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SBZ vs Asus xonar essence STX with dt990 250 ohm - will i be able to hear a difference?

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Hello, i recently bought the Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 ohm headphones

at the moment i am using them with the onboard sound card on the motherboard "Asus p8z68-v pro" (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z68V_PRO/)

my dilemma is whether or not i should get a soundcard? with the my onboard they don't sound bad, but i was wondering if they could sound better, with another soundcard.

I made another thread regarding how to amp these headphones, before i bought them - but it ended up in everyone disagreeing with everyone, and i wasnt able to find my answer.

I'm using the headphones primarily for music, gaming and communication (skype,teamspeak,ventrilo,etc.).


The only inputs i need from my soundcard are standard mini jack for mic and headphones - no more no less.

Some kind of surround sound is a plus, but i guess most cards have that nowadays.

So my questions are:
Will i even be able to tell a difference from my onboard to a dedicated soundcard? (sound quality wise)
The Asus Xonar Essence STX is more than double the price of the Creative Sound Blaster Z - is the asus worth those extra money? (sound quality wise)


Thank you in advance for your response! :)

post #2 of 12
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Bump?

post #3 of 12

you will definitely hear a difference with a dedicated sound card vs onboard with those phones.

 

now on to xonar vs creative. my personal experience with the xonar essence st (pci version of the stx) and creative titanium hd (tested through rca output on both to my external amp) is that the xonar has a punchier and more impactful bass, while the titanium hd is a bit softer overall (less harsh). it comes down to personal preference but i preferred the xonar. if you do not have an external amplifier, make sure w/e card you buy has a built-in headphone amp (the xonar i had did, but the titanium hd did not, but i did not use headphone out to test so it was fair). another thing to consider is DSP features, if you play games, it'll be dolby headphones vs cmss-3d for xonar vs creative, and i found cmss-3d to be a bit better.

post #4 of 12
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Hm, i dont have high demands for the surround technology as i don't really play alot of FPS, however you were refering to the Creative titanium, which is about as expensive as the asus xonar essence stx

What i am looking for is  whether the Asus Xonar Essence STX (180$) vs Creative Sound Blaster Z (80$) is worth the extra money? sound quality wise

I still do appreciate your reply tho, since you answered my first and most important question which was, whether or not i would feel any difference from my onboard - and i thank you for that :)

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bumping

post #6 of 12

You have an amp on the STX, not on the SBZ and with 250ohms cans, you definitely need an amp.

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Originally Posted by Behelith View Post

not on the SBZ

 

That is actually not true, although I do not have much information on the headphone amplifier of the Sound Blaster Z, other than the specifications that say it can be used with headphones of up to 600 Ω impedance, which is pretty meaningless.

post #8 of 12

sound blaster x-fi titanium HD headphone jack doesn't have amp while the Z version has

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am well aware that both the stx and the sbz has an amp, however i still don't know whether or not i will be able to hear a notable difference between these 2 cards?

post #10 of 12
Stx is a competitor to zxr not to z. Z is much lower.
post #11 of 12
Hello Guys!
 
I recently bought a Asus Xonar Essence STX and going to buy a Beyerdynamic MMX 300 for gaming and music, and thinking of doing a Manufaktur on this Headphones.
 
The thing is that i can chose between 32 & 600 Ohm, so which one should I choose?
 
Will i be able to drive the MMX 300 to the full potential with the 600 Ohm or could it be any distortion? and if not is there any advantage of picking up the 600 Ohm?
 
I do have a Yamaha RX-A1020 in the same room that i can hook up with the STX if it would improve in sound quality?

Edited by Usejimmy - 7/25/13 at 2:07pm
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Usejimmy View Post

Hello Guys!
 
I recently bought a Asus Xonar Essence STX and going to buy a Beyerdynamic MMX 300 for gaming and music, and thinking of doing a Manufaktur on this Headphones.
 
The thing is that i can chose between 32 & 600 Ohm, so which one should I choose?
 
Will i be able to drive the MMX 300 to the full potential with the 600 Ohm or could it be any distortion? and if not is there any advantage of picking up the 600 Ohm?
 
I do have a Yamaha RX-A1020 in the same room that i can hook up with the STX if it would improve in sound quality?

 

That phone is 32 ohms. however it is not overly efficient & could possibly use the next impedance step up but I would not use the 300+ ohm setting. Just the 64-300 ohm setting & that only if you can not get sufficient volume out of the 64 ohm setting.

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