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    Default Headphone amp / dac , for gaming rig.

    I ordered a pair of Polk UltraFocus 8000 Active Noise Canceling Headphones. I want to match a headphone amp / dec with them, so I get optimal sound when gaming. I play games like battle field 3, etc.

    I have a asrock extreme 4 motherboard.

    I was thinking of using the optical or a hdmi cable if I use a dac.

    I have a little room in my case, but not alot, thats why I was thinking amp/dac

    This is a loud case, hence the noise canceling...

    Picture of my case.

    Also, is there anyway to get the i-device controls to work on PC? or the Mic to work on pc?

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    An external DAC is certainly the way to go for quality 2-channel PC sound (vs. sound card). I would suggest looking at asynchronous USB rather than HDMI. Optical would also be a good choice. You could use the DAC/amp setup in combination with the mic input to the built-in sound on your MB.

    What is your budget? I personally would look at Schiit audio, but my suggestions might change, depending on your budget.

    http://schiit.com/ They have US-made & supported DACs and amps as low as $99 each.
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    2.1: Peachtree DAC●iT>Yaqin MC-10L w/6CA7-EH, Voskhod 6N1P-EV>polkaudio RT25i, PSW202

    5.1: ATI HD5850 HDMI Bitstreaming>Denon AVR-1910>polkaudio RT7, CS350-LS, RT3, PSW505, Sony Bravia KDL-52W3000

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    I would like to keep the cost under the cost of the headphones...

    Thoughts on Schiit MAGNI MODI analong / BIFROST Digital vs JDS Labs JDS Labs/ODAC vs Audioengine D1 vs Fiio TAISHAN/D03K?

    The Audioengine D1 / TAISHAN/D03K would have opitcal in for less cost of Schiit / JDS Labs I believe.

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    I've heard the MODI and, IMO, there are other options for close to the same price that are better. For instance, the HRT Music Streamer II. The Music streamer is USB-only, however. I highly recommend the Musical Fidelity V-DACII that sounds much better than either of them and has optical, coax and USB input. It is, however, about double the price of the HRT. But from my experience, you get what you pay for with DACs.

    I've heard good reviews on the MAGNI, but I haven't heard one myself. I will probably be buying one to replace the NAD C740 receiver I'm currently using to power my DT-880 headphones. I'm just now getting back into cans after being away for about 20 years, so I don't have the experience to comment on any of the other products you mention.
    2.1: Peachtree DAC●iT>Yaqin MC-10L w/6CA7-EH, Voskhod 6N1P-EV>polkaudio RT25i, PSW202

    5.1: ATI HD5850 HDMI Bitstreaming>Denon AVR-1910>polkaudio RT7, CS350-LS, RT3, PSW505, Sony Bravia KDL-52W3000

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    Cheapest inroad is probably the Fiio stuff... their starting DAC/headphone amp is ~$50 and is a significant improvement over most onboard audio. If you want something higher up the food chain, I'd look into the NuForce gear. They've got a ton of options, including some that have an integrated amp to drive a couple of speakers if that would help you out.. the NuForce stuff you'd be looking at runs more like $300... lots of other options in between, but that may be a good place to bracket your search.
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