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AD500X with no soundcard?

Alexinhooooo
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Hello all.

Just a very quick question. I've read a lot of reviews about the AD500X headphones and they seem like they're what I'm looking for. I just wanted to know if I'd be losing a lot of performance by not having a soundcard to connect them to. For reference my motherboard is a MSI Z170A pro gaming carbon.
Thanks.

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I guess it will be fine. Modern gaming boards have pretty ok DACs and amps.

 

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They may be a little quieter than you would like but they should work.  My HARX-900 where a bit quiet running them through on board SupremeFX.

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As most modern mobos have pretty decent DAC and amp sections, driving an easy to drive pair of can like the AD500X  to loud enough volume should not be an issue. But then, it really depends on the listener, I listen at a moderate volume level, and it is loud enough for me. I have a friend who listens to music at near ear bleeding levels, that volume is just right for him, but for me, I couldn't take that loudness for more than a few seconds. So really, unless the onboard DAC lacks the decoder/codec for certain audio formats (like DSD) and/or is unable to drive a headphone to appropriate loudness for the listener, then onboard/mobo audio should be fine.

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Thank you all for your answers, I appreciate it! 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake 4.0GHz 8MB - Sk 1151
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON - SK 1151
  • RAM
    HyperX Fury 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-2400MHz CL15
  • GPU
    Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 6GB OC
  • Case
    DeepCool Tesseract SW
  • Storage
    SSD 2.5" Kingston SSDNow UV400 120GB TLC SATA + HDD 3.5" Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III + HDD 3.5" Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III
  • PSU
    XFX TS 550W
  • Display(s)
    HannsG HW191D 19" Widescreen LCD TFT
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Seidon 120V VER.2
  • Keyboard
    Cooler Master Storm Octane Combo
  • Mouse
    Steelseries Rival 100
  • Sound
    Logitech Z333
  • Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • PCPartPicker URL
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