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post #51 of 173
Rally, keep us posted on the op amp replacement. I'm betting current and future TiHD owners would be very interested in a cheap/easy upgrade
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post #52 of 173
I was inclined to Xonar, but after I see the bad performance in BF, I reconsidered.

Does anyone recommend a switcher (like that Plantronics that is discontinued) for headphone? Because is ridiculous to have to unplug and to plug the hp every time I want to change between them.

Although it does not matter, having to push a buttom or to plug/unplug a plug is the same crap.

Does the front panel jack on the computer case get the same power than rear in TiHD?

Is there any excitation to plug the hps on back jack instead of front panel case?
post #53 of 173
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Originally Posted by lb_felipe View Post
I was inclined to Xonar, but after I see the bad performance in BF, I reconsidered.

Does anyone recommend a switcher (like that Plantronics that is discontinued) for headphone? Because is ridiculous to have to unplug and to plug the hp every time I want to change between them.

Although it does not matter, having to push a buttom or to plug/unplug a plug is the same crap.

Does the front panel jack on the computer case get the same power than rear in TiHD?

Is there any excitation to plug the hps on back jack instead of front panel case?
The front panel can do 33 ohms or less, the back headphone out can do 330 ohms.

The front panel is often subject to case noise or lack of EM shielding.
post #54 of 173
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The front panel can do 33 ohms or less, the back headphone out can do 330 ohms.

The front panel is often subject to case noise or lack of EM shielding.
so does that mean running it through the front panel is a bad idea?
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post #55 of 173
its a bad idea if your cans require a much higher impedance. Some people have no problems whatsoever with case noise being heard in their front panel audio jacks, some do. So if you are using low impedance cans and you have no case noise problems, then use your front panel.

I used an X-Meridian 2G sound card, and it has an excellent front panel headphone out conection. No noise whatsoever.
post #56 of 173
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its a bad idea if your cans require a much higher impedance. Some people have no problems whatsoever with case noise being heard in their front panel audio jacks, some do. So if you are using low impedance cans and you have no case noise problems, then use your front panel.

I used an X-Meridian 2G sound card, and it has an excellent front panel headphone out conection. No noise whatsoever.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the SNR also worse on the front panel?
post #57 of 173
Just an FYI in case you hadn't realized or whatever, but if you're using headphones that don't need to be amped, sometimes they'll sound better without the headphone amp. Try plugging HD555s or whatever headphones you're using to test the STX with the "Line Out" jack.

It supposedly better that way.
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off topic, this one says Onkyo's SE-300PCIE sounds better than Essence STX.

http://club.coneco.net/user/14407/review/62673/
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off topic, this one says Onkyo's SE-300PCIE sounds better than Essence STX.

http://club.coneco.net/user/14407/review/62673/
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post #60 of 173
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Originally Posted by DiegoAK View Post
off topic, this one says Onkyo's SE-300PCIE sounds better than Essence STX.

http://club.coneco.net/user/14407/review/62673/
I would definitely try that except those aren't readily available in the US market.
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