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Your hooking the external amp to the RCA outputs on the Essence STX?
Yeah that's right. Unfortunately if I move the mouse for example I can hear it through the speakers. I'm sending the amp for a replacement hope this sorts it out. Even if I plug the amp straight into the headphone socket of the stx (double amp) the same thing happens. :-( might be a grounding issue the tube amp does sound good but when no music is coming thru the hiss is quite annoying.
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Hi,

I have bought an used Xonar Essence ST with 5.1 extension board and default op-amps installed and I don't like the sound signature. It sounds too distant, a bit cold and unnatural and I could not listen to it for a long time. My previous sound card ESI Maya44 seems more balanced, more natural and neutral and it has cheap JRC4580 op-amps.

 

Any suggestions, which op-amp should I try? I will use only RCA outs.


Edited by Darkheart - 7/22/13 at 6:08am
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Originally Posted by Darkheart View Post

Hi,
I have bought an used Xonar Essence ST with 5.1 extension board and default op-amps installed and I don't like the sound signature. It sounds too distant, a bit cold and unnatural and I could not listen to it for a long time. My previous sound card ESI Maya44 seems more balanced, more natural and neutral and it has cheap JRC4580 op-amps.

Any suggestions, which op-amp should I try? I will use only RCA outs.

I'm happy with those in my sig .... :-)
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Originally Posted by Darkheart View Post

Hi,

I have bought an used Xonar Essence ST with 5.1 extension board and default op-amps installed and I don't like the sound signature. It sounds too distant, a bit cold and unnatural and I could not listen to it for a long time. My previous sound card ESI Maya44 seems more balanced, more natural and neutral and it has cheap JRC4580 op-amps.

 

Any suggestions, which op-amp should I try? I will use only RCA outs.

I'm assuming your using this setup with 5.1 speakers?

Are you planning on replacing all 12 op-amps? or just 8?

 

LME49720 (get 8 of them) would be something low budget to try.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I'm assuming your using this setup with 5.1 speakers?

Are you planning on replacing all 12 op-amps? or just 8?

 

Currently I am using biamped 4 channel DIY open baffle speaker setup with PC based 24db crossovers. There are widerange driver that plays 80hz and up + bass driver crossed at 80hz too, but actually it is supporting upper driver till 180hz or so. Later I am planning to add surround speakers, but for now 6 op-amps would be enough.

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Are there some Audio-Gd discrete op-amp users? How do they compare to best ICs op-amps? Anyone who has compared both and prefers ICs over discrete ones?


Edited by Darkheart - 7/23/13 at 2:46am
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my AD797BR just arrived... installed them and they do much better than the stock ones..

was actually comtemplating to change from essence stx to Audio Gd NFB 3.33 before i got my op-amps changed..

Not so sure now, and one else made the change from a AD797BR to a NFB 3.33 ? got any feedback?


Edited by bruiselee - 7/24/13 at 8:03am
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Hello everyone STX.

For over a month I play 250ohm Beyerdynamic DT770Pro and this sound card, I'm mega happy, but I am looking to continue op-amp that will be better than LM49990AM, using only the headphone output.

I am very tempted Muses, 8820, 8920, 01, 02, but do not know if I will play it better and is it worth it to invest in them, have LM49990.

Or maybe someone has already done the test and advise me of the Muses, and who to choose?

On the shelf still has LM49720HA that came to me three days ago, but I could not see them yet.Sorry for my english.

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Ive got 2 x  Muses01 & 1 x  LM49990 to go in , but with all this bloody great weather were having in the UK , i havent a chance to put them in yet !!!

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I ordered a trial Muses 8820, see what I can do with respect to 49990.

I did not understand the above statement, that kind of weather prevented the purchase muses, oh well, maybe I misunderstood something, we are sorry but if conditions are unfavorable.

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I ordered a trial Muses 8820, see what I can do with respect to 49990.

I did not understand the above statement, that kind of weather prevented the purchase muses, oh well, maybe I misunderstood something, we are sorry but if conditions are unfavorable.

LOL no sorry the weathers been so good for the last 4 weeks , ive been spending all my spare time outside etc so havent found time to install them yet , as its a rather long winded affair with my setup !!! , im not complaining though , its our first Summer in 6 years !!!!!!

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Noob Q's. Exactly what is sampling rate/scale? Does it matter which setting you use? (44.1, 48 kHz etc). 

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Whats your favorite way of connecting an external amp to the Essence ST/X? 

 

1) Double amping through the Headphone out?

2) Through RCA ?

 

Cheers!


Edited by Kjeldsen - 7/27/13 at 3:05pm
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Originally Posted by Kjeldsen View Post

Whats your favorite way of connecting an external amp to the Essence ST/X? 

 

1) Double amping through the Headphone out?

2) Through RCA ?

 

Cheers!

I had no proplem double amping with the DGX  , but it was terrible with the STX ? so RCA is the way for me !!

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Originally Posted by mrlimbo View Post

I had no proplem double amping with the DGX  , but it was terrible with the STX ? so RCA is the way for me !!

 

Interesting. What was terrible about it?

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