I've been struggling to decide on an upgrade to my current setup of PC -> Asus Xonar Essence STX -> HD 650.
I've got a couple of questions that I hope you folks will be able to help me with:
1. How decent is the DAC on the STX. Would it be feasible to just use the STX and purchase a more expensive amp (i.e. a Schiit Valhala) and connect via the line out of the card?
2. Should I rather get a discrete stack such as a Modi+Vali (I'm leaning towards Vali over Magni as I believe they should be a better fit with the 650's). I would then perhaps look to upgrade the amp at a later stage if I feel the need.
Your insights would be greatly appreciated :).
Maybe get just the Vali? Schiit stack is sexier though.