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If you're not into gaming, and since you're using Denons you should be into music, you should look into a USB DAC.
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Originally Posted by Spandy87 View Post
The one thing I guess I would like is maybe a fuller sound with more Bass, but I can't complain too much.
for music/gaming, and a warm sound signature with some bass emphasis, i'm extremely happy with my setup of an X-Fi Titanium HD and Beyer DT770 80 ohm headphones. i think you'd be very pleased with this setup. music sounds great - i listen to indie-folk and contemporary rock. gaming is fantastic - excellent sound stage for closed headphones and their 'fun' sound really improves the experience. i've never listened to the Xonar STX so take my recommendation for what it's worth.

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Edited by Porter_ - 6/10/11 at 3:14pm
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The xonar stx hands down the best on the market right now
    
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post #14 of 39
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Regardless of the debate on how much of a difference there is in sound quality, if you start moving into higher end headphones you will NEED an amp, that isn't a question. As I said before, I have the same onboard audio chipset and it simply could not drive D2000s well, and they can be driven out of my Zune! If you like the Denon sound, the D2000s are a BIG step up from the D1000s. However, since you cite gaming as an interest, I might look at the Beyer lineup as well. They're known to do quite well with gaming. Sennheiser HD600/650 might be something to look at too, although I don't know if you will find them to be dynamic enough after Denons.
Not all high end headphones have high impedence or low sensitivity. For example, the D2000's that you mentioned have high sensitivity and low impedence. I'm sure they can be driven from a sound card/PMP with no issues whatsoever.

With regards to the OP, for music I would recommend the Essence STX. An excellent card for listening to music, and other than BC2, positional sound for gaming will be excellent as well.
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WHats the issue with BC2?

Not the first time I've heard that there are issues with it.

I'm getting this specifically for gaming, headphones, and Battlefield 3 (BFBC2 for now)
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Just FYI I've got the Xonar ST with Windows 7 and it works perfect. Thetas my vote, of course I can't compare with newer creative stuff. My cans are Shure 840 and despite being 32 omh onboard is no match for the ST
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post #17 of 39
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Originally Posted by Oupavoc View Post
The xonar stx hands down the best on the market right now
Best in what? Each card tends to excel in different areas. There is no real dominant leader when it comes to mutli-purpose sound cards. ASUS and CREATIVE currently hold the postion of top dogs in this category.
Edited by Paradigm - 6/10/11 at 9:46pm
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WHats the issue with BC2?

Not the first time I've heard that there are issues with it.

I'm getting this specifically for gaming, headphones, and Battlefield 3 (BFBC2 for now)
Then the Titanium HD is the clear choice. BC2 is absolutely breathtaking with the Titanium HD. I replaced my STX with the creative since the Asus(CMedia DSP) had a hollow sound with sub par positional audio, when compared against the new Creative.
Edited by Paradigm - 6/10/11 at 9:40pm
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Also have this card. Very happy with it.
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