I've been thinking of upgrading my PC to use a XONAR STX. Since it has RCA connectors, I was thinking I could just remove the DACMagic from the equation and connect the STX directly to my headphone tube amp (or an integrated amp). Another reason I'm doing this is to try & cut down on the wiring mess. Removing the DACMagic frees up a power socket, removes a power cord, a digital cord, & a USB cord.
I'm just wondering if the audiophile enthusiasts out there would tell me if I was actually downgrading my system if I got rid of the DACMagic. Further, I simply feel I'd be wasting the STX hardware if I used its digital out to the DACMagic rather than going directly analog to the amp. To me it feels like owning an STX and a DAC is overkill with no added benefit...so it's one or the other (my current line of thinking).
Thanks in advance for any advice.