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 Might be best to read up and ask on this thread about headphone amplifiers for use with the Sennheiser HD650.http://www.head-fi.org/t/197776/sennheiser-hd650-impressions-thread
 I think sound cards are a great value for what they offer, for the price.But if your willing to spend the cash, go for an external DAC/Head amp.One with a S/PDIF (optical) input
 Have you tried boosting the bass using the EQ feature of your audio source's (Macbook Pro) software? Might find some good music playing software for the Mac here.http://mac.majorgeeks.com/ You could try a FiiO A3 headphone amplifier ($60), comes with a bass boost switch.
 The E07K DAC function would be nice, but it's not a requirement. This Xonar D1 (PCI) sound card (used $37 or less) would provide a better DAC function, the the E10K.so Xonar D1 > A3 > headphonesThe Xonar D1 comes with the CS4398 DAC chip, which is what FiiO uses in their $200 X3 Gen II DAP.
 AKG 600 series and 700 series headphones like a lot of juice to work their best.While the E10K should be able to decently drive the Q701,suggest you get the FiiO A3 (E11K), $60, as it's more powerful then the E10K.the A3 can easily be daisy chained off the phone's headphone jack or connected to the computer.
Sometimes Massdrop has a group buy on the Darkvoice 336. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se
 USB bypasses the computer's sound card features, which bypass the SB Cinema 2 function.But the SB Cinema 2 software can be used with a DAC connected to the computer's S/PDIF optical (or coaxial) port.So you could get a FiiO D03K DAC ($20), which has a optical input, and connect the motherboard's optical output, to the optical input on the D03K,then run a cable from the D03K line-output (RCA or 3.5mm), to the analog audio line-input (3.5mm) on the E07K. You might also...
Are you getting this used O2/ODAC ($150 + shipping) all in one unit for driving your HD650 headphones? http://www.ebay.com/itm/152058289173?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT   I'm guessing for the price, you not going to find a better value.
 Check out the 32-Ohm Soundmagic HP200 headphones, easier to drive then the 250-Ohm DT990.
 Headphones are normally 2-channel input.So any external DAC/head amp hooked up to the STX II's S/PDIF will only be passing 2-channel of PCM audio (STX II > S/PDIF > DAC > Head amp)The Dolby Headphone function process the 6 or 8 of PCM digital audio of the source (movie or game), down to 2-channel PCM of Headphone surround sound, before the audio is sent thru S/PDIF. The STX II can use DDL (Dolby Digital Live) too encode up to six channel of digital audio, to pass thru...
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