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Old September 7, 2012, 08:28 AM
dma0991 dma0991 is offline
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My System Specs


Originally Posted by Dzzope View Post
A sound card.. yes..
The Phoebus is $200 though and you want high end audio gear to make use of it.
Since I do have an Audio Technica AD700 for gaming and Audio Technica M50 for music, the difference is very obvious. A cheap USB DAC that I'm currently using is miles ahead in comparison to the onboard sound in terms of volume and quality.

Originally Posted by overhauled101 View Post
I am not using high end headphones but I seem to get pretty decent sound from the board. But if I decide to go more high end then maybe I will re-consider with the sound card. Glad I picked up the SSD though. You guys were right for having that.
If the onboard sound is plugged into a pair of average priced speakers, it won't sound that different as you could turn up the speaker volume. With headphones, there isn't an option to do so unless I direct it to an amp but I don't see the point of amplifying sound signal that is weak to begin with. Should you find the need to upgrade the sound in the near future, consider the Asus Xonar Essence STX instead if you're going with a good pair of headphones. A DAC would be better but that's the domain of audiophiles, it can get complicated and expensive. Pair that up with the Audio Technica AD700's and you'll have a killer setup for gaming.

Good call on the SSD, it is well worth the money and one of the best upgrades one could make.
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