Hi, I haven't been on this forum in years cause i bought an ad700 and was satisfied with the gaming performance, but my tastes have evolved a bit. I now spend a larger chunk of time watching movies and listening to music. Funny thing happened my sound card(xfi forte) died and my ad700 was destroyed(kids) at the same exact time i received my income tax refund(). So I bought the q701 based on tons of threads and an xfi titanium HD. The xfi was purchased for sound quality and gaming performance in games AND I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION IT HAD A HP AMP. The box even states (up to 330 ohm) well more research has me thinking this is not enough. So im looking for recommendations for an amp that wont break the bank. My bank is 150 usd or less. Unless there is some godlike deal on a golden amp for slightly more that is my limit.
TL:DR - q701 with titanium hd sound card and need an amp for 150 usd or less(unless some sweet f'n deal for a little more come along).
TY for any help
I recommend against the O2 TBH. Yeah it's nice in some ways, and maybe it's transparent by measure, but first of all, JDSLabs is more than a mayflower electronics build, so if ur buying, buy mayflower. Anyway, to me, the O2 sounds OK with my gear, all I feel it does is make it louder, nothing special. However, the E17 is fantastic. It really trumps the O2 in every way, EQ, more gain settings, DAC included, portability.
I highly recommend the E17. It can also be used as a DAC for listening to music and etc, which will probably be a bit better than ur sound card, without knowing about sound cards much I do know that generally external beats them handily.
The Magni is another viable option at $99, but never heard it myself TBH, so I can't be sure
You. Ight be able to score a used Asgard on eBay or the FS forums for 150 so I'd go for that if you find one.
So I'd say used Asgard > E17 > Magni > O2