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post #11 of 19
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So it looks like a Q701 is a good bet, one last question before I go is why pick the STX over the titanium HD?
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post #12 of 19
I can't stand sound cards so take this with a grain of salt lol

the Titanium HD has the same op-amps as the Xonar Essence ST/X and can drive headphones up to 250 or 300 ohm I can't remember but the Essence ST/X has a dedicated headphone circuit with more driving power and support (Xonar Unified Drivers).
    
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I was going to question why you do like soundcards and ask what you use but then I looked at your sig and damn Oo, how do you keep track of all of that stuff
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computers are noisy, use switching power supplies, PCI boards have limitations, etc. I believe the answer to HiFi is outside the computer not inside.

my setup is pretty simple. I have USB and Firewire coming out of my computer into a DAC and I split the analog out with a Y adapter to 2 headphone amplifiers.
    
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It is obvious you are really well accomplished in the field of audio and it is great to get some recommendations from someone who is obviously well versed in the field, so thanks alot for helping me out.
Ultimately however my appreciation of true audio is probably very limited and even my my soundcard/headphone upgrade I will probably see an astronomical increase in permanence.

So at the moment my purchase will post likely be a ASUS essence STX coupled with a AKG-Q701, unless anything in that list sounds out of place

Also thanks to lord XEB, Plooto, chinesekiwi (sorry if I have forgotten anyone) for all yours responses
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i'm flattered. you're welcome smile.gif
    
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I think you have chosen a good setup. I personally prefer the DT880s to the Q701s, but they are very similar headphones. I believe the 880s will have more bass when attached to a meaty amp, although the Q701s will have a more distant sound stage, which helps with positioning.

I have used them with a Xonar D2X, and assuming the DAC component is the same between the D2X and STX, I can certainly say that soundstaging and positional audio are top notch with that card. Listening to my DT880s jacked straight in to the D2X gives better positional audio than my $500 desktop DAC+Amp (of course it's unamped so it sounds worse in all other ways rolleyes.gif).

Also, with the Asus drivers, you have access to the Dolby Headphone DSP. If you're playing a game which supports multi-channel sound, and you are set to 8 channels in the Asus Software (important!), the result is quite amazing. For the price of adding a bit of reverb, you get a holographic soundstage that you feel like you can reach out and touch. Very handy in FPS games!

tl;dr I've used a very similar setup and it's clinically accurate.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I think I will stick with the Q701 only because I simply do not require heavy base and would benefit more from a wider sound stage. Googled the DX and STX quickly and found they two line up with each other quite alot smile.gif
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It is obvious you are really well accomplished in the field of audio and it is great to get some recommendations from someone who is obviously well versed in the field, so thanks alot for helping me out.
Ultimately however my appreciation of true audio is probably very limited and even my my soundcard/headphone upgrade I will probably see an astronomical increase in permanence.
So at the moment my purchase will post likely be a ASUS essence STX coupled with a AKG-Q701, unless anything in that list sounds out of place
Also thanks to lord XEB, Plooto, chinesekiwi (sorry if I have forgotten anyone) for all yours responses

Good choice. If you find that your headphones need amping, JDS labs Objecitve 2 is a good choice. It is 144 USD before shipping.
 
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