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is buying from ebay a good idea for oamps ?? and this will work perfectly w/ the stx right ??

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Dual-Audio-Operational-Amplifier-LME49860NA-NOPB-National-DE2349-/310725375944?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4858acf7c8&_uhb=1

post #4682 of 4830
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Originally Posted by Powahlam View Post
 

is buying from ebay a good idea for oamps ?? and this will work perfectly w/ the stx right ??

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Dual-Audio-Operational-Amplifier-LME49860NA-NOPB-National-DE2349-/310725375944?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4858acf7c8&_uhb=1


Those op-amps will work in the DIP-8 slots on the Essence STX.

The LME49860 are the same as the LME49720 and LM4562, the LME49860 is just the cherry pick because it supports a great voltage range.

post #4683 of 4830

I have had Creative for many years, last one was X-Fi Fatality Champion Pro which i thought was the best available. My brothers Sennheiser 580 headset really wasnt impressive (i thought) even though articles everywhere claimed its one of the better. 

 

Just installed Xonar Essence STX and im not joking when i say i am hearing music for the first time. The 580's now have a clarity and punch that i thought didnt exist with these headsets. Sound is so incredibly good that i find myself looking over the shoulder constantly to see if someone is playing guitar right next to my ear. Seriously, not sure if its the AMP on this card or if its the card itself or both, but Asus has demolished Creative with this card. 

 

Whats good is that i finally have no noise which the Creative card could have especially in high volumes. This card cancels out everything that could interfere with the card. Im really blown away, nothing more to say. 

post #4684 of 4830
Anybody tried this with Xonar STX?
Valab Gold Plated 0.3PPM 11.2896 MHz Low Jitter Low Phase Noise TCXO
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/300951900667?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_1899wt_758
post #4685 of 4830

Hi everyone !

 

Changed stock JRC  by LME49710HA x2 on homemade pcb :

http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2013/41/1381514651-dsc00002.jpg

http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2013/41/1381514653-dsc00005.jpg

They do sound way better than LME49720NA for sure, sound so great ! Near to come, TXCO ... 

post #4686 of 4830
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Originally Posted by JohnnyReef View Post
 

I have had Creative for many years, last one was X-Fi Fatality Champion Pro which i thought was the best available. My brothers Sennheiser 580 headset really wasnt impressive (i thought) even though articles everywhere claimed its one of the better. 

 

Just installed Xonar Essence STX and im not joking when I say I am hearing music for the first time. The 580's now have a clarity and punch that i thought didnt exist with these headsets. Sound is so incredibly good that i find myself looking over the shoulder constantly to see if someone is playing guitar right next to my ear. Seriously, not sure if its the AMP on this card or if its the card itself or both, but Asus has demolished Creative with this card. 

 

Whats good is that i finally have no noise which the Creative card could have especially in high volumes. This card cancels out everything that could interfere with the card. Im really blown away, nothing more to say. 


Did you delete all the Creative software?

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.

Try the third party drivers "Unified Xonar Drivers".

Trying using Foobar2000 for playing audio files?

post #4687 of 4830
  • JohnnyReef > So believe me, the stock AMP are so bad compared to LME49720HA / AD797BR,they totaly worth the 25/30€ you can pay them on ebay.

Edited by wanted110 - 10/12/13 at 7:35am
post #4688 of 4830
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  • JohnnyReef > So believe me, the stock AMP are so bad compared to LME49720HA / AD797BR,they totaly worth the 25/30€ you can pay them on ebay.

just buying two of those LME49720HA is enough right ??? and is the installation easy and capable with just hands ?

post #4689 of 4830

I have owned the Xonar Essence STX for about a year now but something has been driving me crazy and I can't find answers on google. Can anybody tell me if there is a reason to select more than 2 channels when using headphones with this card? Does it improve the surround sound from Dolby Headphone or is it pointless because headphones only have 2 speakers?

post #4690 of 4830
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Originally Posted by captain3xtreme View Post
 

I have owned the Xonar Essence STX for about a year now but something has been driving me crazy and I can't find answers on google. Can anybody tell me if there is a reason to select more than 2 channels when using headphones with this card? Does it improve the surround sound from Dolby Headphone or is it pointless because headphones only have 2 speakers?

 

it's only for when you play games or watch movies. other than that, you would use hifi stereo for music listening. 

post #4691 of 4830
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Originally Posted by Powahlam View Post
 

Just buying two of those LME49720HA is enough right ??? and is the installation easy and capable with just hands ?


Only need to replace the two I/V op-amps, for the headphones.

Just need a small Philips head and a really small flat head (for poping out the stock op-amps) screwdriver.

post #4692 of 4830
What is the best crystal clock for STX? And most important, when I can buy ig?
post #4693 of 4830
  • Powahlam

  -> Yes just 2x LME49720HA ( HA do is important! ) and bend them a bit to make them fit, you can google image this  ;)

 

superfedya -> Vanguard TCXO from ebay, about 30€.  There is only 1 reference when i search it :

http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111071282361&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649


Edited by wanted110 - 10/14/13 at 2:17pm
post #4694 of 4830

Hello everyone, first time poster here! I've had the Essence STX for a long time now and I am not satisfied with the sound I'm getting through my HD595's. It's decent, but I feel like it could be better. The bass feels lacking and muddled while the highs seem too harsh. I had a very ghetto setup dedicated to my headphones, including an old Sony receiver and it seemed a bit better. That being said, I am content with what I'm getting out of my speakers but there's always room for improvement! Can someone please recommend some Op Amps that are best matched with my setup? Thanks a ton!

 

Xonar Essence STX --> custom RCA cables -> NAD C730 Stereo Receiver -> Polk TSi 500 towers and Polk 8" sub

                            --> Sennheiser HD 595 w/ soundstage mod


Edited by ady1989 - 10/20/13 at 6:50pm
post #4695 of 4830

It was said that all these 498XX/497XX are defected with bass being suppressed, you may find a more detailed discussion at page around 200,

so now I am getting this LME49990:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/190928099571?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

They are single channel per chip, so you will need 2 of them soldered on a single mount to install on the asus card. I don't have soldering tools at hand so I ordered the finished version, 

3 of them arriving by Nov. Will see if there is any real improvement over stock amps.

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