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DAC replacement for Xonar STX

post #1 of 7
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Hi guys,

 

I just switch from a Windows platform to Mac. My windows setup is as follows:

 

PC --> Xonar Essence STX --> Little Dot MKIII tube amp --> DT880 headphone  250ohm.

 

I need to replacement the Xonar with a DAC for my Mac platform. Any recommendations? I want the DAC quality to be equivalent of the Xonar and my budget is around $300.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 7
I replaced my STX with an ODAC. I thought the ODAC to be just a little better, but that could be listener bias. Certainly is equivalent. Given that the Schiit Modi has been compared favorably with the ODAC (I have not heard it), I would suspect it to be as good as the STX as well.

Both of these are well under your budget smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I replaced my STX with an ODAC. I thought the ODAC to be just a little better, but that could be listener bias. Certainly is equivalent. Given that the Schiit Modi has been compared favorably with the ODAC (I have not heard it), I would suspect it to be as good as the STX as well.

Both of these are well under your budget smily_headphones1.gif

And where would one buy the ODAC from i have done a search for that ODAC chip but come up empty handed ..

 

Would love to buy one and try ..

post #4 of 7
Search for ODAC DAC
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Search for ODAC DAC

Done that and still getting no hits for just the ODAC chips ,Even asked mayflower and was told you cant use them on STX so i dunno ..

post #6 of 7
Right. You have to buy a new separate DAC.

If you want to find out what you can switch out on the STX, skim this thread and talk to them: http://www.head-fi.org/t/421890/the-xonar-essence-stx-q-a-tweaking-impressions-thread
post #7 of 7

I changed my STX with Aune T1, I think it's a good upgrade, always found STX harsh sounding and some pops&glitches during playback. 

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