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Currently using the realtek onboard sound with my rampage IV extreme and Logitech Z-5500 speakers. I intend to get the Sennheiser HD 650's with my card from newegg. I listen to mostly scores by Hanz Zimmer when i'm on the PC and looking for a card that will make his tracks sound heavenly~

Looking at the Xonar ST, STX and wondering what you guys would choose for the best quality, i understand a DAC is needed to go even further and that will come in time. Just looking for your opinion please?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132019

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010
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post #2 of 5
Go for the PCIe Xonar STX, PCI is phased out in new boards so the STX is the more future proof option.
I doubt you would hear the difference between the ST and the STX plus the STX is cheaper so you save some coin too, money that could be put into your headphones or in the future an external AMP/DAC (much better sound for your HD650's).
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post #3 of 5
In the future you can use the STX as a Dac (which is pretty decent) and use an external headphone amp.

In case you need more power or upgrade to harder to drive headphones.
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post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the info guys, +rep..went ahead and bought the STX~ Heard mixed info on the correct driver to use with this. Should i just use the latest from Asus or an unsigned?
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Unixonar drivers are awesome, never had any problems with it and I have 2 Xonar cards.
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