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Alright guys, so I'm completely new to this whole scene. I don't intend on spending much more than I already did on a Xonar STX and Ultrasone pro550's. But it's been said and done. I can't wait till these babies come in so I can stop hearing my wife's thai soap operas on blast while I'm trying to sleep before work. That's pretty much the real reason I bought these... lol.

So with that said I have just a few questions for all of you expert audiophiles...

  • How should I set this up/burn in the headphones?
  • will the STX be good enough to properly drive the Ultrasone pro550's?
  • If I wanted to take the headphones out, which portable amp should I get (budget <$100)?
  • What should I do next?

Many thanks smile.gif
post #2 of 11
Yes, that sound card will definitely do your headphones much justice.

And I mean, as far as your "burning in the headphones" question goes, if you want to get them as comfortable as you can as quick as possible, when you're at work or something and not using the headphones, you can stretch them over a lampshade.
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Does your wife have a job?
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Does your wife have a job?

her job is a housewife/slave labor at her mom's restaurant lol.
post #5 of 11
Burn in refers to exercising the driver to get it to perform optimally. If I remember correctly, the pro 550 did not need burn in and was good straight out of the box.

excellent reply rally master.

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Alright guys, so I'm completely new to this whole scene. I don't intend on spending much more than I already did on a Xonar STX and Ultrasone pro550's. But it's been said and done. I can't wait till these babies come in so I can stop hearing my wife's thai soap operas on blast while I'm trying to sleep before work. That's pretty much the real reason I bought these... lol.
So with that said I have just a few questions for all of you expert audiophiles...
  • How should I set this up/burn in the headphones?
  • will the STX be good enough to properly drive the Ultrasone pro550's?
  • If I wanted to take the headphones out, which portable amp should I get (budget <$100)?
  • What should I do next?
Many thanks smile.gif

In all seriousness:

1. Play music. The PRO550 didn't change very much for me in terms of burn-in.
2. The STX will be fine to drive the PRO550 although I personally think it sounds better coming out of my tube amp (Little Dot MKII).
3. Don't take the headphones out even though they have swivel cups and are foldable. You'd be much better off with in-ears on the go. I've tried the full size headphone approach. They aren't comfortable, don't stay on your head and don't isolate as much. Don't do it, bro.
4. Ultrasone PRO750 pads. The recent ones are black instead of silver (so yours will never look as cool as mine tongue.gif).
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
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Originally Posted by hollowtek View Post

Alright guys, so I'm completely new to this whole scene. I don't intend on spending much more than I already did on a Xonar STX and Ultrasone pro550's. But it's been said and done. I can't wait till these babies come in so I can stop hearing my wife's thai soap operas on blast while I'm trying to sleep before work. That's pretty much the real reason I bought these... lol.
So with that said I have just a few questions for all of you expert audiophiles...
  • How should I set this up/burn in the headphones?
  • will the STX be good enough to properly drive the Ultrasone pro550's?
  • If I wanted to take the headphones out, which portable amp should I get (budget <$100)?
  • What should I do next?
Many thanks smile.gif

In all seriousness:

1. Play music. The PRO550 didn't change very much for me in terms of burn-in.
2. The STX will be fine to drive the PRO550 although I personally think it sounds better coming out of my tube amp (Little Dot MKII).
3. Don't take the headphones out even though they have swivel cups and are foldable. You'd be much better off with in-ears on the go. I've tried the full size headphone approach. They aren't comfortable, don't stay on your head and don't isolate as much. Don't do it, bro.
4. Ultrasone PRO750 pads. The recent ones are black instead of silver (so yours will never look as cool as mine tongue.gif).

Not sure he needs to look cool in front of his thai soap opera watching wife. laugher.gif
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post #8 of 11
Congratulations and enjoy. Most of your questions have been answered but the one pertaining to a portable amp. I've been using a Fiio e11 as a portable amp and love mine. I have an e9 being delivered today for my desktop. GL
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post #9 of 11
I've never heard of these headphones or this brand but the Xonar ST and STX can drive headphones up to 300 Ohm, your headphones according to the website are 64 Ohm. So you should be fine.

For burning in, all you really have to do is play music constantly. Some people like to use pink noise. Really burning in just means exercising the drivers so that everything settles in. The process will happen normally over time as you listen to music, your just accelerating the process by "burning in."
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post #10 of 11
Actually, I believe the specs of the STX say they can drive to 600 ohms which I believe is far from the truth. Even on extra high gain, the sound just doesn't stand up to the full power of a desktop amp like my Little Dot.

The STX's amplifier is really only good for increasing volume and not much else.
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