rastus
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Well, you will want a DAC/amp combo, $100 is a tough budget,,, but... having HD 599 headphones is a nice start;) Your Asus Mobo does not have swap-able op-amps so best bet is to go with an external dac/amp using USB out. Your Sony receiver,,, the headphone out was an afterthought for convenience,, not quality... I would honestly tell you to go used and jump to something like the CTH + SDAC for your best value, offer $150-160, get a nice NOS tube later; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Massdrop-x-Cavalli-Tube-Hybrid-w-SDAC-CTH-SDAC- For new @ $100,, coming close... perhaps the ifi Zen:https://www.amazon.com/iFi-Zen-DAC-Converter-Unbalanced For any choice, a decent USB cable is useful: https://www.amazon.com/Pangea-Audio-Premier-Cable-Meter
Mar 2, 2020
Eragaurd
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ok, but if I use speakers with my amp, will it be worth it?
Mar 2, 2020
Eragaurd
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And, in what way does the headphone afterthought affect sound? What's the difference in the connection to the 6,3mm jack in a dedicated headphone amp and in a speaker amp, like my sony?
Mar 2, 2020
Eragaurd
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and how does that affect sound?
Mar 2, 2020
rastus
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Mar 3, 2020
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Your Sony was made when the headphone jack was simply a feature they had to put there, nothing really more than that, lowest cost components. At 20W per channel for speakers and 0.5% distortion, not worth heading in this direction for much...
Mar 3, 2020
Eragaurd
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A bit strange then that these are sometimes sold for above 200$ when restored, new pots, new caps etc.
Mar 3, 2020
Eragaurd
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Yes, but how does those lower cost components affect sound?
Mar 3, 2020
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