I do prefer louder listening. For myself my k-701s from the "low z" (low impedance jack) with the "gain switch" in its low position which is preferable for use simultaneously as a preamp, yes, presently the pot being turned to full I am not satisfied with the volume output. Again, I must stress the point, I do prefer to listen loudly! Now, with the 3db increase it will be good so driving the k701s loudly, but not great. But that does not mean 'bad', only "good", and not "great'.... It will then be "good' for myself, who likes to listen loudly...
There is not any problem with the k701s being underdriven at all. it simply is a case of my preferance being to listen loudly when I so choose. And I do believe this 3db increase will achieve good volume for someone who prefers to listen loudly on the 'low gain" setting! Also, on high gain setting i will be able then to have the vol pot at the 12 o'clock position when listening loudly with the k701s...Consistently IME, the k701 comes into its own at higher volume settings, as is the case here being driven by the Opera!
BTW, a major distinction MUST always be made, as AlterAnthony points out. That is, in the Source output !!! Note in MY set up the Squeezebox (SB3 as transport) does output 2.0mv when serving internet radio, and is fine driving k701s (Opera stock, low gain, although not as loud as I would like), albeit lower than my CDP which puts out 2.2mv! Streaming my CDs by SB3 the output drops to 1.8mv and THIS is MY problem and why I need that extra 3dbs (gain increase I opted for) in amplification of the Opera for use in "low gain" setting!
Very system dependant and important distinctions with with what i consider my prefered listening levels vs your preferances and definitions of loud as well as YOUR source output is where YMMV!!!
Heed / Opera contrasts are simply profound and many. Which I shall address tommorow for you.
Originally Posted by aerowing
So you are saying that even with increased gain and volume knob turned all the way near max, when driving k701 with opera from the better sounding low-gain port, the sound level is still low? That worries me since if I do upgrade to opera then k701 will be the cans that opera drives. You know, k701 requires a lot of current, does opera have enough juice for it? If it is really that bad, is there anything can be done?
Also, I've seen your posts in the Heed CanAmp thread, I actually picked up CanAmp based on feedbacks we are getting in the CanAmp threads. Currently I enjoy it very much but I guess sooner or later everyone will be hit by the upgradtis fever
can you comment on how opera compares to canamp cos that the amp which will be replaced if I decide to upgrade to opera. Thanks in advance