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Is this a great setup? I was thinking of using the STX as the DAC getting the M-Stage AMP and connecting them with RCA and then plugging in the HD650? Are there any other AMPs worth considering that are better? I would rather a solid AMP than a Tube AMP.. Thanks in advance

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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

Is this a great setup? I was thinking of using the STX as the DAC getting the M-Stage AMP and connecting them with RCA and then plugging in the HD650? Are there any other AMPs worth considering that are better? I would rather a solid AMP than a Tube AMP.. Thanks in advance

You do know what the Essence STX can not send headphone surround sound thru the RCA outputs, just basic stereo audio.

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/amp, $255+shipping (mine cost me $298).

Dual WM8741 DAC chips and a head amp that can easily drive 600-Ohm headphones.

Has USB, optical, coaxial inputs.

My 15.32 is going to take the place of my Essence STX.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

post #3 of 12
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Indeed. I only use 2.1 speakers which i will be upgrading to studio monitors when i have the funds. I use Headphones alot and i'm when i listen to music i am always at the computer. I think surround sound would be pointless for me seeing as i am always on the computer listening and i only intend on a decent setup for music

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Essence STX is a good dac. As for the amps: Matrix itself is good. A few alternatives...JDS labs O2, Magni, or the Bottlehead crack if you love Diy (and tubes)

post #5 of 12
Asus STX is a good package for its price.

Matrix m stage is an excellent solid state amp for its price.

IMO you are doing well for your budget and requirements.
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I wouldn't have a clue about DIY lol, and yeah i have heard the M-Stage gives AMP's twice the price a run for their money. It has to be good to be number one on here surely haha. I use Sony MDR-V700 DJ headphones at the moment and the clarity isn't great and the bass is overpowering even though i listen to hard electronic music but the bass ruins the crisp vocals and completely ruins the user experience.

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I wouldn't have a clue about DIY lol, and yeah I have heard the M-Stage gives AMP's twice the price a run for their money. It has to be good to be number one on here surely haha. I use Sony MDR-V700 DJ headphones at the moment and the clarity isn't great and the bass is overpowering even though I listen to hard electronic music but the bass ruins the crisp vocals and completely ruins the user experience.

I'm assuming you already own the Essence STX and are using it to drive the Sony V700s.

I would say to buy the HD650s and plug them straight into the Essence STX.

 

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.

 

Try using Foobar2000 for playing music audio files?

post #8 of 12
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Thanks for the reply. I have disabled the onboard sound, what are the benefits of playing the mentioned Foobar2000 over other music players?

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Is it possible to buy a DIY AMP pre made by somebody on Ebay or something? also, which is better the M-Stage or the JDS labs O2

 

Thanks in advance

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Thanks for the reply. I have disabled the on-board sound, what are the benefits of playing the mentioned Foobar2000 over other music players?

Foobar2000 just seems to do a good job playing music audio files.

Guess it provides a very clean digital audio signal.

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Thanks for the reply. I will use that instead of the very budget and annoying Windows Media Player.

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Thanks for the reply. I will use that instead of the very budget and annoying Windows Media Player.

 

At the website Codecguide, they offer a free media player (K-Lite) that uses the Media Player Classic as the interface and there is also the VLC player.

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