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I have recently acquired an Ultrasone PRO 550 and I am currently running it straight from my Xonar D1.

Will it benefit from an amp or a better sound card? If so, what are some recommendations for amps? I've never bought an amp, so I don't know of a budget range.

Discuss!
Edited by wongster - 4/27/11 at 7:38pm
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Not essential but will benefit from one however you're better off overall sound wise upgrading the DAC.
post #3 of 14
Your Ultrasones are only 64 ohms. They shouldn't require much of an amp at all.
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Seems like upgrading a sound card would be the more beneficial than getting an amp.

What sound card would you recommend to upgrade over the D1? STX/ST?
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Seems like upgrading a sound card would be the more beneficial than getting an amp.

What sound card would you recommend to upgrade over the D1? STX/ST?
Depends if you want to game or listen to music. What percentage are you wanting to game? If you're mostly into music, start looking at an external DAC even though the STX's DAC is pretty solid in and of itself.

Still, if you have no headphones that can be powered by the STXs headphone amp, I don't really see a reason to go with it.
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Sound advice, Simca.

I was more curious as to what future options I had available to me, rather than another "What should I buy?" thread. My gaming to music ratio is about even, but my gaming needs don't require precise audio positioning.
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Sound advice, Simca.

I was more curious as to what future options I had available to me, rather than another "What should I buy?" thread. My gaming to music ratio is about even, but my gaming needs don't require precise audio positioning.
That said, if you're not into FPS gaming I would buy the BEST ~DAC~ possible which won't be on a sound card, but rather an external DAC. If you give me a price range I can help you find one to suit your needs. I assume since you're considering the STX you're at least up to 180/200 dollars for a DAC is that correct?

I can tell you right now that the Musiland Monitor 02 is only 120 and sounds better than the STX.

For 140 the Aune Mini DAC MK2 is also very good and perhaps better than the Musiland 02.

For 200 dollars a VERY popular DAC being talked about is the Audio-GD NFB-12.
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I really like my Dacmagic. Aside from great sound, it has 2 sets of outputs, RCA for my Headphone Amp and Balanced XLR for my studio monitor.
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I really like my Dacmagic. Aside from great sound, it has 2 sets of outputs, RCA for my Headphone Amp and Balanced XLR for my studio monitor.
Nice Dac. I'm considering that DAC and another more expensive one that measures with 1000+ dollar DACs but has some horror stories quality control wise :S
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Nice Dac. I'm considering that DAC and another more expensive one that measures with 1000+ dollar DACs but has some horror stories quality control wise :S
Given that I haven't really tried other DAC's (I did a lot of research tho.) (I have a portable Dac/AMP ibasso d2 but I don't count thant) I am quite happy with the Dacmagic. I usually get the upgrade bug, but I have not yet, even an inkling, find any reason to upgrade my DAC. sorry for the thread jack
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