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Hi guys,   I bumped into a problem today when trying to connect my MBP to Audio-GD DAC/Amp via optical. So I just got a 2011 MBP running Lion OS 10.7.2. I've been using it with the Audio-GD via usb just fine for the past weeks. Then I decided to see if there is a difference using the optical output on the laptop.   Here's how I set everything up: I got a mini-toslink adapter connect the NXG optical cable to the headphone/digital out on the laptop and then...
Neco Portable Amp is your best bet. You can look around for a used V2 close to that price range (though pretty hard to find). Otherwise just increase the budget if you can for a portable V3 and you won't regret it. I've been using the V2 with the HE-400 and it doesn't sound inferior to a desktop amp. Very clean sound with plenty of head room and power.
I've no idea how the ODAC sounds as I've not tried it but from my previous experience with O2 amp, it may be a bit short for driving K701 to its full potential. And IMO, a DAC is really essential if you want to get the best out of the K701. If you want to look into solid state amp/dac combo, Audio-GD has several good value offerings. My old Compass Amp/Dac makes K701 sounds great with Pink Floyd, I'd imagine the new Compass 2 could easily surpass it in driving the K701....
For the $30-50 price range, I'd get the Panasonic RP-HTF600. They're good headphones for the price and can be driven by any portable devices. Keep in mind that they're semi-open though the sound leakage is not very noticeable.
  Those that are designed for portable use often don't need an amp to "start to sound good", it also depends on your source (what you plug it in, ie ipods, cellphones...). But some of them probably benefit from amping (that is to say, a good amp may help to get the best out of them - there won't always be day-and-night differences though). If you travel a lot, I'd suggest to just skip the amp.   From your music preference, I'd just pick the Ultrasone HFI-580 (it should...
  I'd go for the HFI-780. It's easily one of the best in its price range and does electronic music wonderfully. Plus it scales up well with the E11 if you plan to buy the amp.
It's an interest check for my MDR-F1. I acquired them used. I believe I am the second owner.   While it is an interesting and collectible can, I realize I have more open cans than I really need and would like to pass it on to save for a DAC/amp upgrade in the future. The F1 I own is in faily good condition, pads are a little worn but still comfortable (I have them cleaned thoroughly when I first got it). The only problem I can tell is that the headband adjustable...
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If you're going to drive some demanding full-size cans like the Q701, your best bet in this price range is the PA2V2 (drives my K701 acceptably). If it has to be Fiio, then just get the E11 (but keep in mind that the soundstage will collapse quite noticeably).
  I can't answer since I can't justify spending more than a few bucks for 'brand-name' protectors (IMO, they all look the same: clear plastic sheets and that's it). I've had the Insten sheets (above link) installed on my ipod for a while now and the clickwheel works just fine. They don't come off too easily especially when used inside a case and leave no glue residue if you want to replace or get rid of them. Heck, you can even wash them and reuse (as advertised :D) but I...
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