Hi! I'm a long time lurker and for some reason I even thought I already had an account. For the past two years I've been coming here and slowly traumatizing my wallet as well as my friends. Thanks to you guys I got to slowly build a setup. Currently I own:
- Sennheiser HD598
- Sandisk Clip Zip + Xiaomi Piston 2
Unfortunately I can't really spend as much as I want, but thanks to family and friends I get to listen to several different setups. By now I should have gotten an external AMP (Fiio 17 was the idea back when I bought the HD598) but I keep delaying it for other more urgent matters, like the one that brings me here today.
My motherboard is a GA-X38-DS5 wich uses Realtek HD Audio drivers. Slowly the sound jacks have been getting worse, I always hear static, sometimes one or the other only produces one channel and the mic one, which I can't change. The latter sometimes loses it and I end up having to fiddle with it for a good couple of minutes until I find another good position. My mic also isn't the great, but I'm sure the jack connection problem isn't its fault.
So going forward on my setup I was thinking on getting/saving up for a new mic or a budget amp, however I can't figure out the best solution out there for this situation:
a) Get a new PCI-E soundcard and later on get a new amp and mic?
b) Get a new USB Mic and later on a budget amp?
c) Is there even something reasonably good that works as an amp/dac for my HD598 and a adc?
Some extra notes:
- I already tried one of those usb soundcard sticks, since my brother owns one, but my Microphone barely detects anything without getting a scary amount of noise (even more than I get on the motherboard right now).
- Right now both me and my brother use the same microphone and he speaks while it is connected on my computer, since we're right across each other. If I do get a new microphone I might end up giving this one to him, but I would like to avoid feedback or echos
- As of now I have about 30/40 euros, and yes I live in Europe.
Thanks for all you help in the past and I hope in the future :)