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View Full Discussion Hi guys, I'm considering into getting these open-back cans as my first entry-level audiophile headphones. I'll be switching from my closed-back HyperX Cloud II gaming headset. From what I've read, these are better (gaming/music) overall compared to the 6XX, which is kind of laid back/mellow. I don't have any DAC/AMP yet but I've found out that a good on-board audio will drive these. I have a 8700k processor with a MSI Z370 SLI Plus PC and the motherboard has Audio Boost 4 as one of its features.
" The built-in dedicated headphone amplifier rewards audiophiles with headphones up to 600Ω impedance by delivering studio-grade sound quality from your gaming PC. Audio Boost 4 automatically detects the optimal impedance for your headphones and adjusts the output for the best sound quality. "
Will my on-board audio be enough to enjoy listening to these cans? Or do I really need a DAC/AMP?
You're on-board is more than enough for these headphones. Although I listen to them with my Fulla 2, they still sound somewhat decent out of my smartphone, so you don't need an external dac/amp.
Thank you. That's what I thought so, too. I'm glad that most recent motherboards have great features when it comes to audio. Time to order these.
I am using he msi h310 pro motherboard, does it come with the dac too?
That's what's good with these headphones. They are easy to drive out of the box. Though having an amp would make them really sing.
Unfortunately, the motherboard you have does not have the built-in DAC since it is just the first-gen Audio Boost. Mine is the Audio Boost 4 which have the latest on-board audio features.
The HyperX Cloud is a gaming variation of the Takstar Pro 80 and very close to the Beyerdynamic DT770 in sound signature so don't keep your hopes to high The hyper X is a decent headphone.
Having owned the original hyperx clouds for several years now, I have heard that they sound similar to the dt770's like Trofeo has said. I personally switched to sennheiser's hd 598 which was a little lacking on bass but sounded great for singers and orchestral. In my brief experience with the hd 58x, they kind of sound like a mix between the two. They're great for gaming and have plenty of bass for edm while having a decent enough mid and high range for vocalists and orchestral music but they're not as good as the 598's for this. The bass is excellent though. They make the clouds sound sparkley and boomy. I've just ordered the hd 6xx to see if I could find a better balance between the 58x and the 598. Enjoy your new great headphones though. just be warned clamping pressure is really tight.