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AMP or Soundcard upgrade?

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Hi guys, from a few days i have a wonderful pair of Sennheiser Momentum. But also with only 18Ohm, my M-Audio 410 can't handle the heaphone (the regulator is always on max power and i don't like this)..

 

The possible solution, for me, are 2:

 

 

-Buy a normal headphone amplifier.. On all there is the Lovely Cube premium for good rapport p/q.. but this is a choise to see later...

 

-Upgrade my 410 firewire with the Essence One. In doing so, i should have more generally sound quality and a boost on the headphone output..

 

 

the second solution for me is the best, also for the limited space that i have. But i'm not sure that the Asus has more power of M-Audio (i think yes, but I have not tried the Essence One)

 

 

For you, what is the ideal  solution?

 

thank to all :)

 

(sorry for my english :D)

post #2 of 8
There's a lot going on inside your computer. This can add noise or distortion to an unshielded amplifier . I know with my video card getting up to 100 degrees C, tons if fans and dust, and all kinds of moving parts happening inside my computer I wouldnt want an amp it DAc in there. Plus a stand alone will last you longer, computers may not always have a comparable PCI slot.
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ok but... I i didn't speak about to put components inside the pc XD

 

in past i had a pci soundcard e it created noise pollution and in fact, i switched to M-Audio Firewire

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ok but... I i didn't speak about to put components inside the pc XD

 

in past i had a PCI sound card e it created noise pollution and in fact, i switched to M-Audio Firewire

As your Sennheiser Momentum's are only 18-Ohm and internal sound would not be recommended.

An external headphone amplifier with a low impedance would be best for driving the headphones.

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99. Headphone impedance is less then 1-Ohm :)

 

I believe you would need a cable with dual 1/4" TS (mono) to RCA, to connect the M-Audio to the Magni.

http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-Cable-CPR201-Dual-Inch/dp/B000068O16

 

It's the same cable I use to connect my external DAC to desktop speakers.

 

Or just replace the M-Audio 410 with a Magni/Modi stack.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/18/13 at 7:55am
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As your Sennheiser Momentum's are only 18-Ohm and internal sound would not be recommended.

An external headphone amplifier with a low impedance would be best for driving the headphones.

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99. Headphone impedance is less then 1-Ohm :)

 

I believe you would need a cable with dual 1/4" TS (mono) to RCA, to connect the M-Audio to the Magni.

http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-Cable-CPR201-Dual-Inch/dp/B000068O16

 

It's the same cable I use to connect my external DAC to desktop speakers.

 

Or just replace the M-Audio 410 with a Magni/Modi stack.

thank you for the answer :). Yes, i would need that cable..

 

But

Now I have in mind to change the M-Audio, for a quality upgrade..

 

If convenient, maybe buy a DAC and an AMP.. or a DAC/AMP.. but on a over level respect at my 410

 

if is¬†possible with my budget, obviously (400-450‚ā¨ (500-550$))

 

 

thaks


Edited by SeoTFSI - 11/18/13 at 8:16am
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Thank you for the answer :). Yes, i would need that cable..

But, now I have in mind to change the M-Audio, for a quality upgrade..

If convenient, maybe buy a DAC and an AMP.. or a DAC/AMP.. but on a over level respect at my 410

if is¬†possible with my budget, obviously (400-450‚ā¨ (500-550$))

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 ($255+shipping) or NFB-11.32 ($340+shipping) external DAC/Amp.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

 

I've been using the 15.32 model for the past three weeks, no regrets.

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mmm... are a bit 'ugly! XD

post #8 of 8
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Today i will go to try a Musical Fidelity M1HPAP.

 

Do you know this product?

 

sure has a USB 2 input, but i don't know if has also a dac..


Edited by SeoTFSI - 11/19/13 at 4:17am
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