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I don't know, digi is only 1 connection.
    
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So what I'm getting out of this is I don't have the budget right now for a DAC/amp combo, so I need either this or that to properly drive an amp. Gotcha. So given these cards, what amps would be a good choice? Still $500 budget, disregard the cost of the cards.
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post #33 of 46
There are dac/amps out there that is good enough, but it just not that good. And if you get a new sound card plus amp, you also have to sell the forte to make sense of it.

the claro xt is the claro version that can drive an amp, but the xonar stx is rated by professionals ans the clearest one. Well, according to Jack of Wooaudio anyways.

Amps:

Little D's SSamp:
http://www.littledot.net/forum/viewt...7b69129831bdfc

Woo audio's WA3
http://www.wooaudio.com/products/wa3.html

Burson 160's a lil expensive, around 6-800
    
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Well yeah obviously the Forte would have to go if I was gonna pick up another card. Is there a severe difference between the LD mkV and the WA3? Why is there such a price disparity?

Also, I just got offered a Meier Corda Aria amp as a trade for my 595s. Anybody know anything about these? Google yields that there were only 500 ever made and they're awesomesauce.
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Bump, thanks.
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post #36 of 46
The woo would be good. Had I a few grand there's a woo amp I wouldn't mind owning.

Personally for the price/performance you can't beat a millet max IMHO. One of the new boards with roomand switching for a GRUB DAC would be great. Cost would be about $300-500 in parts. It is DIY so you'd have to build yourself or pay someone.

HD595 are great cans. I loved the pair I had, wish I never sold them actually. Pair them with a good source and tube amp, upgrade the cable and you'd be supurised with how great they can sound.
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Ok so I think the woo is probably going to be bought. How do I connect that to my machine? Can my Forte drive it, or do I need the Essence STX? Thanks for your help everyone, I appreciate it!
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post #38 of 46
I think if you would benefit from saving up a few hundred dollars and just get a good intro dac/amp combo. This way you don't have to get rid of your forte, then utilize the mobo audio by pass and run your system through the external dac/amp instead. I would thionk it'll cost around the same as a stx and amp and selling your forte.
    
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post #39 of 46
standalone amps alre almost always better than combo units. I have yet to see a reasonably priced DAC with headphone circuit that can match a dedicated amp at about half the price.
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WHAT?! Are you saying that even with all those people raving about the musiland monitor 02, it's not very good?

That's absurd! FOTM Dac/amps are always the best.
    
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