Originally Posted by caf2011
I just ordered AKG Q701's and I wanna get the E09K and just wondered if i needed to pair it with a dac..
I have an ASUS Xonar DG sound card and I'm not sure if it has a DAC and junk
Any recommendations around the same price would be nice too :)
The Xonar DG does come with a DAC chip (CS4245) and a basic headphone amplifier that can drive the 62-Ohm Q701s. Would a better amplifier make the Q701 sound better, I would say yes.
You can connect just about any external headphone amplifier (like the E09K) to the Xonar DG front/headphone jack output.
Personally I would get a Schiit Magni or Vali or even a Bravo Ocean (tube) head amp.
Maybe replace the Xonar DG with a DX or D1 sound card (used $60), better DAC chip (CS4398).