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Originally Posted by unclepauly View Post

Hi, I haven't been on this forum in years cause i bought an ad700 and was satisfied with the gaming performance, but my tastes have evolved a bit. I now spend a larger chunk of time watching movies and listening to music. Funny thing happened my sound card(xfi forte) died and my ad700 was destroyed(kids) at the same exact time i received my income tax refund(biggrin.gif). So I bought the q701 based on tons of threads and an xfi titanium HD. The xfi was purchased for sound quality and gaming performance in games AND I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION IT HAD A HP AMP. The box even states (up to 330 ohm) well more research has me thinking this is not enough. So im looking for recommendations for an amp that wont break the bank. My bank is 150 usd or less. Unless there is some godlike deal on a golden amp for slightly more that is my limit.

TL:DR - q701 with titanium hd sound card and need an amp for 150 usd or less(unless some sweet f'n deal for a little more come along).

TY for any help

I recommend against the O2 TBH. Yeah it's nice in some ways, and maybe it's transparent by measure, but first of all, JDSLabs is more than a mayflower electronics build, so if ur buying, buy mayflower. Anyway, to me, the O2 sounds OK with my gear, all I feel it does is make it louder, nothing special. However, the E17 is fantastic. It really trumps the O2 in every way, EQ, more gain settings, DAC included, portability.

I highly recommend the E17. It can also be used as a DAC for listening to music and etc, which will probably be a bit better than ur sound card, without knowing about sound cards much I do know that generally external beats them handily.

The Magni is another viable option at $99, but never heard it myself TBH, so I can't be sure

You. Ight be able to score a used Asgard on eBay or the FS forums for 150 so I'd go for that if you find one.

So I'd say used Asgard > E17 > Magni > O2
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Originally Posted by Jodiuh View Post

I'm sure you know more than I do about this, but it looks solid state. I wasn't really impressed w/ my 580's until I listened to them on a tube amp. Still a much less impressive headphone than the Q however...just a little too uninvolving.

You're right, the Moon is solid state. I've never heard the HD650 out of any other amp. Next time I'm at a Head Fi meet I'll have to try some HD650s and other Senns again, give 'em another chance.

I gotta admit I prefer my DT880s from a tube amp.
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Originally Posted by Stalker81598 View Post

If you like dubstep, check out Seven Lions. He fuses dubstep and trance and the result is spectacular.

And for trance lovers, Oceanlab's album "Sirens of the Sea" is phenomenal. Very well made and the vocals are just stunning. The Q701 really brings out the detail here.

I really enjoyed those, thank you much for sharing!!
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post


I recommend against the O2 TBH. Yeah it's nice in some ways, and maybe it's transparent by measure, but first of all, JDSLabs is more than a mayflower electronics build, so if ur buying, buy mayflower. Anyway, to me, the O2 sounds OK with my gear, all I feel it does is make it louder, nothing special. However, the E17 is fantastic. It really trumps the O2 in every way, EQ, more gain settings, DAC included, portability.

I highly recommend the E17. It can also be used as a DAC for listening to music and etc, which will probably be a bit better than ur sound card, without knowing about sound cards much I do know that generally external beats them handily.

The Magni is another viable option at $99, but never heard it myself TBH, so I can't be sure

You. Ight be able to score a used Asgard on eBay or the FS forums for 150 so I'd go for that if you find one.

So I'd say used Asgard > E17 > Magni > O2


hmm, I already ordered a magni but ill check out your suggestions.

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I think the Magni is technically better suited than the E17, with the exception of the E17's internal EQ if such a thing interests you. Hopefully you'll just love what you already paid for. Personally, I had three different solid state options for amping, but I most enjoy the involving sound from my tube amp (built by Head-Fi member Zigis, from Latvia). While my better SS amps are very articulate and seem to draw out the native characteristics of my headphones, it just seems like the songs are laid bare, like "this is what was recorded, and this is how your headphones play that recording," while my tube amp has more liquid tone and emphasizes the sense of placement depth while digging into the texture of a note, music is experienced more like a performance than as a recording.
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

I think the Magni is technically better suited than the E17, with the exception of the E17's internal EQ if such a thing interests you. Hopefully you'll just love what you already paid for. Personally, I had three different solid state options for amping, but I most enjoy the involving sound from my tube amp (built by Head-Fi member Zigis, from Latvia). While my better SS amps are very articulate and seem to draw out the native characteristics of my headphones, it just seems like the songs are laid bare, like "this is what was recorded, and this is how your headphones play that recording," while my tube amp has more liquid tone and emphasizes the sense of placement depth while digging into the texture of a note, music is experienced more like a performance than as a recording.

