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post #5521 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Mama Krama View Post

Where do you buy such pads? I'm not seeing them online at all.

 

Call Frank at the AKG parts department:

Phone:  +1 818 920-3279

 

They also have Q701 pads cheaper than anyone else and often give free shipping.

post #5522 of 9490
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Originally Posted by VXAce View Post
 

I believe it's all down to luck. If you want to make sure they are from Austria, go to a retail store and either look at them, or purchase them and make sure it is what you want.

 

I can't say either one is better or worse. Though I will say that "Made in China" being bad is just a bunch of schitt. After all, where are all the shiny pretty iPhones made?

 

@VXAce, 

I second your opinion.  Quality control is far more important that where the headphones are built.

 

I own a "Made in China" Q701.  I haven't got a chance to hear how a "Made in Austria" Q701 sounds.

But what I would like to say is that I do love my "Made-in-China" Q701.

post #5523 of 9490
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Originally Posted by takwing1hk View Post
 

 

@VXAce, 

I second your opinion.  Quality control is far more important that where the headphones are built.

 

I own a "Made in China" Q701.  I haven't got a chance to hear how a "Made in Austria" Q701 sounds.

But what I would like to say is that I do love my "Made-in-China" Q701.

Me too!:atsmile:

post #5524 of 9490

OK, finally got around to revisiting the fully open bass mod again.  I have an extra layer of dampening material under the Q badge to prevent the soundstage from becoming what sounds like unnaturally large to me (coarse microfiber in addition to the stock foam) and it sounds about perfect.

 

At lower listening volumes, I still prefer to use a 2-3 db bass cut on some songs to prevent too much SPL from making my inner ear muscles protectively twitch/flex, but when I turn the volume up to rock out, it sounds awesomely balanced and full of impact and dynamics!  Previously, the sound just got thinner as the volume increased.

 

It's a good compromise and I'll take it.


Edited by discombob - 2/9/14 at 12:28pm
post #5525 of 9490

Good day ladies and gents!

 

A fresh newb here :P

 

After my Gamecom 780 broke, I've decided to finally upgrade my audio experience and started lurking :P

 

After lots of research I've just ordered the Q701! :D :D

They should be here next week...Really excited ^^

 

One problem though...I don't really have a setup ready for them! I don't feel ready at all :P

I keep reading more and more threads on what gear I should get, but I only keep getting more and more confused :/

 

Due to only using gaming headsets till now (most of them USB driven I think), I didn't really pay too much attention to having a good sound card or having super high audio quality...I had no idea there was a whole world of audio out there, it's eye opening, yet a bit threatening and confusing at the same time ^^

 

I would really appreciate some advice on this matter though ^^

The sound card I have at the moment is the onboard one I got with my motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE, the audio codec is ALC898 I think)...Do you guys thinks it's worth anything? Should I go ahead and buy an actual sound card? If so, do you have any recommendations? :D 

 

(I keep hearing about the Asus Xonar Essence STX and the Titanium HD...)

 

Or should I just look for a good external DAC + Amp? Bah! Haha 

 

I really don't know what to do / what to get...Or more accurately, what I actually NEED :P

It's still confusing at this point ^^

 

Sound card? External DAC? Amp? Grrrr! 

 

Anyhow, I would really appreciate some tips / advice / recommendations and so on...I want to make the most out of them and shock myself with what I was missing on all these years :)

 

I will be using them on my PC for: Gaming, Movies, Music, Voice chat, Video editing, Lip syncing, Animation and so on...

Surround sound is pretty important to me as well, as I have grown quite addicted to the virtual 7.1 the Gamecom 780 provided :P

 

Here is the link to my mobo: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_DELUXE/#specifications

 

Thanks ahead for any replay! It'd be greatly appreciated :)

 

Either way, have an awesome day! 

                                             Or :beerchug:

post #5526 of 9490

Where would you get the k712 pads?

post #5527 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Orodromeus View Post
 

Good day ladies and gents!

