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Properly powered, the 770-80 can deliver very deep, textured, powerful bass when the music calls for it. So, something is very wrong here :), but, it's an easy fix.
Low volume and poor bass response are the first indicators that headphones are being underpowered. You need an amp. Might I suggest a FiiO E10K? It has excellent quality and is cheap.
if you're not a discerning listener, then really any amp will work for you. The only amps that I know of that have a lot of analog volume wheels are the FiiO brands. They're actually pretty reasonable for what you get. here's one for 75 buck that would fit your need quite well.
I also love my HD 598s. After a couple months of onboard audio I opted for the Fiio E10K desktop DAC/AMP, mostly for the convenience of not having to reach to the back of my case every time I wanted to switch between headphones and speakers. I am very satisfied with this setup.
I know you mentioned keeping your desk space tidy, but the size of the Fiio is less than you would expect (smaller than my iPhone 4) and is hardly noticeable.
Are the FiiO E10K's Good with these headphones? I have the same ones and I'm looking to get a good amp to go with them around the £50-£80 range!
I mean, those are great DACs, but would you really be able to tell the difference between those and a cheaper FiiO DAC?
Hey, I have a pair of HD 598s and just wanted to know if the FiiO E10k Would a good match for my headphones?
I'm planning on getting this DAC soon once I save up a little more.
I'm trying to get the best sound possible with these because a lot of reviews say it has awesome soundstage for directional audio.
Those cans are only 38 ohm so I doubt you need an amp. Get the headphones first and see how they sound. It's silly to assume you need to upgrade before you've even heard them. Everything might sound fine. A dac/amp combo would be a nice compromise if you really want to spend money. You get the benefit of an external dac as well as the external volume knob and some extra juice. Even if you don't need the amp you will still have the dac going for you.
Also, why don't you just get the ad900x with a zalman/v moda mic or something? Save yourself $100
I think the Soundblaster Z is by far the best soundcard for under $100. It was actually on sale for $70 two months ago. It offers not only the best virtual surround on the market today, but also a free 600 omh headphone amplifier, which is just nuts for value. In addition, the Z offers a free beam-forming mic in case you don't have the money or need for buying an external mic for your headset, which is even more value. I don't recommend the Zx or the ZxR as they are a waste of money and offer no extra value unless you're a professional on Youtube or Twitch.
The Titanium series cards are all over 3 years old and scale poorly with modern games. They are great for music and movies, but not gaming. They are also fairly expensive for what they offer.
The Asus Xonar, STX, Essence cards are similar to Titanium cards in that they are poor for gaming, however they are epic for music. Most audiophiles swear by Asus cards for home theater setups. For PC use they are just awful though; Asus drivers are always 2+ years older than what they should be and always have compatibility problems.
Oh, as for a cheap external DAC/Amp, this is the way to go: [link]
Everyone on Headfi swears by it, but personally I went with the Soundblaster Z, as I needed both a headphone amp and a means to power my home 5.1 theater speakers.
I just bought the Sennheiser HD598s. I am very excited to receive them. I was thinking about getting this FiiO E10 amp and have a couple questions:
So excited to try out the open backs!
You could try something like this for desktop use:
Same company has portable AMP/DAC combos as well. If you are going purely desktop, you could step it up a little bit into the Schiit stack.
Depends on what Amp you want... if you are talking about the sennheiser 'gaming' amp.. probably not.. but they do sell other headphone amps.. however.. I don't really think you need one for the 598s for PC as they have low impedance and your on-board audio should be able to drive them..
However, for better quality, go ahead and get something like this E10K from Amazon instead since it has a built in DAC, which would benefit the 598s more than just an amp. It has an Amp built in as well, so you can get both in one box.
the dac you listed may not have enough power to drive the 250ohm version. try this dac/amp combo for a little more than the cost of the xenyx.
there are other options available but this is the lowest priced option i could think of from the top of my head.
also before buying, look at the amount youre spending on headphones and amp and see if you could just get better yet easy to drive headphones without an amp for the total amount youre spending. on massdrop for example are akg k553s. different for sure from the beyers but theyre good quality (as based on my experience with the older brother, the k550) and easy to drive out of portable sources (32ohms). its just 140usd.
You sure? I checked amazon.ca before and the only one that comes up for me is this one which seems to be the first one.
