Best Amp (or DAC) for K701
I love my K701s. I found them to be something special compared to the HD 600s that I auditioned at the same time. The Sennheiser sounded flat (as in depth) and a bit muddy (too much bass) in comparison. I love the articulation and sense of air of the K701.
They sound very clean through my Squeezebox Duet and VHP-2 (w/psu) but on some albums and some kinds of music I would like some more body. So I am looking to upgrade my system to better complement my K701s. I listen mostly to classical and Jazz, but also various acoustic, bluegrass, blues, and rock.
Eventually I will upgrade both amp and Dac. Which one should I go for first - what will make the biggest difference in the tonal balance? Budget (ugh!
) $400-$600 or so for an amp or up to $1000 if I really need to for a DAC.Amps for K701SS:
GS-1 is more than I'd like to spend unless it is the end all amp for K701.
Other SS that would be a significant improvement over VHP-2 for K701?Tubes:
I wouldn't want a tube amp if it meant losing the articulation and separation
Woo 6 looks beautiful but I'm a little put off by the idea that the base config is not really the way it is meant to be and you really need to spend several hundred dollars more than the $585 price for upgrades. I also wonder about the effect of the transformers in the same case that the amp circuit is in.
LD, DV, Bada (though I'd prefer to not worry about the quality inconsistencies
that I keep hearing about with the Chinese gear)
M^3, CKKIII, B22, Soha II, Millet Max, Bijou
The problem for me with DIY is that mostly I don't have the time for it. I was planning to build a Soha II but they're still having noise issues.DACs
VDA-2 & DAC1 are said to have similar sound signature, but from reading the posts I wonder if they may be balanced too much to the bright end to be a good complement (but $600 for VDA-2 would be nicer spending than $1000 if a different amp will take care of the tonal issue and enhance the bass.
Lavry DA10 is said to have more bass, but sometimes a little fuzzy on the high end, which the K701 would make obvious.
Stello DA100 or Signature
V-DAC; how does this compare to the $600-$1000 big boys? Any ideas if it would it be a significant step up from the reasonable DAC in SB Duet?
OK, sorry, that's enough for 2 or three posts. I'd appreciate any comments and especially comparisons.