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Guys, advice please. Considering the Xonar DX, looking for best bang/buck. Going to use them with my Siberia V2. Yes, "gaming" headset I know, I'm just gonna use these until something makes me wanna change or I can afford it.

PCIe vs external sound cards? It would be pretty nice if there weren't a sound card in my rig, for aesthetic reasons. How are the portable Fiio amps? Would they serve me as well as a Xonar DX?

TL;DR: Which sound card to go with my Siberia V2? I'm cheap and I prefer (not a must) something I can take with me.
 
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Guys, advice please. Considering the Xonar DX, looking for best bang/buck. Going to use them with my Siberia V2. Yes, "gaming" headset I know, I'm just gonna use these until something makes me wanna change or I can afford it.
PCIe vs external sound cards? It would be pretty nice if there weren't a sound card in my rig, for aesthetic reasons. How are the portable Fiio amps? Would they serve me as well as a Xonar DX?
TL;DR: Which sound card to go with my Siberia V2? I'm cheap and I prefer (not a must) something I can take with me.

To me an E11 will only boost volume, and that's it.
An Asus DX allows me to fine-tune my music, and produces superior music.

Now as for a DAC - can't comment on the E7 for example - but for the EPH-O2D - I prefer using my DAC with headphones only (speakers work, for some reason better with my sound card), thus the external soundcard, rather than the DX in that respect.
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To me an E11 will only boost volume, and that's it.
An Asus DX allows me to fine-tune my music, and produces superior music.
Now as for a DAC - can't comment on the E7 for example - but for the EPH-O2D - I prefer using my DAC with headphones only (speakers work, for some reason better with my sound card), thus the external soundcard, rather than the DX in that respect.

I'm not going to use my sound card or amp with any speakers whatsoever, only my Siberia V2. But are you saying that a Fiio amp would be a better choice merely for headset use? And which one would you choose, looking at amazon.co.uk? The price shouldn't be heaps higher the price of a Xonar DX. biggrin.gif
 
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I'm not going to use my sound card or amp with any speakers whatsoever, only my Siberia V2. But are you saying that a Fiio amp would be a better choice merely for headset use? And which one would you choose, looking at amazon.co.uk? The price shouldn't be heaps higher the price of a Xonar DX. biggrin.gif

A one with a built in DAC - I'm not up-to-date with the FiiO range, nor other DACs out there.
The E7 however, should be in the right price range.

E-DAC is probably a bit too pricey for you £100 for the DAC only function, and £200 for the amp + dac

EDIT:
Here's what I'm referring to mate:
E-DAC:
http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/dacs/e-dac-24bit-miniature-usb-dac/

EPH-O2 (only amp):
http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/headphone-amplifiers/ehp-o2-portable-headphone-amplifier/

EPH-O2D - amp + DAC:
http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/dacs/ehp-o2d-miniature-desktop-headphone-amplifier-with-usb-dac/

E7:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-DAC-Amplifier/dp/B003N0XDT4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1356736469&sr=8-4

E17:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-E17-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0070UFMOW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356736469&sr=8-2


E-Dac > E7, for your purposes in my opinion.

Also I'm almost certain you can find better prices than those listed - for the FiiO that said.

Also cheap and cheerful - DGX:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Express-Normalizer-Virtual-Speaker/dp/B007RMMYFI/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356736736&sr=1-2
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-DAC-Amplifier/dp/B003N0XDT4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1356735203&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-Headphone-Amplifier-Analogue-Convertor/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1356735203&sr=8-12

E10 or E7? I'm leaning more towards the E7, but I don't know if the E10 is better. They're the same price right now. Any thoughts?

Would I be able to use those devices with any upcoming headset I might buy? I'm thinking that my next buy will be something like a Sennheiser PC 360 or AKG 701.

£64.00 seems reasonable for the E7 smile.gif
 
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Still thinking i should buy some HD800's but my 650s are still so good. Any thoughts?
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-DAC-Amplifier/dp/B003N0XDT4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1356735203&sr=8-4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-Headphone-Amplifier-Analogue-Convertor/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1356735203&sr=8-12
E10 or E7? I'm leaning more towards the E7, but I don't know if the E10 is better. They're the same price right now. Any thoughts?
Would I be able to use those devices with any upcoming headset I might buy? I'm thinking that my next buy will be something like a Sennheiser PC 360 or AKG 701.
£64.00 seems reasonable for the E7 smile.gif

No thoughts - as said before, I'm not up-to-date with their range.
So, try looking around, and hope that someone else from OCN will reply to your query smile.gif
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Still thinking i should buy some HD800's but my 650s are still so good. Any thoughts?

HD800's were amazing open-back headphones, when I demoed them - for the price however, they are asking for a lot.
You will need a proper amp to drive them, and a good quality source/music to give it justice.
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No thoughts - as said before, I'm not up-to-date with their range.
So, try looking around, and hope that someone else from OCN will reply to your query smile.gif
HD800's were amazing open-back headphones, when I demoed them - for the price however, they are asking for a lot.
You will need a proper amp to drive them, and a good quality source/music to give it justice.


Would I hear any difference from the the Asus Xonar STX ?
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Would I hear any difference from the the Asus Xonar STX ?

I haven't heard the HD650's nor won't be able to back-up my thought with just a demo of the HD800's

You need to find someone that has owned, and not demoed both.
I was just expressing my thought on the price per performance ratio for the HD800's
As much as I loved demoing them at an audio meet, I couldn't justify spending £800-900 more (with no amp included) over my Denon AH-D2000's
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