Oh man, I'm excited for you. Those look really comfortable and should be great for both music and CS:GO. What amp did you get?
I'm planning on buying new headphones today as well and I've been looking at amps but I can't decide. I was looking at this FiiO E10K.
i had the Taishan (D3); thats a serious weak link imo- you are not going to experience any significant benefits from that verses any current pc onboard sound.
consider this option as an all in one [link]
PC > e10k > headphones
I know this is a little late for this thread but I figured someone may search for this and instead of PMing you. I thought I would mention it here.
Any suggestions for an AMP / DAC (standalone or combo)? It'll be for my Fidelio X2s that I'm hopefully ordering today. I'm not looking to spend more than $100 as I'm already spending what I would consider a hefty amount on some great headphones. I was looking at the FiiO E10K. If I didn't get a DAC/Amp then my X2s would just plug directly into my audio/headphone jack on my PC/laptop. Thanks again for all your help/advice! :)
Any suggestions for an AMP / DAC (standalone or combo)? It'll be for my Fidelio X2s that I'm hopefully ordering today. I'm not looking to spend more than $100 as I'm already spending what I would consider a hefty amount on some great headphones. I was looking at the FiiO E10K. If I didn't get a DAC/Amp then my X2s would just plug directly into my audio/headphone jack on my PC/laptop. Thanks again for all your advice/help! :)
I have a fairly old motherboard with a pretty bad on board audio chip. There's definite hissing even when my hyperx clouds are plugged in so I do believe that getting a DAC/amp combo would be required. Thank you for your help though! I will look into the E07. I only see the E07K on amazon and it's a bit expensive. How about the E10K? This one here. And do you recommend the DT 770 Pro 32Ohms then with this DAC/amp? The price difference between the 32/250ohm and the 80ohm is about 50$. Is it worth the difference?
Budget: Under $100
Details: Looking to get a AMP / DAC (standalone or combo)? for my Fidelio X2s that I'll be ordering today or tomorrow. Just looking for some suggestions. I was looking at the FiiO E10K.
Scratch the sound card and get a external dac. Those give much better sound quality as electrical interference is virtually put out of the picture. This fiio one is one example
If I were you I'd just get a cheap amp/dac like a FiiO E10k and call it a day. You get an entry level DAC/AMP that'll probably go well with your DT880, and you can control the volume with a knob. You have the Koss you mentioned or the Shure volume control but I've heard the latter can be a bit noisy.
In terms of the Emotiva, it'll probably be annoying to plug it in. 3.5mm to RCA from your PC then RCA to 3.5mm female to connect your headphones. Other options do exist in terms of the headphone amp/dac combo but I don't really know what to recommend so maybe ask on the Recommendation thread. If you're willing to cough up $50 for the volume control, might as well get an actual amp/dac. Just my 2c.
Keep in mind the emotiva is mainly for speakers. I believe they made them for active speakers in particular which needs an interface to control with ease. I own active speakers and luckily my amp/dac can control them without a separate volume control. I wouldn't bother using them with headphones to be honest.
You really don't need an amp to push them since the impedance is so low, but a DAC wouldn't hurt. These pair well with the 558s and 598s: [link]
Hm, pretty tight, but still doable. I would recommend the HE-400is plus a suitable amp or DAC-amp - if you can import it at a reasonable price, Schiit's Magni 2 would be a good option, as would whatever local seller has Objective 2s, but in a pinch a FiiO E10k will work.
Ok well ram is pretty much all the same thing, this isn't at all.
I think this looks better tbh and it's a usb dac/amp combo.
And I sure trust FiiO more than Astro. Cheaper too.
Your onboard is probably good enough, you could look at something like this if you want a little extra amping.
Open headphones will offer better performance than closed ones at the expense of no isolation, would open headphones be suitable for you?
