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Originally Posted by kenshinhimura View Post

Your welcome. They are great headphones. I would look at the emotiva mini a-100 amp for them if you need something just to power them for a very good price.

how do you plug in the headphone on this amp there is no output for headphone?


I have the Emotiva Mini-X and used it with the Q701. I liked the pairing; it brought a bit more impact to the bass than my tube amp and had a nice, big soundstage. A couple things to be careful about:

Be very careful using a TRS to banana plugs adapter on other amps. The Emotiva has common ground, so it's fine, but such an adapter will ruin the amp and/ or headphones if you use it on an amp without common ground (for example, the cheap Topping T-amps).

You will want resistors. BTG Audio can add them to their adapters. Without resistors, there will be some noise with no music playing and the music will get loud very fast at low positions on the volume knob. 

If you don't want to wait for a custom adapter, you can build one yourself easily, even if you can't solder. I made one using a Switchcraft model 1230 TRS female jack (it has screw terminals inside, instead of solder terminals, so you just tighten the wires to the screws). If you try to make your own, you only need 3 wires -- one for R+, one for L+, and one for the sleeve on the TRS jack, which you can connect to either L- or R- on the amp (it makes no difference which). For the resistors, you can buy a 300 ohm 1/8" to 1/4" adapter on Ebay for cheap. 

You can make a really cheap adapter by chopping the end off a TRS extension cable, just make sure you can tell which wire is ground. 

You will not blow the drivers unless you try to and don't use resistors. With 300 ohm resistors, I'm only getting around 120 mw max into my HE-400. I plugged some Apple earbuds into my Emotiva with no resistors (around 13 W), and they didn't blow until I turned the volume knob to max. Then they made a nice spark and a little smoke :D Between the higher resistance of the Q701 and the beefier drivers, they might not even blow at max power with no resistors. Not that I would try. With 300 ohm resistors, there is no chance they would blow.


Edited by manbear - 11/24/13 at 8:56am
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

Frankly I'm trying to not getting tube amps... Apart from the hassle of rolling the tubes, the cost of it I imagined would be enormous >.>

 

The Beyers seems like a solid candidate for now, just have to make up my mind on which one to take, DT880 or DT990... I know the former is the balanced one, but the latter to my ears is more 'fun'

 

Might gonna have to try the HD600 as well, though after my disappointment while auditioned the HD650 I'm not sure I want to go through that again.

 

 

 

PS: This may sound weird, but after properly broke-in the Q701 + the mod, I kinda have that stockholm syndrome and missed that bright & analytical Q701, that's why I think the DT990 might cut it

 

 

Can't believe how helpful this community is on helping you to.........................................................empty your wallet :p

 

I have the 990 600ohms, I couldn't recommend them.  They're so colored (mids) they often distort vocals and make them sound quite bad...  Teble is also rather hot and can be distracting/grating... They're good for some material, but imho just not very good overall.  So maybe the 880, as EQ'd the 990s sound quite a bit better, or you could always go with the AKG K550, IMHO, it's got that 990 'fun' factor without the nefarious FR skewage of the 990, and they quite retain the balanced/neutral AKG sound.  Works great with the T1 too.

 

So, I'd either go 880 or K550 if I were you.  I'm now sometimes thinking of selling my seldom used 990...


Edited by GirgleMirt - 11/24/13 at 9:24am
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Thank you guys for the answers. The more I read about them, the more convinced I am I should get a pair. I think I got a general idea about amping these bad boys. It's awesome to have people knowing what they're doing this thread! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by kenshinhimura View Post

Your welcome. They are great headphones. I would look at the emotiva mini a-100 amp for them if you need something just to power them for a very good price.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Only about a BAZILLION WATTS!!!  

No, not really.  I'm not sure I'm the best person to answer that, as I haven't had them that long, and only bothered using them with the Lyr.  No worries there, of course.  I briefly tried my C5, but that was before the cans were modded and broken in.  Not very satisfying, but I'll try it again tomorrow (Sun.) at get back to you.  The only other options I have are my to A/V receivers, my iPod Classic, and the headphone jack on my M-Audio Revo 5.1.  I'll try to give a comparison between them, just for reference.  I'll leave it to you to determine what kind of power those things are outputting.

Gotta crash now :-)

Oh, you can always search this thread, Head-Fi, and the Net in general.  I know I settled on the Lyr after reading a few reviews of the HE-500 in audio mags and blogs.  It was about what I was willing to spend, wanted a tube or hybrid amp, was settled on the HE-500, and it seemed to be a good match.  I'm sure less expensive (won't say cheaper) amps will drive them just fine.  I came across a SS amp+DAC combo after I'd gotten the Lyr... the Audio-gd NFB-15.32 or NFB-11.32.  I know jerg - he of HE-500 modding fame - uses the 11.32; he's pretty demanding, I gather.  Both are less expensive than the Lyr.  I suppose if $300 fell in my lap with a note that said, You must use this to buy an amp!  I'd try the 11.32  ;-)

OK, really gotta crash now.

