As above, I have a PCI-E version of the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty (non-HD) sound card, the one without the built in headphone amp.
I have been using the Klipsch iFi speakers with it and it's an absolute blast, until my neighbors started complaining me playing Skrillex at 4AM.
I did tons of research and got a Sennheiser HD 598, and also bought the Fiio E6 and E11. Out of the 2 portable amps, I like the E11 better. However, I'm looking for something that doesn't need to be charged up every once and then (even though it's not too much a bother to charge the E11 once in awhile overnight before going to sleep), and a more permanent solution sitting next to my desktop computer.
I was considering the E10, but found out that most amps with built in DAC will bypass the internal circuitry of my sound card. I do like using the CMSS-3D portion of the X-Fi, as it really gives me an distinctive advantage in playing FPS games.
I don't feel like buying a 3rd amp just to test it out then returning it, so would rather seek the opinions here. I haven't used the E10 but how much better sounding the DAC on it is compared to the DAC from the X-Fi Titanium? Will it be a distinguishable difference in SQ? Also, will the bypassing of the CMSS-3D from X-Fi when using the E10 be a huge difference when it comes to positional audio? I don't really care about the EAX effects, mostly just the positional effects.
My budget will be less than $100, but I'm open to suggestions.
Edited by Solarium - 11/1/13 at 9:00pm