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Hello Everyone,

I've decided that I want to improve my music and gaming experience with a new soundcard and set of headphones and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction.

I listen to mainly metal and ska. I like a balanced bass, no over the top body shaking nonsense.

Currently I was considering a set of Sennheiser 555s or 595s and an asus xonar essence STX. I know the STX is set up for headphones and doesnt have 5.1/7.1 support, but I don't play on getting a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set so it's not an issue to me.

Thanks ahead of time for any advice
-Skuloth
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if you get sennheiser get the 555's as they can be easily modded into 595's
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I would skip the STX if I was you and put that whole budget towards headphones. I heard no difference with either of the STX I had compared on my onboard ALC889. If you must have a sound card, grab a Xonar DG. I've used that one too and heard no difference either. It's just in case you won't be able to sleep without a sound card. Anyway I'm gonna get a USB DAC next week (Fiio e7). I'll be able to say, then, if it would be worth getting one.

But still, most of your budget should be for headphones.
Edited by cuad - 5/27/11 at 8:15pm
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Skip the STX.
This, get a DG or DX, Sennheisers 555/595 dont really need an amp.
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do you have a budget? get a dac/amp and a good headphone. Get used gear from head-fi
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I would skip the STX if I was you and put that whole budget towards headphones. I heard no difference with either of the STX I had compared on my onboard ALC889.
I don't mean to be rude so please don't take this th wrong way. If your unable to hear a difference between the STX and the Crappy ALC889(which I also Own) then you have very terrible hearing. I have yet to come across a single person in my existence with reasonable hearing that after listening to my hd650's on both the Realtek, STX or Titanium HD the difference was always immediate, quite the stark contrast. It's almost appalling to hear you give out that advice when I am pretty certain that your case is not the norm.
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I would skip the STX if I was you and put that whole budget towards headphones. I heard no difference with either of the STX I had compared on my onboard ALC889. If you must have a sound card, grab a Xonar DG. I've used that one too and heard no difference either. It's just in case you won't be able to sleep without a sound card. Anyway I'm gonna get a USB DAC next week (Fiio e7). I'll be able to say, then, if it would be worth getting one.

But still, most of your budget should be for headphones.
I hope you hear a difference between your onboard and your Fiio.
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The STX was a giant leap over my onboard with the DT-770's I picked up. All my friends have so far been blown away by the difference, whether music, movies, or gaming. The DX is a great sound card for the $$ but I had to go for the STX after reading all the positive reviews and I have no regrets.
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What's your budget, Skuloth?
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I don't mean to be rude so please don't take this th wrong way. If your unable to hear a difference between the STX and the Crappy ALC889(which I also Own) then you have very terrible hearing. I have yet to come across a single person in my existence with reasonable hearing that after listening to my hd650's on both the Realtek, STX or Titanium HD the difference was always immediate, quite the stark contrast. It's almost appalling to hear you give out that advice when I am pretty certain that your case is not the norm.
FYI the only reason as to why your patrons heard a significant audible difference between the onboard audio and the STX is because HD650s need to be amped. So it's logical to say that the HD650s would sound horrible/muddy/quiet on the ALC889 because it can't drive those cups (300ohm and peaks to 500-600ohm at about ~ 100Hz) Obviously, there would be a lesser difference if you were to give them a pair of Grado SR80s.

Just saying...

EDIT: In case you're wondering, I've owned both the TiHD and the STX. TiHD for 2 weeks and the STX for month and a half and coupled with Sennheiser HD598s.
Edited by voxox - 5/27/11 at 9:53pm
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