Audio amp for pc?

Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorMember RarePosts: 1,907
I have my pc hooked up to my hdtv via hdmi and also to my older 5.1 surround sound system, a yamaha 5140.  I like the sound plays all my music well doesn/t matter if its a flac or cd it just sounds good.

That said I plug in my headphones into the 5140 not the pc itself and so I can get some nice LOUD sound that is nice and would like to get something of similar off my wife's pc.

Do I need to get her a audio amp for this?  My complaint on her pc isn't quality but rather low volume and I have done and gone around all the boosting I can off windows 7 and the like?

Are there audio amps for pc that would do the same but not require a 5.1 sound system amp?

Brenics ~ Just to point out I do believe Chris Roberts is going down as the man who cheated backers and took down crowdfunding for gaming.

case: Coolermaster HAF932
PSU: Antec EA 750watt
RAM: 4x2g G-SKILL DDR3-1600mhz 9-9-9-24
Mb:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
CPU: i5-750 @4ghz
GPU: gtx msi N760 TF 2GD5/OC
cooling: Noctua NH-D14
storage: seagate 600 240GB SSD, 500GB x7200rpm HDD


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  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus LondonMember RarePosts: 702
    You can get her an AMP or an external Sound Card. If you tell me your budget I can make some nice suggestions. 
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  • Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorMember RarePosts: 1,907
    edited April 23
    Dunno I payed like 1k$ back in the day for this yamaha AMP but looking to pay less,  I am not really up to date on prices for this so I could use a low, mid and high budget options and then I would know more what kind of money I am willing to put into this.

    A quick google search show me these AMP are going for 45 to 100$ used and something of similar quality would be fine.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=yamaha+htr-5140+receiver



    Post edited by Asm0deus on

    Brenics ~ Just to point out I do believe Chris Roberts is going down as the man who cheated backers and took down crowdfunding for gaming.

    case: Coolermaster HAF932
    PSU: Antec EA 750watt
    RAM: 4x2g G-SKILL DDR3-1600mhz 9-9-9-24
    Mb:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
    CPU: i5-750 @4ghz
    GPU: gtx msi N760 TF 2GD5/OC
    cooling: Noctua NH-D14
    storage: seagate 600 240GB SSD, 500GB x7200rpm HDD


  • t0nydt0nyd Evansville, INMember UncommonPosts: 289
    edited April 23
    Personally for a pc I prefer going with monitors.  Get something like a scarlett solo or 2i2 as an interface and pair em with a decent set of monitors. Don't forget balanced cables as you can pick up a sub if you want. 

    https://www.monoprice.com/mobile/product/details/605800?gclid=CjwKEAjw_uvHBRDUkumF0tLFp3cSJACAIHMY-0jVylKif-ZSOetXU4BjWoKJ414YBy2xaqhUDrJySBoCbEXw_wcB


    Post edited by t0nyd on
  • Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorMember RarePosts: 1,907

    t0nyd said:

    Personally for a pc I prefer going with monitors.  Get something like a scarlett solo or 2i2 as an interface and pair em with a decent set of monitors. Don't forget balanced cables as you can pick up a sub if you want. 

    https://www.monoprice.com/mobile/product/details/605800?gclid=CjwKEAjw_uvHBRDUkumF0tLFp3cSJACAIHMY-0jVylKif-ZSOetXU4BjWoKJ414YBy2xaqhUDrJySBoCbEXw_wcB




    Looks interesting but maybe a little more than what I am looking for.  I doubt it something either of us would use "live" whereas I am looking more for something that would boost headphone sound, if this makes sense?

    For live soud we will keep using my mainhdtv/sound system, I am just looking for something to increase loudness and maybe quality... when using headphones?

    Brenics ~ Just to point out I do believe Chris Roberts is going down as the man who cheated backers and took down crowdfunding for gaming.

    case: Coolermaster HAF932
    PSU: Antec EA 750watt
    RAM: 4x2g G-SKILL DDR3-1600mhz 9-9-9-24
    Mb:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
    CPU: i5-750 @4ghz
    GPU: gtx msi N760 TF 2GD5/OC
    cooling: Noctua NH-D14
    storage: seagate 600 240GB SSD, 500GB x7200rpm HDD


  • t0nydt0nyd Evansville, INMember UncommonPosts: 289
    Oh my bad I thought you were trying to hook her up with a receiver and amp. You can get pretty decent headphone amps. Check out schiit. They have nice dacs and headphone amps. 
  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDMember EpicPosts: 21,093
    edited April 23
    WHat it sounds like you want is an audio interface for instruments, mics, as well as decent high quality audio output that runs off ASIO drivers (better for direct sound). There are all kinds of them (from $30 -100's of dollars), some that run and sound fine on basic windows sound. Just google audio interface. Even low priced units can sound good. 
    Post edited by Distopia on

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  • VrikaVrika FinlandMember RarePosts: 4,024

    Asm0deus said:

    My complaint on her pc isn't quality but rather low volume and I have done and gone around all the boosting I can off windows 7 and the like?


    You can try boosting the sound volume more than Windows 7 normally offers with this program:
      https://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/

    It might not help, but it costs nothing to try.
     
  • PhryPhry OxfordshireMember EpicPosts: 8,705
    Sounds like you need a soundcard with a headphone amp, they don't cost much at all tbh;

    https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/asus-xonar-dgx/90-yaa0q1-0uan0bz.html
  • GdemamiGdemami Member EpicPosts: 10,629
    edited April 23
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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarreMember EpicPosts: 6,288
    edited April 23
    A shame, I have a Logitech 5.1 system rotting in my storage which I was using before buying a HDMI amplifier, I'd have sold it to you cheap but I doubt the postage fees will be worth it.

    This said, the best "soundcard" ever for a PC is definitely a real home cinema receiver with a good surround speaker set. Once you have gamed with a surround speaker system, you will never want to go back.
    Post edited by Jean-Luc_Picard on
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  • Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorMember RarePosts: 1,907
    Thanks for the advice all!

    Brenics ~ Just to point out I do believe Chris Roberts is going down as the man who cheated backers and took down crowdfunding for gaming.

    case: Coolermaster HAF932
    PSU: Antec EA 750watt
    RAM: 4x2g G-SKILL DDR3-1600mhz 9-9-9-24
    Mb:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
    CPU: i5-750 @4ghz
    GPU: gtx msi N760 TF 2GD5/OC
    cooling: Noctua NH-D14
    storage: seagate 600 240GB SSD, 500GB x7200rpm HDD


  • BarbarbarBarbarbar Member UncommonPosts: 271
    edited May 7
    What you need is a Headphone amp/dac, and you should get an external, and not a soundcard. Soundcards are nothing but recurring driver problems, and can have trouble with interference from the other electronics. Nothing but trouble, like in the song "Jerry was a soundcard driver", by Primus.

    The FiiO products listed are the go to in this department, and they'll give you most bang for the buck in the budget department.

    If you want to step up, there's the Audioengine Amp: http://audioengineusa.com/shop/components/d1-24-bit-dacheadphone-amp/

    For a bit more fun, there's the Aune T1, that lets your wife play with tubes. You'll probably grow jealous on your wifes new cool hobby. Aune T1

    Or there's the dragonfly series, they are all the rage, and both the red and the black ones are getting good reviews. Perfect for laptops and phones. They are also very cool and something you will wish you bought for yourself. 

    Dragonfly black

    Dragonfly red

    All these deserve headphones of similar quality and pricepoint, no point in forking over for headphone amps, if your headphones have cost half as much.
    Post edited by Barbarbar on
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