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 I'm not sure there is a practical difference between 5.1 or 7.1.I think the Xonar DX/D1's better DAC chip (CS4398) is the most important difference, over the DG/DGX.I'm thinking maybe try to find a good price on a used Xonar DG or DGX, use it for now.
 Some sound cards have a (combo headphone/line-out) output jack with a high impedance (the Xonar DX & D1 is 100-Ohms).Which can cause bloated (louder, less detailed) bass.The lower end Xonar DG & DGX are thought to have a much lower output impedance of around 10-Ohms.(The DG & DGX built in headphone amplifier can easily drive the 50-Ohm HD558s)Technically with 50-Ohm headphones (HD558) an output impedance of 5-Ohms or less would be preferred (headphone Ohms is 10 times the...
 I'm thinking if the PC350 is still functional (beside the mic), then just get the Sound Blaster Z sound card and plug the PC350 into the SB-Z.If I was into FPS gaming, I think I would prefer an open headphone, like the HD558, just not sure if it makes a noticeable improvement over the PC350.You might consider getting a sound card first, then maybe later on selling off the PC350 and seem how much you would have towards new headphones? You can just plug the USB mic into the...
FiiO X1 ($99) digital audio player, comes with a line-output feature, which you can connect to the car stereo's aux analog audio input. For $20 you can get a 32GB micro-SD memory card for the X1.
Sennheiser HD558 headphones Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card.
 FiiO E10K ($76) or Schiit Fulla ($79), both are USB-DAC-amps.
The analog audio signal the E10k sends out it's line-output (to the studio monitors) is not amplified.The studio monitors come with amplifiers built in (inside the each speaker box).The headphone amplifier in the E10K is for the ATH-M50X.
Monoprice 5" studio monitors, $170.79   FiiO E10K ($75.99), USB-DAC-head amp, with separate line-output for speakers.   Cable (Hosa CMP-153) to connect the FiiO E10K to the studio monitors,...
 I personally have had really good luck buying used headphones.All my higher end headphones I've bought used. (two DT880s, two DT990s, T70, W1000X)
 Monoprice 5" studio monitors, $170.79 FiiO E10K ($75.99) USB-DAC-amp, with a separate line-output for the speakers. Cable (Hosa CMP-153) to connect the E10K to the studio monitors, around $3.79
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