Amp on it...well, AKG K701 is inaudible up to 40% on volume knob, then it wakes up but volume stays low and almost unchanged to 70%, then it starts going up again, and at 100% its got a decent volume with K701's, but not LOUD. This definitely doesn't have the claimed output power, no fcking way, a motherboard headphone output gets the K701's almost as loud at 100%, and ST is louder at 70% and middle gain setting, or 50% at highest gain, AND not only is it louder, it sounds better two, and like its powered with more authority. Also, volume knob is funny, since at low volumes it take a lot of turning to get a volume change, but at high levels you just touch it and it changes volume like crazy. Again, overall, nowhere near as good as the ST, I don't think its even a subjective difference or a matter of preference, its simply a night and day difference between the two devices.
Edited by colgatetotal - 5/10/13 at 4:15pm