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DAC sound card + external AMP

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Any recommendations for a sound card primarily used as a DAC rather than amp as well as an external amp? Budget: 250$, to use with Sennheiser HD650s

 

Thanks!

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I like the think the Asus Xonar DX sound card (used, $60),

with a Schiit Magni ($99) or Schiit Vali ($119) or even an O2 ($130) headphone amplifier makes a good value for the features.

Or get the Xonar DX and spend the whole leftover $190 for an amplifier.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I'm kinda new to all of this, so how would a setup like this compare to just buying a better sound card like a Xonar essence STX for example?

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Originally Posted by Lyler1 View Post
 

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm kinda new to all of this, so how would a setup like this compare to just buying a better sound card like a Xonar essence STX for example?

I use an Essence STX for a few years, then replaced it a few months ago with a $300 external DAC/Amp (NFB-15.32).

The STX could drive all of my 20 headphones (From 32-Ohm to 600-Ohm), comes with a nice PCM1792A DAC chip and replaceable op-amps.

I think the amplifiers in the Magni, Vali, O2 are a little more desirable, then the STX's, but it not a big difference.

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