Originally Posted by cba1986
I can get the Titanium HD but is nearly double the price of the DX. It is really that much of a difference?
About local. Yeah i would prefer to buy locally for warranty reason exclusively but if i can get a nice price offshore I wouldn't mind.
In my country sound's equipment is rare and expensive.
The DX is about 155 USD
The DG is about 50 USD
And the Fatal1ty HD is about 370.
Pricey don't you think. For give an example the Essence STX is about 360 USD. Local currency to dollars. Making a quick calculation the DX is about 9 times more expensive than in the US. can anybody recommend buying offshore?
Your motherboard comes with built in DTS audio, but I'm guessing the DAC is low cost and the headphone jack is more like a line-out jack with high impedance.
For $60, you can get the SMSL SD-793II external DAC/amp (sells on eBay and ships from Asia) and connect it to your motherboard's S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) output.
The SMSL SD-793II comes with a PCM1973 DAC chip and I would "guess" has a low headphone output impedance then you motherboard.
And as you connecting to the motherboard's S/PDIF output, you should still be able to use the built in audio features (like DTS) with your headphones.
I have the older version of the SMSL SD-793, which does not have a headphone amplifier, so I can not really say how good the amplifier is on the SD-793II.
But as the HD598s are only 50-Ohm, they are easily driven.
The Xonar DX is a good sound card (CS4398 DAC chip), and comes with Dolby Headphone surround sound, but barely decent at driving headphones.
Where as the Fiio E11 portable headphone amplifier is great from driving headphones, but it is battery driving.
So the Xonar DX/Fiio E11 combo is something I could recommend
What is this 5.1 equipment and how did you plan to connect to it?
Also, could you add your location, using your community profile.
Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/8/12 at 4:19pm