Here's the thing. If you aren't planning on properly powering a headphone based on that can's requirements (meaning not just getting it to loud enough listening levels, but also picking something that will compliment its signature), especially one that is as expensive as an HD 700, then what's the point of buying it? You wouldn't buy a Porsche if you couldn't afford the 91 octane needed to run it, would you? It's the same thing here. I understand you don't want to spend more on an amp and DAC, but the bottom line is that having a decent one is the price of admission or else you've just blown $650 on something that you're not really fully utilizing. The good news is there are affordable amps and DACs out there that will do very well with the HD 700. A Vali/Modi stack will do very nicely in this circumstance and they are relatively inexpensive.
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