Originally Posted by rudyae86
Yes to both your questions.
But honestly, with SB Z alone, you are more than good to go if all you plan to use is the X2. Easy to drive headphones that even your phone can drive them nicely.
People have done tests with non amped X2's and amped/tube amp and have noticed differences. "mid sound deeper and the bass really come alive"...Though guessing this is all down to personal taste really and might not even be needed.
I'm going to bite the bullet and do the soundcard/dac/amp and if I don't like the difference I will see send it back. Will just lose out on postage I guess.
For others who have done the same and I need some clarification if possible can you look at this setup and will it work correctly? Setup is for Games, Movies and Music
Soundcard* -> Optical -> Modi -> Magni/Vali (can't decide yet) -> Philips Fidelio X2. (Using DSP info from "What U Hear"... Is that correct?)
* = Can't decide yet Soundblast Z or the xonar... (I like SBX pro so probably the creative card)
I got a nice Christmas bonus so money ain't really a thing and would like to spoil myself so might buy both the Magni/vali and try them out and keep the one I like the most.