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sound blaster Z or E7 into my Vali Amp for Q701

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

i am trying to get the best possible sound quality for music to my amp. I have Q701 headphones

there is no way to turn off the amp on the headphone jack so i am not quite sure how to feed the audio to my amp's RCA inputs on the sound blaster Z

i use an L7 to use line out to use the E7 as a pure DAC

is it worth upgrade to a Modi DAC? or is the E7 a good DAC?

i want to use the sound blaster Z for gaming and movies, would i be better off just buying a really nice sound card and feeding it directly to my amp or am i good with the gear i have?

any advice is very appreciated - thank you!

post #2 of 7
For gaming and movies, consider the Xonar DX so you could take advantage of the virtual surround. It has line output (no built in headphone amp). However, the Modi is definitely the better sounding DAC out of all of the options you are considering. So if virtual surround is not important, go with it.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

sorry - i already have the sound blaster Z and the E7, i didn't comunicate that very well :) - what i am wondering is: is it worthwhile to upgrade to the Modi for music over what I have, or should i buy a nice soundcard (Zxr or Xonar STX or whatever) and connect that to my vali.

 

also, would the E7 or the sound blaster Z be better directly to my amp?  out of the two, which should i use?

post #4 of 7
If just for music, sell the Z. Get the Modi smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

i watch movies and game as well

 

i don't mind having 2 devices, 1 for movies/games and 1 for pure music

 

is the e7 to modi a big upgrade as a DAC alone?

post #6 of 7
I don't know. "Big" is a relative word that depends on your evaluation. But the Modi is a better DAC.

However, since you like to play games and watch movies, perhaps you should save your money and look for a DAC with optical inputs. Optical would allow you to use the surround features with the Soundblaster Z, and yet use a better DAC with your Vali.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

my sound blaster Z sounds better than my E7 :(

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