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
I just received Aune T1 w/6922EH last week. And I use E17 before as DAC/Amp with my Q701
Aune T1 absolutely improve on every aspect over E17 in terms of sound quality.
ie Detail, low end authority, sound separation, sound stage (depth), sound seemed fuller across the spectrum.
E17 still hold its own on features:
portable, optical in, built-in EQ
The price difference is about $20 more for the Aune T1
For now, Aune T1 will be for home and E17 will be for travelling.