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This might be a stupid question, but are the sound cards like Xonar DG or STX powerful enough to push headphones like HD598 to volume levels that can instantly damage your hearing? If yes, is there any fail safe way to prevent that from happening (without extra devices)? I'm concerned because you can easily forget to adjust volume when switching from speakers to headphones, or accidentally move the volume slider too much when adjusting volume. Also some software errors...
I guess I'm down to two options.   1) HD598 + Xonar DG + Cheap! + DG's builtin amp should drive the HD598s ok? + DG's DAC is propably somewhat better than the ALC1200's - Build quality? - Only software volume control   2) DT880 pro 250ohm + something worth 0-300 euros + Overall better headphones than the HD598? - A lot harder to drive? - What to get with them?   I'm currently thinking the best reason to go with the HD598s is to save money....
I never really doubted the quality of the DAC on the STX. The problem is you can use the STX only on a desktop computer. Currently that's all I need, but if I end up getting an external DAC in the future, wouldn't it make the STX kind of useless? However, if the STX really is the best option in the < 300 EUR price range, I'm ok with getting one. I'm just not fully convinced yet. I've never used DS and I doubt that I would need it.
  STX is also a bit more expensive than the uDAC2. Is there a good external alternative to the STX in the 200-300 EUR price range? Yes, I'm currently using a desktop computer, but I don't want to end up buying both a desktop DAC and an expensive sound card in the near future. Plus, a sound card doesn't have a volume knob.
    That's good to hear. However, I still have my doubts about the all plastic construction. And I've also heard that while being a good all arounder, the HD598 has problems with metal. But of course one has to compromise when looking for good all around headphones.     Tubes are too fragile and most of all too hifi looking for my desktop!   FiiO's are often recommended, but they are quite hard to find where I live.   How would something like the Nuforce Icon uDAC2...
Quote: The HD598 might be a good and cheap solution when it comes to sound quality. However the build quality is a bit of a problem with the cheaper Sennheisers. I've seen many threads about HD5x5s and HD598s cracking easily. I would expect nearly 200 EUR headphones to be more durable than that.  
I'm looking to purchase my first good headphones and would like to hear some recommendations. I'm currently using onboard audio (ALC1200), and don't have any kind of amp to go with. I'm willing to spend max. 300-500 euros total (headphones+amp?+?). The headphones should be open or semi-open (low isolation). They should be good "all arounders" that do a decent job with any genre of music, movies, audiobooks, games, etc... The most important genres would be melodic and...
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