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I've been using Asus Xonar STX for over a year. I wanted to initially get some external sound equipment, but they were too expensive to buy at the same time as my headphones, so I went with a soundcard. Now that I use SLI/Xfire in my Silverstone case, I barely have space for the soundcard and I'm afraid the heat will ruin it sooner or later. On top of that I dislike the drivers and Asus lack of support and updates. So I figured it might be time to upgrade!

Budget: 700 dollars, but anything less is preferable, hehe.

Sorry for the lack of information, but I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to this stuff, so ask anything I may have left out. Oh and it's not for traveling or such, just desktop use.
post #2 of 7
You want dac+amp combo or separate? tube amp or solid state amp?
I can recommend Darkvoice 332 amp if you can find it, plays well with hd650.
Im want to replace mine(want to try out SS) and been looking into Graham Slee amps, Solo plays well HD650 according to forum posts, so you can check that one also.
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You want dac+amp combo or separate? tube amp or solid state amp?
I can recommend Darkvoice 332 amp if you can find it, plays well with hd650.
Im want to replace mine(want to try out SS) and been looking into Graham Slee amps, Solo plays well HD650 according to forum posts, so you can check that one also.

I really don't know which combination provides the best effect, so I won't count anything out if someone makes a valid point for it. Heh, now that you mention it, I was looking at Graham Slee equipment way back when I got my headphones, so perhaps that is still a good choice.

will see if I can find some info in the search section as well!
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I recommend keeping your STX as a DAC and getting a Schiit Lyr or Bottlehead Crack (if you are into DIY).
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Wish Sweden would actually have ANYTHING in stock. even amazon.co.uk is being extremely useless.
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Have you decided on the amp?
When I was in Sweden I saw many HI-FI shops, don't know if they carry headphone amps though.
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post #7 of 7
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Getting Graham Slee Solo + PSU1 combo for a nice price. Will have to live with my STX card for now, hehe.
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