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I asked for it myself a few years ago. No response yet...  :(

Awesome!, enjoy it its a great pair of cans.  ;D

Well, proper amplification is quite tricky, picking up a cheap amp can ruin the sound delivery.

Sound amplification is not about getting louder, but getting clearer.

Sound is like a very detail to a tee, illustration, like a bill / note
An Amplifier is like a magnifying glass, that allow us to see all the details and very small subtleties of that illustration.
The quality of the glass will determine how well we can "Zoom in" to appreciate those details (sound dynamics, attack, speed, changes on the sound)

If this glass is dirty or scratched, opaque it wont work, that's why on audiophile we use the word "transparent" how "clean" that glass is and how well magnifies this image.

Below $100 USD you won't find a good amplifier without ruining the sound... imaging, sound-stage, all the wide airy openess the AKG has, will be ruined.

If I remember right, you can use SB X7 RCA Audio In with a Y RCA L/R to 3.5mm adapter to keep using its built-in amplifier.

Now if you are looking to make another jump and get a transparent amplifier (X7 is not) JDS Atom all the way; 5 years ago we should pay above $300 USD to get that amp transparency performance. Topping L30 or any chinese clone... I will stay away due its QC issues, there is some L30 batch out there that blows headphones.

However, there is an amazing audio british company, they make most amazing high performance-value ratio products and I guess you can find it cheaper than the rest of the world, and that is iFi Audio. iFi Zen CAN amp and you will be set, its 135 amp sounds like a an american 299 amp.

I check on amazon uk, and there is a Pro-ject 125 lb, legendary Austrian company.

So it might feelt like a little stretch but a very worthy upgrade that will unleashed all the potential of your AKG's

ifi Zen CAN  > Pro-Ject  > Atom

Topping L30

All those cheapo portable no-brand chinese headphone amps below $40 USD... stay away.

Hope it helps! :D
Bit the bullet and bought the iFi Zen CAN.
It works well. Sound through my 702s is now loud and clear. The addition of extra bass is very welcome and the 3D matrix works really well to take the sound outside my head. Makes a big difference to audio detection in CoD! The hiss from the X7 is still there, but no longer noticable and the interference has vanished.

My set-up:
PS4 Pro into Sound Blaster X7 via optical
PC into Sound Blaster X7 via USB
XBSX into controller via 3.5mm ext into Sound Blaster X7 via RCA adapter (line in)
Sound Blaster X7 into Zen CAN via RCA adapter (line out) (X7 volume at 100%)
Zen CAN connected to AKG K702s.
Zen CAN gain set to 12dB, volume at 40%, XBass and 3D both on.

I may just have discovered my perfect gaming audio set-up! Thanks for all your help, Alan.

There is hope, at least for PC gamers.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to that too. Trouble is, there'll be nothing new, all old CoDs and maps. I'm sure I'll have a blast for a few weeks, but then move on to other games as the nostalgia goggles slip off.

I find that size is important to me. I use a 65% mechanical KB for general use and a keypad for gaming. Both take up little room on my desk, can be stowed neatly beneath my monitor when not in use and, most importantly, donít interfere with my mouse swipes.
As antithesis has pointed out, the difference between mech and rubber-dome keyboards is about how they feel (scissor-switches are somewhere between the two) but with mech keys thereís a lot of choice between each key type: mx, mx clones, keyboard manufacturerís own brand, etc. And each feels slightly different. If I were you, Iíd find a retailer, nearby, that has some keyboards to try, or buy a key test set so that you can find out which you prefer.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas everybody!
« on: 11:23 PM - 12/24/21 »
I rarely use my XIMs anymore, as I usually game on PC these days, but I still read the forum daily. Itís a great community, generally positive and frequently amusing in these troubled times. So Iíd like to wish all of you a great Christmas. I hope you all have great holiday and stay safe.

