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(posted in wrong forum category, sorry) What Amp/Dac to pair with Asus Xonar Essence ST?

post #1 of 4
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Headphones: HD 598

Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence ST

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

 

Q:Why do I want to pair a dac and/or amp with the ST? 

A:Because I would like a physical nob for volume, bass, treble and any other features I can turn on. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Q:What kind of dac/amp am I looking for?  

 

A: First the dac/amp with the most features

Second: Improving sound stage and/or better audio quality.

(optional) Third: Portability.

 

Q:What do I use my headphones for mostly, (games/music) ?

 

A: I mostly play games and occasionally I listen to music while browsing/gaming.

 

Pricerange: $200 and under.

 

All advice is greatly appreciated! L3000.gif


Edited by edge68 - 6/18/12 at 3:52pm
post #2 of 4

You really don't have to worry about pairing anything to your Xonar.  If you get a external DAC it will completely bypass your sound card anyway.  The only think the Xonar will provide is the spdif output.

post #3 of 4

I'd look for a used nfb-12.  For portability maybe the fiio e17.  There's a bunch to choose from though the price knocks a lot out.  I say that but I use both the -12 and fiio products and like them a lot.
 

post #4 of 4

I don't mean to keep posting.  I've never heard the hd598's but I just remembered that I didn't fully like the -12 with my hd650's since that amp is already a little warm.  It could be a great combo for the 598 but I'm not sure.  You can check the -12 thread or look for a 598 thread and see what people on there are recommending.

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