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Asus Xonar Essence ST/STX vs. HRT MicroStreamer

post #1 of 9
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Hi,

 

I've bought new headphones Audio-technica ATH-AD700, and I want to buy DAC+AMP combo.

I'm deciding between Xonar Essence and MicroStreamer, but I don't know which one choose.

I know that Essence is internal and MicroStreamer is external, but it's not important for me.

I want to use it only with my PC, so most important feature for me is quality of DAC part.

These headphones have quite low impedance so I don't need very powerful AMP part.

 

Thanks in advance, and sorry for my bad english. :o 

post #2 of 9

I would say to use an Xonar DX or D1 sound card and a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier.

The Magni's headphone output impedance is less then 1-Ohm (the ST/STX is 10-Ohms).

The Magni low impedance might benefit the audio quality of the 32-Ohm AD700.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I would say to use an Xonar DX or D1 sound card and a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier.

The Magni's headphone output impedance is less then 1-Ohm (the ST/STX is 10-Ohms).

The Magni low impedance might benefit the audio quality of the 32-Ohm AD700.


Why wouldn't you just go with either the Schiit stack or the ODAC+AMP?

 

http://schiit.com/products/magni

http://schiit.com/products/modi

 

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/

post #4 of 9
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Why wouldn't you just go with either the Schiit stack or the ODAC+AMP?

 

http://schiit.com/products/magni

http://schiit.com/products/modi

 

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/


The Modi and ODAC may offer better sound quality, but USB bypasses the sound card (both on-board and add-on internal sound card).

I would think the CS4398 DAC chip in the DX/D1 would keep most people happy.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

These products are not available in my country.

That's why I'm choosing between Essence and MicroStreamer.

post #6 of 9

What country are you in?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Czech Republic

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by xLox View Post
 

These products are not available in my country.

That's why I'm choosing between Essence and MicroStreamer.

I vote Essence, lots more features (like Headphone surround sound, which I assume the Microstreamer does not have)

The AD700 is 32-Ohm, so technically a headphone amplifier with an output impedance of 4-ohms or less would be preferred, the Essence output impedance is 10-Ohms, but nothing perfect.

Have no idea on the Microstreamers headphone output impedance.

Still vote Essence.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I vote Essence, lots more features (like Headphone surround sound, which I assume the Microstreamer does not have)

The AD700 is 32-Ohm, so technically a headphone amplifier with an output impedance of 4-ohms or less would be preferred, the Essence output impedance is 10-Ohms, but nothing perfect.

Have no idea on the Microstreamers headphone output impedance.

Still vote Essence.

Thank you for your help.

 

EDIT: Any other opinion?


Edited by xLox - 12/8/13 at 12:26pm
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