Originally Posted by AristoNYC
I think you are right in regards to the becoming accustom to my old Senns. I found my 120gb Zune, charged it up, and attached the Q's with E6 and it sounds much better. I feel it could still use more power. My main complaint is it seems to be overly sharp on "S''s from songs - http://youtu.be/LLk6ZetOfc8
I am going to try the E17 as it was in my purchase list anyway. I am warming up the Q's now with listening on my Zune. They are much better at the type of music I like compared to my V-Moda Crossfades (those are going up for sale as we speak).
Thanks for the response, I will look into purchasing a different amp.
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Maybe, since you're using the same amp (the E6), the part of your sound chain you are liking better is the DAC in the Zune. I use my iPod 5th gen, the Wolfson DAC used in it is supposed to be quite good and it's far better than the audio built into my Gigabyte motherboard. I guess the good part about the E17 is that it will also be a DAC upgrade (probably) from what is built into your computer (and maybe/hopefully better than your Zune). The Q701 definitely rewards better gear, I'm not hearing any sibilance... Ok I'm hearing a bit right now from Sarah McLachlan singing "Angel (Live)," but I think I'm actually hearing the sibilance of the stage's speakers resonating in the stadium, so it's in the recording not created as fault by the headphones. Now on the next track, Andrew Bird's "Fiery Crash," no irritation from the S's, and the violin sounds great.
My amps are the FiiO E12 (Mont Blanc) and Zigis Audio's "Rock 'n Glass" tube amp, by the way. Sold the E5 (and an AD700) a few months ago because it wasn't getting any use anymore.Edited by Evshrug - 5/13/13 at 9:31pm