Improve loudness on Samson SR950
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I got Samson SR950 they sound fine , no issue with quality but the problem is the output is low from my PC motherboard. How can I make them sound louder? I don't want to spend more then $50-60. I just listen to music and play games I am not into any studio stuff.

I saw some amps but they are tiny portable rechargeable but I will be using headphones on my desk so I can get proper amp with wall adapter. I assume full size amp will be better then those small portable ones and you don't have to recharge them.

I don't know what will be better an Amp or PCIe sound card or DAC/amp combo or something else.
 
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First thing to check is that you don't have volume limiting on in your PC setup. Check that your game / player volume is near 100% too. The SR950 is not very efficient measuring just 96dB / mW. This makes them tricky to drive out of a PC.

Ideally you'll want an external DAC and amp. Does your PC have an optical out in the back? Right now the sweet spot is ~$200 for an external amp and DAC. If you plan on needing a mic input too for gaming you may want to look at external gaming amps like the Schiit HEL. It has a DAC and amp plus a mic input.

https://www.schiit.com/products/hel
 
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First thing to check is that you don't have volume limiting on in your PC setup. Check that your game / player volume is near 100% too. The SR950 is not very efficient measuring just 96dB / mW. This makes them tricky to drive out of a PC.

Ideally you'll want an external DAC and amp. Does your PC have an optical out in the back?
Yes volume is at max, PC has optical out but I have it connected to 5.1 JBL Soundbar.
 
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I got Samson SR950 they sound fine , no issue with quality but the problem is the output is low from my PC motherboard. How can I make them sound louder? I don't want to spend more then $50-60. I just listen to music and play games I am not into any studio stuff.
I saw some amps but they are tiny portable rechargeable but I will be using headphones on my desk so I can get proper amp with wall adapter. I assume full size amp will be better then those small portable ones and you don't have to recharge them.
I don't know what will be better an Amp or PCIe sound card or DAC/amp combo or something else.
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https://hifimediy.com/product/sabre-dac-uae23/
 
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Probably the Fiio or M-Audio. The others all have features (multiple channels, mic mixing) you probably don't need.
 
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Probably the Fiio or M-Audio. The others all have features (multiple channels, mic mixing) you probably don't need.
But I think battery one will be painful to keep it recharged all the time as I am only planning to use them on my desk with PC. Also I am assuming that DC 12V wall adapter powered ones will be more powerful then those with internal tiny battery,
 
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But I think battery one will be painful to keep it recharged all the time as I am only planning to use them on my desk with PC. Also I am assuming that DC 12V wall adapter powered ones will be more powerful then those with internal tiny battery,
I don't know what import costs would be, or how active people in India are on the forums here, but maybe you could get something like a used Schiit Magni or Fulla in budget?
 
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I can't find any Schiit in India

I found 2 more amp's in my budget
8) Behringer HA400
9) Mackie HM-4

I am not sure if any of the above listed nine models is better then Behringer MA400

Also I got Behringer MA400 delivered today, It increased the volume by 20% but it's not ultra loud, sound quality is okay. If I can find some other better option then I can return Behringer MA400 as it has 10 days return policy on amazon.
 
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