So today i got myself something nice to play with, the DT 880 PRO ( 250 Ohm ) and the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
I am happy i took the PRO version, many people complain about the clamp force, but its fits me perfectly, the normal version would have been too loose on my head...
First thing i did was to plug in the DT 880 into my Samsung tablet, BOOOM it blew me away, the bass was so much better compared to my HD558's, and the treble was great as well!
Now i was amazed how easily my tablet was able to drive the 250 Ohm headset, each and every song has so much more detail, so this was a very positive thing for me.
Now here is the dilemma, i plugged them into my PC, and the result is the same, everything sounds much much better then on my 558 ( which used crystalizer ), but this is on my Realtek ALC892 onboard audio card....No EQ or Crystalizer or any other enhancements on.
Now i havent been able to open up the PC and place the STX in it, cause the PC if finishing a rendering task.......still hours to go....
Now the reason i have doubted in the past to even buy a sound-card is because my on-board ( THX software and some other non standard stuff ) always sounded great, no hisses or pops, no static, very clean, even at 100% ( no matter if 16 or 24 bits or 44100 or 192000. ), but i have the feeling that it lacks some spirit, it feels a bit flat.
Now i expect the STX to make the bass and treble and all those other things to pop out more, and of course being able to use a lower volume in windows, i used to need 10% with my HD558, and now i need 20% with my DT880.
So i was wondering if my expectations are realistic, and what other people there experience is