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I have a pair of Bayer Dynamic DT 770 (80 ohm) and was thinking about upgrading my sound card. I was reading through a lot of the information about the Xonar cards and was wondering if anyone could explain the difference between the DG and Essence series cards.

There's obviously a huge price difference but both seemed geared for headphones. Would the Essence ST or XT be worth the price difference?
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Personally I have the Essence STX(the PCI-E Version of the st) and I love it with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones because of the built in amp on the sound card.

The primary difference I can see between the two is that the DG series does not have a built in amp where the Essence series does which you will want for your headphones due to the 80ohm rating on them since the Essense software will have a setting for the amp for those headphones
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I agree with Zhany, the Beyerdynamics are power hungry.
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DG and Essence both have amps, but the DG's amp and components are of lower quality. The DG is rated to power headphones up to 150 ohms BTW
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What about something like the Astro Mixamp? What would the advantages of using the Essence XT vs the Mixamp for headphone use?
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What about something like the Astro Mixamp? What would the advantages of using the Essence XT vs the Mixamp for headphone use?
The Essence has many many more features than the Mixamp. Equalizers, different modes of surround, customization, more inputs etc... I own both.
The Essence uses far better components (audiophile grade) and sounds much better overall. The Mixamp is comparable to the DG ($30), yes I know the Mixamp is far overpriced but that's because there are limited solutions for xbox/ps3 gaming.

Your DT770s will not be properly driven by anything lower than the Essence (I know other cards are rated for lower ohms but the Beyerdynamic headphones require a lot of power). In fact, my Essence powered my DT990s but it still wasn't enough....
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the ST / STX's got much better parts. Nothing more needs to be said.
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