Originally Posted by sportflyer
I intend to purchase a Q701 pretty soon . After reading about 30% of the articles in this very long thread. I have come to the conclusion that a decent amp is required for Q701
Please help me narrow down the selection :
Some of the amps I am considering are :
Matrix M stage ( which version?)
Meier Corda Rock
Little dot I+
My budget for the amp is around $300.
I listen mostly to classical and jazz music. Sources are FLAC (some hires) via SB Touch and CD from Oppo 980H . I also want to use the headphones for Movies for late night viewing. I don't listen or watch movies at the computer at all.
I am also wondering whether the headphone output of the Onkyo NR3007 and the SB Touch is sufficient to drive these headphones until I get the amp?
Headroom Micro Amp is what I use and is perfect for the Q701 and basically any AKG there is, even the K400/K501. It's $50 past your budget but worth every penny. It's also very underrated I think.
I found it to be much better than the Asgard and E9 with the HD-650 and K702. Strangely enough I only liked the Asgard with two headphones. The D2000 and HD-600.
And yes, it's not a true portable amp, but regular desktop one. Just very small. Comes with a brick power supply though.
The Asgard kind of feels like a weakling and I know that's probably not the case. I'd never use it for a 600 ohm headphone. Yuck, but who does that..
I tried it with a 600 ohm DT-880 and it had to be cranked to near max. I think I was using a weaker source at the time.
I don't have a clue what the M-Stage is like, but I'll try that and the O2 sometime. Actually if I buy another future amp, it might be the Lyr. Probably won't be happening anytime soon.
I'd say overall the Asgard was disappointing despite all the praise for it. Asgard and the K601 gives me nightmares still.
I'm glad to not have to worry about this "synergy" nonsense any more.