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Recommendations for Amp and Sound Card for AKG K701

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I have just recently bough a set of these headphones. Right now I am building a computer and can afford a soundcard at around 100$. The sound card needs to be able to create me some virtual surround sound as I am going to use it for gaming as well as movies. Furthermore I think i need an Amplifier. The budget for that is 100$ as well. It can be as big as it needs as space is no problem. Of course it is okay if I use 30$ for sound card and 170$ for the AMP.

That doesn't matter, I just can't exceed 200$ when i'm done.

 

Regards.

 

(Sorry for bad english. I am from Denmark) 

post #2 of 6

Hello and welcome!

 

The only way that comes to mind, if you want special sound effects for games/movies is getting a titanium Hd soundcard and a dedicated headphone amp. But that will increase the price you have to pay. 

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Thank you!

Can't I use some sort of cheapskate 7.1 soundcard and a powerfull amp? 

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Originally Posted by SJH897 View Post
 

I have just recently bough a set of these headphones. Right now I am building a computer and can afford a sound card at around 100$. The sound card needs to be able to create me some virtual surround sound as I am going to use it for gaming as well as movies. Furthermore I think i need an Amplifier. The budget for that is 100$ as well. It can be as big as it needs as space is no problem. Of course it is okay if I use 30$ for sound card and 170$ for the AMP.

That doesn't matter, I just can't exceed 200$ when i'm done.

 

(Sorry for bad English. I am from Denmark) 


Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500)sound card, has a decent headphone amplifier.

 

You live in Denmark.

So, do you spend a lot of time playing with Legos while listening to Aqua?

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500)sound card, has a decent headphone amplifier.

 

 

True, but the Dac section/sound processing is not as good as the TiHD in my opinion. 

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True, but the Dac section/sound processing is not as good as the TiHD in my opinion. 


The Ti-HD with an external headphone amplifier, would provide a better DAC and headphone amplifier, then the Sound Blaster Z.

But the SB-Z would be a lot cheaper then the Ti-HD with head amp.

I've read that some (but only some) reviewers that prefer the Z's SBX over the Ti's CMSS-3D.

I would assume Creative would put more future resources for driver support for the Z series, over the Titanium series.

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