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post #1 of 8
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I'm looking for a new sound card to drive my Fiio E9 into my Beyerdynamic DT 777 250ohm.

What's being recommended these days?
post #2 of 8
Budget?
Why do I always have to repeat that question in every thread... *sigh*

EDIT: Bah, I'll just throw some random stuff for starters
SBZ
SBZxR
TiHD

Xonar STX
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/19/13 at 3:11pm
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X2 on the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
   
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post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Budget?
Why do I always have to repeat that question in every thread... *sigh*

EDIT: Bah, I'll just throw some random stuff for starters
SBZ
SBZxR
TiHD

Xonar STX


No need to post a budget every time. Thank you for the input, but chill man, you don't need the subscript. Somebody asks a question, and you come into their thread and give them crap. Boo. thumb.gif
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X2 on the Asus Xonar Essence STX.

Thank you Rep+
post #5 of 8
wait you already have a E9?


just get the E07K

http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-E07K-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00A9LHLQ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385498772&sr=8-1&keywords=E07K


i had a E9 /E07K setup (now have E09K ... gave the E9 to my wife) it is a solid choice.... I was quite please with the sound quality ..
post #6 of 8

No point getting the STX or Z if you're not going to use the amp on it, not that the amp on it is amazing to begin with. Your E09 should be a stronger amp than the amps on the soundcards.

 

Get yourself a Xonar DX if you don't need any gaming features.

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post #7 of 8
The whole point of a soundcard these days is good binaural software for headphones, a nice DAC for music with really reavealing headphones, and ideally, an integrated amp so you don't have to pay extra for one. The ST/STX has all that covered biggrin.gif

As far as I know, an amp does the following:

A: It "insulates" the DAC from the load and resistive properties of the drivers, essentially providing an ideal input.

B: It amplifies that signal with as little distortion as possible.

No softness, no warmness, none of that, software DSPs are better for that.

From what I learned in EE so far, op amps are really good at those 2 things. Modern PSUs are also very good. IMHO the amp in the ST/STX is just fine for those headphones (especially if you switch it out), but I would buy a Schiit Magni if you go with a lesser soundcard.
Edited by brucethemoose - 11/30/13 at 2:21pm
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No, an STX is not a good amp. It gets the job done for volume needs and lesser headphones, but won't get the most out of your headphone. It's a nice value, but if you're spending 400+ on a headphone, you want a proper amp.

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