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post #3931 of 7866
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post
 

 

 

 

I really have to agree with chicolom.

 

It's hard to give you a solid recommendation if you don't have a lot of other headphone experience to go off of. I.e. you can't say I really like the bass of headphone "X" but want the treble of headphone "Y". However, I'd speculate you'd want a headphone that had a more solid lower end and gives you more bass. Most people that are just getting into headphones want a better bass impact than a more refined treble region. Changing amplifiers isn't necessarily going to give your headphones a big bass kick. 

 

Are you running the STX stock? Can you plug the headphones into something else like an ipod or a phone and see if they overall sound the same? 

 

I don't like headphones that are really bassy. When I say the Q701s have no bass I mean that the bass is very low compared the the K271 MKIIs. I tried listening to the Q701s with my iphone and it's the pretty much the same. Yes the STX gives the Q701 a fuller sound, but in general the mids sounded dull and the treble was really ear piercing. Is the STX really that great of a soundcard?

post #3932 of 7866
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Originally Posted by AuTra View Post
 

 

I don't like headphones that are really bassy. When I say the Q701s have no bass I mean that the bass is very low compared the the K271 MKIIs. I tried listening to the Q701s with my iphone and it's the pretty much the same. Yes the STX gives the Q701 a fuller sound, but in general the mids sounded dull and the treble was really ear piercing. Is the STX really that great of a soundcard?

 

It's not to say it's some stellar soundcard that will blow away $1000 units, but it does show a really good performance given the relatively low cost. Chicolom and I are thinking that if you don't like the Q701 out of the STX, chances are you won't find any amplifier that drastically changes the sound enough to enjoy. 

 

Again, this is kind of hard to guess since you don't have a lot of reference points for us to go off of. Seems like you'd be a good candidate for the Sony MA900, AKG K702 Anniversary, or AKG K712, if you want a smoother midrange and more bass impact :/

post #3933 of 7866
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Originally Posted by AuTra View Post
 

I'm going to try that bass boost mod. I recently tried the Q701s with just the ASUS Xonar Essence STX and the performance was disappointing. I set the amp option to High Gain, EQ disabled w/ Hi-Fi Mode ON, and my listening volume was at 40 in the Windows Volume Mixer. The highs were ear piercing and there was literally no bass at all. My previous setup was an ASUS Xonar DX + AKG k271 MK2 and that setup sounded so much better and way more fulfilling.

My budget is around +/- $200 and I was looking into getting a DAC Destroyer + Little Dot 1+. Do you guys have any other setups that you think would be better for around the same price? I read some mixed opinions on the E17 + E09k. How would the FiiO setup compare to the DD + Little Dot 1+?

Edit: I just discovered the Schiit Modi + Magni set for 200. Does anyone have any insight on these setups and which is best suited for the Q701s? Thank you

 

the mod + tubes is enough for me and i like some bass impact. get the little dot and some mullard 161's.

post #3934 of 7866
Hey guys, wondering if its worth getting an external dac instead of the stx dac. I have good sound already when I use my ld mkiii thru the stx dac, but a bit curious if the sound would change alot or barely nothing smily_headphones1.gif Well if it is a good upgrade can you give me any tips in dacs that is good?

Also Ld users, I got some noises coming from the amp like the first hour its started. I am using it beside my pc, and I got short cables for it so its quite close to the pc. Could it be the pc? The small amounts I can move it makes a bit of a difference, so maybe a shelf and longer cables could fix it or are there other solutions to get rid of it?

Im about 80percent sure its other devices that makes the noise but not sure if it is that sensitive.
Edited by Androb - 9/26/13 at 1:14am
post #3935 of 7866
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Originally Posted by Androb View Post

Hey guys, wonderibg if its worth getting an external dac instead of the stx dac. I have good sound already when I use my ld mkiii thru but a bit curious if the sound would change alot or barely nothing smily_headphones1.gif Well if it is a good upgrade can you give me any tips in dacs that is good?

Also Ld users, I got some noises coming from the amp like the first hour its started. I am using it beside my pc, and I got short cables for it so its quite close to the pc. Could it be the pc? The small amounts I can move it makes a bit of a difference, so maybe a shelf and longer cables could fix it or are there other solutions to get rid of it?

