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Hey guys i currently have a xonar ST in my build that i was planning on using when i get the A5s. Just wondering if if would be worth getting a DAC for the sound quality of the A5s or should i just keep my ST and call it good. I know a lot of people get the Audioengine D1 with the A5s..just curious which would be better for the overall sound quality of the a5s..so either keep the st or get the d1 or a better dac? thanks!
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Hey guys i currently have a xonar ST in my build that i was planning on using when i get the A5s. Just wondering if if would be worth getting a DAC for the sound quality of the A5s or should i just keep my ST and call it good. I know a lot of people get the Audioengine D1 with the A5s..just curious which would be better for the overall sound quality of the a5s..so either keep the st or get the d1 or a better dac? thanks!

If you can, I would not go with the A5s what so ever. Powered speakers are sort of overpriced junk IMO.

I am about ready to leave so I don't have time to look through speakers ATM, but something like the audio note AX1/2 or the cambridge audio S30s are good as well.

Also, don't worry about the dac. Get a good tube amp for the speakers. Your asus card is actually a fairly decent dac, but it is a terrible speaker amp.
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Powered speakers can be junk is the source is low quality. I've tried decent bookshelf speakers with proper setups and i wasn't disappointed.

Use what you currently have, the ST is very decent in SQ.

A good alternative to the A5's
http://www.emotivapro.com/products/airmotiv-4-pair
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thanks for the input! was wondering if i went with the tube amp speaker setup would i still need to keep the st for the dac or could i sell. new to this still learning lol
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thanks wow those look good too! have you heard both the airmotiv and a5+s? also would it be worth it to possibly go with the airmotiv 5 or 6s?
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I have the Asus Xonar STX with the Audioengine A5+ speakers and the S8 sub...fantastic combination! I didn't look but I think the ST has the same DAC as the STX and if it does, I'd say you are good to go.
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Tjj226 Angel, I will have to respectfully disagree with you. I believe that in the past this may have been the general consensus however, powered speakers are a viable solution to those who what a better than average sound from a source without spending thousands of dollars to achieve it. Granted powered speakers may not be compared an audiophiles $10,000.00 (or more) system however, at their price point powered speakers still do pretty darn well. Honestly, would you play mp3 or flac files on a high dollar stereo system? I believe you might be referring to the warmth that a tube amp would deliver from vinyl.. now that is an indisputable marriage made in heaven! But this is the digital age.
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