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 Darkvoice 336SE tube headphone amplifier,$214-$250.https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se Asus xonar DX sound card,Used, $50http://www.ebay.com/itm/262839493903?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The Darkvoice/Xonar DX is the combo I use with my Beyer T90 :)
 A line-output jack, the one you would normally plug an amplifer to, is better at feeding an analog audio signal, to an ampliifer, then an amplified headphone jack.Guessing the front panel jack (when using a Creative Z series card) is an amplified headphone jack (and you get head headphone surround sound with it).Maybe the Creative has a setting to switch the front panel, between a amplifier headphone jack and a line-output, just do not know.I was orignially referring to...
 For music audio, you might consider getting a Darkvoice 336SE tube headphone amplifier ($214-$250), connect it the sound card's Front Speaker jack.The Z can not send it's SBX headphone surround sound audio thru the Front Speaker jack, but surround sound is not needed for music audio or any other kind of 2-channel audio.Then plug the headphone into the SB-Z's headphone jack for surround sound gaming.https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se 2.0 or 2.1 speakers can be...
Audio-CDs are 16-bit/44.1K, so guessing at least most of your digital music files are 16-bit/44.1K. So setting the Signstek to 16-bit/44.1K or 16-bit/48K should be fine.
Guess you could just set the on-board audio to 24-bit/96K.
 As far as I can tell, Audio-GD has a fairly good reputation, but they do not do anymore customer contact then what is really needed.You may not hear from them and the NFB-11 could just one day show up at your doorstep.
 My best guess is it's just a redesigned Creative Recon3D sound card.So it would use the Soundcore3D audio processor for all DAC functions.Where as a Sound Blaster Z or Zx, comes with an add-on CS4398 DAC chip, which provide a DAC function for the headphones and Front Speaker channels.So maybe you might consider watching eBay for a good deal on a used SB-Z card. Or if your willing to up the budget, watch eBay for a good deal on a used (optical input) Modi DAC and Magni...
 Audio-GD NFB-11 base price is $305 and  $35 for shipping, to North America.
 In the BIOS, the on-board audio setting might be listed as "HD Audio Controller", or something close to that.Guess it not too big a deal if it's left enabled, but I like to disabled it just to make Windows job a little easier.
 i would think the O2 (Objective 2) or Magni would serve you fine.Here is a slightly used O2 for $95http://www.ebay.com/itm/112295308204?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Hopefully you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when you installed the Xonar DX.Have you tried the Unified Xonar Drivers.http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/ The Xonar DX with it's CS4398 DAC chip makes a decent DAC, can't see a good reason for...
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