Originally Posted by Stalker81598
I have a Magni and in my opinion it makes the Q701 sound very cold and harsh. It is a very neutral amp and does not pair well with the analytical sound of the 701. I have not heard the E12 but others have said it has a slightly warmer tone, similar to the E9. It may be a better choice.
I wouldn't say very cold (IMO), but to me it makes the Q701 a little less warm for sure. This is weird to me because at first I liked the combination. Once I started listening to the Magni and Q701 for a few weeks it made the Q701 sound a bit brighter, harsher and thinner than normal. I don't know how on earth this is since it measures flat. None of my other gear I had at the time was colored at all either. The Magni and Q701 just doesn't sound smooth for some reason. This is why I sold the Magni and spent the money on the E17. Between the Magni and E9 I prefer the E9 by far. The Magni would probably sound best with maybe an HD-650. I was using the Modi and other sources that were flat.
Something weird about the bass on the Magni, but probably impossible. It almost sounds like it's recessed but it's not.
I doubt the Magni could possibly sound like the O2. If it's nearly a clone then i'd probably not like the O2. The Magni certainly isn't bad and I loved it with my HD-650.
The Magni is supposed to be transparent but it seems to give everything I attach to it a slight signature of it's own. Well, it seems to suck the warmth out of some headphones. I can't figure out why a Magni wouldn't be good with a DT-880 or SR-325i if it's measures flat.
I'm a huge fan of the Schiit Modi though. I love it so much that I want to try the Bifrost. I think it sounds better than the HRT MSII, E17 and it's better in some areas than the ODAC. I would say it's comparable to an ODAC. I couldn't really hear much difference between them. Detecting gear changes with the Q701 is actually not that easy so I rarely would use it for that.
BTW the most painful combination i've ever heard is a docked Ipod Touch 2G to the Magni and using a Q701. The Ipod Touch 2G seems really cold/thin as it is so the Magni was just not helping.