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ATH-w1000x paired with a Xonar DGX

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Hello Everyone, Long time lurker first time poster! I apologize in advance that my first post is a question and not something to add to the community.  I needed some help regarding my new setup, I'm using the Xonar DGX audio card and have the impedance mode set to "pro-gaming 32~64ohms".  This should work fine since my headphones are ATH-w1000x with an impedance of 42ohms but sometimes the volumes is on the low side.  Would there be any harm or risk in damaging my headphones if I raised the impedance to "exciter mode >64ohms"?  I know that the maximum input my headphones will accept is 2000mw and I highly doubt that this sound card is capable of delivering that.  Is there an actual correlation with these numbers or am I just confused?  Any help straightening this out would be much appreciated.

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There's no real risk involved.

The HP mode is basically just a gain switch (low, medium and high).

For your peace of mind just lower the volume to 50% before you put it at the highest setting and go from there.

 

Also make sure the Mixer volume sliders are not at 100% (default is 76%). There's some weird distortion and clipping going on if it's set all the way up.

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Hello Everyone, Long time lurker first time poster! I apologize in advance that my first post is a question and not something to add to the community.  I needed some help regarding my new setup, I'm using the Xonar DGX audio card and have the impedance mode set to "pro-gaming 32~64ohms".  This should work fine since my headphones are ATH-w1000x with an impedance of 42-Ohms but sometimes the volumes is on the low side.  Would there be any harm or risk in damaging my headphones if I raised the impedance to "exciter mode >64-Ohms"?  I know that the maximum input my headphones will accept is 2000mw and I highly doubt that this sound card is capable of delivering that.  Is there an actual correlation with these numbers or am I just confused?  Any help straightening this out would be much appreciated.

 

I got the ATH-W1000X about a month ago :)

Should not be a problem with setting the Xonar DGX's gain to >64-Ohm, for use with the W1000X.

 

Make sure you motherboard's on-board audio is disabled, in the BIOS.

Might also consider trying the "Unified Xonar Drivers".

(Delete the Asus drivers before installing the Unified Drivers)

http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

 

Hopefully your using a program like Foobar2000, for playing audio (music) files.

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Thank you for the quick replies guys! I'm using media monkey right now, plays all the audio file types I need and keep pretty good track of my library.  Really loving these headphones, they sound great and I think they maybe the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

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I agree. You can try the gain switch and see if that helps. Although if you have already used up the headroom in the DGX headphone amp, might not do anything other than make the maximum volume your headphones reach before starting to distort lower on the Windows volume slider. Given you have such nice headphones, could certainly be worth saving toward a better DAC/amp.

MediaMonkey works well for audio quality. Are you using WASAPI for the output plugin?
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