Originally Posted by DJINFERNO806
So it seems pretty useable without double amping eh? At least for your cans. Hows the clarity in the sound, is the noise floor as bad as some say?(on its own)
Well, the two headphones I'm mainly using now, the Q701 and K712, have fairly lower sensitivity and manage to dampen background noise to something more like an impression than something you actually hear, but I've also used it with ATH-AD700, MDR MA900, and V-MODA M-100, and background noise wasn't apparent. Mixamps (especially the new ones) and the Tritton decoder box have audible background hiss. The Recon3D USB is a bit shy on current for the AKGs to provide optimal separation and prevent distortion which takes the form of occasionally fatiguing glare (seems like this is less of an issue with the K712), but it works in a pinch/case of laziness, and does a fine job when you double-amp the headphone out.
To anyone "afraid" to connect an amp to the headphone out of a Creative product... don't knock it till you've tried it.
I like and use the Recon3D USB because it works with my Xbox, Windows, and Mac. Creative was hinting that they were working on a replacement device to fulfill these needs, but I'm disappointed that there hasn't been anything else to serve these sources.Edited by Evshrug - 10/15/13 at 11:23pm