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Been thinking about getting a Xonar STX card, but I was wondering, what are a good pair of headphones that would compliment this sound card? I thought about getting the HD595 or HD598, would those go well with it?

The whole sound card/headphone thing is somewhat new to me, so I'm not really sure what to look for specifically.
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Originally Posted by nekroturkey View Post
Been thinking about getting a Xonar STX card, but I was wondering, what are a good pair of headphones that would compliment this sound card? I thought about getting the HD595 or HD598, would those go well with it?

The whole sound card/headphone thing is somewhat new to me, so I'm not really sure what to look for specifically.
Any good quality headphones would be a good match with this sound card. There aren't any specific ones that are designed to work better or anything like that. Try different headphones and see which ones you like best. I personally have Audio Technica ATH-AD700 which have awesome sound stage and they sound beautiful with my xonar stx.
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The Essence STX is a waste on the HD595 and HD598 in my opinion. The Xonar D1/DX would do just as good of a job with those two.

When it comes to amplification, the STX really isn't great. It's at that middle point where it's not really good enough for headphones that need the juice but it's not bad to the point where a Fiio E5 portable amplifier can beat it.

IMO the STX is more or less a Xonar DX with 6.3 mm headphone jacks, RCA outputs, an amplifying IC chip, some better components (that are barely distinguishable from the D1 I had, honestly) and a fancy looking tiger engraved metal cover.

The only reason Asus can get away with charging so much money for it is because it's top of the line when it comes to sound cards. Is it worth $200? Definitely not. I'd say it's more reasonable at $125 or so, as is the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD.
Edited by RallyMaster - 8/17/11 at 6:52pm
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The Essence STX is a waste on the HD595 and HD598 in my opinion. The Xonar D1/DX would do just as good of a job with those two.

When it comes to amplification, the STX really isn't great. It's at that middle point where it's not really good enough for headphones that need the juice but it's not bad to the point where a Fiio E5 portable amplifier can beat it.

IMO the STX is more or less a Xonar DX with 6.3 mm headphone jacks, RCA outputs, an amplifying IC chip, some better components (that are barely distinguishable from the D1 I had, honestly) and a fancy looking tiger engraved metal cover.

The only reason Asus can get away with charging so much money for it is because it's top of the line when it comes to sound cards. Is it worth $200? Definitely not. I'd say it's more reasonable at $125 or so, as is the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD.
I tend to agree, I can hear a difference when I drive my 650s through an STX and through a beefier amp.

I would recommend going with a non-amplified card and some cans that don't require amplification..it just makes life simpler (and cheaper).

To make better recommendations we need a full budget and usage description (gaming, music, percentages).
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I would recommend going with a non-amplified card and some cans that don't require amplification..it just makes life simpler (and cheaper).
Definitely this.

My most frequent configuration is definitely Titanium HD straight to my Ultrasone Pro 550 and not my Essence STX to Little Dot MKII to Sennheiser HD600.

I think the HD600 accounts for maybe once in every 15 listening sessions and that's probably stretching it as a result of the simplicity of having a headphone that's always plugged in.
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Thanks for the info. Like I mentioned, all this is kind of new to me, so I'm still learning.

Amazon is currently selling the STX for about ~$177 right now, and I have $30 credit with them and I'm a prime member, so I could get that down to about $147 with free 2-day shipping. As far as a budget goes, I have about ~$300 in total to spend on a sound card/headphones. I'd also be using it mostly for gaming, with music/movies on the side.

I've heard the Creative cards are pretty good for gaming, but I've been reading that there are some compatibility issues with Windows 7 and those Creative cards (BSODs and such) along with issues with the drivers. So I had kind of leaned away towards those cards, and more towards the ASUS ones.
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The issues with most Creative cards have been resolved since Vista SP1. It was a nightmare before Vista SP1. All the X-Fis sounded so bad on Vista initially and there wasn't even a Console Launcher for you to use prior to that IIRC.

These issues have not been a problem in Windows 7. Asus doesn't make the best drivers either so don't even think for a second that just because you go with Asus that you're safe
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If you are wondering about the headphones...I recently listened to the HD 598 and I really liked it. I was running with a Bravo v2 amp which made it slightly warmer I would really recommend the can, (it is lightweight and the airy/transparent sound of open headphones is awesome, the only bad thing is it leaks a lot of sound, both ways) especially if you can find it cheap.
    
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If you are wondering about the headphones...I recently listened to the HD 598 and I really liked it. I was running with a Bravo v2 amp which made it slightly warmer I would really recommend the can, (it is lightweight and the airy/transparent sound of open headphones is awesome, the only bad thing is it leaks a lot of sound, both ways) especially if you can find it cheap.
And because like the HD555/595 of old, the headband tends to crack after a while.

Feast your eyes on some of this:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534963/senn...5#post_7317290

However, it seems like Sennheiser did change the material on the HD598. I still can't say it's worth the asking price of $190 though. You can get much more durable and more capable headphones (like the Ultrasone PRO 750) for around $40 clams more.
Edited by RallyMaster - 8/17/11 at 7:21pm
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If you plan on gaming a lot and play mostly shooters, I recommend getting an X-Fi card over a Xonar. The X-Fi cards have much better positional audio imo. That being said, if you aren't too concerned with positional audio, the Xonar sounds awesome and is great with movies and movies.

Edit: As for headphones, I only used HD555s and RS170s with my STX, both sounded great. Though the RS170s didn't seem to be affected by the amplification, I attribute that to the fact that it's wireless.
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