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The Uber versions Magni 2 and Modi 2 have been considered to be such a good upgrade from the originals that they make everything up to (and occasionally through) the Bifrost and Asgard obsolete, especially when factoring price into the equation.
I own the Sennheiser HD 518s and I can say they are pretty good. Just "pretty good," but that's because I also have the HD 598s and the HD 600s. They're certainly better than most headphones you could get for that price, but the Gemini HSR-1000 gets recommended every single time someone asks for under-$100 headphones, so they must have a solid reputation.
The way most of us look at it is, if you can, wait to save up a bit more to get the ones you REALLY want. Because let's face it, you're going to buy it eventually, making any incremental purchases between then and now seem a bit devalued and wasted.
 Might need you to ELI5 that for me. Do you mean the way the onboard might process the digital surround sound might be really crappy? Like, bad sound positioning and stuff?
 Well as long as there's no performance hit. Cause the CPU will pick up any of the slack that the sound card can't handle for sound processing.  The CPU will only process sound if it's using the onboard sound. The motherboard's integrated sound uses the main CPU for sound processing, where a dedicated sound card like my STX handles all sound processing on its own chip, taking some of the processing load off the main CPU. That was my main question about performance. A...
I certainly could, but that would mean testing onboard via optical versus STX via coaxial, and I feel like that's not a very objective test. I don't feel like buying the DG just to test it against my onboard. Also, I have been considering downsizing my PC to a mini-ITX form factor, and that would kill any extra PCI and PCI-Express slots for a sound card. If I went that route, I'd only have onboard optical or USB options. So, all-in-all I don't know what I want to...
 Yes, I have. So you would recommend using a dedicated sound card rather than the onboard audio when all I'm using it for processing surround sound for movies and games and the toslink output?Also do you know the answer to my questions 1 and 2?
Welcome to the forum, 53Brandon! Best thing to keep in mind as you find yourself posting here is to keep your hand firmly on your back pocket or we'll likely have you convinced to extend a $200 headphone budget to a $800 headphone, amp, and dac budget over the course of a few suggestive posts. I think you should probably make separate threads for each of your issues unless a few of them are similar, then you can combine them into one. Just keep in mind that these threads...
So my audio equipment just went from this:   Sennheiser HD 600 Xonar Essence STX   To this:   beyerdynamic T1 Sennheiser HD 600 Schiit Modi 2 Uber Schiit Valhalla 2   I'm wondering now if I should try to sell my Essence STX for some cash and use the onboard's toslink or just get a really cheap Xonar DG to process the surround sound for gaming and output via optical.   My options are this:   1) Keep the Essence STX and use its coaxial port to output to the...
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