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Situation: Rebuilding my main rig in mATX form and I intend to go SLI/xfire so I will not be able to throw down a Xonar STX card like I would love t o.

User type: Gamer/Music-I could care less about game sounds.

Equipment: "maximus v gene", Sennheisers Hd650s, and O2 Amp

Question: Which option would I get the best results with, without exceeding set budge of $600:

Option A: Purchase Asus Essence One external DAC and use as a main source for hi-fi audio.

Option B
: Purchase single monster GPU and plug in STX with Op-Amps+O2(objective 2) Amp

Option C: Purchase "X" DAC and use O2 amp

Option D: Purchase "X" external DAC for $550~ for better results

Thanks.
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post #2 of 6
External DAC and amp looks like the best option from over here. Doesn't have to be the Asus one, I'm sure plenty of recommendations for DACs to look at will flood in shortly.
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Well, considering that you already own most of the gear you need, its almost moot to discuss. I've don't crossfire/sli and TBH, I prefer single card setups. So, the option that makes the most sense to me (especially since you have a very nice amp and the XTX is no slouch as a DAC) would be option B.

That said, if you have your heart set on multiple GPU's and will be getting getting 'external' equipment for sound, the One is a hard-to-beat deal. It offers amplification enough for the HD800 if you please, has balanced outputs, etc... Also, the 11 opamps can be upgraded but this can get costly (even some of the Asus suggested opamps are insanely priced, i.e. the muse02 @ ~$40each).

Also, if you really want to save a few $'s, you can always pickup an HRT Music Streamer II (I haven't heard this DAC myself) as it seems pretty well received in the audio community and pair it with your O2.

If you have a burning pocket for a new DAC, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus (~$600) is pretty tasty but certainly not your only option.
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Reviving this thread a bit for a quick question, maybe it will be answered...

If I can get a brand-new Essence One for just $200, it would be worth it over a brand new STX for $150, right?

I also should mention it would help reduce my system heat as I have dual GPU's.
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If you could buy a brand new Essence One for 200 I would buy it in a second and immediately sell it back for 450.
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Originally Posted by Sazexa View Post

Reviving this thread a bit for a quick question, maybe it will be answered...
If I can get a brand-new Essence One for just $200, it would be worth it over a brand new STX for $150, right?
I also should mention it would help reduce my system heat as I have dual GPU's.

Without a shadow of a doubt.
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If you could buy a brand new Essence One for 200 I would buy it in a second and immediately sell it back for 450.

Lol.
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