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Okay, I actualy just bought it! Can't wait! I'll post pics and a little comentary when I get it. Thanks guys!
    
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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.
Heya,

You clearly want to increase your audio experience and you're willing to drop a lot of money on a dedicated sound card that will only work on a single machine. And later you want to upgrade your headphones to some superior ones, like the 650's. My suggestion to you is that it's time to hit the breaks. You need to weigh your options. You probably should get a DAC/AMP and not a soundcard. This is especially true if you want to be able to listen from several sources, not just that one computer your soundcard is in. Also, think about resale should you outgrow your soundcard, by the time you want to sell it, there's newer options. DAC/AMPs hold more value longer as they're useful for anything, not just a computer. So as you grow your equipment, it's better to not put yourself in a niche with a soundcard if you want to go into more Hi Fi.

So to start, you should see reviews on DAC/AMPs that are in your price range that are going to drive headphones of many varieties.

Massive DAC/AMP Review - Read this thing. Seriously. It will change everything you think you want if you plan on moving up to 650's.

My suggestion to you is a USB DAC/AMP. Especially one that is portable. This allows you to listen from any source essentially. Both at the computer, and on the go. See the review for which one would drive HD650's well.

Very best,
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Totally false. It will benefit any headphone regardless.
I said that "it is only worth it if..", not it doesn't make any difference. Of course it makes a difference, it uses higher quality parts + amp, but at $100 more than the xonar dx, I wouldn't get it unless I needed it to drive some high resistance headphones.

Op can spend his money however he wants, but unless he is trying to drive a 600ohm pair of headphones, in my opinion, it is a waste when the xonar dx will do almost the exact same thing at half the price.
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I said that "it is only worth it if..", not it doesn't make any difference. Of course it makes a difference, it uses higher quality parts + amp, but at $100 more than the xonar dx, I wouldn't get it unless I needed it to drive some high resistance headphones.

Op can spend his money however he wants, but unless he is trying to drive a 600ohm pair of headphones, in my opinion, it is a waste when the xonar dx will do almost the exact same thing at half the price.
uh...the DAC chip is better. A better DAC chip benefits any headphone.
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uh...the DAC chip is better. A better DAC chip benefits any headphone.
Okay, but have you ever done a side by side comparison of the dx and the stx? they sound pretty much the same, definitely not $100 different, until you try and run 600ohm headphones on the dx, then the difference is clear.
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Um... Did you read the part where I said I just bought one...
    
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Okay, but have you ever done a side by side comparison of the dx and the stx? they sound pretty much the same, definitely not $100 different, until you try and run 600ohm headphones on the dx, then the difference is clear.
Yeah, if I did a blind A/B test, I wouldn't be able to tell between my D1 and STX.
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Um... Did you read the part where I said I just bought one...
Don't worry, the stx is an amazing sound card, pretty much the best there is right now. As long as you buy some really good headphones to go with it, you won't be disappointed.
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