So, I finally got the time to read the 75 or so new posts. Y'all seam to be discussing 2 main issues:
So I figured I'd chime in.
I am not to big into cable upgrades. I have never had the desire to upgrade any cables in my cans.
However, I had a free weekend, and was in the mood for some DIY goodness. So I did a bit of research. I bought some Mogami Quad Star cable, W2354 I think. I bought Neutrik TRS, and 4pin XLr housing and female. I replaced the stock smack with the 4pin. I did this to balance them, Incase I ever get a balanced setup. The mogami cable was too thick, and too stiff, and too short (cheap self only ordered 5 ft), for my liking. So, I just reterminated the stock cable. It sounds the same using the 1/4" plug, which is what I wanted. I need to make a 4pin to dual 3pin cable sometime, but not yet. So now I have a balanced Q701
I have been using my E17 for a while now. It works great, is small, and is packed with functionality. However, it doesn't do these cans justice. Upgraditus struck, and I bought the Little Dot MKiii. Boy, was I in for a treat, SO I THOUGHT. The OTL design, with out impedence >20ohms, created a damping factor of less than 4, when 8 is recomended. The mismatch caused the bass to go wild at decent volumes. Bad experience, MKiii sold. So, now for the Valhalla. Another mismatch. Can impedence = 64 ohms, Valhalla output = 27 ohms. Bad bad bad! Wild bass again, although, on my other cans, good to note that I enjoyed the MKiii more than the Valhalla. So, I now have Schiit Lyr coming in Tuesday, with a pair of He-400's to add to my collection. I will let you all know how the Q701 pairs with the Lyr, as well as how it matches up with the He-400's.