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Hello, i am looking for a headphone amplifier that would be noticeable better than asus xonar essence amp, if there is some....in this budget of 200$

I would like to use Asus xonar essence as a dac and some external amp with it.

 

i would use it with: AKG K 701, K 240 sextett (600 ohm, i would need a 600$+ amp to drive these but i want to improve it a little atleast) and also with some other headphone.

 

so my question is: is there some better headphone amp that the one which xonar essence has in the budget of 200 $? if yes which one would be the best?

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Originally Posted by FULLAUDIO View Post

Hello, I am looking for a headphone amplifier that would be noticeable better than Asus Xonar Essence Amp, if there is some....in this budget of 200$

I would like to use Asus xonar essence as a dac and some external amp with it.

I would use it with: AKG K 701, K 240 sextett (600 ohm, i would need a 600$+ amp to drive these but i want to improve it a little at least) and also with some other headphone.

So my question is: is there some better headphone amp that the one which Xonar essence has in the budget of 200 $? if yes which one would be the best?

You did know that if you plug an external headphone amplifier into the Essence STX's RCA jack, you will only get 2-channel stereo audio, no Headphone Surround Sound?

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You did know that if you plug an external headphone amplifier into the Essence STX's RCA jack, you will only get 2-channel stereo audio, no Headphone Surround Sound?

Headphone surround sound?

I think i am always listening only to 2 channel stereo sound thru my headphones :D..... 


Edited by FULLAUDIO - 7/26/13 at 8:41pm
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Headphone surround sound?

I think i am always listening only to 2 channel stereo sound thru my headphones :D..... 

As the Essence STX can easily drive AKG K701 62-Ohm and AKG K240 Sextett 600-Ohm headphones.

(I own the AKG K240 Monitor 600-Ohm).

Maybe try swapping the op-amps on the STX, maybe some LME49990 or ADA79BRs, might find a sound more to your liking.

(I use the AD797BRs)

post #5 of 6

what about the schiit Aasgad?

i know the v2 is about 50 dollar over ur budgett but theyre pretty easy to find used

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Originally Posted by FULLAUDIO View Post

Hello, i am looking for a headphone amplifier that would be noticeable better than asus xonar essence amp, if there is some....in this budget of 200$

I would like to use Asus xonar essence as a dac and some external amp with it.

I would use it with: AKG K 701, K 240 sextett (600 ohm, i would need a 600$+ amp to drive these but i want to improve it a little atleast) and also with some other headphone.

So my question is: is there some better headphone amp that the one which xonar essence has in the budget of 200 $? if yes which one would be the best?

You could always sell off the Essence STX and get an Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $50-$60,

and use the cash from selling off the STX towards an external headphone amplifier.

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