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That is actually a pretty good idea, that way I could actually get everything the ASUS Xonar Essence and the headphones I need.

you don't need the Essence.
    
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you don't need the Essence.
+1
I think it would be best to get better headphones vs a soundcard and not as good headphones. Another thing is soundcards can introduce a lot of electrical noise from your computer that can be really annoying.


By the way, did you ever mention what music you like?
post #13 of 19
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I listen to a lot of alternative rock, indie and some punk, even some electronic. So could I get away just having a card like this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006
post #14 of 19
there are 3 problems with the Essence.

1) it has a high output impedance
2) it's really powerful with low impedance headphones like the Sennheiser HD558 and Grado SR80i. the windows volume slider will probably be set at 25-30% for a moderate listening level.
3) the stock op-amps don't have good synergy with dark headphones like the Sennheiser HD558. most people go out and buy the LME49990 upgrade which means more money.

I think Fiio is a better option.
    
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No point running two headphones. Buy the 598s. They'll match your needs for everything well enough and be better than the 558s. No need for the Essence, get the DX or Titanium HD.
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there are 3 problems with the Essence.
1) it has a high output impedance

not particularly, 10 ohms. you might be mixing it up with the Titanium HD? (36 ohms)
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none of those headphones are over 80 ohm and regardless that headphone amp is way too powerful for them. your going to be constantly managing the volume in all your applications. it gets annoying.
Edited by bumblebee1980 - 11/26/12 at 4:12pm
    
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No point running two headphones. Buy the 598s. They'll match your needs for everything well enough and be better than the 558s. No need for the Essence, get the DX or Titanium HD.

Researching the 598s right now, to see what I think. Only thing that bothers me is the 6.3mm jack instead of the 3.5mm mainly because I will be forced to use the adapter. It is just a small thing, but I will keep reading up on them.
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the Sennheiser HD598 is warmer and smoother than the HD558 but if it was my money I would put it on Grado for the genres of music you listen to.
    
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