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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.
Who is mentioning expensive anything? Maverick D1 is $199 for a feature packed DAc/Headamp/Pre-amp and Fiio E7/E9 is ~$230.
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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.
That's pretty damn cool, I learned a lot here. Thanks again guys!
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Glad to be of any help, sorry for confusion of a budget!
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Glad to be of any help, sorry for confusion of a budget!
No worries my man. I appreciate all of the suggestions! I'm sure I'll be back around these parts to bug you guys again.
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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.
Yup pretty much or use your onboards SPDIF or coaxial out. You are transmitting a digital signal straight to a digital to analog converter(DAC). Instead of the motherboard transmitting to your onboard DAC or transmitting the digital signal to a sound card, it will send it to the external DAC.

It's a great DAC, a good buck for the bang. The mic will go into your mic jack on the motherboard. Simple as that. This DAC doesn't have an amp for speakers, but it does for a headphone.

If you want something cheaper, you could look into the Zero DAC. Similar to the Maverick D1 and if you buy the version with the Burr Brown OPA627 op amp it's a bit better.

http://www.audiophilechina.com/cp-sh...id2=37&s_id=40

Edit: If you look through Head-Fi's for sale forum you may be able to find a cheaper Zero DAC or a modded one with dual OPA627 op amps.
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If your going external DAC i would get USB hands down and avoid optical out to the dac. It definitely gets the job done, but although technically it shouldn't matter, I have gotten the impression while going through a few different audio set ups over the years that not all digital signals are created equally.

Technically its just supposed to be the same 1's and 0's, but some sources do indeed sound better than others with the same files.
    
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Yeah it's kind of hit or miss in that area. Personally I haven't heard too much difference between USB and Optical on my Mav.
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I just got a FiiO E7 and can tell you one thing: sound is as clear as it gets, there is no noise of any kind...which is something that drove me nuts with my X-Fi Forte.

Sound quality? I would say is kinda similar, and gaming experience I haven't used it enough to have a clear opinion in that regard.
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