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post #11 of 29
The Maverick is not in his budget, but I would love to get my hands on one!
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But I would still need the sound card, no?...
No, the FiiO DAC would be a USB device.
post #13 of 29
I would definitely recommend the E7. It acts as a portable amp too for your mp3 player. The only thing i don't like about it is that you can't set a custom EQ on it.
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The Maverick is not in his budget, but I would love to get my hands on one!
It's $199, same as the first sound card posted above?

And you use a form of digital input into the DAC, be it USB, coaxial, TOSLINK/optical from the motherboard - no need for a sound card.
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The Maverick is not in his budget, but I would love to get my hands on one!
Wait, I have a budget? I wasn't aware.
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My bad, I was reading another thread at the same time. LOL
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It's $199, same as the first sound card posted above?

And you use a form of digital input into the DAC, be it USB, coaxial, TOSLINK/optical from the motherboard - no need for a sound card.
Don't mind his budget comment, I'm not limited by money.

Could you help me wrap my head around how that Maverick thing works? I can just go USB into the back of the unit and...? That's it? Sounds pretty cool.

The quality is really good? That's what I care about the most. What about a mic, too? Is that going to be an issue? I don't use speakers, this would be for headphones.
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Wait, I have a budget? I wasn't aware.
I was confused as well Anyways either suggestion is going to be a major upgrade here, a lot depends on what type of connection you will use, what features you're looking for, what size you're looking for etc. FiiO/Maverick at this price point are doing 99% of what multiple thousand dollar DACs are doing, and from tests I have seen, there is little audible difference. So you can trust you are getting great quality without spending needlessly. Go with either of these two options and get a great headphone that suits your taste; you will be very satisfied.
post #19 of 29
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Wait, I have a budget? I wasn't aware.
Lol, yeah some of the units mentioned before might be out of your budget a little. But you mentioned in your original post about the Xonar STX, which I have, and it's a fantastic card. The really picky audiophiles will argue about getting really expensive external DACs and whatnot, but seems that the STX should suit you just fine. It's quite futureproof, so you won't need to upgrade your (PC) audio for a while with it.
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Don't mind his budget comment, I'm not limited by money.

Could you help me wrap my head around how that Maverick thing works? I can just go USB into the back of the unit and...? That's it? Sounds pretty cool.

The quality is really good? That's what I care about the most. What about a mic, too? Is that going to be an issue? I don't use speakers, this would be for headphones.
Yes, easiest connection is USB. Simply plug and play (must set Windows/music player to use maverick instead of motherboard sound of course). And yes, either option posted includes a headphone amp: was just mentioning pre-outs for speakers as part of flexibility of the Maverick. Mic wouldn't have an effect on either. Both options are highly praised in headphone land.
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