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IJAXXYI
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Jul 26, 2018
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hey guys so i plan on using my sound card until i get an amp in a while my card is a asus strix soar 7.1 do you think i should get the amp right away or stick with the card for a lil while
Jul 26, 2018
AndyMcc
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Jul 26, 2018
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Try it first, if you feel your missing something then go look for an Amp and DAC. If you have the HD6xx you may be able to try them on an amp before you buy.
Jul 26, 2018
Flowjangles
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Jul 26, 2018
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A Sound card is an Amp/DAC just with added software for EQ and virtual surround etc. The STRIX Soar has a 600ohm impedance which should power any headphones you throw at it. The 6XX is a 300ohm headphone. You should be fine!
Jul 26, 2018
IJAXXYI
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Jul 26, 2018
IJAXXYI
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Jul 26, 2018
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thanks
Jul 26, 2018
Flowjangles
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Jul 26, 2018
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No problem! Now just to wait for delivery to try these things out!!
Jul 26, 2018
ILIAS
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Jul 26, 2018
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What flow is saying is not entirely true, most motherboards are presented to be able to handle 600 ohms, but when you try it, meh. This soundcard might do the job for you for now, but it's software and effects instead of high quality dac and powerful amp oriented. Eventually a dac/amp is night and day compared to a 7.1 soundcard. Or that's what i think
Jul 26, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Jul 26, 2018
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This isn't 100% accurate...
1) Haven't seen an internal soundcard/Mobo yet that plays well with multi-BA low impedance IEM's (due to almost universally high output impedance) 2) Planar magnetics are going to laugh at the available current on 99.9% of these designs
They also use misleading terminology that perpetuates the myth that one can tell how "hard to drive" a headphone is from it's nominal resistance (expressed in ohms) alone. The sensitivity and impedance curve need to be accounted for. A highly sensitive headphone will be fairly easy to drive assuming the headphone amp can supply both sufficient voltage and current. Current hungry low impedance headphones with a low sensitivity will be difficult to drive. High impedance, middle to low sensitivity will also be difficult to drive. Very low impedance very high sensitivity will also be hard to drive but not because of power, because these need very low output impedance with an extremely low noise output (they make low level signals very easy to hear, including noise, like that present in every computer known to man)
Can you enjoy music out of a consumer soundcard/mobo... yes
Can you get much cleaner and more versatile amp/dac options... also a yes
Jul 26, 2018
Flowjangles
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Jul 27, 2018
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I stand corrected. What part of the sensitivity/impedance curve does the hd 6XX fall under?
Jul 27, 2018
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