This is indeed my first post on this forum, but I have been a lurker for a while. I am finally breaking into the world of high-end audio (or mid-end audio, or whatever) and after doing as much research as I could, I finally decided I needed to make a post. I definitely apologize if this question or concern has been answered in the past, I tried finding it and couldn't, or at least not one particularly relevant.
Equipment in question:
Headphones: AKG702 (Or possibly Sennheiser HD650)
Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence STX
Amp (Possibly): Schiit Valhalla
Predicament: I purchased the Asus Xonar Essence STX in hopes of being able to purchase soon after a pair of AKG702s or Sennheiser HD650s. As much as I wanted the Sennheiser HD650s, I decided to go with the AKG702s because they were a little more affordable. However, after deciding on these, I read (on a forum, don't remember which one) that some people didn't like the AKG702s with the Asus Xonar Essence STX. A while back I remember reading that the AKG702s can be hard to drive, but I also remember reading that a lot of people liked their Asus Xonar Essence STX + Sennheiser HD650 setup.
Do I really need to get another dedicated amp for the AKG702s? If so, would the Schiit Valhalla be a good choice (which I remember reading a while back was recommended by some people for the AKGs)?. If not, great, because I would prefer to keep it down to just the soundcard and headphones.
Do the Sennheiser HD650s pair better with the soundcard? If so, I might return the AKGs (which isn't a problem) and get the Sennheisers.
Thanks all for your help!
AKG702 w/ Asus Xonar Essence STX (or does it not pair well enough to not require a dedicated amp?)
Sennheiser HD650 w/ Asus Xonar Essence STX (Does it pair easier with the soundcard than the AKG702s?)
Edit: I could totally be approaching this wrong with the soundcard in the first place. If so, I'm definitely open to suggestions!
Edited by TomRoark - 8/27/12 at 11:50am