Originally Posted by Pyregeth
So I currently bought the Sennheiser HD 380 pros, and noticed they didn't sound all that great on my pc (Asus Xonar DSX Sound Card) but sound amazing on my phone (Galaxy S5)
Would a headphone amp fix this issue? Was thinking about buying this https://www.mayflowerelectronics.com/shop/digital-to-analog-converters/objective2-odac-combo-with-rear-power/
Any help is appreciated. I'd like to eventually take out my sound card for better airflow to my GFX cards as it's right in between both of them and constricting airflow to one of the cards.
(Sorry I'm really new to this ;-; )
Hopefully you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS, when you added the DSX.
The Xonar DSX's headphone/front speaker output jack is more like a line-output (for speakers), that pretends to also function as a headphone output.
I'm guessing the Xonar DSX gives the HD380 Pros a bloated (louder, less detailed) bass.
And chances are your Galaxy 5 headphone output is really designed more for headphone use.
I'm assuming your a gamer (dual graphics cards), so you would want to be able to take advantage of any audio features.
Schiit Modi optical DAC ($99) and Schiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99).
The optical Modi can connect to your current sound card (DSX) and if you remove the DSX, you can connect the Modi to the motherboard's optical connection (using the motherboard's built in sound card).
Using optical will allow you to be able to still use sound card features, where as USB bypasses sound card features.