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It does not pair well with OTL from my experience. Impedence mismatch causes wildly boomy and uncontrolled bass. I tried the Valhalla, and the Little Dot MKiii.

The WA6 is pretty good. On the slightly cheaper side, a Lyr is great. Little Dot II+ is good, too. Pretty warm

I often use my Qs with a La Figaro 336C.
This is an OTL tube amp, so it has a fairly high output impedance.
It is equipped with NOS tubes.
The stock tubes do not get along with the Q701, they just sound rather bland, but I really like this amp with the Q701 when NOS tubes are used. The 'phones do not sound boomy at all. OTOH, the amp does not sound ultra tubey, i.e warm and lush. It just sounds clean, clear and nicely balanced with a bit of that tube midrange magic.
Edited by Chris J - 5/8/13 at 4:06pm
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The 1/8" jack on the E9 sounded pretty crummy next to the 1/4" jack, not sure if the impedance was at fault or what.  It sounded stuffy while the 1/4" jack sounded very open and clear.


Yep, you're right! I totally forget the E9 has both jacks. I always use the large jack and never the small one. I wonder how many people only use the 1/8" jack?

 

Sometime I have to hear the E17 paired with the E09K.

 

I might sell my Magni and get another E9. I've moved into a smaller house now so two desktop amps is now rather pointless.

 

I clearly remember even preferring the e9 to the Asgard1 with the K702. Weird right?

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Yep, you're right! I totally forget the E9 has both jacks. I always use the large jack and never the small one. I wonder how many people only use the 1/8" jack?

Sometime I have to hear the E17 paired with the E09K.

I might sell my Magni and get another E9. I've moved into a smaller house now so two desktop amps is now rather pointless.

I clearly remember even preferring the e9 to the Asgard1 with the K702. Weird right?

The E17 + E09K + Q701 is a nice little system.
The E09K sounds a bit warmer than the E17 headphone amp.
While this system may not be the last word in analytical detail and precision and clarity, it sounds pretty damn good for the money.
In other words, you're going to have to spend some $$$ to get a real upgrade.
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Oh, I don't think I ever though about asking about this, is it possible to wear glasses while using these? I've heard some people say that you somehow can't...
 

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The E17 + E09K + Q701 is a nice little system.
The E09K sounds a bit warmer than the E17 headphone amp.
While this system may not be the last word in analytical detail and precision and clarity, it sounds pretty damn good for the money.
In other words, you're going to have to spend some $$$ to get a real upgrade.

I've been using my Q701 with just the E17 since October and still have no desire to buy a more expensive amp or DAC. Im still really liking the little E17. 6db gain, with a +2db bass boost, and the volume at around 24-30 out of 60. Plenty of power, plenty of headroom, tons of detail and texture, great soundstage. Im still convinced that $240 for the Q701 + $140 for the E17 is quite a good deal. Ive had the HD650 on a waaay more expensive amp/DAC, I have a modded T50rp, and Ive heard the Shure SRH-1840 and I still like the Q701 the best. Even my Vsonic GR01 doesnt quite do it for me anymore.
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Oh, I don't think I ever though about asking about this, is it possible to wear glasses while using these? I've heard some people say that you somehow can't...

 

I wear glasses but I usually don't wear them with headphones. Ive worn them with the Q701 for short periods of time before, so it is possible and it actually doesnt seem to change the sound. I just prefer to sit back and relax when I listen to mine so I take the glasses off.
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Thanks to all the responses to my query about OTL amps. 

 

Looking also at the Garage 1217 Sunrise & Horizon amps.  The Sunrise will drive lower impedence but supposedly the Horizon also can - though not sure how effectively. 

 

But again, THANKS for all the responses.  Great thread!  If I could make the placement more exact in this wide open soundstage, it would be close to perfect but there's a limit to the technology.  In all, a great pair of the headphones for the $ and a great thread. 

 

UL

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I wear glasses but I usually don't wear them with headphones. Ive worn them with the Q701 for short periods of time before, so it is possible and it actually doesnt seem to change the sound. I just prefer to sit back and relax when I listen to mine so I take the glasses off.

Well, I was more wondering about the comfort levels with the glasses on, but seeing as I wear HD 280s right now and they don't bother me in the slightest, I think I should be fine either way...

And I get tons of work done while listening to music, so I need my glasses on during that time. :P

 

Only 3 more weeks until I get to order these! Why can't I have them now?!

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Well, I was more wondering about the comfort levels with the glasses on, but seeing as I wear HD 280s right now and they don't bother me in the slightest, I think I should be fine either way...

And I get tons of work done while listening to music, so I need my glasses on during that time. :P

 

Only 3 more weeks until I get to order these! Why can't I have them now?!

 

The AKGs don't clamp anywhere near as much as HD280, so you'll be fine.  Your patience will be well rewarded, so chillax for now.  =]

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I would have my doubts too. In fact I think it'd be totally stupid for AKG to get rid of the Q701. It sounds better than the K702 and Anniversary (IMO).

I don't understand how people can call the Q701 bass-light. I'm coming from ownership experience with JH13, JH16, W1000X (including bass-monster J$ pads), HD 650, DT 770 LE and A900X (among others) and I think the bass on the Q701 is just fine and balanced. Relative to the other headphones listed, the only deficiency immediately apparent is a paucity of sub-bass but this is nearly impossible for traditional open air dynamic headphones to accomplish properly.

 

The diffuse sound is just right too. If the K712/K702-65th compromise these characteristics I don't see the incremental (key word) value in them.

 

And the people who complain about the bumps need to grow some hair.tongue.gif

 

I think it's one of the best open headphones for the money, and I might in fact prefer it to the venerable HD 650. In fact if I manage to sell my DT 770 LE and W1000X today as planned, I might keep the Q701 for the times I don't feel like pulling the W3000ANV out.


Edited by 3X0 - 5/10/13 at 6:39am
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not everyone can do the grow hair part. tongue.gif
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And the people who complain about the bumps need to grow some hair.tongue.gif

Lol, you made me think of the new Capital One commercial where the Viking horde is having a family picnic, and a beard growing contest. Believe me, I can go "Hrrringhhh!" all I want, even focus and strain so much that I can feel my hair start to stand on end, and still no spontaneous hair growth countering my widows peak and thinning hair. Still, the baby-seatbelt wraps that were suggested earlier in this thread went a long way to removing the issue smily_headphones1.gif I just wish Mad Lust Envy didn't have such a large head, sometimes it seems like the elastic in the headband assembly lets my earcups slide low on my ears. Meh.
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I don't want to go too long separated from this thread, so...

 

How does piano sound on the Q701s to you guys? I listen to (and play) the piano a ton, and its easily my favorite instrument biggrin.gif

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I think it sound excellent on the Q701. I don't listen to a lot of solo piano music, but a lot of the music (prog rock & metal) I listen to has keyboards and piano in it. 

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I don't want to go too long separated from this thread, so...

 

How does piano sound on the Q701s to you guys? I listen to (and play) the piano a ton, and its easily my favorite instrument biggrin.gif

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I don't want to go too long separated from this thread, so...

 

How does piano sound on the Q701s to you guys? I listen to (and play) the piano a ton, and its easily my favorite instrument biggrin.gif

In my opinion, the timbre of the piano on the Q701 is slightly off possibly due to frequency response variation up high and roll-off down low. I prefer the way Sennheiser and Audio Technica handle piano. I prefer AKG's rendition over Beyerdynamic, however.

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