Im about 80percent sure its other devices that makes the noise but not sure if it is that sensitive.

 

To upgrade over the STX would take a bit of money to really notice a difference. You could look for a Little Dot DAC_I which would be a bit of an upgrade, but I wouldn't expect you to notice a huge difference. 

 

The first hour of warm up the noise could definitely be from the tubes themselves. They are quite noisy buggars. Sounds like you think it might be EMI, which it could be as well. Hard to tell for sure. 

post #3936 of 7866
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

To upgrade over the STX would take a bit of money to really notice a difference. You could look for a Little Dot DAC_I which would be a bit of an upgrade, but I wouldn't expect you to notice a huge difference. 

The first hour of warm up the noise could definitely be from the tubes themselves. They are quite noisy buggars. Sounds like you think it might be EMI, which it could be as well. Hard to tell for sure. 

Ah ok smily_headphones1.gif So it is quite an decent dac I guess then.

Ehm ye when they are building heat they get those metallic sound as when you turn it of and its getting cold right? Its not like that. It is more likely EMI as you said I guess :P Shame im so bad at describing sounds, and even worse in english biggrin.gif Cheers anyway!
post #3937 of 7866

Can anyone compare Q701 to DT880?

Thanks!:)

post #3938 of 7866

K718 coming up....

post #3939 of 7866
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

If your experience is that the Q701 has "literally no bass at all" than either something is wrong with the setup or these are not the headphones for you.  In that case I wouldn't throw more money at them with more amps/DACs.

+1

post #3940 of 7866


New tubes. New mod. Very, very happy.
post #3941 of 7866
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post
 

K718 coming up....

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682453/akg-k812-professional-headphones-coming-soon

post #3942 of 7866

Really really really rough (I need to emphasize really rough) rumors suggest it's set to be debuted in a few weeks at a show in london. Dynamic headphone drivers and some leather part upgrades. 

post #3943 of 7866
Need a push to mod my q701. There's lots of positives and then a few negatives. I like what people are saying about the wider stage, more bass, and smoother treble but then someone mentioned the center is off and bass is muffled at times. What to do, as I don't think I have the ability to put it back to original once modded. It will be a one time deal.
post #3944 of 7866
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Originally Posted by topgunsphd View Post

Need a push to mod my q701. There's lots of positives and then a few negatives. I like what people are saying about the wider stage, more bass, and smoother treble but then someone mentioned the center is off and bass is muffled at times. What to do, as I don't think I have the ability to put it back to original once modded. It will be a one time deal.

 

No issue with center image at all. I believe the person who said this had only modded one side  Ok, maybe not. I mean how could a mod like this even do that? Practically impossible you'd think.There is now more sense of depth and the soundstage is actually more accurate. I can compare it to my HD-650 and they're both very accurate. Obviously Q701 has a wider soundstage.

 

I don't really notice any smoother treble. It's about the same as always. Any difference is nearly inaudible to me. It's possible I could hear a difference if I could A/B them with two pairs.

 

If you're having worries about doing this, my best suggestion is to DON'T DO IT! I 100% do not suggest it to people unless they are comfortable using a soldering iron if they pull out wires. Even if you have to learn how, it's pretty easy. Even if I had a K712 I'd gladly do this just to try. Actually I would probably do the mod and use Q701 pads.

 

Pulling on the plastic "caps" hard is a very bad idea! They're held in by clips on the right and left.

 

This mod will never ever ever be reversed! Feels like someone just upgraded my Q701 to a K812! Kidding. Actually from now on I'm going to call this the Q712 PRO :biggrin:!! AKG, did you hear that? Feel free to use my great ideas! To thank me they can give it angled memory foam pads that have no change in sound from Q701 pads (better LOW bass presence ONLY is the exception). Actually AKG could just call it the Q701 PRO and keep it at the same price with no new pads. I still think they can squeeze more low bass from Q701 style pads with harder foam.


Edited by tdockweiler - 9/26/13 at 3:38pm
post #3945 of 7866
There are no negatives with the Q701 mod, none!
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