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
Help: Buying new Headphones/Amp Complete noob at this.
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.
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.
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.
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.