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Doing the calculations; it appears that it will be able to drive just about anything thrown at it. Only downside; the size. Why can't I find a powerful DAC/Amp that will fit on a desktop? The best one size-wise is the Headroom Desktop Amp/DAC, but I'm not spending $1000 on something when I can get something with the same performance for $300...
As to ┬źperformance┬╗, you can't judge it until you hear the amp. It's not about specs. Almost all solid-state amps can drive almost everything (except for the K 1000), but the better ones will sound better. I doubt that you can find a better sounding Amp/DAC combo than the HR Desktop (this without having heard it) for $300. Don't let you talk into believing in specs!
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post #92 of 94
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Final update: I made the trek down to Guitar Center and came home with a bright and shiny (and BLUE!) Presonus HP4! My HD650s now have REAL bass and I now understand what people mean when they say they're bassy! BEAUTIFUL! Final damage: $99. BOOYAH! The only downside is that my Grados sound like CRAP through it! Why? That darned output impedance! Anyone had experience driving k701s through this marvelous device?

I also just ordered a E-mu 0404 USB through Amazon to solve my DAC problem. It also will serve a dual-purpose of driving my Grados. YEAH~! Thanks for all the help from RoyalCrown (with the OH SO CUTE avatar), Bullseye, and Oedipus Rex (for the EPIC thread)!
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Thanks for all the help from RoyalCrown (with the OH SO CUTE avatar)...
LOL. Enjoy your amp, it's a great device.

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I also just ordered a E-mu 0404 USB through Amazon to solve my DAC problem. It also will serve a dual-purpose of driving my Grados. YEAH~!
The 0404 USB shouldn't have any problems driving Grados, but I would use the HP4 for the K701's as they can be too power-hungry for the 0404 USB (but the HP4 exceeds the power requirements). I think you'll be fine with them, considering how the K701 behaves.
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MacBook Pro Has Issues With E-MU 0404 USB

False alarm. Figured it out. Both Line outputs were all the way up (didn't think they made a difference), the sample rates were set different in Audio MIDI Setup and the E-MU Control Panel (I set it back to 48 KHz while it was in USB and then switched back to S/PDIF) and I still had the EQ set on "Small Speakers." Whew!
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