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Need an amp for SRH840s + Xonar DX

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I'm not sure how cables work when you want to use both an amp and a soundcard (can someone clear that up?)

 

I have SRH840s and I'm looking to upgrade from my basic Creative soundcard

I'm looking at the Xonar DX soundcard, but I'm not sure about an amp

I probably don't want to spend more than ~$80 on the amp but I might go a little higher for a notable improvement

 

suggestions?

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Originally Posted by Garquill View Post
 

I'm not sure how cables work when you want to use both an amp and a sound card (can someone clear that up?)

I have SRH840s and I'm looking to upgrade from my basic Creative sound card

I'm looking at the Xonar DX sound card, but I'm not sure about an amp

I probably don't want to spend more than ~$80 on the amp but I might go a little higher for a notable improvement.      suggestions?

Creative Sould Blaster Z (SB1500), $100, comes with the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX.

Plus the Z card comes with a built in headphone amplifier.

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How good is the amp?

I was willing to spend about $160 on a card + amp, but that's only $100

 

and it's only 5.1; I have little knowledge about this stuff but I want to start using virtual surround sound for gaming, which I would think would prefer 7.1

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Originally Posted by Garquill View Post
 

How good is the amp?

I was willing to spend about $160 on a card + amp, but that's only $100

 

and it's only 5.1; I have little knowledge about this stuff but I want to start using virtual surround sound for gaming, which I would think would prefer 7.1


Sound cards may come with a 5.1 speaker output, but I'm not sure if that limits the headphone surround sound?

 

But anyway. you can get the Asus Xonar DX (or D1) 7.1 sound card, used $60.

And a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99, which should be a better amplifier, then what the SB-Z comes with.

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