I'm really confused...I need to buy a new sound card (Asus Xonar STX) but I'm thinking if Dacmagic plus will be better bet when compared to Asus Xonar STX
Could anyone please let me know your views on this comparison?
I have HD 202 headphones right now but I"m planning to buy HD595 or 650 in another 6 months
off the topic, i'm really happy with my Clip+ and Brainwavz M2 combo (in one word MUSICAL)... I'm expecting similar 'MUSICAL' signature from Dacmagic plus, is it possible?
The biggest potential difference between the two would be the headphone amp. Unfortunately CA doesn't list much in the way of specs for the amp section so I'm not sure how it would compare.
If you're on any sort of budget I'd suggest that a pair of headphones is likely to get you more musical enjoyment per dollar than a DAC or an amp. If, for example, I had to choose between an HD595 and the DM Plus or the HD650 and the STX I'd take the HD650 and STX in a heartbeat.
Something else to keep in mind is that the STX's amp will work better with high impedance headphones like the HD650 than with lower impedance models so you might need to look for a different DAC/amp combo or a separate amp in addition to the STX if you decide to go with a headphone that has a lower impedance.