I am in the process of picking up a very cheap ($700) and new, pair of Beyer T1's. Considering the retail price of it in other places, I had to jump on this deal.
I've done a little bit of homework regarding the T1, and everywhere I see they mention that the headphones are hard to drive and require a good (AKA expensive) setup to get the full appreciation of these nice cans.
Now, my current setup on my computer for sure wont be able to drive these (as there is no amplified headphones jack on my computer) BUT my next rig that i am planning on building will contain a creative sound blaster zxr; which has a 600 ohm amplified headphone jack.
Now, technically it "should" be enough to drive these cans in an impedance standpoint , and here comes my question:
Considering the MSRP of the Sound Blaster ZxR (of $249.99) will these be adequate enough to run these cans.
I would like to see the following types of answers:
"Yes, should be fine" or "No because .... get X because ...." basically anything constructive so that If someone were to ask me I would be able to explain it to them.
I do not want to see something expensive as an alternative, there will be of course better and costly solutions out there but that isn't my question, I'm trying to avoid unnecessary spending. I understand that I may not "get the full audio experience" but audiophiles tend to recommend some very expensive things. I have some knowledge and understanding of DAC's and amps, so if you can recommend me a DAC/amp that can outright replace the sound card while staying in a reasonable budget range that would be appreciative ( I am under the impression that if I get an external DAC/amp that I would no longer need a sound card ). I do every form of things on my computer, from music (anywhere from grunge to classical to alternative), movies, gaming.
If someone (or multiple people) can recommend me a variety of different options (you can even throw in an "expensive" one as long as their is a cheaper alternative) that would be greatly appreciative. IFF my sound card is not adequate enough.
It can be upgraded in the future, but considering that I am building a hefty $3000 rig, I do not have the audio budget to get something high end currently. But that can change in the future, but not now.
Just telling me "No" or "Crappy Sound Card" or something along the lines outside of what I asked doesn't help me.
I don't mean to sound bossy in anyway, I am just looking for answers. Its just that I "frequent" the internet enough to know that sometimes people aren't the most helpful when people ask questions.
Tall order, I know.
Please and Thanks