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noob needs help: asus xonar essence stx vs ibasso d10 cobra

post #1 of 12
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So I apologize in advance if this is a stupid thread, but I have a asus xonar d1 right now. I've been looking around and the ibasso d10 cobra seems to be a great amp and dac. What will give the the best sound quality in your opinion.

My xonar d1 with spidif out to the ibassio d10
or
an asus xonar essence stx

I use denon ah d2000's for my computer setup.

I game, and listen to folk/indie, and metal/hardcore music.

thanks.
post #2 of 12
The Asus card performs better with higher impedence cans like hd600 and hd650, most people who used d2000 with the stx did not get too good results. If you are going to use the D1 as source you should check out something like the Hifiman Ef2a, you would be paying extra for the DAC part in ibasso d10 which you wont be using anyway.

There are two huge threads on the STX in the computer audio section, you should check em out.
post #3 of 12
If using this at home, why not consider a home amp instead (a la the title of this forum)?
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
yeah i saw the HUGE STX threads, and looked through about 60 pages but felt that just posting this would be faster than combing though 200+pages

Also i want to use my D1 or get the stx because dolby virtual headphone surround sound is a must for gaming.
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Originally Posted by InFn-0 View Post
The Asus card performs better with higher impedence cans like hd600 and hd650, most people who used d2000 with the stx did not get too good results. If you are going to use the D1 as source you should check out something like the Hifiman Ef2a, you would be paying extra for the DAC part in ibasso d10 which you wont be using anyway.

There are two huge threads on the STX in the computer audio section, you should check em out.
Hey, thanks for your response. I checked out the Hifiman Ef2a, and its a tube amp. I have heard that tube amps + denon ah d2000=bad and thats what the review is saw said.

I'm glad you said that the essence doesnt work well with denons thanks, I will keep looking. What about the ibasso D4 amp. This model is just an amp (comes with an opamp rolling kit). I just liked the D10 because it has an optical in where the D4 only has line in and usb.

Thanks
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ypoknons View Post
If using this at home, why not consider a home amp instead (a la the title of this forum)?
I've been looking around and this amp had good reviews and was about 200 (my budget). I'm open to a home amp, and would love suggestions.

Thanks
post #7 of 12
This is the second time I've said it today, but I recommend against battery powered amps if you don't actually require portability. Matrix mstage seems to be pretty popular right now, or maybe even a used Little Dot V. Mind you, I haven't heard these amps for myself, my amp budget is much higher, do your own research.

The idea that tube + D2000 = bad isn't necessarily right. The 'tube sound' is for the most part a myth; not every tube amp sounds the same.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ypoknons View Post
This is the second time I've said it today, but I recommend against battery powered amps if you don't actually require portability. Matrix mstage seems to be pretty popular right now, or maybe even a used Little Dot V. Mind you, I haven't heard these amps for myself, my amp budget is much higher, do your own research.

The idea that tube + D2000 = bad isn't necessarily right. The 'tube sound' is for the most part a myth; not every tube amp sounds the same.
Thanks for your reply.
I know a good amount about tubes actually. I'm a physics major and am looking at building a tube guitar amp. Obvsly all tub amps don't sound the same. I'm not looking for the oh holy grail amp for these headphones (I mean my budget is 200 ish lol). I really just want to improve the sound quality, tighten up the bass a little bit, and I think opening up the soundstage might be nice for gaming. My headphones get loud enough (it not like I am struggling to hear them) but they could be louder too.
post #9 of 12
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Does any one know how the Matrix M-stage wold pair with denon ah d2000's? It looks the m-stage doesn't like low impedance phones.
Also the Travagan’s Red looks like a suitable choice. How does it pair with the d2000's. Also on the travagan website all the pics are broken is that the legit site?
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by keabler View Post
Thanks for your reply.
I know a good amount about tubes actually. I'm a physics major and am looking at building a tube guitar amp. Obvsly all tub amps don't sound the same.
That's good. It just didn't come across in your post
post #11 of 12
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Does any one know how the Matrix M-stage wold pair with denon ah d2000's? It looks the m-stage doesn't like low impedance phones.
Where did you get that from? I am seriously considering getting one for my D2000...
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ypoknons View Post
That's good. It just didn't come across in your post
lol yeah.

K so here is where I am at and I would appreciate feedback.

I have narrowed it down to the Travagan's Red, ibasso D10 or the matrix m-stage, ibasso D4.

They are all in my budget and are ss. I've heard good things with all of them, but have found almost no info on low impedance headphones, and more specifically the d2000's.

Also if I was going to buy a tavagan red is this the correct website?
All the pics are broken links so it kinda freaked me out.
Travagan’s Red-Travagan's shop
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