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Old July 27, 2013, 05:37 AM
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Question Need to upgrade soundcard for 80 ohms headphones

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I have a per of Beyer DT770 and I feel my MX40 doesnt really cut it.
Can anyone recommend a good soundcard that will power them properly?

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Old July 27, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Ever thought about a USB DAC?

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Old July 27, 2013, 11:36 PM
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+1 on Getting a DAC, I use Schiit, they are pretty good!
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Old July 28, 2013, 03:34 PM
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No 5V device can really act as an amplifier.
I'm best off with a PCIE card.
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No 5V device can really act as an amplifier.
I'm best off with a PCIE card.
The majority of internal sound cards (PCI or PCI-E) don't draw from the 12v rail and higher starting voltage does not equate to a better amplifier. (it's merely easier to design a good amplifier with a high input voltage)

I'd recommend against a Schiit if you decide to go with an external solution. They aren't designed for low-medium impedance headphones, you run the risk of seriously damaging your drivers. Get a mid-range Fiio.

If you really want a sound card there really isn't much choice aside from the Xonar STX.
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I use the fiio e09 and e07 dac/amp combo, feed from usb from the computer, will rock your headphones like you've never heard before, be careful it is a serious amount of power from this setup...have no sound card that even comes close, have both the top asus cards and still not even close to the fiio combo.
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The sub $100 ASUS Xonar DX is more than enough to power 250ohm DT770's as the soundcard requires it's own power connection to the PSU.

This I know to be fact, as I have used the ASUS Xonar DX with a pair of DT770 250ohm Headphones myself.

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an iphone will power 80 ohm DT770s, the 80 ohm versions of those headphones were meant for easy running from low amped sources.
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