So I recently bought an ASUS Xonar Essence STX and I was very disappointed with how my Q701s sounded with them.
I set the amp option to High Gain, EQ disabled w/ Hi-Fi Mode ON, and my listening volume was at 40 in the Windows Volume Mixer. The highs were ear piercing and there was literally no bass at all. My previous setup was an ASUS Xonar DX + AKG k271 MK2 and that setup sounded so much better and way more fulfilling.
I did notice however that the Q701s are dramatically clearer and it was much easier to distinguish multiple instruments playing at once. I love the soundstage of the Q701s, but I feel like I'm not even getting 50% of the full sound the Q701s can offer.
Did anyone else have the same experience or is it just me? I borrowed my friend's Q701s and had the same result so it wasn't my headphones. I feel like all the reviews saying that the Essence alone can drive the Q701s is a total lie.
I'm just going to settle for an external DAC + AMP. I was thinking of getting the DAC Destroyer + Little Dot 1+. Do you guys think this combination is better than the Essence STX alone? They both cost roughly the same. I hear mixed opinions about the Fiio E17+E09k
If you guys have any better setups around $200 please let me know. I'd deeply appreciate it.
Edited by AuTra - 9/25/13 at 10:06pm