A soundcard is not what you want for improving your audio. You'd want a DAC. Something like this
Would there be a difference? Yes. Is it worth it? Not even close. The Essence ST would be a lot better than the U3, no doubt. The problem is that I can pretty much guarantee your on-board would also be better than the U3. The U3 is pretty bad as far as sound cards go. It only does max 48kHz, 16bit resolution. Even the sound chip on the motherboard for my old Pentium 4 could do 192kHz, 24bit res. Sure the SNR wasn't great (90dB compared to the U3's 100dB), but that can be fixed without a whole new sound card. If you're having problems with your on-board audio (interference in the form of popping/crackling/hissing, or low volume due to high impedance headphones >150Ω) then your best bet is to go with an external DAC/Amp. It'll get rid of the interference, can power high impedance headphones, and most importantly it's much cheaper than the sound cards that are actually equivalent with modern on-board chips (the Realtek ALC1150 on most Z87 and Z97 Intel boards is very competent). I can't stress this enough though, if you don't have any problems with the on-board audio (remember, ditch that Xonar U3) and are using cheap headphones/speakers (yes, gaming headsets are in that category), that FiiO E10K I linked will be completely useless.
Is it truly woth it to buy an DAC/Amp? I'm thinking about buying the FiiO E10K but I dont know if it would be really worth it for me. I own a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 32 Ohm. Is the bump in audio quality worth the 75 bucks? I'm no audiophile, but I do enjoy my music. What would you guys recommend?
Aww thats sucks. I don't know what to get then, the x2's are driving me crazy and everytime i ask someone to recommend a headphone it is always the 6xx's. Can i ask though, what is the cheapest amp i can get to power the 650's? Something like this be enough?
Because i could always look around to see if someone has a pair of used 650's for around £200 then just get this.
I've seen the FiiO E10K's suggested a lot, which looks pretty decent but again I know very little.
Good one: [link]
At least thats the one I use, I had the same exact issue (with a 970) as you thats because I drew audio from the back panel where there was a ton of interference, this Digital to Analog Converter moves that process outside your PC case, you simply plug it in to your headphones 3.5mm jack then plug your headphones/ whatever in it
10/10 would recommend because the fioo has two outputs :3
Brand new build. Done every single reinstall possible :/ I just bought a DAC which will be arriving Monday. If that doesn't solve the problem I will send it back and get a different MOBO. Because all the reading online has pointed towards this being a running problem with Asus MOBO's. Which is unfortunate because I like Asus and support them.
I'd recommend an external DAC. There's a lot of noise interference inside a PC that can screw with sound quality. If you're using decent quality headphones I would recommend something like this.
Yes, but this does not have an amp, so it will not give you increased volume over your onboard audio.
You may want a DAC with an amp. The DAC converts the audio, and the amp amplifies it.
My friend has this one and it works well.
The SMSL in the previous post is not USB. So the Fiio E10k would be a better option for a laptop.
You may want to check out /r/audiorepair if you're interested in repairing it yourself though.
Just try it with the built in sound card and see if you have issues.
Otherwise, the Schiit Fulla is in your price range, but I'm not sure on availability in the UK. It's a bit out of your price range, but the FiiO E10k is probably the best bang for buck DAC/Amp out there.
Most of the time these are going to be plugged into the back of my desktop. What do you think of this? [link] Sorry I'm not sure what a magni/modi stack is.
The Audigy RX has an internal headphone amplifier that can drive 600 Ohm headphones. This will be enough for the K240 MkII, however the Creative spec sheets are very unspecific. They don't mention how much power the card delivers at different impedances. Furthermore, creative's software suites are shitty to navigate. Also, a 7.1 sound card for headphones is unnecessary since the headphones are 2.0. For ~70€ you can get a FiiO E10K
i am using this
you can connect your speakers to the line out on the back and your headphones into the headphone port on the front.
i dont have too much experience with Dacs ive only used amps before but so far im enjoying how this puts out.
Ah that makes sense. Do you know if this would cut it? I blew a lot of my budget on the 600s without understanding the importance of the DAC and AMP and would love a relatively cheap solution that at least improves the sound quality up to a point.
Thanks so much for the thorough response.
Sadly my budget (now) has diminished quite a bit so I'm probably looking at £40-80 roughly. I'm terminologically bankrupt so all I really know right now is this:
The headphones are - ordinarily - 3.5mm, or at least seem to be as they fit in my PC's usual sound port. They came with a gold adaptor thing that makes the jack way larger, I have no idea what this means or is called.
I assume the enlarged jack ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) is used in a certain port on an AMP to improve sound quality and that this can't be done with a 3.5mm.
I need some way of getting my PC to connect to the AMP and for the AMP to connect to the headphones.
