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post #166 of 2356
Well I'm a new owner of the K701's for three weeks now.

They've had about 48 hours of music burn in along with the amp. They were amazing when I got everything setup, and they get better!

I'm having fun listening to music as I work my way up to 300 hours and seeing how the sound evolves.

Long live K701!
post #167 of 2356

Tube amp for 701?

So I love my Tomahawk, but I'm ready for a proper home amp for the 701s, and think it's time, once again, for some tubes. Suggestions?
post #168 of 2356
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Originally Posted by ncmando View Post
So I love my Tomahawk, but I'm ready for a proper home amp for the 701s, and think it's time, once again, for some tubes. Suggestions?
What is you budget, and what kind of music do you listen to? Look for something that can put a fair amount of power into 62 Ohms - the K-701 needs a lot of power before it opens up and starts sounding good.
post #169 of 2356
Erik's Zana Deux isn't a bad amp. Try one of those
post #170 of 2356
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
What is you budget, and what kind of music do you listen to? Look for something that can put a fair amount of power into 62 Ohms - the K-701 needs a lot of power before it opens up and starts sounding good.
Need to stay under $1K.

Mostly I listen to new acoustic, newgrass, jazz, some classical, once in a great while a bit of rock.
post #171 of 2356
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Need to stay under $1K.

Mostly I listen to new acoustic, newgrass, jazz, some classical, once in a great while a bit of rock.
You may like to consider Darkvoice range.
post #172 of 2356
I am absolutely blown away by the sound of my 701s. My only complaint is comfort. I solved the problem with the head strap by adding a piece of foam, but the cups still press uncomfortably on my jaw sometimes. The sound is worth it, though!
Now I just wish I could find closed cans that sound this good.
post #173 of 2356
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Originally Posted by intoart View Post
I am absolutely blown away by the sound of my 701s. My only complaint is comfort. I solved the problem with the head strap by adding a piece of foam, but the cups still press uncomfortably on my jaw sometimes. The sound is worth it, though!
Now I just wish I could find closed cans that sound this good.
The headband can be made more comfortable by flexing the leather to break it in and soften it (think of breaking in new shoes), the clamping can be reduced by flexing the metal between your fingers (pretend you are going to snap a pencil, but simply flex gently until it feels looser).

Or you can just use them for several thousand hours and it will take care of itself
post #174 of 2356

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 K701
SS:
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)
Other?

DIY
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.

Thanks
post #175 of 2356
My 701's are the best sound I've ever heard. Having said that, I'm not really liking the style. I'm looking for a replacement for them. Is there anything even close in the $200-$300 (used) range? My 701's are listed on Audiogon, if anyone is looking for a pair. But I can't sell them until I find a replacement. : )
post #176 of 2356
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My 701's are the best sound I've ever heard. Having said that, I'm not really liking the style. I'm looking for a replacement for them. Is there anything even close in the $200-$300 (used) range? My 701's are listed on Audiogon, if anyone is looking for a pair. But I can't sell them until I find a replacement. : )
Looks like you and I are in the same boat. I absolutely love the sound of my 701s, but I want isolation and much greater comfort. I have ordered Beyer 770s, and I am looking forward to getting them so that I can make the comparison. If they turn out to be a big step down in sound quality, I will simply learn to live with the shortcomings of the 701s (By following a couple of suggestions here, I have already made them mor comfortable.)
post #177 of 2356
701s through an RSA P-51
post #178 of 2356
I don't know about you guys but I feel my k702s are the epitome of comfort.

V-DiV is the VHP-2 not an adequate amp for the K701? I was thinking of buying myself one shortly. Or are you simply traveling upmarket?
post #179 of 2356
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701s through an RSA P-51
Why? Are you using them portably?
post #180 of 2356
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Why? Are you using them portably?
yep
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