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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jobrjo View Post
 

I know this is really hard to answer, so it's cool if you can't... but how much would it improve it, how much would it raise the detail and "life"?

 

If you can't think of a way to compare it, you could use kbps as a analogous comparison, eg. it's like the difference between 320kbps and 192 kbps, between 320 and 32 (lol), or whatever.

I guessing from a 192K or even 160K to a 256K or 320K.

A laptop is going to come with built in audio with the lowest costing audio hardware the manufacturer can get away with, that still does a decent job.

So adding an external DAC/amp usually makes a noticeable improvement.

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by pchin View Post


FiiO E17 is a nice portable DAC/Amp & will benefit your setup especially when you have a weak soundcard in your laptop or PC.

If you spent more than $100 on headphones, then you may want to consider an amp.

http://www.headphone.com/pages/do-my-headphones-need-a-headphone-amp

 

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I guessing from a 192K or even 160K to a 256K or 320K.

A laptop is going to come with built in audio with the lowest costing audio hardware the manufacturer can get away with, that still does a decent job.

So adding an external DAC/amp usually makes a noticeable improvement.

 

Hmmm.... I hear you guys. The 2.0s are actually $300, so I'm sure they'd require an AMP then (in fact I've heard so)... Yeah I'll look into it, thanks.

Any ways to evaluate sound cards? Outside of plugging my headphones in of course.

post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jobrjo View Post
 

Hmmm.... I hear you guys. The 2.0s are actually $300, so I'm sure they'd require an AMP then (in fact I've heard so)... Yeah I'll look into it, thanks.

Any ways to evaluate sound cards? Outside of plugging my headphones in of course.

 

Technically pchin and I are talking about dac/amps and not external sound cards.

As external sound cards offer a lot more features then a simple DAC/amp.

 

I'm sure if you search on Head-Fi and other websites, you will find several reviews on the DAC/amps talked about on this thread.

post #19 of 24
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I guess the reason I'm not all about getting an AMP is that while I enjoy premium music, I'm far from obsessive, perfectionist, or even a true audiophile about it. I'm more of a high-class casual listener. That's why I'm okay with using the DNAs, superb and hi-fi headphones but not the best. That's why I don't mind using Pandora, which plays me 192kbps files, being high-quality but not the best (or even 64k AAC+ for mobile, just medium quality). While I recognize what an AMP could do, between my good headphones and bit rate, unless my sound card was absolute trash, I don't know if it'd be worth it.

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For the record, here are the MRSP for my headphones (rounded):

DNA In-Ear ~ $110

DNA On-Ear ~ $230

DNA Over-Ear Pro 2.0 ~ $300

post #20 of 24

Are you looking to improve any parts of your rig?  If you love your current set up and don't see the point of changing anything then good for you.  I don't really see what you are trying to say by this thread.

post #21 of 24
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Really I'm trying to get opinions, suggests, comments, or critical thoughts about it. I don't have the resources to try everything, so I'm curios as to where my set up marks on the scale, per say.

post #22 of 24

I suggest that you consider the FiiO X3 or X5 (depending on your budget). Both can be used as USB DAC for the 192KHz and AAC+ formats from your desktop and mobile sources. Both have very nice DAC chips (Wolfson WM8740 in X3 and TI PCM1792A in X5) that should render your source files much better than the onboard DACs in your laptop and phone. The E18, E17, and E07 will only accept 96Khz via USB. The E17 has SPDIF that accepts up to 192/24. You can also use the X3 or X5 as a standalone portable DAP.

 

Cheers... Brian

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jobrjo View Post
 

Really I'm trying to get opinions, suggests, comments, or critical thoughts about it. I don't have the resources to try everything, so I'm curios as to where my set up marks on the scale, per say.

It sounds like you are perfectly fine with all the Monster headphones you own and online streaming music, and that you don't care to be more than a casual listener.  That's all fine, but what kind of suggestions are you looking for on the Help and Recommendations forum if you don't care to change anything?  

post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks, bms44974.

 

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

It sounds like you are perfectly fine with all the Monster headphones you own and online streaming music, and that you don't care to be more than a casual listener.  That's all fine, but what kind of suggestions are you looking for on the Help and Recommendations forum if you don't care to change anything?  

Frankly, I'm looking more for comments, thoughts, and suggestions. For example, how do the DNA match up to competitors? Is 192kbps still good for $300 headphones? How far are my devices from getting the best out of my headphones?

 

The last has been more or less answered, with all the suggestions of me getting an AMP and such.

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