Originally Posted by KimLaroux
Do you need an analog input? Does it have to be powered trough USB? If yes to both of these, then I'm thinking Audinst HUD-MX1 or similar devices.
Analog input is not necessary, I prefer optical or usb as both my comps support toslink. Analog out would, on the other hand, be nice for home use. It doesn't necessarily have to be powered through USB, more power from the wall. Actually I was checking the Audinst HUD-MX1 out just now and while it is very good for its price, I got a hint for the Epiphany Acoustics EHP-02D. This would be at the top of what I am willing to pay (cheaper than the FiiO combo even). Its widely regarded as the best for this price point (or so I read) and give higher end devices a run for their money which is what I'm after. Would this be my perfect little amp? :D
Does anyone have any idea how this would work with the Q701? I doubt either of these will have problems driving the Q701 (or do they?) but which one is better and experiences welcomed.
I see myself getting one of these over the FiiO set/or separate even though the FiiO has a nice eq and interface. I can always adjust eq from comp am I right? And I really don't need a portable device, rather best quality for the money and sufficient power for my phones.
Edit: It appears that the Epiphany doesn't have an optical in function so moar points to Audinst. Do you think this would make any difference (usb or optical)?
Edited by SpaceInvaders - 2/21/13 at 11:03am