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post #2881 of 7169
Indeed. By the way, used my Q701's for three and a half hours so far, no complaints, straight from a TB DSS hooked up to the optical out of my motherboard. Sounds far better than the motherboard's headphone jack, but I only have stereo sound. Meh.
post #2882 of 7169
Indeed. By the way, used my Q701's for three and a half hours so far, no complaints, straight from a TB DSS hooked up to the optical out of my motherboard. Sounds far better than the motherboard's headphone jack, but I only have stereo sound. Meh.
post #2883 of 7169
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Originally Posted by Mark the Red View Post

^^^^^^^

 

Damn...  Looks pro.  Now I'm all self conscious about my ghetto-rigged solution.   Where did you get the memory foam?

 

Thanks. It's not even proper memory foam - it's the stuff they sell to isolate drafts in windows or doors, cut to size. It has adhesive on one side, so fixing it is a child's play. 

In terms of comfort, what can I say - it does the job.

post #2884 of 7169
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Originally Posted by PleasantSounds View Post

Thanks. It's not even proper memory foam - it's the stuff they sell to isolate drafts in windows or doors, cut to size. It has adhesive on one side, so fixing it is a child's play. 
In terms of comfort, what can I say - it does the job.

My He5Le were modded by another member here, they have extra cushion inside a custom leather headband, which is sewn over the stock band, super comfortable. Went from the HE5LE to the Q701, not only did I notice sonic differences like Reccessed mids on the Q701, but the comfort was not even comparable. Dont get me wrong, I love the Q701's but damn, headband is actually uncomfortable after all, not bothering me, just noticeable.
post #2885 of 7169

Here are the two pads I have.  I've got two different sizes depending on how much padding I want.

 

Both are filled with memory foam.  The material is all from a seatbelt pad and they've been sewn into the shape of headband pads.

 

 

 

post #2886 of 7169

I need something like that for my wrists @ kb/mou.

post #2887 of 7169
Chico,
I can't really see them in the first pic, because it's black pads on a black keyboard...

Jodiuh,
I found that I like Logitech's marathon mouse (very tall, cups my hand more fully), and sometimes I take a break and just use my Wacom tablet instead of a mouse. I can use the pen, or just use it as a huge touchpad. Some alternatives to those two that I havent tried but look comfortable are the venerable Microsoft Sidewinder mouse (a gaming classic) and there is a brand called Genius that also makes tablets comparable to Wacom but a fair bit cheaper... I don't know what you lose for quality, but they are pretty well reviewed for how unknown they are.

Playing StarCraft II with my Wacom Bamboo is different, but actually works pretty well and is very fast and precise. Sometimes Day[9] plays that way. I haven't tried an FPS with a tablet yet (well, unless you count my iPad, but those are two different kinds of tablets), but I imagine that if you set the Wacom to mouse mode and NOT have the pad area mapped to the screen area, you would have the same control but just have your hand in a different position. I love my tablet though, so I probably would not sacrifice my graphic design tool to the abuse and frenetic wear and tear of an FPS.
post #2888 of 7169

 Hello everyone

 

I just picked up some Q701's which are my first high end headphones.  I am very pleased so far they sound much better then my old phones.

 

I do have a few questions though.

 

First off what should I the bit rate and depth to? Right now I've got it set on 24bit , 44100 Hz
Secondly I'm running the cans through my Asus Xonar DX and am wondering if I'd notice a big difference by buying a amp. I was looking at the JDS labs Oxygen 2 but have no idea if I need one in the first place. Also I'm guessing you have to buy some kind of cable to hook the soundcard,amp and cans into each other. If so what kind of cable do I need?

 

Thanks

post #2889 of 7169
Do you mean the Objective2, named such to oppose subjective opinion? The soundcard you have is one of the ones (I think) that have an op-amp powerful enough for the Q701, so you would probably not need an Objective2 and 3.5mm interconnect cable.

Your bit rate is set now to cd-quality, and will be the most compatible to various sound files.
post #2890 of 7169

Yes I actually mean the objective2 lol.

 

So you don't believe an amp would improve quality over my current sound card?  If so that will save me some money but I don't mind getting one if it improves the exprience.

post #2891 of 7169
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Originally Posted by CloudN View Post

Yes I actually mean the objective2 lol.

