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What would be the best Amp and DAC combo for the Q701

 

"best"... It depends on so many things. Mine sound fine right out of a Sony Walkman or a laptop and great out of a desktop amp. Admittedly the Sony can not drive it to crazy loud levels, but it is enough for some casual listening.

 

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post #2147 of 7474
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Originally Posted by Hooster View Post

 

"best"... It depends on so many things. Mine sound fine right out of a Sony Walkman or a laptop and great out of a desktop amp. Admittedly the Sony can not drive it to crazy loud levels, but it is enough for some casual listening.

 

 

By "Best" i mean the DAC and Amp that are very often recommended to 701's owners and that most people say they sound great with them (Not a matter of price, a matter of popularity.)

post #2148 of 7474
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By "Best" i mean the DAC and Amp that are very often recommended to 701's owners and that most people say they sound great with them (Not a matter of price, a matter of popularity.)

the Matrix M Stage is very popular with Q701 owners. It doesn't have the greatest built-in DAC though, so you may have to get a better DAC.
post #2149 of 7474
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Originally Posted by Ren19 View Post

What would be the best Amp and DAC combo for the Q701

 

I guess there is no best, but there is always a better one.

 

I haven't bought the Q701 yet, but I think it will happen soon. However, I think an Audio-GD's DAC/AMP will work well with Q701 according to my experience of using its NFB-11.32 with my phones (Senn 650, Byer 990).  

post #2150 of 7474

Hey guys!

 

I just got my Q701's this morning to ditch my Razer Megalodons.

 

They're amazingly comfy, with the ear cups being twice the size of my old ones <3.

 

I also bought a Asus Xonar Essence STX soundcard to power them and to get rid of using onboard audio. 

 

Wow was I in for a treat! Slapped some FLAC music on and man have I been missing out. They are perfect for Movies and games too and I see no sign of this "lacking bass" issue.

 

However I do have a question. Even with my Megaldons if the bass got heavy I would get a *crackling* noise in my right earcup. I thought it was the Megalodons but it also happens with the Q701's. Any explanation? I doubt the Q701's are defective as their less than day old.

post #2151 of 7474

The M stage has a good reputation. HRT music streamer dacs are also worth recommending.

 

When buying external amps and dacs, just take care not to buy something that just generates clutter and does not provide any worthwhile sound quality improvement. It has been reported that some of these external devices sound the same, or even slightly worse than just taking the sound straight from the source...

post #2152 of 7474

are there any amps or amp/dac thats good for q701 around or under 150$?

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Please I really need your guys help.

 

If anyone has a Q701 that has them driven properly (by this I mean at 300-600 ohms), can you listen to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtrgjCIKntA and tell me if you get a distortion crackling noise in your right earphone?

 

If not then looks like I'm sending these guys back.


Edited by Archernick - 12/6/12 at 6:05am
post #2154 of 7474
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Originally Posted by Archernick View Post

Please I really need your guys help.

 

If anyone has a Q701 that has them driven properly (by this I mean at 300-600 ohms), can you listen to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtrgjCIKntA and tell me if you get a distortion crackling noise in your right earphone?

 

If not then looks like I'm sending these guys back.

 

You drive your cans into distortion with a test tone and then want to send them back? And what do you mean by driving them properly? Turning up the volume until you hear distortion? This kind of tone, if you play it loud enough will drive any headphone into distortion. What is this about 300-600 Ohms? The Q701 is 62 Ohms.

post #2155 of 7474
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You drive your cans into distortion with a test tone and then want to send them back? And what do you mean by driving them properly? Turning up the volume until you hear distortion? This kind of tone, if you play it loud enough will drive any headphone into distortion. What is this about 300-600 Ohms? The Q701 is 62 Ohms.

No I noticed the distorted crackling noise while listening to music/movies and playing games. I then went to a test tone and it was much more obvious, it sounds like the driver is rattling against the plastic or something.

 

I amp the headphones using my Xonar Essence STX soundcard which can more than handle it. I was reccomended to run them at the high setting of 300-600 Ohms as they are difficult to drive and just adjust the volume accordingly. Going above 40% volume is far to loud so I usually sit at 32% maximum. 

 

Anyway Amazon are sending me a new pair tonight, to come tomorrow by courier. 

 

EDIT: Tested them on my phone and tablet, same rattling distortion is still present. 

 

EDIT: This is what it sounds like is happening to the driver  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D5gCZO4dAA&feature=youtu.be (someone elses Q701s that he took apart to have a look)


Edited by Archernick - 12/6/12 at 12:09pm
post #2156 of 7474

Sounds like a defect. Enjoy your new pair beerchug.gif
 

post #2157 of 7474
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Sounds like a defect. Enjoy your new pair beerchug.gif
 

I hope so, apart from that I have never been so happy with a purchase in this entire year. I'm hearing things I have never heard before and it's beautiful. 

post #2158 of 7474
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Originally Posted by Archernick View Post

No I noticed the distorted crackling noise while listening to music/movies and playing games. I then went to a test tone and it was much more obvious, it sounds like the driver is rattling against the plastic or something.

I amp the headphones using my Xonar Essence STX soundcard which can more than handle it. I was reccomended to run them at the high setting of 300-600 Ohms as they are difficult to drive and just adjust the volume accordingly. Going above 40% volume is far to loud so I usually sit at 32% maximum. 

Anyway Amazon are sending me a new pair tonight, to come tomorrow by courier. 

EDIT: Tested them on my phone and tablet, same rattling distortion is still present. 

EDIT: This is what it sounds like is happening to the driver  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D5gCZO4dAA&feature=youtu.be (someone elses Q701s that he took apart to have a look)

Run them on a low impedance setting, 30 or 60 Ohms or something like that.
post #2159 of 7474

If i buy the Matrix M-Stage for the Q701, what would be a very good DAC to go with it?
 

post #2160 of 7474
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If i buy the Matrix M-Stage for the Q701, what would be a very good DAC to go with it?
 

 

ODAC, HRT MS II.  If you want a portable amp as well, E17.

 

Between ODAC and HRT MS II, I won't say one is better than the other, but I slightly prefer the ODAC because ODAC gives the impression of more soundstage depth, while HRT MS II gives the impression of more soundstage width.  I think the x70x benefit more from the depth...

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