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Is a DAC worth it?

I have heard a lot about DACs and the difference they make but I am wondering whether it is worth it and would make a nocicable difference for me? If so which DACs would you recommend. Thanks

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what headphones do you use

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Not if your headphones aren't over 50 ohms and you require an amp, not DAC. There is a difference. Most gaming headphones or headsets often have 16 or 32. So no you probably don't need an amp. But on the other hand. A DAC can be better quality depending on which one it is. What is your budget? Buying an amp/DAC is good and you can save up more money for decent "real" headphones instead of gaming ones if you have a gaming headset. And put on a seperate mic on there like the antlion modmic uni.

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Depends what headphones you use and what you are listening to/doing. 

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12 hours ago, TheDailyProcrastinator said:

Depends what headphones you use and what you are listening to/doing. 

I am listening to music and gaming.

 

12 hours ago, spartaman64 said:

what headphones do you use

I use the logitech g433 headset.

12 hours ago, Tigerleon said:

Not if your headphones aren't over 50 ohms and you require an amp, not DAC. There is a difference. Most gaming headphones or headsets often have 16 or 32. So no you probably don't need an amp. But on the other hand. A DAC can be better quality depending on which one it is. What is your budget? Buying an amp/DAC is good and you can save up more money for decent "real" headphones instead of gaming ones if you have a gaming headset. And put on a seperate mic on there like the antlion modmic uni.

Not sure of my budget. I dont want to spend a lot but am not aware of the prices of amps/dacs. I have a blue yeti mic but don't usually use it because it gets in the way a bit.

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Blue yeti mic is good. Don't you have an arm for it? Just get one from amazon cheap. Like 20 euros or something like that.

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DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

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Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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10 minutes ago, Avocheeseado said:

I am listening to music and gaming.

 

I use the logitech g433 headset.

Not sure of my budget. I dont want to spend a lot but am not aware of the prices of amps/dacs. I have a blue yeti mic but don't usually use it because it gets in the way a bit.

Get an ifi zen dac. My recommendation since it is good and has many features for it's price. You can always upgrade to muuuuch better headphones than those G433. Like the DT 770 pro for example. Or the Sennheiser 58X headphones if you want a more spacious soundstage. You probs want the DT 770 pro 250 ohm with the ifi zen dac for gaming. The DT 770's have a lot more treble which helps if you game competetively. If you don't like treble get the beyerdynamic TYGR's they are almost the same as DT 990 pros except they are easier to drive at only 32ohm.

PS the TYGR's are open back.

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DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Why spend thousands on peripherals and your PC and forget one of the most important things... - Audio.

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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31 minutes ago, Avocheeseado said:

I am listening to music and gaming.

 

I use the logitech g433 headset.

Not sure of my budget. I dont want to spend a lot but am not aware of the prices of amps/dacs. I have a blue yeti mic but don't usually use it because it gets in the way a bit.

In this case an amp and dac is not worth getting for your current gear. Always base you source gear based on what you want to power so if you want to have gear to support what you want to to power in the future go for it

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Agree with @rice guru

 

No point upgrading source gear when 1) headphone/headset does not justify the upgrade (won't be able to hear the difference), and 2)headphone, especially headset are easily driven with mobo audio output and where the DAC on the motherboard does a decent enough job. With the G433, upping the DAC, to be more specific, DAC combo (amp built in) or a DAC stack, would result in 1) as I had stated. 

 

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1 hour ago, Avocheeseado said:

I use the logitech g433 headset.

Unless your getting Hifi audiophile headphones most likley deffo not worth it.

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