It's the inbetween that I'm confused about. Would this [link] do the trick? I don't think I can afford the Magni 2 and I'm struggling to find it at a UK retailer either way. Do you know if I'll need any additional cables if I get this - assuming it works?
Sorry to pester you but in my ignorance I'm finding this pretty weird to approach haha
Probably not, since that USB would use your motherboards onboard audio chipset (which seems to not be working in this case.)
This, however would work (and is more expensive than the splitter) because it converts the USB signal from the motherboard, and isn't using the onboard audio chipset.
Have you verified on a Windows install like I said, with the drivers installed?
The AKGs have a fairly easy to drive impedance compared to the 600+ ohm headphones that the O2+ODAC was designed to handle. I wouldn't spend more than $100 on a setup to run a $200 set of cans though. The DACport or the $25 cheaper Fiio E10k would both perform extremely well.
Hello all, I have a Yamaha R-S201 receiver hooked up to BS-22s. I'm asking for a DAC this christmas and was looking at the FiiO E10K DAC/amp. I know this would essentially be double-amping the signal - bad?
If so, can anyone recommend me a standalone DAC only for around $50? Thanks!
I've heard great things about the Fiio E10k, it's an amp as well as a DAC. I'm planning on picking one up soon.
Best bet is probably the FiiO E10K amp + DAC. $75.99 on Amazon. Should have no probs driving your HD598's, uses a micro-USB cable, + about the size of playing card so definitely portable.
how is this? [link] and do you need anything else but the earphones and that, no additional things or cables?
Don't get a sound card, a sound card won't get you any more performance out of your headphones than the one in your motherboard.
The only reason you would need one with those headphones is if you are hearing a lot of electrical interference with them. But even then, the sound card wouldn't really help that at all.
You should get an External DAC/Amp if you really think you need it.
this is the very most you should need with those headphones.
Kinda new to this stuff, but would this theoretically provide better results than say a FiiO E10K?
I currently have a pair of DT770 80ohms and was looking for a DAC/Amp (plus for future headphones). So far, the FiiO E10K has been my go-to choice, but this sounds way more exciting (as I have a spare Raspberry Pi just laying around).
You don't need 5.1 for headphones as they output in stereo. If you can stretch your budget a little bit I would recommend something like this
Well this is awkward, i got it today and its working fine but i cant talk anymore. Are there any external sound cards that let me use my mic / or is there some way i get it to work with the one i have?
I actually just got the slightly better HD598, and I was wondering the same thing. I have the slightly inferior Pro Gaming edition, but if memory serves, we have the same sound card.
That being said, from what I've been able to gather, you should be looking into a DAC+AMP, not a dedicated sound card. The one I've been eyeballing if the onboard sound card doesn't pan out is the FiiO E10K.
Edit: Changed video card to sound card. Makes more sense that way.
Here is one, price seems a bit strange but that may be due to the Canadian dollar right now.
These headphones are amazing for quality, crisp sound. I'm not sure how good they are for spatial awareness and Sennheiser lacks a bit of high end but everything should be crisp and comfortable. Better than some random gaming headset.
Thanks for the reply.
This gives me some peace of mind and i might as well start browsing ebay.
However, is using the audio interface a sensible idea in terms of cost/quality ?
What if i got a USB DAC instead? Presumably with analog sound control (I've googled around and people advise against using computer volume control with power amp+speaker setup).
Would this be a better option?
Most of the USB DACs with volume control i've seen so far are mega expensive, is there anything that would keep me happy under 100 Euros used?
What about a DAC like THIS ?
Has a volume knob, Line Out in the back which i presume bypasses the headphone amplifier (Correct me if i'm wrong) and a Headphone AMP too so i can use it with my headphones.
Can always try uninstalling the sound drivers and doing a clean install.
If you have some money to spend you can always look into getting an external dac/amp like the e10k. Should be able to find one for ~$75.
> io is a brand. They aren't super amazing, but they are a decent starting point because they are relatively inexpensive and are still quite a step up from
so this would be a good a good option for the sennheiser 598's or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x?
Don't get a sound card. They aren't useful unless you have surround sound.
Get a good DAC (digital to analog converter)
They act as an amp and deliver higher fidelity audio.
As far as the mic cable goes, you might need to get an extension cable.
>Lint free coffee filters are better.
Quite easy to get aswell, thank you for the recommendation.
