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Here are a few used headphone amplifiers up for sale. http://www.ebay.com/itm/172224896821?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT http://www.ebay.com/itm/172224892981?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
 The Modi 2 (non-Uber) is USB only and USB bypasses the computer's on-board (or add-on) sound card.Where as a DAC with a S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) connection can work with sound cards.Hifimediy optical DAC, $59http://hifimediy.com/DACs/ready-made-dacs/SPDIF-9018-DAC If you have no interest in using sound card features, then USB is fine.
 I'm guessing roughly equal audio quality.Just do not know enough about the chips used on the ESI Juli@ to make a detailed comparison.I would say to go ahead and swap out the ESI Juli@ for the Xonar U7.
Get a low costing Asus Xonar DG or DGX sound card ($25-$45) Or even a used Xonar DX ($50?) All come with optical output.   And a DAC with an optical input. http://hifimediy.com/SPDIF-9018-DAC
Bought 4 SMSL DACs a few years back, not the reliable.   Hifimediy sells an optical DAC for $59. http://hifimediy.com/SPDIF-9018-DAC
 A Philips Fidelio X2 with the Schiit Fulla, should breath new live into your music audio.
 Might help to know what your looking for exactly for improvement, over the HD598.Is this setup for music or movie or gaming or all three? A Philips Fidelio X2 would offer a more lively sound (stronger bass/treble). Or just save some cash and just get the Fulla and use it with the HD598. Currently my preferred headphones are the Beyerdynamic T90 ($500-$600)Should be able to find a used T90, off eBay, for under...
 What your looking for is an optical to USB converter, which there is no demand or market for.So it a waste of time for anyone to manufacturer such a device (but your welcome to search for such a device)So there is really about zero chance of you being able to use the Cozoy Aegis DAC with the PS3.Unless someone writes USB drivers for the PS3, that would support the Cozoy Aegis DACWhich I doubt anyone would have a financial reason for doing so.  So that's why I suggested...
http://www.foobar2000.org/
I usually buy my mp3s (256k) from Amazon I I'm fine with the quality. I would assume most people (like 98%) could not tell the difference between 256k & 320k audio music files. 
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