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Hello,

the past several months I would rarely experience a sudden loud and inexplicable succession of fast pops from my headphones and monitors. It seems to be gaining in duration and I believe my sound card to be the culprit.

 

I have an auzentech forte, and I guess I'm looking for possible upgrade options. I don't want to spend any more than $300, I just listen to music about 70% of the time on my headphones (HD555) and 30% on my m-audio BX5-d2.

 

Would it be best to get another sound card, or some kind of relatively inexpensive dac and/or amp? I've been very keen on having quality affordable audio for my computer, and any help will be very appreciated.

post #2 of 4

You could definitely just pick up a cheap Xonar DG, or even a cheap Fiio E10 in case you want to upgrade your headphones in the future.

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You could definitely just pick up a cheap Xonar DG, or even a cheap Fiio E10 in case you want to upgrade your headphones in the future.

I've had my hd555's for ~8 years, I have considered upgrading to the hd598's but probably not any time soon.

 

I've just been looking around a bit, do you think the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1+ will fit the bill?

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Originally Posted by razorskub View Post
 

Hello,

the past several months I would rarely experience a sudden loud and inexplicable succession of fast pops from my headphones and monitors. It seems to be gaining in duration and I believe my sound card to be the culprit.

 

I have an Auzentech Forte, and I guess I'm looking for possible upgrade options. I don't want to spend any more than $300, I just listen to music about 70% of the time on my headphones (HD555) and 30% on my m-audio BX5-d2.

 

Would it be best to get another sound card, or some kind of relatively inexpensive DAC and/or amp? I've been very keen on having quality affordable audio for my computer, and any help will be very appreciated.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $75-$85.

Leaves a lot of cash for newer headphones.

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