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post #1 of 10
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I just got my career job and can finally get my feet wet with some real cans. I purchased the BeyerDynamic DT 990's 600OHM ( used this site to read and pick ones i wanted. You guys are awesome) and I am loving them. I paired them with a Asus xonar STX. Card became defective and they resent me my same card back threw a RMA. I am fed up with Asus. Looking for a $300< amp I could use with my desktop. Listen to music and game all on my desktop. I dont need portability. Any recommendations would be really appreciated. I read up on all the different types and now im starting to get confused lol.

post #2 of 10

The O2 amp is an excellent low cost option within your price point.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Been reading up on O2,and matrix-M stage. Would it matter if I am using the onboard sound card? . Or would I need a separate sound card for output purposes. I also use desktop speakers at times. I see that the matrix-m has multiple outputs, would this be ideal for me so I can switch between speakers and using the front jack?.

post #4 of 10

On-board sound is not good. You should use your sound card as a DAC or get an external DAC. Maybe the ODAC :P

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

On-board sound is not good. You should use your sound card as a DAC or get an external DAC. Maybe the ODAC :P


+1 on this

 

On-board sound is what got me interested in external DAC units.  I have not looked back since.  USB playback is excellent because it can have extremely low noise, low distortion, and hardly any jitter.  These factors combined make it nearly impossible to tell lossless from CD even through a decent transport when using a good external USB DAC.


Edited by NA Blur - 1/17/13 at 2:23pm
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+1 on this

 

On-board sound is what got me interested in external DAC units.  I have not looked back since.  USB playback is excellent because it can have extremely low noise, low distortion, and hardly any jitter.  These factors combined make it nearly impossible to tell lossless between CD even through a decent transport when using a good external USB DAC.

Is it possible to tell lossless from cd? I doubt. Even 320 kbit/s vs cd would be very hard

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

so my best bet would be the O2+Odac combo from JDS Labs. How would I be able to switch from Headphones to speakers?. Would I use the onboard sound card for the speakers and use the USB setup for headphones?.

post #8 of 10

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, $70 (same audio processor as the Essence STX)

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99.

Connect the Xonar to the computer case's front panel headphone jack and plug the Magni into it.

Connect the speakers to the Xonar's back panel.

post #9 of 10

I have the same set up with OP, the Xonar STX is an amazing sound card, drove the DT 990 600ohm just fine, although I did have some issue while I was setting it up, but it was my fault.(defective molex connector)

 

I say give ASUS another try, and save that money.

post #10 of 10
Schiit Asgard. It drives my DT990 better than all of my other amps, including those costing 5x as much.
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