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 The SB-Z's headphone jack has a 22-Ohm output impedance, not the greatest for use with headphones that are 38-Ohm (AD700X)But with the price the SB-Z costs for the possible amount of improvement in audio quality, it's still worth it Here is a used one on eBay.http://www.ebay.com/itm/181738265540?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT When you remove the Xtreme Audio card and it's Creative software, you might consider using a driver cleaner, before...
 Get a (used) regular Titanium sound card ($40-$50) and a used FiiO E17 ($80?), off eBay.Plug the speakers into the Titanium's three speaker jacks and the E17 into the Titanium's optical port and plug the headphones into the E17The Titanium series of sound cards can send processed CMSS-3D headphone surround sound thru the optical port.
 That is the XtremeAudio (SB1040) sound card, very bargain basement Creative card, replacing it with a newer Sound Blaster Z would improve the audio quality, plug the AD700X directly into the SB-Z.Hopefully you have disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, before you added the Xtreme audio to the computer.
 So far the K7XX does well with everything, currently using them to listen to Moby.
 As your talking about CMSS-3D, I'm assuming your currently using a Creative Labs Titanium or Titanium-HD sound card (or other)?Then get the FiiO E11K headphone amplifier ($60) and connect the sound card's line and/or headphone output jack, to the line-input on the E111K, and the AD700X to the E11K headphone jack.The E11K less then 1-Ohm output impedance should be good for helping the 40-Ohm AD700X bring out it's best (like detail).
 The K7XX should do just fine with a Modi/Magni.The K7XX has better mids then the DT990
 I'm guessing the Mad Dogs will be what you use for everything?So why get open headphones?Do you need to be able to hear other people?Is it for FPS gaming?If you just need open headphones, buy some used Sennheiser HD558 ($90?). Ok, how about some used (but mint condition) AKG K7XX, $200?
I'm sure just about any headphones you get will work well with a stack of Schiit. What audio will you be listening to, with the headphones? If your getting the Mad Dogs, why even buy other headphones?
 Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, before installing the SB-Zx and Creative software? Anyway, maybe a Audio Interface with two separate (stereo) line-outputs?One line-output for a external headphone amplifier and the other line-output to speakers? When looking for speakers, check out the website AVforum, they are located in the UK and should be able to point out the best deals, on speakers.
Have you tried plugging the DT770 straight into the SB-Zx (not using the ACM module)? I can't see (guessing) the FiiO E10K or Audioengine D1 making a noticeable improvement over the SB-Zx (if any improvement at all).At least with a tube (or Hybrid) I think you have a better chance of making improvements (for a given price).Beyer DT770/DT880/DT990 seem to respond well to tube amps. But as you looking to replace the SB-Zx,  I'll try figuring of something? A USB DAC...
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