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Chose AD500X for gaming, sound card, amp? Wat do, halp

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so basically I chose the AD500X because of so many reviews over the ad500's but I need to know.. what do I need to get the best audio out of these. I kinda want something that will turn my ad500x into surround and give me the best audio quality, what do i do? I was told I didn't need an amp over at Facepunch but I was told i need an "ODAC".

But here's the soundcard I chose previously, Idk if it will do me any good. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044DEDCA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


Edited by Dizzy47 - 10/7/13 at 4:43pm
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Assuming your using a desktop Win PC.

Get the Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $25.99 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Otherwise the Creative Sound Blaster Z (SB1500), $95, is the next step up.

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Thread Starter 

So the best setup would be just plug straight into the soundcard.. 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.


Edited by Dizzy47 - 10/7/13 at 4:43pm
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Originally Posted by Dizzy47 View Post
 

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
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Thread Starter 

Ok cool, thanks man.

post #6 of 7

hey dizzy.. could you tell me howz the sound on ur 500x?? i own old ad300 and was lookin to get ad700x but tht goes well over my budget. & m guessing the difference in sound wont b much. do looking to get 500x.

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Audio Technica ATH-TAD500

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