Listening to the Q701 right now with the Magni and ODAC. Sounds great. Very smooth and not bright at all unless it's the recording.
Even the most painfully harsh tracks in my collection are no problem.
Out of the box it sounded like poop with the Q701. Not sure why and I won't try to explain it. Was way too thin and something wasn't right.
Now I can say that all my headphones sound like they should. Ok, we all know it's amp burn in.
It sounds nearly as balanced and as good with all my headphones as it does with my favorite amp in the world the Headroom Micro.
I'm not going to compare them too much since I'd rather just listen to my music. The Micro is a bit fuller sounding with the Q701, but it's a tiny difference.
Pretty sure the bass is a little better on the Micro. The Magni's soundstage might be a tad larger, but I think I'm just fooled by something.
The Micro Amp certainly isn't warm sounding at all to me. This is even coming from a person who thinks the Clip+ is too warm for an HD-650
NOTE: The Magni (and my Micro) are not good with a surge protector. It just makes them sound screwy with bassy/closed headphones.
BTW I previously had the Asgard years ago, but my opinion of the Magni is a lot higher. I only really liked the Asgard for the HD-600 and D2000. Weird.
Hated the K702 on it for some reason. Never figured out why.
It always amuses me how the Q701 with the proper setup can go from thin/slightly harsh to very warm and full sounding depending on the recording. Sometimes it sounds like I have an HD-650 on my head and other times an AD700! I mean with this setup it's just being very accurate to the recording. I need to keep a mental note of all these dramatically different sounding recordings. Also interesting how many songs have bloated bass IN the recording. I always wonder how many blame the headphone for faults, but it's just being dead accurate. I like hearing the recording studios gear Ok..so it's not THAT revealing..or is it? Oh and we're still talking about a $99 amp and $140 DAC.
Oh yeah...I fail to believe there is any headphone on earth that would require you to be past the 90% volume level. At least not with my ODAC as source. Q701 is only at 25%. HD-650 somewhere around there. The 600 ohm Sextett is stupid easy to drive with this too.
Edited by tdockweiler - 1/12/13 at 10:24pm