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I still run my HE500 from E17/E9K combo when I do bring HE500 to the office.  E17 on high gain, for portable, will be more than fine to enjoy your music.  Optimal?  of course not but won't be bad/horrible like some people like to make it out to be.  HE500 does benefit greatly from being fed plenty of pwr.  That's why speaker amps often mentioned with HE500, especially Emotiva Mini-X @ $169.  To my ears/opinion, this little amp compare well all the way up to amps starting at $800 or more.  Yes, I just spend $2500 on a WA22 and still think my previous statement is correct!wink.gif  




I can hook up any HPs and have enough pwr to run even the HE-6.  I just need more HPs to do so.  biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post
 

What do people think about the modded Q701 for classical? The bass is more linear after the mod so I'd think that would make it better for every genre, including classical. 

 

Any thoughts? I'm not a huge classical listener, but I'm alway trying to expand my musical tastes.

Classical has also been improved with modded Q701 for me, especially for piano and violin.

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Classical has also been improved with modded Q701 for me, especially for piano and violin.

Thanks, I would think so...

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I have Antec FX3022 2.1 speakers that are supposedly supposed to mimic 5.1 audio (and I really think it does the 2.1 well, but the 5.1 is a faded portion more than accurate. Nevertheless it's done well) and I have them on the same volume as I would for my q701's.

Previously I was modding my T50RP's, and I was wondering. Wait, since when did my T50RP's get so airy? WHY IS IT SO AIRY, OH YES, IS THIS HOW CLASSICAL SOUNDS WITH PLANAR MAGNETICS!?... WAIT, WHERE IS MY BASS!?

At that second, I completely forgot I was wearing Q701's and my speaker audio was just passing through the open grills...

I just forgot to plug in my DAC so my speakers were playing the entire time.

Oh headfi, you funny bunch.

Cherry Blossoms by Approaching Nirvana
 


Edited by Nec3 - 11/24/13 at 8:26pm
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^ lmao!  You are not the only who has done that! :beerchug:

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^ You can bet he is not! :biggrin: Although I realize it pretty fast because the sound straight out of my iMac is... not that... sweet... let's leave it there. :beerchug:
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Searched this thread and the Net, but can't find a satisfactory answer to this question:

 

are the K701 pads the same as the Q701 pads?

 

I look at these and they look the same, except the color.  I know we've been over this ground before, but unlike the usual quest for the elusive pads the K712 ships with, I actually want Q701 pads, or the equivalent: same foam, same angled cut.  I haven't contacted Frank R. at AKG yet, but nowhere online sells Q701 replacement pads.  Found two places that have the K701.  I can deal with that, if they're basically the same, though the Q701 black is preferable.

 

Why do I need these?  Cuz my HE-500 stole my Q701 pads (his are at the cleaners), and he will not give them back.  It's quite the experience.  Pretty sure it's a keeper, but there's no way I'm switching the same pads back and forth.  Too much double-sided tape involved.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Further research revealed that the Q701 and K702 (non-Annie) pads are the same (OK, same part number per AKG; I'll assume they're the same).  Found one source :-)  Curious if AKG parts has them in stock, as I'm sure they'd be less expensive.


Edited by ThurstonX - 11/25/13 at 6:28pm
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^ LOL. I've had the opposite situation where my computer speakers start playing and I'm like WTF is wrong with these headphones until I realize what happened. 

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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

^ LOL. I've had the opposite situation where my computer speakers start playing and I'm like WTF is wrong with these headphones until I realize what happened. 

 

Man imagine if you were playing certain videos on the internet when that happened

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Man imagine if you were playing certain videos on the internet when that happened

:D 

 

(sorry I have no idea what you are talking about.. *cough*)

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After spending a few days with my new *701's I'm sooo pleased to have these back in the stable again. They are a true hifi bargain at the mo! 

 

My HD800's have been sat in their box looking very suspiciously at me haha. 

 

I love both headphones, but I've yet to feel the need to go back to the Senn's yet. Of course I will no doubt when the new toy syndrome wares. But for anyone who is thinking about splashing out on the Senn's as an upgrade. Yes they are better, but not by much. In fact I can see why some do actually prefer the AKG's. The AKG's sound faster and dryer. Defo more neutral sounding. The Senn's are smoother and more refined, they have a friendlier upper middle and treble. A little more forward sounding in the mids. Soundstages are very close with the Senn's being a little deeper while the AKG's are a little wider. I love the bass on both and they are very similar both in quantity and impact. The Senn's have that last extra ounce of sub bass. The bass on the newer 701's is some of the best bass I've ever heard. I'm pleased I didn't go for the 712's as I know the bass would have been too much for me.

 

My only whinge is for those bloody headband bumps haha, I got those dents back in my bald head...   

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

:D 

 

(sorry I have no idea what you are talking about.. *cough*)

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Man imagine if you were playing certain videos on the internet when that happened

 

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All this talk of pr0n will cease immediately.  Reprisals will be swift.

 

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OK, my wife's gone.  Carry on ;)

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

My only whinge is for those bloody headband bumps haha, I got those dents back in my bald head...   

 

Get out your knife, give 'em a whack, slap some foam and/or a bandana on there, and become blissfully unaware of the headband :k701smile:  <--- see! no bumps ;-)

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