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 I'm of the opinion that Audio Technica takes their AD700X and AD900X headphones and adds a mic to them and relabels them gaming headsets.And then charges a lot of money for them. I suggest you just get the AD700X and buy an add-on mic. Sennheiser HD558 makes a fairly good FPS gaming headphone.Buy the HD558 used and remove the black rubber tape from inside the cups, makes them more open.
 I'm guessing the "velour" ear pads for $13, are about the best price you can get.The Velour quality of those $13 "made in China" ear pads might not match quality name brand ($30-$40) velour ear pads, but should still be decent.
 The Modi is a DAC only.So you would not normally plug headphones directly into the Modi.It's designed to be used with a separate headphone amplifer The 32-Ohm AKG K550 Pros (which I own) are very easy to drive, so in a general sense, you could say they do not need a headphone amplifer....but.A lot of stuff you can plug headphones into, are somewhat on the crude side, for delivering voltage (and current?) to a headphone, compared to a quality headphone amplifer. Consider a...
It might help to know the make and model of the DAC, so we can see what kind of a power cord it normally uses.
I do not believe the FiiO X1's USB port can be used connected to an external DAC. The X1 can be connected (using USB) o a computer for the exchange audio files, but to feed into a DAC.   Hopefully you have set the FiiO X1's settings to Line-Output and not Headphone Output, when you have the FiiO E11 daisy chained off the X1? And the FiiO's volume setting is ar 75%-100%, to feed the E11 a strong line signal and just using the E11 volume knob to control volume?   To...
 The S/PDIF coaxial output on the FiiO X3 gen II is a digital audio signalAnd the Denon PMA-720AE Intergated amplifier only has analog audio inputs.So the FiiO's coaxial output will not work directly with the Denon 720AE. You could buy an external DAC, that has a S/PDIF coaxial input, to hookup between the FiiO and the Denon,like a $400 Schiit Bifrost DAC, but i'm assuming your not currently planning on buying a separate DAC. So just use the FiiO's line-output jack, to...
Could be any ATH-M50X headphones that were sent back to Audio Technica USA, for whatever reason and are thought to still in good working order, might all be sold off, in bulk, as refurbished headphones, to a wholesaler or retail outfit.   Suggest you contact Audio Technica USA and ask if the seller is an authorized Audio Technica Retailer and if the refurbs they sell have the full warranty. http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/a7f6620987e7a786/index.html
You could try this Asus Xonar U3, USB sound card ($45). https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1053130-REG/asus_xonar_u3_mobile_headphone.html Comes with Dolby Headphone.   Connect (optically) the U3 to this Schiit Modi DAC (current bid is $100, shipping is $6.60) http://www.ebay.com/itm/262630700961?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT   Then connect the Modi to this Schiit Magni 2 headphone amplifier...
 Might find a used Little Dot MK3 tube head amp, with in your budget. Op-amps - operational amplifiers.Op-amps sit between the DAC chips and the analog audio outputs (on the STX).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_amplifier
Assuming your looking to improve audio quality, for music? Will plug the external headphone amplifier into the STX's line-out (RCA) jacks? Budget for this external headphone amplifier? Might consider spending up to $60, to "improve" the 3 op-amps, on the STX?   Check out this Darkvoice 336SE tube headphone amplifier, $220, plus shipping and sales tax. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se I bought one a few months ago and I'm really liking it :)
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