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post #2176 of 2356
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Yeah, the LCD-2 has one of the smallest soundstages I have heard in an open back headphone. confused_face(1).gif

 

Thinness of the mids? Certainly not, at least I think so. I do find the mids to have a slight metallic kind of sound to it though; I still like the mids nonetheless. :D

 

I don't know if it's due to the K 701's soundstage, but I find that a good chunk of my music doesn't sound very natural with the K 701. Maybe it's because it's open-back? Maybe it's because the K 701's strong L/R imaging leaves the center kind of lacking a bit to me? I didn't hear this kind of sound with closed-back headphones, such as the Shure SRH940.

 

Not to say the K 701 sounds bad, it's currently my reference headphone.

I think you're right with the strong L/R imaging maybe giving the impression that the center image is lacking. But this can only be in comparison to other hp's with a more intimate soundstage where the center image is being kind of 'forced' on you. I personally think that the center image is good. The K's are my prefered hp for piano now, and they used to be when I ownded the 702's too. And you have to have a good solid center for solo instuments. Especially piano, for me its one of the hardest instruments to replicate with speakers and headphones. The dry and free sound of the K's for some reason is brilliant at this. Any colour in a headphone can affect the speed/decay and congest complex keyboard peices. There seems to be not much added and not much lost with the AKG's.

post #2177 of 2356

What is the favoured amp with these with everyone at the mo? They sound great with my Audio gd c2.2 which I have for my LCD2 set up. But I'm looking for the best cheaper amp for my bedside rig, as thats when I use my K's for classical and ambient (nice relaxing music to get lost in the K's massive soundstage). I currently have the Magni and I'm enjoying it, but I can't help thinking that it may be giving me a more agressive sound than is ideal for those music genres. Anyways I've ordered an M-stage and LN4562 opamp to see how good that is in comparison. I'll probably do a mini review of both as they are both entry level amps and the M-stage has a loyal following with the AKG's and I want to hear what the fuss is about. However, the Magni powers the K's very efficiantly so I'd be surprised if the M-stage is much, if at all better, since it is less powerful. Having said that, I have been surprised by less efficient amps in the past and I know there is a lot more than just current/voltage needed for quality and refinement. Anyways, I'll see which I prefer and then keep the winner.

I'll keep you guys posted.

post #2178 of 2356
I prefer my m stage with k701. The combination has richer sound than x-can/k701.
post #2179 of 2356
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

What is the favoured amp with these with everyone at the mo? They sound great with my Audio gd c2.2 which I have for my LCD2 set up. But I'm looking for the best cheaper amp for my bedside rig, as thats when I use my K's for classical and ambient (nice relaxing music to get lost in the K's massive soundstage). I currently have the Magni and I'm enjoying it, but I can't help thinking that it may be giving me a more agressive sound than is ideal for those music genres. Anyways I've ordered an M-stage and LN4562 opamp to see how good that is in comparison. I'll probably do a mini review of both as they are both entry level amps and the M-stage has a loyal following with the AKG's and I want to hear what the fuss is about. However, the Magni powers the K's very efficiantly so I'd be surprised if the M-stage is much, if at all better, since it is less powerful. Having said that, I have been surprised by less efficient amps in the past and I know there is a lot more than just current/voltage needed for quality and refinement. Anyways, I'll see which I prefer and then keep the winner.

I'll keep you guys posted.

I use an Objective 2 and the K 701's sound fine with it.

post #2180 of 2356
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

What is the favoured amp with these with everyone at the mo? They sound great with my Audio gd c2.2 which I have for my LCD2 set up. But I'm looking for the best cheaper amp for my bedside rig, as thats when I use my K's for classical and ambient (nice relaxing music to get lost in the K's massive soundstage). I currently have the Magni and I'm enjoying it, but I can't help thinking that it may be giving me a more agressive sound than is ideal for those music genres. Anyways I've ordered an M-stage and LN4562 opamp to see how good that is in comparison. I'll probably do a mini review of both as they are both entry level amps and the M-stage has a loyal following with the AKG's and I want to hear what the fuss is about. However, the Magni powers the K's very efficiantly so I'd be surprised if the M-stage is much, if at all better, since it is less powerful. Having said that, I have been surprised by less efficient amps in the past and I know there is a lot more than just current/voltage needed for quality and refinement. Anyways, I'll see which I prefer and then keep the winner.

I'll keep you guys posted.

 

 

I used the 701s with the Magni before for a very short time.  IMO the gain is set to high on the Magni.  If it matters I have the 7Bump pair. However, they don't pair very well together IMO.  The Magni is to forward tilted or bright for the 701s   It sounds better with the 702.65th though.

post #2181 of 2356

Well IMO they sound their best balanced.  Just IMO..  You know me.  I go Big or I go Homebiggrin.gif  They sound good on my B22

 

 

 

post #2182 of 2356
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Well IMO they sound their best balanced.  Just IMO..  You know me.  I go Big or I go Homebiggrin.gif  They sound good on my B22

 

 

 

 

Bluddy hell you've got them cabled up aswell!! Nicey! k701smile.gif

 

Yeah I've got the Magni paired with my old and very warm Arcam NOS dac, plus the newer K's are a little warmer. Even so its the forward presentation that the Magni has got thats maybe a bit much for relaxing ambient/classical. Probs great for rock n stuff though.

 

Is there anything in your house that hasn't been recabled and balanced up to the max..? Your Hoover or kettle perhaps? biggrin.gif

post #2183 of 2356

The clock radios are next.  I heard when it's re cabled the time is always correct..  Can't wait..biggrin.gif

post #2184 of 2356

Just got the M-stage (LN4562 opamp) for my K701's and its working a treat. Really nice bass and soundstage. Although I do still rate the Magni highly with the K's, the M-stage is proving to be a more engaging listen. There is an added warmth and refinement that I'm noticing, also a lot more freedom with the volume control. Got it hooked up to a Vdac mkII and its a winning combo!

 

Magni is going up for sale tonight on fleabay uk.

post #2185 of 2356

mine sound noticably better with the Xcan v8 hybrid that my asguard.  The asguard made them sound thin as others have said.  I have also tried them with a hybrid made by Music Hall(forget the model) and they did quite well.  Not sure if this is a solid state vs. tube or partial tube issue.  Maybe I'll find out some day.  

post #2186 of 2356

I used to have an Xcan V3 paired with my K702's and it really brought out the soundstage, but it was biting in the treble. The V3 is a bright amp though

post #2187 of 2356

I can't seem to find a K702 appreciation thread. Is this one consolidating all K70x talk?

post #2188 of 2356
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

I can't seem to find a K702 appreciation thread. Is this one consolidating all K70x talk?

Yeah sure why not? The older K 701 had a similar sound to the K 702. :)

post #2189 of 2356

Hi 'preproman',

 

Could you tell me what sort of cable that you have used for your k701 rewire jopb, and what's the 3rd wire for?

 

 Sorry if this has been answered before (just arrived at bthis thread) so a post number, or page no, is fine.

 

Thanks   ...   Jh

post #2190 of 2356

Is there a guide somewhere that shows how to replace the rubber bands that create the tension for the headband? Mine seem to be wearing out.

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