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Will the Creative sound blaster z power the sennheiser hd 650s?

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Hello guys! Im planning on building a new pc next month and I wonder if the creative sound blaster z will power the hd 650 correctly!

 

I want them to be 100% powered. There impedance are 300ohm and the soundcards built in amp delivers 600ohm. Im new to amps and dacs and the creatives are about 100 bucks. I see all these threads where they use dacs for 200 bucks to power them and I get kind of confused becuase they are the dubble the price! Is it the sound quality or the amps that make the dacs so expensive and is the sound blaster z good enough to power them up 100%?

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The SB-Z should be able to power the Senn HD650, but I would assume it's not the best choice for driving the HD650.

An Asus Xonar Essence STX or SB-ZxR would be a little better choice.

You might find a good deal on a used Essence STX on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-XONAR-ESSENCE-STX-Sound-Card-/201102328024?pt=US_Sound_Cards_Internal_&hash=item2ed2a200d8

Or get an Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used, $60) and any external headphone amplifier your willing to budget for.

 

You might try asking on this thread about what works well at driving the HD650s..

http://www.head-fi.org/t/197776/sennheiser-hd650-impressions-thread

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Thanks but the problem is here in sweden we dont have ebay and nobody sells sound cards used!! :(

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