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Asus Xonar DGX, Op Amps

I have just purchased but not yet received a Asus xonar DGX sound board. The Op amp on the board is attached to the PCB by a socket that allows you to fine tune to your taste the the op amps by simply unplugging and plugging in different amp of your choice. Being this is a very popular board I thought some of you might have experience with it. My priority's are with reproduction of 2 channel stereo music and I understand the card is more setup for gaming out of the box. If you are familiar with the card and my 2 channel needs what are some recommended amps that are used to dedicate this card more toward the audiophile as apposed to the gaming setup, and what are the attributes associated with the different op amps. Thanks,
Dave

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I have both the DGX and the Essence STX...

...and I have not yet tinkered with op amps.

I will say that there is a qualitative difference in SQ between the two (and hence, price). Clearly, it's unfair to compare a $40 card to a $240 card, but will leave that up to you and your preferred search engine if you want to learn more about the deltas.

I can suggest however, that it is in your best interest to research the uni drivers that are available, instead of using the drivers that ship with the DGX (and also available online). The DGX will definitely give you better sound than the integrated / stock card that was shipped with your computer.

FWIW, part of the reason I purchased the Essence STX was because of a favorable review on Stereophile:
http://www.stereophile.com/computeraudio/asus_xonar_essence_ststx_soundcards

Am hopeful someone else can provide tidbits on op amps here.

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Op Amps Thread

You got me thinking about the op amps, so I came across this thread:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/421890/the-xonar-essence-stx-q-a-tweaking-impressions-thread

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