm jack. And V-Moda cables work well with the X1. The X1 stock cable isn't very good.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

How exactly does the boompro plug into Amp? Or you plug the boompro cord into another cord?

post #11 of 13

You would connect the BoomPro the same way you would use a normal headphone cable. You plug the end with the mic into the headphones, and the other end of the cable into the amp.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Oh the Amp port looks alot bigger. So

Philips Fidelio X1
Schiit Magni
Boom Pro

Thats all i need correct?

post #13 of 13

Oh, most desktop amps including the Magni have a 1/4" jack, so you will need a 1/4" to 1/8" adaptor. It already comes with the headphones so you don't have to buy it separately.

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