Hello Head-Fi, first time posting in the HI-FI section.
Im still a beginner to audio so i apologize for my lack of knowledge.
I have been on a quest to find a new set of hi-fi cans.
So i narrowed it down to the the DT-990 pro's or the AKG-Q701's.
Long story short i decided on the Q701's, but i heard they're pretty hard to drive well.
So i was wandering if i needed an amp or amp/dac combo.
If i get the the amp alone i would be connecting to the on board audio on the rampage iv black edition.
(Supreme fx auidio info http://rog.asus.com/technology/rog-sound-innovations/supremefx-formula/ )
But I'm not sure if its quality is good enough. If not i guess ill be looking at an amp/dac combo.
Also if i get an amp/dac combo can i turn of the DAC and just use it as an amplifier?
Any ways my max budget is $150.
So far only good ones iv'e seen at this price are,
Fiio e9k (AMP only $109) and the Fiio
e17 (AMP/DAC combo but less power then E9k $139).
I really need some other recommendations..
I live in Dubai so the wall connectors and voltages are different here so it would have to be with USB or have universal wall voltages.
Just ask if you need any more info.
Thanks, advice greatly appreciated.