I just got an Asus Xonar STX and I'm pretty happy with it! There's the option to plug a 600 ohms headphone, so I was wondering how much better it could be.
I have an AKG K518 DJ, I think it is good, but it hurts my ears after some time using it (because of its sealed closed-back design), so I think its time to buy a new one to pair it with my STX (as much confortable as possible).
I was looking for a 600 ohms headphone between 150-250 US$, does anyone have any interesting recommendation?
It's like some hunter killed a gray wolf and took it's skin and mixed it with a little technology.
Let me know how they work for you. It's pretty expensive so it should work really well.
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It really sounds good, way better than my AKG K518
I'm no expert, but I think the bass sounds very natural, with no boost at all, just like the sound was meant to be played. Some musics kind of lost their punchy rhythm (electro/house), but thats mostly because of bad quality mp3 below 192kbps (flac sounds perfect!)
the fact of being open makes a lot of difference, but I cant explain it... you'd have to hear it to know what I'm talking. I can hear lots of nuances that I had no idea they would exist, it is really impressive. I highly recommend it
now I'm left wondering if an dedicated headphone amp would make it even more awesome...
I bought the xonar mainly because it has a wonderful analog stereo output (which really improved my razer mako quality over the xonar hdav and m-audio 2496). The headphone amp was more like an extra feature ...
I've tried today the beyer on a McIntosh ma6300 amp but didnt really feel any difference, going to try it on an yamaha rx-v671 and see what happens.
Anyway I think ssddx is right about stacking amps... even though I just dont quite believe that an 200us$ pci-e card can be better than those us$800 amps
Believe it or not, the yamaha sounded a little better than the mcintosh, but still not too different from the xonar stx. I'm going to stick with the stx for a while, at least until the beyer goes over the first 150 hours.. then I'll think about it haha
Either way, 990pro really sounds amazing and I'm very happy with it.