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Need Recommendation on Amp for a K701

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I listen to lossless music from my PC. Now I have a Creative Sound Blaster ZxR sound card in my PC and I heard it is on par with the stx. But I also know that the amp on the ZxR is not very good. So I plan to get a dedicated amp and use the RCA out of the ZxR to connect to the amp. 

 

 I also have a pair of Focal XS BOOK 2.0 speaker. I want an amplifier that can be used on my k701 and the speaker(switch between them).

 

The K701 sound cold now with it connecting to the ACM of the ZxR(I heard that ACM is bad for sound quality but I use it just for convenience). I don't mind if the amp will alter the sound of the K701 or not. Budget is $150 - $450.

 

Really need your advice!

post #2 of 7

well you should get a dac and good ones go over $400 though a Fiio E7 or something can do the job for 701s.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply! But I think the dac on the ZxR is good enough in general.. NO?

post #4 of 7

Get an asus essence STX soundcard. It has a good amp section with a slightly dark tone that will suit the K701.

post #5 of 7

Chances are a decent speaker amp will have a headphone jack with more than enough power.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thx for your advice! But does the STX have the same amp chip as my ZxR? 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your advice, but I think that would be too big to fit on my desk.

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