Dec 6, 2017

hd 6xx with asus essence stx?

Hello, im joining the drop for the hd 6xx and currently listen to music with my sound card (asus essence stx) and was wondering if this would properly drive the hd 6xx until i can afford a dedicated dac/amp? when i upgrade would the o2 or jotunheim be a good pair? thanks for your time!

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Although that sound card uses a pretty good DAC I have to recommend not using any sound card because of the output impedance is too high. What happens is you actually lose part of your sound because of the output impedance. All sound cards have a ridiculously high output impedance. Use a separate DAC and an AMP or a DAC/AMP combo only.
by properly if you mean ear bleeding levels, no it will not do that, but it will be sufficient to play games / watch movies, and hear music at a reasonable level 55-70 decibels in your ear. However please note that your sound will be lean, because of bass/duty cycles. Bass likes energy. Your best option would be to tell the sound card (unless you need it for recording), and buy an amp/dac combo, or just a headphone amp and connect it to essence.
I don't own the O2, but I own the JDS labs element which is close to the O2 - my HD 650 sound great
I don't own the Jotunheim, so I can't comment on the sound - I do own the AudioGOD 28, and it is a very good pairing with the 650
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also ive heard several times now that the element pairs well with them and its with in my price range so im going to look into it as well
it does - if you lived in MN, I could invite you over to hear my unit
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