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I have been thinking about getting a Xonar STX for a while now, but I just found one for $199 shipping and tax included. Should I buy it? I will use these with my HD 555s right now, then I will buy some HD 650s in a few monthes. Do you think it's worth the money? I listen to lots of Big Band/Swing type music, some rap/hip hop, some jazz, some alternative, and then a bit of classical. Is there an amp + DAC that I can get for around that price range, that will be better? Thanks.
    
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I plan on doing this setup with the HD 595. I've read around on some old threads on OCN about that combo working out fairly well.
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$199 is a tad expensive....

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...92805b3ee06719

Google Product Search yo.
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
$199 is a tad expensive....

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...92805b3ee06719

Google Product Search yo.
Are they legit?
    
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
Are they legit?
Yes, i've bought from them many times, they are one of my favorite places to buy from.

And the essence is only worth it if you have 600ohm headphones you are trying to drive. 32ohm headphones are not worth the upgrade, they will work fine on any sound card.
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Amp + DAC for ~200$ would be a Fiio E7/E9 combo...you can't beat it for the price...it looks good, it drives my Beyers DT880/600ohm with breeze, and you can use E7 as a portable dac/amp...for 200$ you get both a dedicated dac and amp and also a mobile dac/amp for the music on the go...this thing is unbeatable

And the review: http://www.headfonia.com/fiio-e9-dekstop-amplifier/


Edited by Komder - 5/4/11 at 12:36am
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post
And the essence is only worth it if you have 600ohm headphones you are trying to drive. 32ohm headphones are not worth the upgrade, they will work fine on any sound card.
Totally false. It will benefit any headphone regardless.
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Your 555's will benefit, but I am not sure you will notice it without having previously spent time listening to them on a lesser source/amp.

However, the STX/e7/e9 wont drive HD650s as well as you think. The gain will be there, but the drivers wont really come alive in the right way.

Best way i can phrase it is that the bass and the volume will be okay, but your going to notice some dullness or flatness in terms of sound if you compared them to a pair running on a better amp. Its similar with my AKG 701s which I have spent alot of time with on the STX, my yamaha receiver, and my matrix m-stage. They don't have an insane impedance like 600ohm beyers, but they do love current.

There are better options out there than going straight to 650s if your looking for better SQ in a relatively easy to drive package.

On the flip side of it, owning HD600s/650s with just an STX and then upgrading to a external amp running off the STX's preouts will be an incredible audio experience. The STX is a solid source, unless you plan on spending $300-350+ for a DAC.

Im personally just using the toslink out off mine at this point, which is a complete waste of the card since I could just get it off the onboard, but I suppose there is no point in letting it go to waste, plus it looks sick in the case
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ive got the xonar essence st.. and i've got hd 600s.. havn't heard anything so nice
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Okay, on superbiiz.com, they have the Xonar STX for $167.99 with the coupon code SAVEMAY5 which saves $5. Sounds like a crazy price! Should I do it? I'm very tempted now.
    
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