 

A fresh newb here :P

 

After my Gamecom 780 broke, I've decided to finally upgrade my audio experience and started lurking :P

 

After lots of research I've just ordered the Q701! :D :D

They should be here next week...Really excited ^^

 

One problem though...I don't really have a setup ready for them! I don't feel ready at all :P

I keep reading more and more threads on what gear I should get, but I only keep getting more and more confused :/

 

Due to only using gaming headsets till now (most of them USB driven I think), I didn't really pay too much attention to having a good sound card or having super high audio quality...I had no idea there was a whole world of audio out there, it's eye opening, yet a bit threatening and confusing at the same time ^^

 

I would really appreciate some advice on this matter though ^^

The sound card I have at the moment is the onboard one I got with my motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE, the audio codec is ALC898 I think)...Do you guys thinks it's worth anything? Should I go ahead and buy an actual sound card? If so, do you have any recommendations? :D 

 

(I keep hearing about the Asus Xonar Essence STX and the Titanium HD...)

 

Or should I just look for a good external DAC + Amp? Bah! Haha 

 

I really don't know what to do / what to get...Or more accurately, what I actually NEED :P

It's still confusing at this point ^^

 

Sound card? External DAC? Amp? Grrrr! 

 

Anyhow, I would really appreciate some tips / advice / recommendations and so on...I want to make the most out of them and shock myself with what I was missing on all these years :)

 

I will be using them on my PC for: Gaming, Movies, Music, Voice chat, Video editing, Lip syncing, Animation and so on...

Surround sound is pretty important to me as well, as I have grown quite addicted to the virtual 7.1 the Gamecom 780 provided :P

 

Here is the link to my mobo: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_DELUXE/#specifications

 

Thanks ahead for any replay! It'd be greatly appreciated :)

 

Either way, have an awesome day! 

                                             Or :beerchug:

I would just get a good amp/dac. The JDS labs Objective 2 is really popular. The Matrix M-stage amp also works extremely well since its a warmer amp and the Q701 are a brighter headphone.

post #5528 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Orodromeus View Post

Good day ladies and gents!

A fresh newb here :P

After my Gamecom 780 broke, I've decided to finally upgrade my audio experience and started lurking :P

After lots of research I've just ordered the Q701! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
They should be here next week...Really excited ^^

One problem though...I don't really have a setup ready for them! I don't feel ready at all :P
I keep reading more and more threads on what gear I should get, but I only keep getting more and more confused :/

Due to only using gaming headsets till now (most of them USB driven I think), I didn't really pay too much attention to having a good sound card or having super high audio quality...I had no idea there was a whole world of audio out there, it's eye opening, yet a bit threatening and confusing at the same time ^^

I would really appreciate some advice on this matter though ^^
The sound card I have at the moment is the onboard one I got with my motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE, the audio codec is ALC898 I think)...Do you guys thinks it's worth anything? Should I go ahead and buy an actual sound card? If so, do you have any recommendations? biggrin.gif 

(I keep hearing about the Asus Xonar Essence STX and the Titanium HD...)

Or should I just look for a good external DAC + Amp? Bah! Haha 

I really don't know what to do / what to get...Or more accurately, what I actually NEED :P
It's still confusing at this point ^^

Sound card? External DAC? Amp? Grrrr! 

Anyhow, I would really appreciate some tips / advice / recommendations and so on...I want to make the most out of them and shock myself with what I was missing on all these years smily_headphones1.gif

I will be using them on my PC for: Gaming, Movies, Music, Voice chat, Video editing, Lip syncing, Animation and so on...
Surround sound is pretty important to me as well, as I have grown quite addicted to the virtual 7.1 the Gamecom 780 provided :P

Here is the link to my mobo: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_DELUXE/#specifications

Thanks ahead for any replay! It'd be greatly appreciated smily_headphones1.gif

Either way, have an awesome day! 
                                             Or beerchug.gif

get schiit amps, they do well with q701
post #5529 of 9490
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Originally Posted by noobandroid View Post


get schiit amps, they do well with q701


vali?

post #5530 of 9490
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Originally Posted by GLXLR View Post

I would just get a good amp/dac. The JDS labs Objective 2 is really popular. The Matrix M-stage amp also works extremely well since its a warmer amp and the Q701 are a brighter headphone.

