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Sennheiser HD598 sound card advice

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HI, I was wondering if a sound blaster Z sound card would be enough to drive the Sennheiser HD598 headphones or if I would still need a amp/dac combo as well and if I do need this can you guys give me an affordable suggestion. Also I am very much a noob when it comes to this stuff so any other help in this matter would be awesome. I will be using this primarily for PC gaming mixed with some movies, but very little music. Thank you very much!

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You should be good , 598s are very efficient 

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HI, I was wondering if a sound blaster Z sound card would be enough to drive the Sennheiser HD598 headphones or if I would still need a amp/dac combo as well and if I do need this can you guys give me an affordable suggestion. Also I am very much a noob when it comes to this stuff so any other help in this matter would be awesome. I will be using this primarily for PC gaming mixed with some movies, but very little music. Thank you very much!

 

For $85, the SB-Z is a good value and it's headphone amplifier can easily drive your 50-Ohm HD-598s.

Tigerdirect has the SB-ZxR for $149.99 after two separate $50 rebates ($249.99-$50-$50=$149.99), expires Thursday night.

The SB-ZxR has a better DAC chip and headphone amplifier, then the SB-Z (& SB-Zx).

All three (SB-Z, SB-Zx, SB-ZxR) Z cards have the same (matching) SBX headphone surround sound.

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