Originally Posted by Stillhart
You don't have to tell me; I love them and I have no amp right now. But LOTS of people say you're not getting the best sound out of them if they're not amped. I imagine that I won't know for sure until I hear it for myself.
Since purchasing my Q701s I have listened to them almost exclusively while amped.
Was bored this weekend and plugged them straight into my Vita and 3DS to see how they sounded and I was very pleasantly surprised. They sounded pretty good, much better than I thought they would. However, something is definitely missing.
I then went back and forth between my computer set up (ele dac and asgard 2) and my phone (headphone jack) and the difference is noticeable. How noticeable? For someone who listens to music on their computer often while doing my homework I would say it was worth the price I paid for the Asgard 2 and the cheapy dac ($220ish total).
That being said, I would certainly feel content listening to them straight out of my computer headphone jack, or any of my portable headphone jacks. The Q701's seem to scale very well and you shouldn't feel like you are completely missing out or wasting them by using the headphone jack of any of your equipment.
Edited by terance - 4/2/14 at 10:24am