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Hopefully you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, before installing the Xonar D2X or the Asus software. The Asus Xonar D2X is already a good DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), it just does not come with a dedicated (true?) headphone amplifier.I think it has something more like a line-output jack that also pretends to be a headphone output. So all you really need to do is figure out a budget for how much your willing to spend for a external headphone...
 The FiiO E10K's headphone amplifier should have no problems driving the (50-Ohm) HD555 or the (95-Ohm) Sennheiser HD 7 DJ headphones.If your looking at not using the speakers anymore, there is also the Schiit Fulla, USB-DAC-headphone amplifier ($79).
 I think the Gemini HSR-1000 are a better buy (value) then the ATH-M40X headphones.and with the cash you save from buying the Geminis, you could buy a (used?) Sound Blaster Z sound card.
 So you have both headphones and (crappy) speakers you want to connect to your computer?The FiiO E10K comes with both an amplified headphone jack and a separate line-output (for speakers).I would assume the E10K's PCM5102 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is better then whatever is built into the motherboard.
 If you have access to a modern A/V receiver, try plugging both headphones in and compare.I found a modern receiver (RX-V671) does a good job of bring out the sound of my HD558s.
 One SMSL DAC stopped working after only a short time.My SD-793 never work right from day one.but i did buy them about three years ago, so it's possible they are better built now.
These are the drivers I use with my Xonar sound card(s) on my Win 8.1 PC. http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/ Seem to work fine.
 If you ok without a heavy bass, Sennheiser HD558 (50-Ohm) open headphones.Your motherboard should easily be able to drive them.And you can take some time on deciding on an add-on sound card (internal or USB external).Or even waiting until you can maybe up your budget, for a sound card. Gemini HSR-1000 (60-Ohm) are about the best deal I know of for a good sounding closed headphone, for under $100Currently going for $42.99 (30 GBP) +...
 FiiO X1 digital audio player, $99.Might as well have your music sound as good as possible, for your budget.Should play just about any audio format you might use, like your 24-bit/96k audio files.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1083458-REG/fiio_fiio_x1_digital_audio.html 32GB Micro-SD memory card, $17.95.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1077090-REG/sandisk_sdsdun_032g_g46_ultra_sd_32gd_card.html
 The HD558 and HD598 use the same 50-Ohm driver.Plus you can remove the black rubber tape from inside the cups of the HD558, to make them sound somewhat more like the HD598s. Here are some used HD558 up for auction, current bid is $6 (shipping is $8.95)http://www.ebay.com/itm/351365497886?_trksid=p2060353.m1431.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT here are some HD558s for $69 + $ 6.89...
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