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Hi y'all

I got the Sennheiser HD598 but they are way better for the Asus Supreme FX ii (with modded drivers [EAX 4.0]) I'm using at the moment...

I've been reading a lot of threads both here and on head-fi but I can't seem to work my mind around it: should I get a new soundcard (up to STX or ZxR) or a DAC/Amp like FiiO E10 or E17?



When Haswell is out I'd like to go Mini-ITX so there wouldn't be any place for a full soundcard but by going external will I miss out much?


I do 80% Music/Movies 20%Gaming (some FPS, RTS, RPG but Borderlands 2 mostly) and my budget is $200 max.
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Dac

Audio engine D1
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post #3 of 7
Sound card if you need surround, DAC if you only care about the music.
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Thanks, I'll get a DAC then. What would be the best options?

FiiO E10
FiiO E17
Audioengine D1
Other?
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Schiit Modi, Objective ODAC
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Schiit Modi, Objective ODAC

Objective odac maybe, but the schiit modi is not available where he lives.

I still say audio engine d1 since it is a dac an amp combo.
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Thanks I believe I'll go with the Audioengine D1 - it's affordable, looks great and I've been reading great reviews about it
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