Originally Posted by daveDerek
i have both a practical devices xm3, which is within your budget, and a total bithead. both are nice amps with good features, but the xm3 generally sounds better. i haven't tried it with 701s yet, but i have tried it with a variety of different phones including several akgs and i'm betting it'll do a nice job with the 701s. they give you a 30 day money back guarantee with it, so there's little to lose here. this isn't a unit that's gotten a lot of attention here, but i think it deserves it. see:
well last night i tried this combo and ya know what - me likey!
so i had my wife try it on (she who has been cringing as all this gear (with their attendant bills) keeps coming in. she thought it sounded really good and said, "so how much are these headphones, a thousand dollars?" i reassured her that i spent no where near that much on those cans (i'm not sure that she really wants to ask the right questions 'cause she may not like the answers ). she was dutifully impressed. it's hard to go wrong with a trial period available from the manufacturer. (this applies to other vendors to, btw.)