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I have my earphones for some time already and I must say I am not impressed much, they sound quiet. I'd assume the main reason for this is that I'm using regular motherboard-integrated audiocard with them.
I saw many of you were discussing different amplifiers, but my buddy suggested that I buy an external audiocard instead, e.g. Steinberg UR22. Can someone advise here and maaaay be also explain the difference?
My budget is couple hundred $.
The Mayflower objective 2 + odac is what Im going to get if my Audioengine D1 is insufficient.
Massdrop has one for 94 dollars and I believe it can power up to 600 ohm headphones, so it should have no problem with the 6xx that tops out at 500 ohms.
The drop Massdrop has right now is just the o2 amp, not the + odac version, FYI!
If they sound quiet it's probably because your motherboard is not powerful enough. You do need an amplifier to get the best out of those headphones. But, if it's just a "regular motherboard" the on-board sound may not be implemented very well. If there is noise, it will only also become amplified through the amplifier. To prevent that, you would need an external dac or what you call an external audiocard.
So ideally you would get both a dac and an amp or one of those boxes that do both.
There are a few entry level ones around 100 bucks that people often recommend for starters, they will power your headphones fine but they aren't quite powerful enough. There are a bunch of options in the 200-400 range.
Personally, I finally decided on buying an Audio g-d NFB-11.28 . http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFN1128/NFB1128EN.htm
From what I've read it could be the one dac/amp I would ever need unless I need other features or get really curious about the next level stuff. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but since it's considered to be so good, it probably saved me money by not having to do the slow upgrading path.
Get an amp, mine is plenty loud with only a 1000mV into 32ohm Schiit Vali 2 amp, pretty sure any ebay amp would be sufficient.