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I'm in the process of selling my desktop and sticking with my laptop, but I don't want to lose my music quality.

I currently have an ASUS STX, HD 555s and AKG 271 MKII Headphones. I use to own a Fiio E7, so I'm aware there are external solutions out there.

What would be a could equivalent to the ASUS? E7 + E9? I'm hoping to have decent funds to get something once I sell the ASUS, so I'm thinking $100-$200 range.
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I personally just made the switch from the ASUS ST to the E7 and E9 combo. I would call the music quality about par, but I prefer the E7/E9 more because it feels cleaner...whether that is true or perceived, I don't know. And you can also upgrade from the E7 to the E17 down the road, it supports 24bit audio and up to 192khz IIRC.
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I personally just made the switch from the ASUS ST to the E7 and E9 combo. I would call the music quality about par, but I prefer the E7/E9 more because it feels cleaner...whether that is true or perceived, I don't know. And you can also upgrade from the E7 to the E17 down the road, it supports 24bit audio and up to 192khz IIRC.

Is the E17 out yet? I can't find it on Amazon, but this site looks like it's selling it.
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I have been looking for one for quite a while. I delayed buying my current setup a few weeks hoping it would come out, but I haven't seen it anywhere I normally buy from. That site has no Buy button for the E17, so I don't think it is officially out yet. I found a site that was taking pre-orders...but I forget where that was now. But I am content with my E7 for now, considering it is only 16bit and 44.1khz (what I have mine set to) and it is on par with my ST at 24bit and 96khz, the E17 should be great.
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The STX is actually a very good source for the money, granted i literally only use mine as an optical output now to my dac. You would have to spend $400-450+ to significantly beat it. The onboard amp on the other hand isn't really anything to write home about, too metallic sounding to me... all gain and no current/width to the sound. Running the STX's line out's to a external headphone amp is a great budget set up.

If your going to stick with easy to drive cans, I hear the Calyx Coffee is getting favorable reviews for its price point. Should work well with your 555's and akg 271 mk2's.
http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au/index.php/audio-reviews/desktop-audio-reviews/item/316-calyx-coffee-dac-/-head-amp-ess-sabre-9023

Most of these smaller usb dacs meant for like a laptop or an easy desktop solution aren't really going to be able to properly drive some of the more power hungry headphones out there. It will work, but like everything audio, you get what you pay for.
    
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The STX is actually a very good source for the money, granted i literally only use mine as an optical output now to my dac. You would have to spend $400-450+ to significantly beat it. The onboard amp on the other hand isn't really anything to write home about, too metallic sounding to me... all gain and no current/width to the sound. Running the STX's line out's to a external headphone amp is a great budget set up.
If your going to stick with easy to drive cans, I hear the Calyx Coffee is getting favorable reviews for its price point. Should work well with your 555's and akg 271 mk2's.
http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au/index.php/audio-reviews/desktop-audio-reviews/item/316-calyx-coffee-dac-/-head-amp-ess-sabre-9023
Most of these smaller usb dacs meant for like a laptop or an easy desktop solution aren't really going to be able to properly drive some of the more power hungry headphones out there. It will work, but like everything audio, you get what you pay for.

Yeah, well so far I'm not quite experienced enough to really benefit from headphones that are much better than the ones I have. I'm currently in college and I plan to one day own a house and have a single room dedicated to movies and hi-fi. But for now I think I need to get rid of my desktop and stick with a more portable solution.
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Centrance makes nice portable solutions, such as the Dacport. It would be a nice replacement over your soundcard, but its out of your budget.
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