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post #1 of 11
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So i have an HP laptop with a super crappy integrated sound chip, and i have a pair of sennheiser HD 558s, and I want to get a creative X-fi usb sound card, and a cmoy RA1 diy amp, but i can only afford one of them right now. Which one should i get first? I figured that if i got the amp first i would just be amplifying crappy sound, but if i got the creative sound card first, i would have good sound, but it still wouldn't be at it's full potential because it wasn't amplified.

 

I wanted to know what you guys thought. Should i get the creative sound card first or the diy cmoy RA1 amp first?

post #2 of 11

Hi!

 

You can get a Fiio E07K (DAC + AMP) or a Fiio E10 (DAC + AMP).

 

Best Luck!


Edited by Me x3 - 11/5/13 at 6:33am
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by wes1099 View Post
 

So i have an HP laptop with a super crappy integrated sound chip, and i have a pair of sennheiser HD 558s, and I want to get a creative X-fi usb sound card, and a cmoy RA1 diy amp, but i can only afford one of them right now. Which one should i get first? I figured that if i got the amp first i would just be amplifying crappy sound, but if i got the creative sound card first, i would have good sound, but it still wouldn't be at it's full potential because it wasn't amplified.

 

I wanted to know what you guys thought. Should i get the creative sound card first or the diy cmoy RA1 amp first?

I would prefer unamplified good sound to amplified crappy sound

post #4 of 11

I'm guessing your laptop will only have a headphone out jack and not a line level output.  Therefore somewhat amplified crappy audio into RA-1 amplifier = even louder crappy and distorted audio.   I would buy the sound card first and see where you are then, you might not need the RA-1 at all.

 

As "Me x3" says, instead of the X-Fi and RA-1 you would be better to save up for an external dac/amp combo like the Fiio instead.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

Hi!

 

You can get a Fiio E07K (DAC + AMP) or a Fiio E10 (DAC + AMP).

 

Best Luck!

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by mcandmar View Post
 

I'm guessing your laptop will only have a headphone out jack and not a line level output.  Therefore somewhat amplified crappy audio into RA-1 amplifier = even louder crappy and distorted audio.   I would buy the sound card first and see where you are then, you might not need the RA-1 at all.

 

As "Me x3" says, instead of the X-Fi and RA-1 you would be better to save up for an external dac/amp combo like the Fiio instead.

 

I would get a all in one DAC + amp, but I want to get a DAC separate from the amp because I want to be able to try different DAC and amp combinations, and I want to get a DIY amp so i can easily switch between chips, and the DIY amp I want to build will look awesome because it will be in an Altoids tin.

 

Do you guys have any recommendations for DACs?

post #6 of 11
Actually you can use E07K as a separate DAC. If you get E07K and Fiio L7 (about 10 extra dollars) you can also use the E07K only as a DAC (if you want to try different amps in the future)
post #7 of 11
And, of course, you can use E07K amp with other DACs.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Do you know of anything a little cheaper? The E07K is a little too expensive for me and my budget.

post #9 of 11
Fiio E10 is a little bit cheaper. I think it is around 75 dollars new (amazon)
post #10 of 11

I saw another thread of yours that you have a $50 budget for a DAC, I would say go for the Hifimediy Sabre DAC, there are a few different versions, it costs $30 and upwards.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

I will look into that one. It fits my budget perfectly!

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