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Movies and Music. What card for AKG Q701?

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I am currently sporting the ever so economic ASUS XONAR DG 5.1 audio card at the moment because it was something cheap to pair with my cheap Razer Charcarias. Lately I've found myself really wanting to dive into a pair of AKG Q701; love the green set, and I hear good things about them; but I know that this headset would be the limitations of the experience that the card could push out, or I assume anyway. I would love a card that was capable of driving a beautiful sound system, but at the moment due to my current job, I am up while the wife sleeps, thus I am locked to headphones or quiet speaker use.

So really I could go for two suggestions. One card that is amazing when it comes to headphones, but lacks for speakers (I only have a Logitech Z506 atm) if such a thing exists, and then a card that is just bad ass all around for this headset, so later I could pick out a speaker system that is of high quality as well.

I also wouldn't mind any input from users of AKG or other like priced headphones.

http://us.akg.com/akg-product-detail_us/q701grn.html Here is a link to the headphones in question
http://www.asus.com/Sound_Cards_and_DigitaltoAnalog_Converters/Xonar_DG/#specifications And here is the specs on my current card.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 7700K ASUS Maximus IX Formula EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB EK Supremacy Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC E240 EK-XRES 100 Windows 10 ASUS ROG PG348Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Corsair 750w Corsair 600C Razer Naga 
Mouse Pad
Glorious PC Gaming Race 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k OC 4.5Ghz Asus P8P67 Pro GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
WD 500GB Cav black WD 320GB Cav Blue OCZ Agility 3 ASUS BD Drive 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Raystorm Swiftech pump, res, and 240 rad Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 3x AOC E2343FK Black 23" LED monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Chroma Corsair 850TX Cooler Master Haf X Razer Naga Chroma 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Extended Logitech Z506 5.1 
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What you need is a DAC or DAC/headphone amp.

Prices range from about $30 to well over $50K (yes, it has it's own Atomic Clock built in!)

You'll have to read the reviews to get an idea of what they are and what you need (SQ, impedance matching, power., etc.)..
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