Originally Posted by Dizzy47
So the best setup would be just plug straight into the sound card.. no amp? A lot of people say AMPS blow sound cards away, some say otherwise. It's really hard to take advice from a thread like some i've been reading when all the posts are
AMP IS BETTER
SOUNDCARD IS BETTER
AMP IS BETTER
SOUNDCARD IS BETTER.
Just to clarify to those who are not sure on what I do, I'm a gamer and I listen to music sometimes while gaming. Hoping for something to take my headphones and make them into Dolby Surround Headphones and give the best audio quality I can get out of them without breaking my wallet.
Basically i'm not an audiophile, music isn't my life but I want the best audio quality I can get out of the AD500X because I'm a gamer.
If your willing to spend enough cash, you can always make external DAC/amps sound better then an internal sound card
External DAC/amps can not process surround sound, external DAC/amp can output surround sound audio, after it's been processed.
A hybrid, an internal sound card combined with an external headphone amplifier works well (at least I like the idea), you use a sound card that does not have a headphone amplifier, but comes with an audio processor, that takes care of surround sound processing, and has a DAC chip, then the audio signal is sent to the external amp.
Just get the Asus Xonar DG sound card for now, Amazon has the $10 mail in rebate.
DG comes with a basic headphone amplifier, a 24-bit/96Khz DAC chip (CS4245) and Dolby Headphone Surround Sound.
It give you lots of time to do research, in the future you can always upgrade from the DG, when you are more settled on exactly what you want, for a soundcard or DAC/amp.
Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/7/13 at 5:50pm