>Personally I wouldn't recommend Thermalfake because not only do they steal designs they're also not exactly known for the best quality cases, a bit flaky. Their Versa H25 is cheap so that's ok but really if you're gonna spend $50-70 on a case there must be better alternatives.
I will try to find a simular looking case then, but I quite like the way it looks and the way you are able to customise it.
>Don't buy a sound card, buy an external dac/amp. [link].
I will look into this, as this seems like a nice little addition. But do you simply plug this into the audio jacks on the motherboard or does it require something else to function properly?
And thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it!
You'd probably get a better sound getting a dac/amp combo for the same price as the Magni 2. Something like the fiio e10k dac/amp combo might give you a more pleasant experience for a lower price than just an amp running out of your motherboard. Keep in mind that any interference from your motherboard will just get amplified by the motherboard. I'm sure there are some ~$150 ones as well, but to be honest I don't know of many, haha! Good luck.
Just an example, not necessarily a recommendation, and obviously it's a very different price bracket but this line is very popular and relatively well priced for what you get: [link]
Something like that. This one is also a DAC (Digital Audio Converter). It doesn't use the line out from your headphone jack, it uses USB and then converts from digital to analog itself, as well as including an amplifier.
However, if you want something to hook up to a receiver as well then look elsewhere (not something that uses USB input). These are much more common and scale from this price range into the thousands.
Keep in mind that the memory architecture is a bit different. DDR4 is more efficient, trading off on the timings for clockspeed. Real world they are equally fast but DDR4 uses less power and more modern memory controllers (like the one found in Haswell-E) are more efficient.
The headphone amp + DAC I mentioned isn't really something most people get into. Great way to boost your audio quality but even basic setups start at around $75 so most people spend the cash on their actual rig.
Sorry if I'm rambling a bit, back to the important stuff. What is your total budget?
Friend of mine recommended the FiiO E10K and I was wondering if it's worth it / what it does exactly?
I'm currently using my old sound card (Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic) with my Sennheiser HD598 headphones... I mostly use them for FPS gaming and listening to Spotify.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
oh ok didn't see that lol thanks. Got any cheap DACs to recommend?
I was thinking maybe this one [link]
i am also a gamer and i can say that they are better than any other "gaming" headset ive ever tried-you definatly dont need a sound card or an amp but an amp/dac will help, im planning on buying the FiiO E10K [link]
They are amazing headphone imo. Just buy them, you will not regret a thing
Thanks for the help, friend.
Is there anything else I need to pick up in order for it to work with my computer (cables/adapter/ect.) or would it be good to go as is? I don't know a lot about audio equipment, so I don't know if that's a silly question or not.
Looks good but maybe not so high quality. The Fiio E series is highly though of.
Edit: this one for example: [link]
But i believe they have cheaper models also like E7
It should be the same, maybe they just added a name.
They do look identical
you should be okay with the olympus 2 honestly, i think they added the name onto it to differ from the E10
i wouldn't spend more than half your speaker price on an amp early on. Better to save some money and invest in better speakers. Your amp is fine in your current chain. what are you using as a source at the moment? if you don't plan on upgrading your speaker system any time soon maybe go for a headphone amp (which will probably drive the headphones better than a new amp for your speakers with separate headphone out) like this one.
Thanks for the reply. I was going to buy this with whatever I was going to buy- [link] Not sure how much that'd help. Cheers
I just checked what massdrop has to offer. I'm definitely going to wait a while. Maybe Black Friday will have something. If not, and especially if I'm lacking on research, I'll probably settle on this: [link]
I suggest going with a USB DAC. Using Windows, Xonar software is difficult to know if you are setting it right without any "effects". A Fiio E10k has a line out in the back and works great.
You can uninstall the onboard audio and reinstall. Check device manager see if anything is missing. End result of you're lazy and don't want to tear apart your build to send it back buy a USB sound dac like this [link]
Hmm I'm really not sure what to recommend with a budget like that. You won't be unlocking the full potential of the headphones with only $75. But a good starting point might be the Fiio E10K. And then you could upgrade later.
Also, you'll need a 1/4" to 3.5 mm adapter if you don't already have one. Assuming the amp you buy is 3.5 mm. The HD 700's do not come with one.
