Hello everyone, so i managed to snag a brand new pair from a local e-tailer here in my country at a great discount for approx $920 or so. I was not planning to get these as i had HD 598's paired with my Xonar Essence STX sound card and was happy with the sound they were putting out. However, i couldn't pass a deal like this up, so now here i am with a brand new pair of HD 800's but sadly only a Xonar Essence STX card to go with it. I have read up on some threads and see people not recommending this matching at all. Just for my understanding though, when people say the amp on the card is no good, why does Asus say it is capable of driving headphones upto 600 ohm of impedence? The HD 800 is 300 so technically shouldn't the amp on the STX suffice? I am just trying to educate myself a little more with regards to all this :P and am completely open to any suggestions of what to get next. Please keep in mind though that this ended up being an impulse purchase, one that wasn't planned as i have no idea when i will see a deal like this again. Due to this, i had no money kept aside to upgrade all the parts together, and am running a bit low as far as my funds are concerned.
I could maybe squeeze out another $700-$800 or so in the coming months to put towards a solid dac/amp combo, and so far it may be possible to get the Asus Xonar Essence One Muses Edition as it is available here and will carry local warranty, unlike almost any other high end amp/dac mentioned on this site. I am still ok with ordering something from the US and having a friend bring it back for me, but should something go wrong it would be a hassle to ship it internationally and then deal with the potentially long wait. So basically to summarize my questions are :
1) Why exactly is the STX's amp considered poor when they say 600 ohm impedence capabilities are there in it?
2) If i do have to get an amp/dac, should i just go with the Muses edition or something else of a similar price? Or should i keep my current setup and keep saving maybe for another year and go with a $1500 dac/amp perhaps like the HDVD 800 if i find one used or something else that is recommended? I would ideally like a SS Amp over a tube amp as i have heard it will last a longer time and requires no maintenance.
3) Should i just sell my HD 800's and keep my old combo of HD 598's with the STX and call it a day, pocketing some money for getting them at a bargain price? (ideally do not want to go down this path as if i sell them i don't know if i will end up spending so much money on them again in the future, unless ofcourse another crazy deal pops up)
Thank you in advance for your valuable input :)