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 The guy(s) behind Unified Xonar Drivers usually include C-Media updates sooner and can also do more tweaking with the drivers.Compared to Asus company guys who would be more concerned with stable drivers, so not as free to do the tweaking or experimenting with the drivers. I use to use my O2 head amp ($129) plugged into the STX's RCA jacks and I would assume the O2 is roughly equal to the Magni 2.And did finally replace my STX with an Audio-GD NFB-15 ($306) external...
 Audio devices connected to the Windows PC's USB ports will bypass the sound card and it's features.An external audio device using an optical connection will work with the sound card and it's features.
Do you need the extra features of a sound card or could you just get an external (USB) DAC/amp, for use with your laptop and headphones?   A FiiO K1 (USB) external DAC/amp is only $40.
 Hopefully you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when you installed the STX.Have you tried the Unified Xonar drivers?http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/ I'm guessing the Magni 2 might be a sightly better headphone amplifier, then the one built into the Essence STX.But I doubt you would have a noticeable improvement in audio quality, switching to the Magni 2 amp, from the STX's amp. Might be worthwhile it if your will to spend over $200,...
You might just have to wait until the 250-Ohm DT770s arrives and try them yourself plugged into the 2i4, to see if the 2i4 can drive them. If your looking into 600-Ohm headphones, chances are you will need an add-on headphone amplifier.
You can get an audio switch box. So the box would have one line-input (which would be connected to the DAC's line-output) and several (2 or 3 or 4 or more) line-outputs, each output would be connected one headphone amplifier.   Here is one you could use, it's less then $6 It also comes with a yellow RCA ports, for video, which you do not need, just use the red and white RCA ports. (guess you would need to buy extra cables for the...
 Each one of those three has it's own advantages.The Fulla has the more powerful headphone amp.The Xonar U7 provides Dolby Headphone surround sound (and weakest headphone amp)The E17K comes with a built in battery and multi-able inputs and outputs.(Assuming you referring to the newer E17K as the older E17 is no longer made) Any of them can easily drive the 50-Ohm HD558 headphones.
This used Asus Xonar D2X sound card, sells for around $75 (or best offer). Has a DAC function roughly equal to a modern $175-$200 sound card. http://www.ebay.com/itm/301937505191?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT   Hifimediy has a Sabre DAC for $69 (plus shipping). http://hifimediy.com/Sabre-9018-DAC   But if you want to spend a lot of money for a DAC, check out the Schiit Bifrost. http://schiit.com/products/bifrost
Try Monoprice.
 I'm fairly sure the T90 uses the same size ear pads as the DT770, DT880, DT990.Switching over to leather ear pads (from the stock microfiber) on the T90 should change the sound (maybe slightly), for better or worse. You might want to read up and ask on this thread about the effect of leather ear pads on the T90.http://www.head-fi.org/t/607079/beyerdynamic-t90-d
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