I have never had a higher end SS amp, but once i heard these through the Lyr, i dont think i could ever go back to my E17 lol
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

I think the Magni is technically better suited than the E17, with the exception of the E17's internal EQ if such a thing interests you. Hopefully you'll just love what you already paid for. Personally, I had three different solid state options for amping, but I most enjoy the involving sound from my tube amp (built by Head-Fi member Zigis, from Latvia). While my better SS amps are very articulate and seem to draw out the native characteristics of my headphones, it just seems like the songs are laid bare, like "this is what was recorded, and this is how your headphones play that recording," while my tube amp has more liquid tone and emphasizes the sense of placement depth while digging into the texture of a note, music is experienced more like a performance than as a recording.

Lately I've been using an OTL tube amp with my Qs.
There's just something about that combination that I really dig.
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What does OTL stand for again? I think mine would be classified as a SET amp, Single-Ended-Triode, it's a "simple" circuit yet it sounds wonderful. Modern MOSFETs, resistors, and capacitors are wonderful, give my Q701s great bass and treble extension, but it's pretty magic with the mids smily_headphones1.gif I had always heard that background noise was part of owning a tube amp, but I don't hear any at all smily_headphones1.gif

Oh, and I ended up buying that "the Great Divide" remix by Seven Lions, also "Lets have a Kiki" (just because it was fun) by the Scissor Sisters, "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and "Why Can't You Behave?" by Jane Monheit. Nice to realize I just got paid biggrin.gif

Kiki is a little flaming and has a few mild swears, but it's fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGCD4xb-Tr8&sns=em

"Little Wing" is some great electric guitar jamming:

Jane Monheit has those relaxing, smokey blues jazz/blues vocals down:
Edited by Evshrug - 3/26/13 at 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post


You're right, the Moon is solid state. I've never heard the HD650 out of any other amp. Next time I'm at a Head Fi meet I'll have to try some HD650s and other Senns again, give 'em another chance.

I gotta admit I prefer my DT880s from a tube amp.

 

I did too. Something about the HD580 that's just a little on the boring side, but much easier to listen to for long periods than the 880 was. I actually prefer the A900X over the 880 600 since it's more "fun" to listen too. None of these compare to the foot tapping, head bobbing SR325i's though. Sadly they were broked by burning them in w/ stupid noises powered by a PIMETA. :(

 

Yes, I will never burn in another set of headphones.

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OTL = output transformer less

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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post

OTL = output transformer less

And Output transformer less = high output impedence I believe, which SHoULd be bad for Q701. I had bad bad distortion from impedence mismatch
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post

OTL = output transformer less

It's Kramer!!!
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post

And Output transformer less = high output impedence I believe, which SHoULd be bad for Q701. I had bad bad distortion from impedence mismatch

Yes the output impedance is high as hell!
It really shouldn't work out to well, but what can I say?
I like the combination!biggrin.gif
I think it sounds great!
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post


And Output transformer less = high output impedence I believe, which SHoULd be bad for Q701. I had bad bad distortion from impedence mismatch

 

That's weird. I connected my Q701 to a receiver with a 330ohm impedance output and it didn't change even slightly. Maybe i'm lucky. Neither did my DJ100, but my KRK KNS-8400 sounded like it's mids were coming from a cave.

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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

What does OTL stand for again? I think mine would be classified as a SET amp, Single-Ended-Triode, it's a "simple" circuit yet it sounds wonderful. Modern MOSFETs, resistors, and capacitors are wonderful, give my Q701s great bass and treble extension, but it's pretty magic with the mids smily_headphones1.gif I had always heard that background noise was part of owning a tube amp, but I don't hear any at all smily_headphones1.gif

Oh, and I ended up buying that "the Great Divide" remix by Seven Lions, also "Lets have a Kiki" (just because it was fun) by the Scissor Sisters, "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and "Why Can't You Behave?" by Jane Monheit. Nice to realize I just got paid biggrin.gif

Kiki is a little flaming and has a few mild swears, but it's fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGCD4xb-Tr8&sns=em

"Little Wing" is some great electric guitar jamming


Jane Monheit has those relaxing, smokey blues jazz/blues vocals down:]

Oooooooh!
Jane is hot, man! We're going to see her in April.

Yeah, I really like Stevie's version of Little Wing!
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