DT990 Pro 250Ohm on onboard soundcard.

RageMouse

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Hey, I've been doing quite a bit of research. And I still haven't figured out if I need a AMP or a new soundcard for the DT990s. I'm using the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming which claims to support headsets up to 300Ohm, but I have no clue about that. So anyone would could help me out?
 

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The board has a built in headphone amp that says it can handle 300ohms. So the 990s should get plenty loud.

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-PRO-GAMING/

Will it drive the DT 990s as well as a discreet sound card or even better external amp/DACs can? Probably not. Asus is capable of doing audio quite well so it will probably be pretty good for onboard though.
 

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Thanks for replying and I think I'll just test it out myself. Thanks for the tip tho!
Do you have a suggestion for a good external amp/DACs?
 

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Thanks again, I'm going to look into them! Some might be harder to find in Europe.

Maybe a dumb question, the Schiit Fulla 2 has 2 inputs, is one for headphones and the other for microphone? Same for FiiO Q1. I'm currently just using a standalone mic directly into my motherboard, does microphone quality also improve with a amp/DAC?
 

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No these don't work with mics. The 3.5mm input is for attaching a phone.

There are a few external solutions that support mics like the Sennheiser GSX 1000 and Mayflower ARC but they're well above your stated budget.

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-amplifier-gsx-1000

https://mayflowerelectronics.com/arc-overview/

If mic support is important to you then you may want to consider trying the onboard or looking at an internal soundcard.
 

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Is there anything specific I should look at while browsing interntal soundcards? I've seen a few so far like Sound Blaster and some Asus ones.
 

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Honestly before I spent $100 on a sound card I'd give the onboard a chance. It has an amp which is way better than most onboard. I'm not sure anything other than a high end / flagship card would be an upgrade to what you have.
 

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Will do! Do you mind me giivng you an update when they arrive?
 

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