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Soundcard suggestions with headphone amp?

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Looking for a new soundcard to replace my Xonar DX. Has to have integrated headphone amp to drive my AKG 701 cans as I currently use a cheap tube amp though am pissed off with the interference I get with this.

Looking at Xonar D2X/XDT though also open to other options, max spend is £100 ($150)
 

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The upgrade to the sound quality will be minor but you could for a Essence ST/STX with some better op-amps on it. I think there will be more to gain by upgrading to a proper heaphone amplifer than upgrading the sound card.

Like getting a little dot or matrix or other reasonably priced amplifier.

Cheers,
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ASUS, Auzentech, or HT Omega. I have heard some people have issues with ASUS' drivers though.

Head-fi is where you want to be. Lots of knowledge floating around there.
 
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Not Auzentech if you want ANY support and NOT being stuck with one revision of a driver for two years. I dare you. Don't touch that!!