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Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I recently bought creative aurvana live headphones from amazon. I've been using them for the past couple of days and I'm really disappointed. They sound worse than my apple earbuds. I'm guessing this is because i need a DAC and Amplifier or something. I mostly want good audio to play games and to listen to music. What should i buy in order to get better audio from my new headphones. I dont want to spend more than 50 dollars but i can spend up to 100 if necessary. Sorry for being such a noob.

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Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I recently bought Creative Aurvana Live headphones from amazon. I've been using them for the past couple of days and I'm really disappointed. They sound worse than my apple earbuds. I'm guessing this is because i need a DAC and Amplifier or something. I mostly want good audio to play games and to listen to music. What should i buy in order to get better audio from my new headphones. I don't want to spend more than 50 dollars but i can spend up to 100 if necessary. Sorry for being such a noob.

What sources are you plugging the headphones into?

post #3 of 8
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I have them plugged into the back of my motherboard. It uses realtek hd audio.

post #4 of 8

may be a dac/amp could improve the sound quality, such as, E07K or E10.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/696401/giant-list-of-sub-200-portable-dacs-w-their-chips-price

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I have them plugged into the back of my motherboard. It uses Realtek HD audio.

Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month (Amazon).

Remember to disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when you install the card.

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Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month (Amazon).

Remember to disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when you install the card.

I think this is what i'll get. It's really cheap and has positive reviews. Thanks for the help everyone.

post #7 of 8

Hope it'll get better with the sound card or perhaps just with time as you learn to appreciate your CALs. God luck.

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Hope it'll get better with the sound card or perhaps just with time as you learn to appreciate your CALs. God luck.

Thank you.

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