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 Surprised the DT770 did not have enough bass at the Guitar Center. Might do better and get a cheaper USB/DAC/amp, like the $76 FiiO E10K or $79 Schiit Fulla.And spend the rest of your audio budget for headphones.So if you spend $76 to $90 for a USB-DAC-amp, how much would be leftover for headphones?
I'm guessing your budget ($350) is a short for buying really good 2.0 speakers and a good sub-woofer (as separates). I'm thinking the best combo buy is the Corsair SP2500 2.1, $220. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Gaming-High-Power-Speaker-CA-SP211NA/dp/B004H0MQYW   Or just get yourself some really good 2. 0 studio monitors (LSR305, $300) and skip the sub-woofer.   Monoprice 5" Studio monitors...
Leave on-board audio disabled.   FiiO E17 DAC/amp, connect it to the optical port on the SB-Z. http://www.ebay.com/itm/171728033880?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250-Ohm and DT990 Pro 250-Ohm should work fine plugged into the receiver.To me the DT990 Premium 600-Ohm offers a more controlled bass, over the DT990 Pro 250-OhmDT880 Premium 600-Ohm is a little better then the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm AKG K7XX ($210 used) might work well plugged into the Onkyo.
I believe the Sound blaster Z, Zx & ZxR come with a software version of EAX 5.0.
 I think this CM8828 sound card is made by Syba, $28.99.http://www.ebay.com/itm/381114059112?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITbut no Dolby headphone.
 The AKG K77X are good headphones, guessing you can find used for just over $200.Try them plugged straight into the CD980, see how them sound, then decide if you also need a new Head amplifier.(I'm guessing you will get a new headphone amplifier anyway)
 Disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS.Then reinstalled the software for your Xonar DG. You can use the latest Asus drivers or Try Unified Xonar Drivers ( I prefer the unified).http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/
 There are some sound cards with the C-Media CMI8828 or CMI8738 chip-set, the cards are very low cost.I would assume a card using the CMI8828 be equal audio quality wise to the DGX cards
 The Astro Mix-amp's surround sound headphone feature will not work unless the source it's plugged into has DDL (Dolby Digital Live), which I'm guessing your motherboard's on-board audio did not come with and it's $40-$50 to add a (used) sound card that does have DDL.The Xonar DG/DGX has access to the main cpu to help with any audio processing, the Astro does not. Just looked up your motherboard, it comes with the Realtek ALC1150 audio processor and and Creative Labs Sound...
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