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Would this sound card be just fine?

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July 2, 2014 11:15:10 AM

Hi.
I have this soundcard http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XtremeGame...

- Notice that its a "gaming" sound card.
But here's the thing I wanna buy these headphones http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/0edf909675...

Will it fit well toghether cuz' this headset is not really made for gaming. But I figured that since I already have that soundcard I might as well use that, since it must be better than my onboard sound. But will it mess anything up since its called a "gaming sound card" - I do play games though.

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July 2, 2014 11:21:47 AM

Modern onboard HD 7.1 sound is very good.
Unless you have a good ear and very high quality speakers or headphones a discrete sound card will probably not be worth it.
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July 2, 2014 11:22:24 AM

The "gaming" part refers to EAX technology which is meant to enhance directional cues in games. To a large extent, that part is just marketing. It's like all sound cards in that it features higher end digital-to-analog converters for clearer output sound. In short, no it won't mess anything up and you can use those together.
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July 2, 2014 11:25:10 AM

geofelt said:
Modern onboard HD 7.1 sound is very good.
Unless you have a good ear and very high quality speakers or headphones a discrete sound card will probably not be worth it.


Well the OP did say he already has it. Yes, it's quite subjective though. Particularly in the area of high-end more expensive sound cards it's harder to make a case for their use than it was a few years back.
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July 2, 2014 11:37:37 AM

Yeah, well people say that they are best high end headphones for under $200. So my question that has been left a little unanswered ;) . Wouldn't it be more preferable to use my not-integrated soundcard for the headphones, instead of my onboard? :D . Not saying I have crazy ears or anything, but I might as well pick the best option.
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July 2, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Emil_Meld said:
Yeah, well people say that they are best high end headphones for under $200. So my question that has been left a little unanswered ;) . Wouldn't it be more preferable to use my not-integrated soundcard for the headphones, instead of my onboard? :D . Not saying I have crazy ears or anything, but I might as well pick the best option.


Compared to a modern onboard audio chip, how perceptible the difference in sound will be is debated (it is really subjective to the listener). There certainly won't be any harm. If there's any perceptible difference by all rights the discrete card should be the 'winner.'

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July 2, 2014 12:18:49 PM

*You may have issues with the NOISE LEVEL depending on the OHM level of the headphones and how much the signal from the audio card is amplified.

I have Sony MDR-V700's that are 24 OHM and the sound is just slightly too loud at the LOWEST volume level out from my audio card.

I had to plug my headphones into my speakers so I could attenuate the signal.
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July 2, 2014 3:20:49 PM

Gotcha' I have tried that before, what I did was lowering the sound on the headsets controller, instead of doing it in Windows. You may not use a headset with that feature though.
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July 7, 2014 11:15:08 AM

Emil_Meld said:
Gotcha' I have tried that before, what I did was lowering the sound on the headsets controller, instead of doing it in Windows. You may not use a headset with that feature though.


No.
I don't think any "audiophile" headphones would have a volume control.

Also, most sound cards don't have multiple outputs for analog so if you use analog for the speakers you wouldn't have the ability to plug your headphones into the sound card directly anyway, thus you'd have to plug into the speakers if available.

It's annoying that sound cards don't have the ability to connect to the FRONT PANEL of the case. At least none I've seen.
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