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Please help: HD600s + Xonar DX + Schitt Modi/Magni a good combo for gaming and music?

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I'm upgrading from my old Steelseries 7H so I am by no means an audiophile. This is my first major splurge on sound for both gaming and music.

I just ordered a pair of HD 600s but I currently only have a Xonar DX sound card which does not have a headphone amp or a good enough DAC to do the headphones justice (or so I've been told).

I'm a click away from either buying a Schiit Modi/Magni combo or a Xonar STX - what should I do? And in the former case, how do all 4 pieces of hardware connect together optimally?
post #2 of 10
Either buy the Magni to pair it with the DX, or the full stack of Modi+Magni.
Don't bother with the STX if you are already considering the Magni.

DX has a pretty good DAC, just the amplification sucks bad (Magni fixes this).
I'm pairing Hifiman HE-400 with Xonar D1 and O2 amp. D1 is DX with PCI connection.
E: JDS Labs O2 is $100 in Massdrop at the moment.

You can easily upgrade the Xonar DX to a Modi if you feel the need later.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 4/22/14 at 12:36pm
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I would recommend a slight alteration and tell you to buy the schiit vali, but in all other instances, I agree with the post above.
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The modi/magni combo is going to be your best bet, a different sound card would be pointless in this case. Thats what im about to get as well. As for hook up, USB from rig to modi, RCA between modi and magni, simple as that.
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks for the expedient and informative replies everyone, you guys are the best.

Not sure about the Vali, I'm scared that I may not like the sounds of Tube DACs.

About to click buy for the Schitt Magni/Modi combo...


...unless there are any last minute suggestions? This will sound great for both gaming and music right?
post #6 of 10
Well, the Modi lacks any kind of virtual surround support. So the Razer Surround (the free software) is the only way to get virtual surround with that setup.
But if you have never needed the Dolby Headphones of the Xonar DX, never mind.
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post #7 of 10
You should save money and stick with the DX IMHO, it's basically a cheap STX without an amp. Plus you get a few extra perks like Dolby Headphone, an EQ, and a few other things... I'm not sure a Modi is even a huge upgrade.

You could always get a modi or ODAC if you aren't satisfied with the DX.
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I actually just replaced my DX with a modi/magni combo and a pair of ATH-AD700x last week. I couldn't be happier with this decision.
    
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post #9 of 10
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Yeah, I hate surround sound. Tried it on my 7H and it sounded terrible - as if the headphones were turned into several cheap speakers sacrificing huge sound quality for some extra positional cues.

Also, as for your O2 Massdrop suggestion, I can't buy that from there as they only ship in the US and I'm in Australia.
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Yeah, I hate surround sound. Tried it on my 7H and it sounded terrible - as if the headphones were turned into several cheap speakers sacrificing huge sound quality for some extra positional cues.

Also, as for your O2 Massdrop suggestion, I can't buy that from there as they only ship in the US and I'm in Australia.

Dolby Headphone is pretty bad, it adds WAY too much revurb... You should try Razer Surround in games, it doesn't distort the sound nearly as much.
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