So you don't believe an amp would improve quality over my current sound card?  If so that will save me some money but I don't mind getting one if it improves the exprience.

Get an E17, or an Asgard 2. I loved my E17 before I got Upgraditus
post #2892 of 7169
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Originally Posted by CloudN View Post

 Hello everyone

 

I just picked up some Q701's which are my first high end headphones.  I am very pleased so far they sound much better then my old phones.

 

I do have a few questions though.

 

First off what should I the bit rate and depth to? Right now I've got it set on 24bit , 44100 Hz
Secondly I'm running the cans through my Asus Xonar DX and am wondering if I'd notice a big difference by buying a amp. I was looking at the JDS labs Oxygen 2 but have no idea if I need one in the first place. Also I'm guessing you have to buy some kind of cable to hook the soundcard,amp and cans into each other. If so what kind of cable do I need?

 

Thanks

 

I have the Xonar D1 which is the PCI version of the card you have. It doesn't have much of an integrated amp, if it has one at all. There is a noticeable increase in performance (soundstage, imaging, bass extension) when comparing the Q701 amped and unamped out of this card. The Schiit Magni performs quite well with the Q701 and its price tag is only $99.


Edited by Stalker81598 - 4/20/13 at 9:03pm
post #2893 of 7169
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Originally Posted by Stalker81598 View Post

I have the Xonar D1 which is the PCI version of the card you have. It doesn't have much of an integrated amp, if it has one at all. There is a noticeable increase in performance (soundstage, imaging, bass extension) when comparing the Q701 amped and unamped out of this card. The Schiit Magni performs quite well with the Q701 and its price tag is only $99.
There is three (or more?) soundcards in the Xonar lineup that have an amp section basically as powerful as a FiiO E09k... Only I don't remember which ones, besides the STX. But yes, all the things you mention above improve with an adaquate amp
post #2894 of 7169
Well I've now got around 30 hours on the Q701s and I've definitely noticed them becoming more rounded, fuller, more musical, and more detailed. I thought they sounded fantastic out of the box, but now they are surpassing my expectations of what I thought headphones would be capable of.

No longer is an orchestra a giant wall of sound, but now clearly, and I mean clearly, comprises distinct and discrete separate instruments. As I write this I'm listening to an ALAC of Mozart: Mass in C Minor - John Elliot Gardner, and hearing each voice in it's own individual space is a spine tingling and jaw dropping experience.

What's all the more surprising is that I'm achieving this with just the Fidelia audio player (using the iZotope resampler) for Mac and piping the output from that into a tiny Fiio E17 which in turn is driving the headphones. To say I'm gobsmacked that so little financial outlay can bring this much sound quality would be an understatement.

About a year and half ago I posted here for advice a top notch money no object headphone rig. For various reasons I never got around to doing anything about it, but I can say without a doubt that what I'm running now gone beyond what I would have been expecting with a money no object rig.

How much better can it get?
post #2895 of 7169
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Originally Posted by Slaphead View Post

Well I've now got around 30 hours on the Q701s and I've definitely noticed them becoming more rounded, fuller, more musical, and more detailed. I thought they sounded fantastic out of the box, but now they are surpassing my expectations of what I thought headphones would be capable of.

No longer is an orchestra a giant wall of sound, but now clearly, and I mean clearly, comprises distinct and discrete separate instruments. As I write this I'm listening to an ALAC of Mozart: Mass in C Minor - John Elliot Gardner, and hearing each voice in it's own individual space is a spine tingling and jaw dropping experience.

What's all the more surprising is that I'm achieving this with just the Fidelia audio player (using the iZotope resampler) for Mac and piping the output from that into a tiny Fiio E17 which in turn is driving the headphones. To say I'm gobsmacked that so little financial outlay can bring this much sound quality would be an understatement.

About a year and half ago I posted here for advice a top notch money no object headphone rig. For various reasons I never got around to doing anything about it, but I can say without a doubt that what I'm running now gone beyond what I would have been expecting with a money no object rig.

How much better can it get?

Im also using my Q701 with a laptop and an E17. I am also completely happy with this combination. It is definitely a great bargain setup.
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