Originally Posted by jam3s121
I am about to upgrade my motherboard to a Z87 to this - Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5 it says this motherboard has a Creative Core 3D sound card with upgradeable OP Amps.
I currently have a Creative X-Fi Titanium HD that I love.
As you can see on the motherboard there's no way I can fit my sound card on this motherboard since its a matx board... I am curious if anyone knows if the onboard audio is compareable? I really don't use the gimmick features of the sound card like the virtual 5.1 or crystalizer but I do like the good DAC it provides.
I was considering just getting a separate dac/amp but then again I somewhat like being to EQ the music I listen too ocassionally.
My headphones are ATH AD700s, V-Moda M100's and I am considering getting ATH A900X soon. None of them are particularly hard to drive but still curious. Thanks
I'm going to guess the Sniper M5's motherboard audio processor, the SoundCore3D, function is as the motherboard's DAC, so I'm guessing sound quality is going to be equal to the Creative Recon3D cards :(
Where as the Titanium HD uses the same DAC chip (PCM1796) as the $225 ZxR :)
Your current and future headphones are all low impedance (32 to 40-Ohm), so really something like the Schiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99) with it's very low impedance (<1-Ohm) would be a better choice for driving your headphones, over the Titanium HD and G1 Sniper M5.
(plug Magni into the Titanium HD)
You might consider buying a cheaper Z87 motherboard that can fit the Titanium HD and buy a Magni headphone amplifier.
Get a cheaper Z87 motherboard and the Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) sound card and invest in headphones with a higher impedance (AKG K612 Pro 120-Ohm).