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What would be a good external DAC
    
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What would be a good external DAC
I strongly recommend you begin doing some research on your own and determining how much you want to spend on each component.

We can recommend you nice DACs for any price range. How much you want to spend is up to you. Also, DACs to a certain point become less about "better" and more about how they sound. They all have different sound signatures and the only way to know which you'll like is mostly to hear them yourself or see if someone who listens to music of your liking has chosen them.

Go to head-fi.org, type in all the questions you have in the search bar and learn. When you decide how much you want to spend on a DAC, how much you want to spend on a sound card, how much you want to spend on headphones etc, come back and we'll be better off helping you.
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Could not disagree with this post anymore. The Asus cards don't at all sound flat or metalic or however else he's described it.
I wasn't generalizing it as a problem with all Asus cards was I? For example the ST does not have the same issue and does in fact sound better. You owe it to yourself to test and compare other cards first hand to notice the subtle differences between them.
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HT Omega cards, while a good choice, don't have the best drivers.[/B]
Its odd you would say this as the HT Omega cards do not have the same 'popping' and 'cracking' anomalies that the STX produces in certain programs. The HT also does not have a track history of crashing games.
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I wasn't generalizing it as a problem with all Asus cards was I? For example the ST does not have the same issue and does in fact sound better. You owe it to yourself to test and compare other cards first hand to notice the subtle differences between them.

Its odd you would say this as the HT Omega cards do not have the same 'popping' and 'cracking' anomalies that the STX produces in certain programs. The HT also does not have a track history of crashing games.
Isn't the ST and the STX the same thing except the STX is a PCI-E interface where as the ST is a PCI? If I remember correctly, they both have the same components except for the bus interface.
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Sorry to double post, but I wanted to make sure that this was seen. If you are considering the STX than jump on this deal.

http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...stx-sound.html

geeks.com has a refurbished STX for 129.99. However, if you use the promotional code DEALTAKER than you can drop an additional 10%.
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I wasn't generalizing it as a problem with all Asus cards was I? For example the ST does not have the same issue and does in fact sound better. You owe it to yourself to test and compare other cards first hand to notice the subtle differences between them.

Its odd you would say this as the HT Omega cards do not have the same 'popping' and 'cracking' anomalies that the STX produces in certain programs. The HT also does not have a track history of crashing games.
More people own the ST than the HT which is why more complaints are heard over certain reasons; however, the game crashing problem is so rare that I have never heard anyone that owns an ST complain about crashing in games because of it. On top of that there are modified drivers available for Xonar cards which help a lot of the minor problems it may have.

Also, how do you expect me not to think you're talking about all Asus cards when you said:
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I'd go with the HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ over the Asus Xonar Essence STX. Asus's Win 7 64 drivers are not very matured, and sound ever-so-slightly flat/tinny/metallic. That is why I returned mine for a refund after a weekend of testing.
On top of that the STX and ST are basically the same card with very minute differences.
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While we're at this, are the Alessandro MS-1i's any good for gaming? I have them being delivered to me (For music mainly) - but if they're better than the low-impedance Beyerdynamic DT-100's I own (Amped with a Fiio e5 and onboard sound) purely in terms of gaming performance, then I'll use those instead. The DT-100's, I don't think they're used for anything but studio sound monitoring, but they've served me well so far. Are they actually any good stacked against other headphones for gaming?



This is what they look like, unbelievably comfortable and you see them on studio-workers all the time
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Ok so the 2 headsets I have concluded are the

ATH-AD700
ATH-A700

I don't want sound to leak and I don't want to much bass so which one should I get?
    
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Being open, the AD700s will leak. The A700s are light enough on bass (not too much, but more than the AD700s) that you won't be overwhelmed. Unless the leaking really isn't that big of an issue, it looks like the A700s meet your criteria.
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Ok so I have concluded what I am going to get.

Headphones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826402012

Soundcard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010

And will I need one of these or no because the STX has a onboard amp that supports up to 600ohms of impedance:

    
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