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Just get the stx and be done with it. The 'right' route should have been dac, preamp poweramp and speakers.
    
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DAC, pre-amp, and power-amp for the price of an Essense STX, do you mean like vintage 90s gear from a garage sale?

The Emotiva UMC-1 pre/pro ($720) and a very pedestrial power amp like the 125Wx2 UPA-2 ($324) would put you back over $1,000, and those two are nothing more than entry level devices. I don't think that's particularly cost effective for $150 speakers.
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DAC, pre-amp, and power-amp for the price of an Essense STX, do you mean like vintage 90s gear from a garage sale?

The Emotiva UMC-1 pre/pro ($720) and a very pedestrial power amp like the 125Wx2 UPA-2 ($324) would put you back over $1,000, and those two are nothing more than entry level devices. I don't think that's particularly cost effective for $150 speakers.
Astrallite wins for making the most sense, I think considering the speaker quality, there's no reason to go beyond the Xonar Essence or the Musiland Monitor.
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I think we're getting off topic here. The audiophile set up wouldn't work for him anyways since the swans have amp built in.
    
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I think we're getting off topic here. The audiophile set up wouldn't work for him anyways since the swans have amp built in.
Wouldn't the xonar into the D1080s still sound very good though, while still costing a reasonable amount?
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The rca connection from stx is very clear. It's a good connection to run amps out of.
    
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post #27 of 41
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The rca connection from stx is very clear. It's a good connection to run amps out of.
So then the set up would sound very good (obviously not the best possible)? But I just need a yes or no before I pull the trigger haha.
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post #28 of 41
A self-reassuring pat? Hah.

It's probably the best 2 channel RCA out on the market right now, given the combination of TI/BB 1792A DAC and a heavily shielded pre-amp.
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bumping for different answers, are the swans + essence STX + hd 555s combined a good sound setup!?
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bumping for different answers, are the swans + essence STX + hd 555s combined a good sound setup!?
The STX and HD555's are an AMAZING setup. I have them and freaking love them. One thing i will advise though with that setup, make sure to bump up the bass on the EQ, it gives the music a much fuller sound.
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