Greetings, brothers and sisters of Head-fi.org!
HeadAmp here inquiring about a new purchase for my desktop HTPC. I am looking to free up the lone PCIe slot on my HTPC's motherboard (ASRock B85M-ITX) by replacing my ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCIe sound card with a significant external solution that can effectively drive my HiFiMAN HE-400 planar headphones. This rig is used mainly to drive various music mixes such as rock, metal, dubstep, trapstep, dance, trance, electronica, hip-hop, rap, funk, fusion, etc. All the modern music that you can think of! I prefer my rig's sound to have some "OOMPH" to it, so an emphasis on bass and power with as pristine sound quality as possible is important. I am looking to spend no more than I need to, but, am willing to spend up to $500 or so. Any recommendations are appreciated! Thank you.