Originally Posted by magnavox
So that's the setup I'm using, just got the little dot last night and I'm having trouble getting it set right. I hear a low hiss when i have my littledot in the setup, if its my sound card powering my AKGs no hiss. Maybe I have the gain wrong my the little dot? I'm using the the stock tubes so maybe that might be causing the problem too? Sorry I'm new to all of this so any advice would be much appreciated!
Also is my sound card DAC/headphone amp good enough? Or is using my little dot for the amp going to make it sound much better?
Do you have the LD MKII hooked up to the STX's RCA outputs? for best sound quality.
Hooking the LD MKII to the STX's headphone output would be double amping.
Have you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.
Try installing the "Unified Xonar Drivers".
Try using Foobar2000 for playing music audio.
Between the Essence STXs amplifier and the LD MKII amplifier, your ears will decide which sounds better.