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RE: Trying out the HifiMan Sundara headphones

in STEMGeekslast year

So with all this extra time in how are you liking the headphones? Did you ever make the plunge and get a DAC?

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 last year 

Sorry for the late reply, missed getting back to this.

I love them, nice improvement over my Sennhessers. Volume is a bit more difficult as I have to change it more frequently due to them needing more power and so I typically have to turn them up when playing games for them to shine but then back on my desktop I don't want them that high.

I haven't got a DAC, haven't had much time to think about it lately. I do want to try one and skeptical if I will see much of a difference and concerned I might lose some positional audio for gaming.

No worries and that's awesome you're digging them. I picked up an iFi Zen Dac Signature and Zen Can for my desktop use. The Zen Dac (non-signature version) is a dac/headphone amp and you get a lot of awesomeness for the money. My bet is you'd definitely hear a difference when it comes to music but not so sure about positional audio in gaming - although my guess is that if you're not doing any audio processing DAC wise right now, you'd see a boost in positioning and detail of that with a DAC.

There are a few gaming centric DACs too: Schiit Hel, Sennheiser has one, and there was another that is escaping my memory. ;)

 last year 

High end motherboards have pretty sophisticated audio systems, mine features a 10 channel DAC.

My Asus Dark Hero:

ROG SupremeFX audio technology delivers an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There's also a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op amp for high gain with low distortion — all to produce unmatched audio quality.