Originally Posted by Katun
Great review and video review!
Thanks! I was kicking myself that I called Stax headphones "orthodontic" or whatever instead of electrostatic. I intend to add HQ pictures and the proper name for the USB connector, but I got distracted today. "CRKT Ripple: Alien Inception"
Originally Posted by J Bones
You ever feel that the pair together is too warm? This seems to be the only thing I see as a potential negative with this pairing. Everything else aside, I can't imagine a better portable amp for the Q!
No I feel the balance is perfect, even with the sub-bass boost on, which is why I've been fighting on the E12 thread for FiiO to keep making the boost as-is. 95% of the time I don't feel I lose ANYTHING with the boost on, not detail not speed, just basically balances the Q701's sub level with the midbass. If you think FiiO should keep it that way, just give a "vote" on the E12 page, and buy one ASAP soon as there is stock.
There was mainly three very vocal people who pushed for a heavier bass boost (one of whom got rather... touchy, and none had actually heard the amp). i tried pointing out that since James asked "do you want more bass" there was actually MORE people who said "keep it as-is!" and several of them actually own the amp already. Hopefully FiiO hasn't changed it yet so that the next batch will allow more people to have a great flat response and the option of a subtle, refined boost. AND, perhaps the new boost won't be too strong either...
It's tough because the change makes me want to keep mine more. It'll be like a collector's item, lol! The ones sold already will be hard to tell apart from the revised edition, but you'll know the pre-release versions because FiiO accidentally labeled the high gain as 10 dB, even though internally it's actually 17 dB. I actually think there is more power on tap than is strictly necessary for the Q701, but like I said in my review, I think the best reason to get an E12 is if you want one amp for almost any headphone that also is easy to transport. I honestly think the E12 can take the place of a desktop amp. If you live in Pittsburgh, I'd be happy to let you audition mine.Edited by Evshrug - 2/13/13 at 8:39pm