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Im relatively new to audio. But right now im just using onboard audio on my asus maximus gene z. I want to get a soundcard and then an amplifier. I have the Audio technica ATH-M50 and then my speakers klipsch pro media 2.1. How exactly would this work is what im asking. Do i get the asus xonar dx and use my speakers on that then use my headphones on the e9? How would i hook these two together? Should i get that soundcard but a cheaper amp such as the Fiio e10 or e11. Sorry for the complete noob questions. I would just love some help in this field. I just want better sound. I do not like onboard. Thanks a lot!
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How much are you looking to spend?
    
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You can get a Xonar ST and a Xonar STX used on amazon for $153 which is a good choice, as they both have in-graded headphone amps. You would plug your headphones into the headphone out on the card and use the included RCA to 3.5 adapter for the speakers.


The ATH-M50 don't really benefit from being used and if it does then it really a bit and not worth it, unless you want to have a headphone amp for the future if you get a pair of headphones that need the amp badly.

When I had a Fiio E9 I liked, but now I don't suggest it as you might not like the default sound signature of the op-amps in that design since you might not be able to change it as seen couple of people mentioning that the op-amps are now directly on the pcb and can't be removed to roll them.

There are other good choices for usb dac/amp's like the audiotrak prodigy Cube which sells for $99 on ebay, And others that I can't think off the top of my head.
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Around 200 or a little more. I'd be comfortable with. In the future I was planning on beyerdynamic dt770 pro either 80 or 250ohm version. So that's when the amp would really help which is why I was thinking of getting it now. So the asus xonar st or stx would be a lot better? Is the fiio e9 worth the cost over the e10 e11? Thanks a lot for your help and quick responses guys!
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If I just went with asus xonar essence stx and that's it for the time being. I'm going to be hearing a nice difference compared to onboard correct?
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Maybe. In order of importance: speakers/headphones ==> amp ==> source. Some will disagree with me, but I think 80% of the gains comes from having good speakers or headphones.
    
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But you can have good speakers/headphones but not hear how good they are when you using them with a low quailty/bad source.
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