General Discussion / Re: Mom needs Xmas help!
« on: 04:40 AM - 12/22/21 »
If at all possible, get him to choose the peripherals. If you choose them for him, there's a good chance that he will have a preference for others.
If you maybe give him a budget?
Then he can select a mouse that suits his grip and play style, a keyboard that is the right size and shape for him with his preferred key type and a monitor that focusses on resolution, or refresh rate or the right size screen for his needs. Or even all three! :)

General Discussion / Re: Mom needs Xmas help!
« on: 03:40 AM - 12/20/21 »
And what's your budget? As a minimum, he'll need a keyboard/keypad, mouse and monitor.

Shared Configs / Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Settings?
« on: 03:38 AM - 12/20/21 »
I played the game on PC, but stopped after a few hours when I reached the part where you practice, and set, aiming. I just couldn't get it to feel good, no matter what I did. I haven't touched the game, since. And I won't, until I see patch notes telling me that they've improved the aim mechanic.
Whether using a mouse plugged into PC or into a XIM, I think that the look mechanic is screwed in CP2077.

..accept that it's not objectively a bad game based on your assessment.
It's objectively a bad game when the game skews your result so that you can never improve at it.
It's objectively a bad game when lobbies are disbanded after each match.
It's objectively a bad game when the massively overpriced store content is better than the stuff you can earn in-game.
It's objectively a bad game when it launches full of bugs that are still not fixed.
It's objectively a bad game when nobody asked for any of the above, but got it anyway.
The fact that you enjoy playing it in a party is representative of the fact that games are usually more fun when you're kicking back with your mates. It's still, objectively, a bad game.

XDefiant. And the gameís development has gone radio silent since September. Iím looking forward to it as well. Canít see it being a CoD Killer though.

but its fun when paying with friends.
Isnít this true for all games though?

Hey, no need for that! He was only expressing his opinion.
And I agree that CoDís MP franchise is in a bad place now. Activision has put so much emphasis on making sure that n00bs get kills that it has taken too much of the skill (and fun) away from seasoned players: sbmm, poor map design, OP weapons, bloom, badly thought out challenges, poor player progression, lacklustre kill streaks, unrewarding objective play, etc. etc.).

I gave the free weekend a go. And although I felt it was much better than MW 2019 (the worst CoD ever made, IMO) it was nowhere near as engrossing or entertaining as the OG CoDs, or even the jet pack iterations (which I also enjoyed).
Unfortunately, until peeps stop buying the game (or another Dev (Respawn?) comes up with a CoD challenger) weíre going to keep getting the same type of game each year. One that I really donít like and wonít be buying).

So to return to the OPís question, I donít understand either. CoD has become a watered-down, soulless shadow of itís former self and Iím not optimistic about its future, either.

General Discussion / Re: Vanguard st
« on: 12:14 PM - 11/20/21 »
The recommended 3.2 ADS setting was too jerky for me. I've changed it back to the default 1.0.

General Discussion / Re: Quest for Headphones on Xbox X
« on: 04:28 PM - 11/10/21 »
PC38X were overhyped, I was dissappointed too, but my bar is too high anyways when coming from studio Hi-Fi cans.

If you don't mind cable mess best option is to use a Headphone Amp between controller and HD560S and external mic like modmic back to the controller (Y Mic/Headphone Splitter).

If you only want a good headset, IMO ATH-ADG1X is the best out there for a nice open back, great imaging and soundstage gaming headset.

Is a entry Hi-Fi airy headphone turn into a headset. You can drive it from the controller easily, pairing it with a DAC/Amp improves its performance.

Here proof that I have tried them, sorry @#$% blurry camera.

I'll second the G1Xs. I reviewed them in AMGs mega thread, here.
You'll get better spacial awareness with a proper audiophile headset and amp though.

XIM APEX Discussions / Re: Xbox Series X Support
« on: 03:32 AM - 11/05/21 »
Thatís right. No shenanigans required with the Series X. You just need to run the Beta software.

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