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post #6016 of 9489
I have the Fiio E18 coupled to my Samsung GN3 but I feel it's overly bright so I'd rule that out. Sorry, can't help with your other choices but I've narrowed it down a bit. I'll watch this thread and see how it goes.
post #6017 of 9489

Thanks for all the feedback so far.  It sounds like I might have to be the first to try the Dragonfly with the Q...or the first to admit it.

 

I don't know that I want to spend more than about $200 on my work setup.  I'm also still not sure if a descreet solution like the O2 or Vali/Modi will be any better than a USB stick solution in the same price range.  I suspect that a discreet solution will be better as it has more separation in the physical parts for potentially less interference.  But desk space and lack of portability is a factor...

post #6018 of 9489
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

Thanks for all the feedback so far.  It sounds like I might have to be the first to try the Dragonfly with the Q...or the first to admit it.

 

I don't know that I want to spend more than about $200 on my work setup.  I'm also still not sure if a descreet solution like the O2 or Vali/Modi will be any better than a USB stick solution in the same price range.  I suspect that a discreet solution will be better as it has more separation in the physical parts for potentially less interference.  But desk space and lack of portability is a factor...

You are not the first to use it. I use the Dragonfly (v 1.0) with the Q701.  The Dragonfly is my only dedicated headphone DAC and amplifier, so I cannot do a good comparison with other dedicated DAC/amps. (I often use my NAD amplifier headphone out.) I think that the Dragonfly does a very good job with the Q701. There are some other posts that comment about this pairing.  Here is one that also discusses the use of the dragonfly with some other headphones: http://www.head-fi.org/t/617241/audioquest-dragonfly-review-affordable-outstanding-tiny-dac-amp/1680#post_10246405

post #6019 of 9489
Not meaning to derail the current subject but man, just listening to Lou Reed's album Magic & Loss and wow!

That's all, sorry.
post #6020 of 9489
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

Hi all,

 

I have been considering picking up a portable DAC/Amp combo to use with my Q701's for listening to music at work.

I use a FiiO X3, for me it pairs very well with my (modded) Q701 - though I find Q701 sub-optimal for office environment.

post #6021 of 9489
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You are not the first to use it. I use the Dragonfly (v 1.0) with the Q701.  The Dragonfly is my only dedicated headphone DAC and amplifier, so I cannot do a good comparison with other dedicated DAC/amps. (I often use my NAD amplifier headphone out.) I think that the Dragonfly does a very good job with the Q701. There are some other posts that comment about this pairing.  Here is one that also discusses the use of the dragonfly with some other headphones: http://www.head-fi.org/t/617241/audioquest-dragonfly-review-affordable-outstanding-tiny-dac-amp/1680#post_10246405

 

Super helpful, thanks!  I'm still new to Head-fi as well, but I have noticed that the Q701 is really... bright and sparkly in the highs and tame in the lows.  I was hoping that whatever DAC/Amp I get doesn't add anything to the highs as I think they're right where they need to be.  The guy in the thread you linked says the DF makes the highs even more sparkly, which I don't think is appropriate for my music.

 

Your search-fu is way better than mine.  I'll have to keep digging...

post #6022 of 9489
Yep, the highs on the Q701 is a bit too much on some music. On cymbals heavy music such as jazz it can be really fatiguing. I have to EQ down the treble and bump up the bass to get the right balance for jazz.
post #6023 of 9489
Yup, I also bring the treble down a tad, not a lot, just enough. Otherwise it all becomes a bit too much. Having said that there's probably albums you've got that you've previously considered to be a bit dark or bland in their sound. Try giving them a spin now; you may be pleasantly surprised.
post #6024 of 9489
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

Yup, I also bring the treble down a tad, not a lot, just enough. Otherwise it all becomes a bit too much. Having said that there's probably albums you've got that you've previously considered to be a bit dark or bland in their sound. Try giving them a spin now; you may be pleasantly surprised.



I know a desktop rig isn't part of your plan, but if you can get a portable amp to work well with the Q701's. The tad warmth and extra bass will balance out the treble. Because an unamped Q701 "might" sound like a K701. I've never heard the K701.

post #6025 of 9489

Unamped q701 out of my laptop sounds okay to me. That's even how I originally fell in love with the sound.

post #6026 of 9489
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Originally Posted by troymadison View Post
 

Unamped q701 out of my laptop sounds okay to me. That's even how I originally fell in love with the sound.



Same here, but it's great to know that the Q701's still had room for upgrade =D

post #6027 of 9489
I have no experience of headphone amps other than the Fiio E18 but even that wee thing has plenty of power for the Q's. I think it's warmth I'm after rather than power. Which is why I think of tubes all the time.

For the record: the headphone output on a stock Samsung GN3 is not nearly enough to drive the AKG Q701's.
post #6028 of 9489
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

I have no experience of headphone amps other than the Fiio E18 but even that wee thing has plenty of power for the Q's. I think it's warmth I'm after rather than power. Which is why I think of tubes all the time.

For the record: the headphone output on a stock Samsung GN3 is not nearly enough to drive the AKG Q701's.



I've never heard of tubes :D
Probably would never get into them since the good ones are supposedly $400+ @_@

post #6029 of 9489
I used to have a bookmark on my desktop of a UK supplier of Audio GD equipment and I seriously considered it but I'll be damned if I can find that retailer now.
post #6030 of 9489
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

Hi all,

 

I have been considering picking up a portable DAC/Amp combo to use with my Q701's for listening to music at work.  Right now I'm using some cheaper cans direct out of my work-provided Dell laptop.  Needless to say, there's plenty of room for improvement.

 

I was thinking of something small and discrete like the Audioquest Dragonfly or the FiiO E17.  But I was also thinking about throwing caution to the wind and just grabbing a Vali/Modi stack or something like that.  I'd prefer small and discrete unless there's a big difference, as I don't have a private office and so can't lock them up at night.

 

Any thoughts on whether the Dragonfly pairs well with the Q701?  It's pretty cheap these days and older reviews on here seemed to really like it, even at $250.  For $99 (or $149 for the new one), it seems like a no-brainer.  Assuming it works well with these cans.

 

TIA!

 

iBasso D12 is very small and works quite well, sounds quite good.

Sounds better than an E17 and takes SPDIF optical and Coax inputs as well as USB.

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