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post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Vilifried View Post

Sweet just found one new for $195. ( I prefer to by all my electronics new it just feels right that way. lol)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=10940
with:
Objective 2 Headphone Amplifier.
AKG Q701 Reference Headphones Quincy Jones Signature Line
sounds frickin awesome thumb.gif
can I put a stamp on that guys or is there anything else I'm not realizing?
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You'll want a dual RCA to single 3.5mm connector as well, to go from the STX into the line in of the O2.

Something like this from whatever retailer you choose.

Make sure your PSU has a free molex power, as that is necessary for the STX.

Other than that, you're set!

Good audio makes a world of difference, and I'm glad you're getting into it.

Something to keep in mind, make sure your source material (the music files themselves) are in good quality. Look for MP3 320kbps or above if possible. No amount of gear in the world can fix a crappy recording.
post #12 of 24
Okay, I'll admit I'm not an expert on sound cards, but why on earth would you use the sound card dac with an external amp?? Can you even do that with those cards? If not, you will be double amping which is not a good idea for quality.

If I were you I would I would go ahead and get a good external dac to pair with the little dot. Just my 2cents.gif
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Okay, I'll admit I'm not an expert on sound cards, but why on earth would you use the sound card dac with an external amp?? Can you even do that with those cards? If not, you will be double amping which is not a good idea for quality.
If I were you I would I would go ahead and get a good external dac to pair with the little dot. Just my 2cents.gif

This is why I suggested the STX.
It has RCA outs, and therefore isn't amped as it enters the O2.
OP said that he does not want an external DAC, as was my first suggestion, so I went ahead and recommended the STX, which has one of the best DACs in an internal sound card.

I also suggested the O2 over the Little Dot because the little dot is a tube amp, and it seems that the OP prefers accuracy over the "warmth" and distortion a tube amp brings. thumb.gif
post #14 of 24
Ah ok, didn't catch the "I don't want an external dac part". I also prefer SS to tube. thumb.gif

I even tried out the Millet Max Hybrid which is both, obviously, and still didn't like it as well as a nice solid state. wink.gif
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You'll want a dual RCA to single 3.5mm connector as well, to go from the STX into the line in of the O2.
Something like this from whatever retailer you choose.
Make sure your PSU has a free molex power, as that is necessary for the STX.
Other than that, you're set!
Good audio makes a world of difference, and I'm glad you're getting into it.
Something to keep in mind, make sure your source material (the music files themselves) are in good quality. Look for MP3 320kbps or above if possible. No amount of gear in the world can fix a crappy recording.

All set with the power 1200watt PSU lol and yeah quality of source is always my top priority thumb.gif
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post #16 of 24
I don't think there's much point to a Xonar Essence ST / STX when not using its headphone amp. May as well just get something like Xonar D1 / DX, which is already way overkill good for audio playback purposes (unless in an electrically noisy computer which creates some hissing or spurious noises, but that's a real possibility for any internal sound card).
post #17 of 24
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All set with the power 1200watt PSU lol and yeah quality of source is always my top priority thumb.gif

^

Overkill for your rig. Massive overkill. 1200W PSUs is only really needed if you're Tri or Quad-SLI-ing.
post #18 of 24
If you like colored (inaccurate) sound, tube amps are for you. If you'd rather hear music the way it was originally recorded, tubes are not for you.

AKG's high end phones are known for their detail and accuracy, so why mess with that by adding a tube amp?
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post #19 of 24
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All set with the power 1200watt PSU lol and yeah quality of source is always my top priority thumb.gif

1200 watts for what? I hope not your sig system. It's massive overkill you'll end up getting terrible efficiency. I don't know much about nvidia and intel hardware but I couldn't see you need anymore than 600-700 watts.

The more powerful our hardware gets, the newer the generation, the less power they consume.
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post #20 of 24

For that price, that is probably a way to go. Whether that sounds like god is whispering in your ears, only you can say. There is tons of combinations you can make for that price with each having a different sound signature. The best is probably to go into a store and check it out. Whether that is possible, is a different story. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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