I just typed this whole thing up and pressed back, so now im pretty sad haha. ANYWAYS ONE MORE TIME. I'm new here and I'm looking to get into the audiophile stuff.
The current speakers I use are promedia 2.1s that I got about 4 years ago, still run great. For current FPS gaming and music, I use my dsp 500s that I got for free 5 years ago yay :). I'm looking to get a pair of ath-ad700 or m50s for listening to music + games.
Budget is max 200 :)... for now, if I get hooked, then it will raise haha.
The type of music I listen to is basically just electronic. I know the ad700 are bass light and the m50 has more kick, but what is more important to me is crisp sound and the soundstage. I don't really care about watching movies with head phones because I'd probably blast the speakers because I enjoy action movies and the bass.
Anyways, my real quesiton is:
1. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using a XONAR STX vs. DIY DAC/DIY AMP vs. DAC/AMP?
I know the Xonar has like cool built in features that allow betting gaming/sound profiles. I know it has great drivers for win 7.
2. Whats the performance comparison of DIY DAC vs Store DACs?
I'm confident enough in soldering surface mount stuff so its not a big deal to me. Would a DIY DAC+AMP ~ 100-150 be better than the XONAR STX? Would one of those 50 dollar DIY DACs be comparable to a uDAC?
3. Can I just be lazy and get a uDAC to act as a source for my new headphones and my current promedia 2.1s? Would I be able to definitely tell and appreciate the sound quality from onboard sound to the DAC for both headphones and speakers?
Okay thank god I didn't press back again
Thanks for the help
Sorry if I confused anyone and I hope i got the right subforum..
Edited by rontruong - 7/27/10 at 2:59pm