Originally Posted by p0wah
Quick question, which one of these would you recommend most for the Q701s? The Objective2, E09K or Magni. Also, if you have any other recommendations for around the same price (or less!) let me know.
As for budget amps i've tried for the Q701 ONLY I'd rank them as follows:
Headroom Micro Amp (+ Astryodyne PS unit)
Fiio E9 (E09K)
Vali is also great for the Q701, but it's not suggested if you plan on getting lots of other headphones in the future.
Magni is less of a good all-rounder than the O2, but not too bad.
I never had a headphone sound bad from the Fiio E9 honestly..it's not perfect though. It has a touch of warmth to my ears.
Micro Amp is not sold anymore, but at $229 it was a steal. I've had mine for 3 years and love it. It's similar to the ifi ican, but a little less warm and has a larger soundstage.
iFi iCAN is the closest i've come to the Micro Amp sound (which is basically transparent but not cold/thin).
I bet you that the Matrix M-Stage and Micro are even closer in sound than the iFi iCAN, but maybe not.
I also used the original Asgard 1 with my old K702. Not a good match at all..