And im over here with Turtle beach Earforce M7's I got....never had any issue with popping at all .-. then again my master volume is at 27 and everything else is cranked up...
would you still recommend the E10K? for a set of gaming headsets till I can get a better set of cans?
My motherboard (AsRock pro3 Z77) is pretty good at filtering with the stock card...
but my audio setup is pretty lack luster in all aspects short of bass lol
From my understanding of DACs, it's basically a thing that plugs into the back of my computer. From there, I can plug in a speaker or headset into the actual DAC itself, getting my audio from that. Does that sound about right? If not, someone please correct me. Thanks a lot!
Edit: the DAC in particular that I'm looking at is this: FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black) [link]
I figure since this is so basic it doesn't deserve its own thread. However its not exactly tech support as much as a general inquiry.
I have a Fiio E10K USB. Normally I turn it off via turning the volume knob all the way down till it clicks off. Then I power off my computer. Vice versa when I'm powering on my system.
Is it better to turn this amp off or can I simply leave it on when my computers off? I'm mainly worried about damaging it while its in the 'on' state but with no power, then turning the machine on.
oh yeah, forget about buying Monoprice outside the US.
Get a FiiO E10K for the K7XX.
You might even like this more, because the E10K has a hardware bass boost.
You should be able to connect to a PA with an external DAC, headphone amp or interface. This FiiO headphone amp/DAC would do the job. I imagine you could find decent ones for less, but I'd be skeptical about paying less than $50. Not all DACs are equal, and a cheap one might be unreliable, fragile or just sound crap.
I'm thinking, that to get a sense of what i'd want, i'd have to get the train up to Trafford center or something and hope they have a good selection of headphones to try out(It should since it's a huge shopping center). I doubt they'd have high end headphones on display for use, but i assume headphones by the same manufacturer would have similar qualities, and thus i could try a cheaper headphones by various companies and that'll give me an idea of what their higher end ones sound like.
Yeah, i just listened to the song on my speakers and it is much less annoying than i found it was through my headphones aha.
I'd happily spend money on a portable amp, is there any you'd recommend? Or does that not matter as much as the headphone itself? I found this amp which seems like a good choice according to most reviews.
I'm a pretty patient person tbh, but would you say it's worth waiting for them to become available again?
Nah, i think i understand it more now than i did before to be honest aha.
Budget - under 120€
Source - PC and iPhone
Requirements for Isolation - Mostly indoors on PC, msuic and games, maybe sometimes outside at the library.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Definitely over ear +++
Preferred tonal balance - Warm/basey
Past headphones - Razer open back headset, they broke so I'm using some on-ear JVC at the moment, but I'm not a fan of the on-ear aspect.
Preferred Music - Anything and everything
I live in France
Bonus Question: Do i need an amp or a sound card for my pc? I see people buy this but i don't know how it works or how useful it is?
Will the FiiO E10K boost my bass in my headphones? I'm not really sure what it'll do but I just wish my Fidelio X2's had more bass,not too much to be overwhelmed but just some more, thanks!
I do not have an amp/DAC, nor do I know a lot about them, but I heard a lot of good about the FiiO E10K.
Title: [[PC] FiiO E10K Olympus USB DAC](/r/HardwareSwapUK/comments/53y4e9/pc_fiio_e10k_olympus_usb_dac/)
I've just upgraded to an Audio Interface so I no longer need this DAC, no issues with it, bought in November last year.
This is the exact model
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So I'm buying a Pixel XL 2 which has USB-C for audio (no included DAC).
However, there is a DAC converter included. Though I was thinking to do this instead:
• Buy a FiiO E10K - [link]
• Then get a USB-C to Micro-B, connect USB-C to phone then Micro-USB to E10K
• Then plug in my 3.5mm jack from my Hi-Fi earphones into the E10K
Would this work out alright? Apologies if this sounds a bit dumb, I'm a noob.
I have been looking around and found this
Would this and the DT 880 be good for on the go?
The headphones are picking up electric noise form other components on the motherboard's southbridge (GPU / USB Root).
the only way to fix this issue is to buy an external digital analog converter and amplifier that will take over the sound processing.
