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LD MK III or Total Bithead for K701?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

im seriously considering the AKG K701's as my next pair of cans to purchase and was wondering which amp would be a better buy, the little dot mk III or the total bithead,

ive heard tube amps are great with the 701's, but im not exactly sure what a tube amp is, im a huge nooob when it comes to amps so if somebody could explain what the difference is that would be swell

thanks

post #2 of 11

I had the bithead and K701 as my first rig. I ended up getting rid of the K701s as they weren't my style of headphone so, I don't know how to answer your question of whether or not the Bithead is good enough! Well, I do remember the Bithead started clipping at fairly low listening levels.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

what exactly do you mean when you say it "starting clipping"??

post #4 of 11

The amp couldn't give enough juice to maintain a good level of sound quality at that particular volume you have it set to. I think that's what clipping is. The K701s aren't a particularly amp friendly headphone though and have special needs, and the Bithead isn't exactly a big enough fish for them. If you're looking for something further up in the HeadRoom line I'd suggest the Desktop amp.

 

But if you were still looking at a tube amp then I'm sure the Little Dot would be okay, but I have no experience with those. The nice thing about HeadRoom's stuff is that you get a DAC and the amp all in one box so you don't have to worry about interconnects and finding good "synergy" between the DAC/amp/headphones.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

yea i dont really wanna spend 800 dollars on an amp quite yet, im looking to spend no more than 350 on this one, and if theres a better one for the 701's somebody please let me know

post #6 of 11
my $.02 the k701/702 pairs well with the K.I.C.A.S. Caliente. the caliente is a somewhat warm sounding SS amp, and allows the k701 to be what it is - which is a fast, detailed phone. and, the caliente helps fill in (somewhat) the lack of bass and warmth. $349
post #7 of 11

Wuss how do you feel the WA6 is with th k701's?

post #8 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by Bloodhowler View Post

Wuss how do you feel the WA6 is with th k701's?


pretty good.  but, i don't like it as much as the caliente.

post #9 of 11

The Bithead is completely inadequate for the 70x.  The Headroom Microamp works just fine, however, and it is $350.

post #10 of 11

Hi,

I hate to recommend something I have up for sale but I assure you I would suggest this either way. The 701 and the Millett Starving Student Hybrid Tube amp (MSSHT) match up very nicely. With the amp you get a taste of what tubes are about without spending a fortune.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post

Hi,

I hate to recommend something I have up for sale but I assure you I would suggest this either way. The 701 and the Millett Starving Student Hybrid Tube amp (MSSHT) match up very nicely. With the amp you get a taste of what tubes are about without spending a fortune.


I agree. When I heard the pairing it was very nice. The K701s work with hybrid amps, but IMHO, not so much with tube amps.

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