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Hey guys!! I decided to improve my sound setup since my POS headset just died. I am looking for a setup around ~$200 dollars. Thinking of picking up a set of Audio Techinica A700's with an ASUS Xonar DX from the egg (have $60 in gift cards biggrin.gif). Anything I should know/change about this? I was also curious about "PAX" drivers that I've heard about a bit and I was wondering if this matters to me! Thanks! Any help is appreciated by this blossoming audiophile biggrin.gif
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Not at all. They're worth their price. The BX5A's are normally 250 dollar speakers unless you can get a deal on them for 150. That would put it between the A2's and the A5's. There's a lot to be answered as well in your predicament. What DAC was being used with the A2s? What kind of music was he listening to when he made that purchase? Was the same DAC being used when he moved onto the BX5As?
On top of that the BX5A is a monitor whereas the Audioengines are not. This in turn makes the frequency response much different.
Vocals on the Audioengines sound much better. The voice comes across powerful and weighty while the BX5A makes them sound light.
Bass wise the Audioengines are hands down winners (not counting subwoofers added).
The BX5A is harsher on audio and is very revealing. A poorly recorded song will sound terrible on the BX5A's whereas the Audioengine is more forgiving. Likewise, the Audioengine has a much more laid back sound to it. The BX5A's are more analytical I think, but I think do provide more...eh..clarity and crispness of sound than the Audioengines.
So, I don't think the Audioengines are overpriced. I think the BX5A's are just priced very well and go on sale much more than Audioengines (never go on sale).
Different sounds for different people with different needs.
Nope, AudioEngine is just overpriced IMO. I'd rather get a pair of KRK Rokit 5 or even the BX8a, and both are lower than the A5.
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Have you given the AKG HD K272s a shot? Seems to be amazing gaming headphones but need a good source/amp.
There are better gaming headphones for that price range IMO(considering amp cost); Also, they're closed.
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I like my Xonar DG + Sennheiser HD 558. It's quite nice. Planning to get a speaker upgrade over the summer. Budget is $150. Ideas? Only requirement is that it has a headphone passthrough audio port.
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Keep the TiHD, STX isn't worth it.
Go with the Pro 550s.
XB700s, if you want more bass, XB500s. XB700s will give you more clarity. M50s aren't as bassy as people make them out to be, but they'll give you more clarity than the XB700s.

lol clarity...Define clarity

Also, XB700 and 500 has the same amount of bass. The reason why people think the XB500 has more bass is because people crank up the volume more to compensate for the recessed(quite noticeable) mids.
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Is there any good headphones amp, capable to drive a DT 990 (600-ohm), which has dual output with a selector on its front panel to switch between the two outputs, being a peamped for loudspeakers and another amped for headphones?

This would solve the problem with switching between headphones and speakers of SB X-Fi Ti HD by allowing you switch between them pushing a button on front panel amp.
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Is there any good headphones amp, capable to drive a DT 990 (600-ohm), which has dual output with a selector on its front panel to switch between the two outputs, being a peamped for loudspeakers and another amped for headphones?
This would solve the problem with switching between headphones and speakers of SB X-Fi Ti HD by allowing you switch between them pushing a button on front panel amp.


It sounds to me like you want the straightforward feature ASUS has implemented in their STX card. You have a simple button in the ASUS center which allows you to switch between headphones and speakers. I wonder if the Xonar Essence One actually does what you want ...

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Yes. This is what I want.

I guess Xonar Essence One has this feature by software but it is a DAC and amp. I know it can be used just as an amp for SB X-Fi Ti HD, but it is much expensive and overkill for this.

An ultra expensive DAC that would be perfect it is the beyerdynamic A1. It has dual output but I guess it does not allow an easy switching between its outputs.

Nevertheless I am glad you understood what I want.
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Can someone please recommend a good PCI card for gaming all my PCI-e slots are covered by my graphics card...seems like all the good cards are PCI-e, i will be using the Sennheiser pc360s most likely and im not sure if an amp would be better than a soundcard.
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Originally Posted by lb_felipe View Post

Yes. This is what I want.

I guess Xonar Essence One has this feature by software but it is a DAC and amp. I know it can be used just as an amp for SB X-Fi Ti HD, but it is much expensive and overkill for this.

An ultra expensive DAC that would be perfect it is the beyerdynamic A1. It has dual output but I guess it does not allow an easy switching between its outputs.

Nevertheless I am glad you understood what I want.


I hope someone knows of a product like this because I am also interested too wink.gif.

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Can someone please recommend a good PCI card for gaming all my PCI-e slots are covered by my graphics card...seems like all the good cards are PCI-e, i will be using the Sennheiser pc360s most likely and im not sure if an amp would be better than a soundcard.


The Xonar ST is anamazing card on PCI but not stellar at gaming. redface.gif
 
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I hope someone knows of a product like this because I am also interested too wink.gif.
The Xonar ST is anamazing card on PCI but not stellar at gaming. redface.gif

That would be a problem haha, gaming is priority
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