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HE-500: Soundblaster zx + amp or DAC+amp???

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Title sums it up.  Got a decent deal on the HE-500s so I am in the market for an amp.  I've been having trouble deciding on what the best audio quality be with in a reasonable price.  I have a soundblaster zx so I can't decide if it would be worth it to get a DAC with the amp amp or just a nice amp and use the SB zx?

 

Budget is ~200.

 

More of a gamer but I love rich audio when I watch movies and play non-competative FPS games.

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Title sums it up.  Got a decent deal on the HE-500s so I am in the market for an amp.  I've been having trouble deciding on what the best audio quality be with in a reasonable price. I have a Sound Blaster Zx so I can't decide if it would be worth it to get a DAC with the amp amp or just a nice amp and use the SB zx?

Budget is ~200.

More of a gamer but I love rich audio when I watch movies and play non-competative FPS games.

 

You might consider waiting for at least a week, see if the Sound Blaster ZxR goes on sale and if you get a good deal on one, then sell off the SB-Zx.

You might consider asking on this thread about what amp is recommended for use with the HE-500.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/551345/hifiman-he-500-he-as-in-high-end-impressions-and-feedback

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