I just got the k701's this monday and have burned them in for approximately 60 hours (using music/white/pink noise with periods of rest). I'm running these from my laptop->fiio e7-> vintage kenwood ka6004 (1970's i think)-> k701's. The first thing i notice is the harsh treble out of the box (which is going away with burn in), the huge sound stage ,and clarity. Another thing i noticed is that the 701's had a ton of bass, ALMOST at the same level as my pair of m50's but the bass had no impact and little control. I was puzzled since the 701's are notorious for being bass light and all of my eq settings were flat (or off). Out of curiosity I plugged the 701's straight into the e7's and there it was, the treble heavy, base light sound signature I was expecting. So obviously the old kenwood solid state had a very colored sound and provided loads of power to the 701's (meaning that half of the criticisms of the 701's are based on incorrect or non synergistic amping).
I originally bought the 701 mainly for analytical listening and planned on using the m50's for regular listening. The amp made the 701's a lot more musical so I found that I was using them even for easy listening and not just analytical listening (although the huge sound stage, as many stated do hinder in its ability to pull you into the music). However this created a whole other problem. The shine, the sparkle, the liquid clarity of the treble, although still there, was being overshadowed due to the coloration of the bass added by the amp. Now I do notice a little as burn in continues that the control of the bass is being refined.
I was going go with a e9/e7 combo in the near future but for now I'm stuck with the kenwood amp. Is the e9 just as colored as the kenwood or does it have a much more nuetral/flat sound? And if i do pair it with a e9 will the bass be too thin or just right. I'm really looking for neutrality/clarity and to bring out the 701's full potential without breaking the bank (the 701's are said to be somewhat like 10% bass lean). Can anyone think of any immediate solutions (not buying an amp, no modding ,no recabling) ?
Mind you i'm a poor college student.