While I'm not a fan of k271s - I did own a pair for aprox a year. They worked very well with a maxxed Portaphile (in my setup run from an Elpac). It particularly helped the k271 otherwise poor bass performance. A good combo.
same boat here. Im trying to make my k271s my main office cans, and my go-vibe petite really aint cutting it. I have no funds for pico or predator level, so im eyeing headsix or mini3 as amp for the 271s. Will these two amps cut it?
Was out friday listening to a few cans, among them akg 701/601/518.
I was using a Nano with the Ibasso D2 Boa.
No line-out dock yet, but on its way.
Had to pull the volume knob on the boa to around 2 o'clock to go my normal listening level. If I twisted it to max power it was uncomfortably high.
And, damn, those 701 sounded good. My wallet is shivering now....
"cut it" in terms of what? The headphones are rolled off on both ends.
I don't find the K271S difficult to drive with any of my amps, portable or not.
The K271S seems to do better with a typical tube sound, with the fullness of the mids to lower-mids. It's still a bass-shy headphone, and it's still soft in the upper treble regions. That's just the characteristic of the headphone.
If you want thumping bass over everything else why not get something like the D2000s or a closed Beyer? To me the 271S sounds just fine with a mini3 performance version. If you don't really like the HP get something else more in line with your tastes.
No. The O.P. is referring to pa2v2, which IIRC normally sold for aprox $70 and is on the order of a GoVibe5, CMoy, and others in the below $100 price class. It's builder was Gary (sorry, forget last name) and often sold on eBay these days......there is a whole world of difference between that amp., and the Portaphile that I suggested.
The RSA Hornet on low/med drives my k271s quite nicely....I have the SAA Equinox aftermarket cable for the k271s and I love it. I still would like to get the velour cushions though...haven't had a chance to pick em up yet though.