Originally Posted by Beef Anus
"Usually when the source's impedance is less then then 10 times the headphones impedance, you start to get a bloated bass" So dx has 100 ohm source which is less than the 30x10=300 ohms of the x1's so I would be getting a bloated noise from them?
"you might end up using the STX's amp for gaming and the Magni for music." Why would i have to use one for gaming and one for music? doesn't the Magni act as an amp and the sound card as a DAC in unison for everything?
(I understand that the D1/DX have their own amp, would plugging in the Magni into the sound card mess up the sound because two amps are being used?)
I feel like a kid asking too many questions in elementary lol, but this knowledge is new to me and I have no hands on experience just getting the hang of it. Tanks for staying with me up to this point.
For better audio quality with 30-Ohm headphones, you want (prefer) to use a source (amped or unamped) of 3-Ohms or less, the D1 is 100-Ohm.
The Magni is an amplifer, but the Essence STX can not send headphone surround sound thru it's RCA outputs.
Headphone Surround Sound being audio that starts out as 6-channel (5.1) or 8-channel (7.1) audio and is reprocessed into a special 2-channel audio stream that can be sent to a normal 2-channel headphone, which fools your 2-channel input (right and left ear) into thinking it's hearing surround sound.
So the STX can send headphone surround sound thru it's (amplified) headphone output, but not it's RCA output, the STX's RCA outputs function like the "front" speaker outputs
Where as the Xonar DX/D1 uses the same jack for "front" speaker out and headphone output, so an external amplifier (Magni) can be connected to it an receive a Headphone Surround Sound signal.
The Xonar DX & D1 do not come with a headphone amplifier, it more like a basic line output that you can plug headphones into (or a headphone amplifier).
You do not have to have a "true" headphone amplifier to drive headphones. but a headphone amplifier does a better job.
I've been posting on Head-Fi for 2- years and I'm still learning stuff.