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I want to find a sound card with analog output higher grade than Xonar Essence STX, pls advise.

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I want to find a sound card with analog output higher grade than Xonar Essence STX, pls advise.

I am now using Asus Xonar Essence STX. I want to find a sound card which is higher grade than my current Xonar STX. I just using the RCA analog output to my amp and my Hi-Fi Speaker. Of course, I just for music (esp classical one) and not for gaming. No matter the price. Would anyone advise me? Thank you in advance.
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Your best bet here would be to run digital out of the card in the PC to an external DAC.

The Cambridge Audio DAC Magic is a quality unit. Take a look at that. thumb.gif

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/dacmagic-100-digital-to-analogue-converter
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No matter the price you say?

Audio note 4.1 dac. smile.gif

If your budget is ~500, then the jolida glass fx 10 (see PC avatar) smile.gif

~300. Toooooo many to count. Dacmagic, bifrost, or even the grant fidelity dac/amp.

~100 range, Schiit modi, and Odac. That is about it.

~50.......stick with your stx thumb.gif
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No matter the price you say?

Audio note 4.1 dac. smile.gif

If your budget is ~500, then the jolida glass fx 10 (see PC avatar) smile.gif

~300. Toooooo many to count. Dacmagic, bifrost, or even the grant fidelity dac/amp.

~100 range, Schiit modi, and Odac. That is about it.

~50.......stick with your stx thumb.gif

Sorry for the noob question, but what improvements would we be hearing when upgrading to higher priced DACs? Less distortion/noise interference?
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Sorry for the noob question, but what improvements would we be hearing when upgrading to higher priced DACs? Less distortion/noise interference?

The sound stage is more open, the sound is smoother and less harsh, and if you get one of the tube dacs, they will sound warmer and fuller than SS dacs.

Tubes technically add in distortion, but due to the way they add in distortion, it actually improves the sound of the mids and bass. It is kind of like going backward to go forwards in a sense, but it works very VERY well.
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