The most popular and competent entry level solution is the FiiO E10
If you want to spend more money than that, or if you are looking for a solution that you can use at your desk and portable (with your phone) as in the daily purchase advice sticky thread for a DAC/Amp unit.
like this one?
ps4 has digital audio auto if anyway, although i'm not sure about my MSI 990FXA-GD65 (too lazy to move the computer at the moment)
Thanks for the input, FIIO was a brand that I saw pop up a lot specifically the E10K:
However, I found that if I was going to purchase one I'd go for the cheapest I could find. Maybe I'll just purchase the headphones now and then a FIIO later.
Why do you need a soundcard? The need for them was eliminated a few years back.
If you really want something for sound, then I recommend you the Fiio E10k
that's my exact setup. 598SE with modmic. I use this E10K
Works very well.
Edit: Just noticed you want mic input as well. The E10K doesn't 'have this, but never found that to be an issue going straight to my PC.
I have the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and from the base cable connected to my PC it can't reach where I'm sitting. My only option was to move my PC to a les than suitable spot for the time being. Any solutions for some form of extension for those headphones? Maybe something like this could help too?
This is really what you want. A DIgital to Analog converter (better than what is on your mobo's sound card), with a built in Amp. Will work on almost any pair of headphones, will sound 10 times better than your motherboard's audio, and is best paired with audiophile cans.
Also, it connects to your PC via USB and pretty much requires no drivers. And it can play up to 96Khz which is honestly Hi-Fi enough (until you get into $600+ headphones imo).
Bummer. I had the same issue but just on the front. I ended up buying one of the FiiO DACs.
What's nice is that it has a line-out on the back of it so I have both my headphones and speakers "live" at any given time and just adjust the volume depending on which I'm using.
Reposting from yesterdays thread.
Which amp/dac would go best with my 80Ohm Beyerdynamic DT770s? I am hearing a faint crackling/buzzing in my left earcup when listening from my PC. I did some research, and this is caused by interference between parts inside a computer and that an external dac is a solution.
I found the FiiO-E10K, but I was wondering if there was anything at a cheaper price that would give good audio quality or something superior at a similar price point, without the crackling/buzzing I have been hearing.
Forgot to say that my motherboard has an audio chip integrated by Realtek® ALC887 according to their website.
The volume of my headphones isn't too low. They are loud enough, but like I said before, the crackling and buzzing isn't too prominent, but I notice it sometimes.
EDIT: Forgot to say that my motherboard has an audio chip integrated by Realtek® ALC887 according to their website.
EDIT 2: Also forgot to say, the volume of my headphones isn't too low. They are loud enough, but like I said before, the crackling and buzzing isn't too prominent, but I notice it sometimes.
Ight, I'll probably get this from amazon then. Do you think it would be worth it to wait for the DT990's instead? They wont be here until Monday, so I don't want to go 4 days with static, but if its a great improvement vs the E10k I'll do it.
The best place to start is with a combo or all in one unit, like this Fiio E10K. It is powered by a USB port, so it isn't going to be able to power any 200ohm+ pair of drivers, but for anything in the 120ohm or below range, it will be perfectly fine, plus the Dac is going to sound better than any onboard audio's dac. This also doubles as a portable unit in the event you decide to upgrade and get a better dac and better amp, you now have something for on the go you can use with a laptop, or with any PC you happen to LAN on or something.
You would then just have to purchase a USB cable, if you don't already have it, but that is the only thing you need to purchase with a combo Unit. Schiit audio makes something similar called the Fulla, which you can purchase directly from them off their site. it is in the same price range and same performance, but supposedly sounds better.
As far as a real dac and amp go, the only extra costs are the USB cable and the RCA cables. There are no other maintenance costs or subscription fees or anything if thats what you mean by additional costs.
But starting off with a portable combo dac/amp is the way to go until you figure out what you like. Some people love solid state, others love tube amps, etc. And certain amps match well with certain headsets, depending on what sound signature you prefer. I prefer a bright sound with lots of treble, so my AKG K612's pair really well with my Schiit Modi 2 and Magni 2. But if I were to go for a more bass heavy pair of cans, I might want to switch dacs as well.
No motherboard on the market is going to produce an audio signal with as much power as a good standalone amplifier can. Ever. Furthermore, if you really care about audio quality, I would also suggest a DAC. Fiio is a top rated brand and this is a DAC/Amp combo here. You plug it into your PC through USB and this will handle your audio by converting it from digital to analog and amplifying it to your output of choice
I also would like to add this DAC!