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post #16 of 50
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Originally Posted by Commanderloochy View Post
So say I was to buy the LD MKIII and ran them at full power, do you think it would damage the amp? Also if I don't run them at full power I know I wouldn't get as much volume but would I get equal sound quality running them at a lower power?
I don't not think anything will mess up or anything. Potentially the lifespan of the unit would shorten but that is just speculation. You may upgrade to a higher end amp down the road anyway. That being said, allot of people really like the MKIII and those phones together.
post #17 of 50
So at the end of the day, I'm guessin' that the D10 is not going to be able to power the K70x to a decent level? I'd really like to get my hands on the K70xs, but I don't want to go over a budget of 200 for a dedicated amp if I have to. any ideas? =P

that being said, will the DV 332 pair up with the k70x?
post #18 of 50
Hybrid amps such as EF-1 work well with AKG701, I'm pretty sure 702 is the same.
post #19 of 50
I've been told the Shanling PH100 is an excellent amp for the AGK K701/702 phones. Around $250 at a certain auction site.
post #20 of 50
Did the original poster ever order the headphones? Did he settle on an amp?

I recently bought the k702, and they are burned in. I like them a lot, they are detailed and full sounding. The bass is a little light for my taste, but that's why I'll be pairing them with the Heed CanAmp, which is a good match because it provides the power needed and tends to be slightly bass heavy, solving both of the k702's slight problems.

As for a dealer, talk to Dan at Blackbird Audio Gallery. He frequents this forum and provides excellent service. I auditioned the CanAmp at his shop.
post #21 of 50
To the OP, the cable you have is simply a Y-cable - it is taking the analog out of your computer and outputting it to the amp... again, as with a LD MKIII, not ideal but could do as a stopgap if you plan on upgrading down the line.
post #22 of 50
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Originally Posted by carledwards View Post
Here's the inevitable recommendation of the Heed. A perfect match, IMO.
I've heard nothing but good things about the canamp
Did u buy yours from a US seller? If not, how did u swap out the power cord...this is all new to me.

Also, would any of the Woo Audio amps pair with the 702's ok? I'm getting a little paranoid from reading a lot of reviews that almost all of the tube amps available will not be sufficient enough to amplify the 701/702

I was looking at the EF1, but it's no longer sold...being replaced by the EF5, but is not available yet.
post #23 of 50
Whoops I missed the post about blackbird audio. Ill check it out , thanks!
post #24 of 50
Yep, Dan at Blackbird Audio is a US dealer. He will not sell to you if you are in another dealer's area, but since there aren't many dealers, that's okay. :-)

It used to be that the CanAmp was fitted with a two prong power cable, although users have upgraded and even Dan has modified before selling on request. However, a new model has come out this past month. The only differences are that it has an IEC plug, so you get a three-prong detachable cable in the same shape as a computer's power plug, the circuit board had to be rearranged to make room for the plug inside the unit, and the old, large heatsinks were replaced with smaller but more efficient heatsinks. But all the capacitors, transformers, and circuitry remains the same, to preserve the soudn quality. But after this change in design, you can upgrade your cable without soldering and without voiding the manifacturer warranty. :-)

I've heard some people in Australia have the new CanAmp, but there have been a few delays getting to the US. I'm expecting mine to come in the next couple weeks.

The CanAmp is not the end-all amp that is never to be replaced. However, it is extremely good value, which means it generally sounds head and shoulders above the equivalently priced competition. Also, it seems made for the AKG k701/2 since its characteristics perfectly match the AKG's slight shortfalls. I know this because I've been researching it for the past couple months, have talked to owners who have it with the k702 or other phones, and I have heard it myself. :-)

Best wishes, all.
post #25 of 50
Awesome, I was afraid that I would have to get my hands dirty for some DIY modifications...and trust me, I'm all thumbs when it comes to that sort of thing.

So the new PC cable addition is the type that fits in US wall sockets? I won't have to do anything I'm assuming if I buy from Dan?
post #26 of 50
It comes with a PC style power cable, which could easily be swapped out (and swapped back for testing) down the road. Dan offers wonderful service, but I don't know of any other dealers around.And sometimes he even gives discounts to Head-Fi members. Shhhh!

I'll give him a link to this thread.
post #27 of 50
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Originally Posted by Skye View Post
It comes with a PC style power cable, which could easily be swapped out (and swapped back for testing) down the road. Dan offers wonderful service, but I don't know of any other dealers around.And sometimes he even gives discounts to Head-Fi members. Shhhh!

I'll give him a link to this thread.
Nice, thanks a million! Finally, my 701's won't be sitting in it's packaging as long as I thought it would be
post #28 of 50
Hi, I hope no one feels bad if I steal the thread for half related question.
I have just bought a pair of HD650 and now I need amp that makes my new headphones get to full potential. So have any one any advice for a price worth amp in the 500-700 USD range?
My main audio source will be pc.
And another question I have is, dose a amp from US work in Europe?
post #29 of 50
Does a US amp work in Europe? It depends on the amp. Some are rated for 110-120 volts, so no. Some are rated for 220-240, so yes. Often companies make European voltage or American voltage versions of the amps, the only difference being the transformer. But there are also 110-240 volt headphone amps (I'm pretty sure), which would work fine in either. When you are looking at a specific amp, just be sure to check the voltage.

As for an amp for the HD650, I'm not the best person to ask. Some people thought the CanAmp worked great with these Sennheiser models, but the specific reviews I found just now were from the CanAmp's "honeymoon stage", so it may not be the most accurate picture for how well they would match.

I just know the CanAmp is good for AKG (and other headphones), and the Mapletree amps are good for Grados (and even more other headphones).

Other options out there ... I've heard the Headamp Gilmore Lite is pretty good. But this is by reputation, not actually auditioning it. What I understood was that the CanAmp was better than the Gilmore Lite at roughly the same price range, but the Headamp GS-1 would trounce the CanAmp (yet it costs twice as much).

Edit: One way is to Google "HD650 headphone amp" and find the threads in this forum and others dedicated to this specific question. Try this thread, for example.

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
I'm putting in a plug for the Darkvoice 337. Without a doubt, one of the best, if not THE best match I've ever heard with the HD650.
: )
(From a different thread.)
post #30 of 50
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Originally Posted by mangamonster View Post
So the new PC cable addition is the type that fits in US wall sockets? I won't have to do anything I'm assuming if I buy from Dan?
Sorry, I think I missed what you were getting at. There are two styles to the amp, American (110v) and European (220v). If the dealer was in Europe, you'd have an issue. But all of Dan's are made for American power by Heed Audio in Hungary. It is possible he could get a European model on special request, but if you don't specify and you live in the US, you'll get the American model.
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