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I recently bought Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium 32Ohm headphones. So far, I love them. I was wondering how I could make my listening experience better. I do a lot of gaming and listening to music on my pc (high quality mp3 and lossless audio sources).

 

I am looking for an amp and DAC. How much of an improvement can I see over my use compared to the current setup I have, which uses a Creative SoundBlaster Z sound card; what would pair best with my headphones?

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I recently bought Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium 32Ohm headphones. So far, I love them. I was wondering how I could make my listening experience better. I do a lot of gaming and listening to music on my pc (high quality mp3 and lossless audio sources).

 

I am looking for an amp and DAC. How much of an improvement can I see over my use compared to the current setup I have, which uses a Creative SoundBlaster Z sound card; what would pair best with my headphones?

The Sound Blaster ZxR and Asus Essence STX sound cards come with a better DAC and headphone amplifier.

ZxR, $160.

http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_2_2/Sound-Card

 

Essence STX, used $130

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/801018523-USE/ASUS_XONARESSENCESTX_Xonar_Essence_STX_PCI.html

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC/Amp, $255+shipping.

Dual WM8741 DAC chips and a low output impedance headphone amplifier, so a little better then the sound cards.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

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