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New sound card advice

  1. Recently purchased AKG Q701 headphones and although they feel a little flimsy for their price tag they do sound great. I'm still debating what to power them with as my Xonar DG is rather noisy and weak. I've been looking at various dac & amp combos but for 200$, a solid soundcard like this doesn't seem like a bad idea. What do you guys think?

    HT | OMEGA Claro Halo 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card w/ a built-in HI-FI Headphone Amplifier

    ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card

    Budget is ~ 200$
     
  2. herbalfire

    herbalfire TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    from what ive heard the Asus card is crystal clear
     
  3. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

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