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Any good quality USB sound cards to power DT 700 80s?

post #1 of 11
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Hi,

 

I've been reading lots, trying to find a good quality USB sound card, but I'm struggling to find anything that fits the bill, so I'm here hoping that you clued up people can help me out :)

 

I need something that is pretty flat / neutral sounding as it is partly for audio work with a DAW with headphones (DT 770 80), but if possible, I'd like to be able to rip vinyl from a turntable without the need for a mixer.  The vinyl ripping isn't a deal breaker, but would be helpful.

 

I'm currently using a Fiio E07K, and as far as sound quality goes, I do like it, but the operation of the thing is just terrible, it seems like it needs a huge firmware update...oh and better quality sockets!  Anyway.

 

The Focusrite Scarlett range looked to fit the bill (minus the vinyl ripping), but I read in a  few threads on here that the headphone amp isn't very loud?  I also looked at the Steinberg UR22 and that seems to suffer the same problem.  This is where I need some recommendations please.

 

Thanks :)

post #2 of 11
What is your budget?
post #3 of 11
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I would guess at around £150, but if there is something awesome for slightly more, I could stretch to it, thanks :)

post #4 of 11
I don't know anything about pro-audio equipment like the Focusrite, but the EPH-O2D is a fantastic dac/headphone amp. It's the same as the combo ODAC and Objective 2 (O2) you'll see people recommend all the time on this forum (Epiphany Acoustics simply applied their own model number). They have been tested to be extremely accurate at reproducing audio. I've own the ODAC separate and used to own the Objective 2. It will easily drive the DT770s. I'm very confident you wouldn't do better for you money in sound quality.
post #5 of 11
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Also forgot to mention that it'll need to work well with Win 7 x64.

post #6 of 11
The ODAC/O2 works fine with Windows 7. Works with Windows 8, too.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I don't know anything about pro-audio equipment like the Focusrite, but the EPH-O2D is a fantastic dac/headphone amp. It's the same as the combo ODAC and Objective 2 (O2) you'll see people recommend all the time on this forum (Epiphany Acoustics simply applied their own model number). They have been tested to be extremely accurate at reproducing audio. I've own the ODAC separate and used to own the Objective 2. It will easily drive the DT770s. I'm very confident you wouldn't do better for you money in sound quality.

Thanks, that looks interesting, I'll have a good read about that tonight :)

post #8 of 11
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Had a good read about that, it does look great for hifi listening, but it does seem to colour the sound somewhat, so probably isn't suitable for my needs, unfortunately, but thanks for the help.

 

I think a pro audio usb interface is what I need, ideally one with a decent headphone amp that is up to powering the DT 770 Pro 80s.  Anyone have any recommendations for those please?

 

I have been looking at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2/2i4 but they seem to have a low headphone output.  I found a few comments saying that the Roland Duo Capture could be worth a look, can anyone confirm this?

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Monkeychops View Post

Had a good read about that, it does look great for hifi listening, but it does seem to colour the sound somewhat, so probably isn't suitable for my needs, unfortunately, but thanks for the help.

What colors the sound? The ODAC/O2? It has been been measured extensively to show it to be extremely accurate and transparent. You are getting wrong information somewhere.

But if you need a pro audio interface, that makes sense.
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What colors the sound? The ODAC/O2? It has been been measured extensively to show it to be extremely accurate and transparent. You are getting wrong information somewhere.

But if you need a pro audio interface, that makes sense.

Thanks for the reply.  I had read and watched several reviews and one of them, a video review on youtube mentioned there were some harsh aspects to the treble and some other comments that kind of put me off, but in the end I decided to take a punt on it And tried to buy it from the website you linked me to, sadly their website looks to be based on Wordpress and there is no encryption when entering your private data.  I emailed them last Monday, but never got a reply.  

 

I checked ebay, but the only one on was actually a review sample from one of the reviews that gave it full marks, he was asking almost as much as a new one from the people with the bad website that don't reply to emails!

 

Anyway, in the end I went for a pro audio interface from focusrite, it is the 6i6 and it is perfect for my needs, sounds great and has lots of connectivity.

 

Thanks again.

post #11 of 11
Awesome! Glad you like it smily_headphones1.gif
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