Heya! Thanks a lot for the replies guys!
So you're all saying I shouldn't get a better sound card and just go for an amp? May I ask how come? tongue.gif

I had the notion a good sound card is playing a big role in pc audio, then again I'm a noob wink.gif

I'm just trying to decide which route to take with this smily_headphones1.gif
Argh! Confusion! Haha

Thanks ahead!
post #5531 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Orodromeus View Post


Heya! Thanks a lot for the replies guys!
So you're all saying I shouldn't get a better sound card and just go for an amp? May I ask how come? tongue.gif

I had the notion a good sound card is playing a big role in pc audio, then again I'm a noob wink.gif

I'm just trying to decide which route to take with this smily_headphones1.gif
Argh! Confusion! Haha

Thanks ahead!


My preference for Q701 is Fiio X3, DAC, AMP and portable player all in one and good at each.

I have STX soundcard which I sometimes use with HD650 now(extra growly bass :bigsmile_face: , where appropriate, if I remember correctly - too lazy to reach round the back to change phones :wink:) used to use it exclusively , not sure I've tried Q701 with STX, certainly not since bass mod, Q701 are usually at work(if phones in the same place HD650 and modded TR50RPII usually get precedence).

STX is great value for money good DAC and an amp like Fiio E9 plus a good ADC if you want to digitise some analog or do testing.

Not so keen on Q701 with my ODAC + O2 a bit bright to me.

 

"People" tend to look down on soundcards, Stereophile magazine awarded STX joint budget component of the year back when, you can read the review (JA) on the web - there's a second part where they check out the head amp (a little harder to find - but it's there somewhere).

 

DAC/ampists also tend to overlook the X3 for these functions because it's a DAP.


Edited by jimmers - 2/11/14 at 3:37am
post #5532 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Orodromeus View Post


Heya! Thanks a lot for the replies guys!
So you're all saying I shouldn't get a better sound card and just go for an amp? May I ask how come? tongue.gif

I had the notion a good sound card is playing a big role in pc audio, then again I'm a noob wink.gif

I'm just trying to decide which route to take with this smily_headphones1.gif
Argh! Confusion! Haha

Thanks ahead!

I currently use my Asus Xonar Essence STX as a DAC for my Matrix M-Stage Amp (hoping to upgrade this dac). Like you I was confused and thought it'd be nice to just have a simple all in one package. However, the amp on the Asus, despite having enough power in terms of volume, did not give the sound body or definition. A sound card really can't beat the power that a dedicated amplifier can give.

post #5533 of 9490

Looks like the previous posters have missed this:

 

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Originally Posted by Orodromeus View Post

 

 

I will be using them on my PC for: Gaming, Movies, Music, Voice chat, Video editing, Lip syncing, Animation and so on...

Surround sound is pretty important to me as well, as I have grown quite addicted to the virtual 7.1 the Gamecom 780 provided :P

 

 

As far as I know, the surround sound is a nearly exclusive domain of sound cards. It may be beneficial to get a good amp, but to me it looks like a sound card that can process the surround signal into 2 channels is a must in this case. I have several amps and DACs and none of them can do it.

@Oroidromeus: I'd recommend checking the Computer Audio forum, as similar questions have been discussed there recently. Once you get some orientation in the topic, you may want to expand your system to include a headphone amp that has a good synergy with the Qs. But with the right sound card you may not need to.

post #5534 of 9490

Thanks a lot for the replies guys! I'm feeling a picture starting to form :P

 

I was thinking something more along the lines of a good sound card + a good amp...I heard that it's possible to hook up 3rd party amps to some cards...perhaps something like the STX + Magni, for example, would be a nice combination?

 

All in all, I'm starting to understand that for surround I'll need a sound card...Would the STX be a good, necessary purchase then? (Considering what I have at the moment)

Or would you guys recommend something else? :D

 

As for amps...For my situation, which one you think would be a good investment? :) 

I hear a lot about the O2...Magni sounds nice as well as the Fiio ones and the Matrix from M-Stage ^^

 

@GLXLR - May I ask why you're considering upgrading the STX as your DAC? :)

 

@PleasantSounds - Thanks! I'll check out the threads there! :D

 

Alrighty! Sound card as DAC + External amp...now just to choose which ones...haha ^^

 

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate the help! :D :D

post #5535 of 9490
The sound signature of the asus is dry IMO. Idk what I want to upgrade to yet though. As for your situation, check out the new matrix m stage amp and dac combo. A gentleman here on the forums just did a glowing review of both components.
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