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Quick question. About to purchase a DAC/amp to replace my Xonar Essence. But I still need to use a microphone (with 3.5mm connection, its a "ModMic"). Will I have any problems at all if I use my PC's on-board sound just for the mic and the DAC/amp for all other sound duties? Using them all together should be no problem? Would there be any other option(s)?...

 

Thanks!

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I don't believe you will have problems. I got Zalman mic connected to Asus Xonar DGX and headphones to FiiO E10.

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Quick question. About to purchase a DAC/amp to replace my Xonar Essence. But I still need to use a microphone (with 3.5mm connection, its a "ModMic"). Will I have any problems at all if I use my PC's on-board sound just for the mic and the DAC/amp for all other sound duties? Using them all together should be no problem? Would there be any other option(s)?...

 

Thanks!

 

Just leave your on-board audio enabled and plug the mic into the motherboard's line-input (mic jack).

What external DAC/amp are you getting?

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Ok Cool, I didn't really like the idea of having both going at once because I thought it may cause dramas with gaming, but I guess no option. Thanks Sas and Purple.
 
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Just leave your on-board audio enabled and plug the mic into the motherboard's line-input (mic jack).

What external DAC/amp are you getting?

 

Was about to get the Matrix Mini-i Pro. I read its great for the money. Looks good, compact, has all the connections I need for speakers + headphones. Apparently great sound too. It was recommended to me by a local store owner (along with other dac/amps), he uses it with his Fostex TH900 headphones, so I figure it can't be half bad and a step up from my Xonar Essence STX. There aren't many reviews around about it because its new so wasn't a quick decision. It was either that or the Quattro DAC/amp, but this is a larger setup and from reviews seems to be not better than the Mini-i Pro.

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Quick question. About to purchase a DAC/amp to replace my Xonar Essence. But I still need to use a microphone (with 3.5mm connection, its a "ModMic"). Will I have any problems at all if I use my PC's on-board sound just for the mic and the DAC/amp for all other sound duties? Using them all together should be no problem? Would there be any other option(s)?...

 

Audio-GD NFB-11.32, $340+shipping.

Out of stock, but hopefully they will be restocking soon.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

 

I replaced my Essence STX with the NFB-15.32 model

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Hmmmmm the NFB-28 looks very good and in stock... similar pricing to Matrix min-i pro.

 

Do you think it would go well with DT880?

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Hmmmmm the NFB-28 looks very good and in stock... similar pricing to Matrix min-i pro.

 

Do you think it would go well with DT880?

My NFB-15.32 works great with all my headphones, so the NFB-28 should work great with the DT880s

 

The NFB-28 is $680, shipped.

The Matrix Min-I Pro is $520, shipped.

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