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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys,

I currently use an Creative Soundblaster X-fi as my soundcard, but I would like to upgrade this one.

You can see my config in my sig.

I use an Ultrasone Pro 550 as headphones and my boxes are Logitech Z5500, but I mainly use the headphones.

I use them for music most of the time (House, Tech House, Pop) and watching movies.
I like bass, but not too much.

Budget: Between 100-200 Euros

I'm guessing the Asus Xonar Essence STX
or Asus Xonar D2X

Please help, I can't choose smile.gif
post #2 of 12
If you're a headphone guy and music is the top priority, you'll like the Essence STX.

Or you can buy the ST + the 7.1 extension board for better sound and muti-channel analogue support.
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I think I'll be getting the stx. Anything else that comes recommanded?

Do you think I will hear the difference on my Ultrasone Pro 550's?

thx
post #4 of 12
The D2X is not as versatile as the DX and actually isn't much of an improvement over the DX/D1. The PRO550 terminates in a 6.3 mm plug which would go best with the STX but the DX/D1 is honestly fine for the PRO550.
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post #5 of 12
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I've purchased the stx, loving it smile.gif

Nice bass on my headphones yet still very clear sound. Nice
post #6 of 12
Honestly, no sound card can make up for the amount of interference and noise present in a PC. No part of a PC is designed for high quality audio output. Not the motherboard, not the PSU. Doesn't matter how nice your sound card is, the minute that you plug it into the PCI slot on your motherboard, you are introducing all the interference present in the PC.

The only real solution is to use an optical digital output from your PC hooked up a high quality DAC or receiver. The electrical interference/noise present in the PC is not able to contaminate the optical output.
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post #7 of 12
Ultrasone headphones are cold and bright so I would try and warm them up with a op-amp or hybid tube amplifier.
    
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post #8 of 12
im using the stx, works awesome with 550s
post #9 of 12
sorry I didn't see that you bought the Essence STX.

I think that was a mistake. that card is overkill. Ultrasone headphones are really easy to drive and the Essence STX is neutral.
    
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post #10 of 12
that card can drive almost 800 mW into a 32 ohm load not to mention the high output impedance and neutral (boring) sound signature.
    
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