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Good replacement for the Xonar STX

post #1 of 9
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Hi, Currently i am using the Xonar STX as my main amp for my Audio Technica ATH - M50.

 

Im interested to upgrade it for a nice tube amp for around 300-400 $.

 

Thanks ; )

post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by MFierce View Post
 

Hi, Currently i am using the Xonar STX as my main amp for my Audio Technica ATH - M50.

I'm interested to upgrade it for a nice tube amp for around 300-400 $.

 

Hopefully you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS

 

For audio quality improvement.

I think you would do way better to upgrade from the ATH-M50s headphones.

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones with Hifiman Velour ear pads

Bestbuy has the ATH-A900Xs on clearance for $189.86.

Hifiman Velours usually sell for $10+shipping.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

Hopefully you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS

 

For audio quality improvement.

I think you would do way better to upgrade from the ATH-M50s headphones.

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones with Hifiman Velour ear pads

Bestbuy has the ATH-A900Xs on clearance for $189.86.

Hifiman Velours usually sell for $10+shipping.

Thanks for the reply.

 

But i am going to switch my pc to ultrabook. so it's a must for me to get an external amp.

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by MFierce View Post
 

Thanks for the reply.

 

But i am going to switch my pc to ultrabook. so it's a must for me to get an external amp.

Spend $75 for the FiiO E10 USB/DAC/Amp, spend the rest of your cash for upgrading headphones.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Not interested on upgrading the headphones.

More comments please ; )

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Schiit Lyr

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It's cheaper than your budget, but Schiit Vali sounds very nice to me.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

For audio quality improvement.

I think you would do way better to upgrade from the ATH-M50s headphones.

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones with Hifiman Velour ear pads

Bestbuy has the ATH-A900Xs on clearance for $189.86.

Hifiman Velours usually sell for $10+shipping.

 

Forgive the newbie question - but Hifiman make pads to suit other headphones. in this case the A900X's?

Where would I find their range, if so? Thanks.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Quazimoto View Post
 

 

Forgive the newbie question - but Hifiman make pads to suit other headphones. in this case the A900X's?

Where would I find their range, if so? Thanks.

To the best of my knowledge the Hifiman Velour ear pads were originally for Hifiman headphones.

The Hifiman Velours might be a few millimeters smaller then the stock Audio Technica ear pads, but with a little work, you can get the Velours to fit on the Audio Technica 900 series headphones. 

 

There are lots different sizes of generic/OEM Velour ear pads sold on eBay, costs around $16 for the pair.

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