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post #6961 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Dragonzeanse View Post

So, question: I know the Q701s are power-hungry, but can I run them off of my PC directly? I have a sound card if some amping is necessary, but I don't really have the money for an amp right now.

You can play the Q701s at average volume if you're using a better than average motherboard. However you will lose half the soundstage , slight warmth, bass, speed and clarity compared to proper amplification. Of course I'm exaggerating but that's just how I feel amping does to the Q701s. I forgot to mention that a good DAC sensitive to detail retrieval helps quite a bit too.

A motherboard should be sufficient until you plan to upgrade though.
Edited by Nec3 - 6/16/14 at 1:01pm
post #6962 of 9490

My motherboard is... I'd like to say meant for gaming PCs, but that's not entirely true. It's not one of those $400 overclocking "in your face" motherboards people buy to show off their e-peen. It just uses Realtek HD Audio. I think my soundcard might help. Either way, I'm buying them because I found a good deal on them and I'm not going to have the money for an amp like the Objective2 anytime soon.

post #6963 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Dragonzeanse View Post
 

So, question: I know the Q701s are power-hungry, but can I run them off of my PC directly? I have a sound card if some amping is necessary, but I don't really have the money for an amp right now.

 

You won't have any volume issues, however they won't sound their best without an amp.  I ran mine off my sound card for a while and thought they sounded fine.  Then I got an amp and I realized that I wasn't hearing them the way they were meant to be heard.  

 

Just remember that when people talk about how good these cans sound, they're assuming you're using an appropriate amp.  Without the amp, you may find yourself wondering what all the hubbub is about.

post #6964 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

You won't have any volume issues, however they won't sound their best without an amp.  I ran mine off my sound card for a while and thought they sounded fine.  Then I got an amp and I realized that I wasn't hearing them the way they were meant to be heard.  

 

Just remember that when people talk about how good these cans sound, they're assuming you're using an appropriate amp.  Without the amp, you may find yourself wondering what all the hubbub is about.

 

Also, don't discount the DAC.  The difference between the sub-$60 HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 and my laptop's DAC (Realtek) is significant.  That's using the JDS Labs C5 amp in both scenarios.  You can get good combo units for not a ton of money.  JDS Labs C5D is a portable unit.  Audio-dg devices routinely get high praise for desktop units.  Obviously there are more options.

 

Hopefully your PC will provide acceptable performance, but don't judge the Q701s too harshly until you've heard them with a good rig.  Also, you might find they benefit through burn-in.

post #6965 of 9490

How do you guys find the Q701s for watching TV shows and movies and also listening to hip hop? Is the bass roll off that bad?

 

Also, anybody try to put those beyer foam pads to somewhat fix the effects of the bump?

post #6966 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

How do you guys find the Q701s for watching TV shows and movies and also listening to hip hop? Is the bass roll off that bad?

 

Also, anybody try to put those beyer foam pads to somewhat fix the effects of the bump?

The bass port mod helps a lot, but it's never going to be a bassy headphone.  I'd suggest the X1 as it has similar sound signature but way more bass.

post #6967 of 9490

ThurstonX, there is really big different between the hifidiy u2 and the biforst when using the q701?

post #6968 of 9490
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Originally Posted by headphones1999 View Post
 

ThurstonX, there is really big different between the hifidiy u2 and the biforst when using the q701?

 

I haven't run the Q701s through the Sabre U2 + Lyr in so long that I can't say how different they are compared to the Bifrost, which is pretty much permanently attached.  Since I got the Bifrost I haven't plugged the Sabre U2 into the Lyr, aside from a brief comparison.  Shocking, I know ;)  I do recall the first time I tested the Sabre U2 vs. Bifrost into the Lyr, but I was using the HE-500s.  I noticed more detail with the Bifrost, or so I thought.  Maybe it was new toy syndrome.  I've always said the Sabre U2 + USB isolator punches above its price.

 

Sorry I couldn't address your question directly.

post #6969 of 9490

Q701 (Black) Used - Very Good for $114.74 at Amazon WarehouseDeals

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004444O3W/ref=olp_tab_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

post #6970 of 9490

Apples to oranges comparison, maybe, but how would you guys say these stack up against the Sennheiser HD 600/650?

post #6971 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Dragonzeanse View Post
 

Apples to oranges comparison, maybe, but how would you guys say these stack up against the Sennheiser HD 600/650?

 

I didn't find the necessity to "sidegrade" from the modded Q701 to the HD650. Although I have to admit that the HD650 may be more refined in various areas, the Q701 for less than $200 on Amazon is one hell of a deal. HD600 on the other hand, is one of my absolute favorite cans irrespective of its price.

post #6972 of 9490

Hi guys,

 

I was thinking to buy the Q701 since it's on sale right now but I don't know whether to go for the black or white.

 

So I wanted to ask the users who have had the AKGs for a long time, do the white headphones ever get a yellow tinge in them (you know, when old white coloured things tend to get a bit yellow). If so, I guess I'll lean towards black since I know it'll pretty much look the same as opposed to the whites.

 

I just need some veteran users who have the white headphones to help me out.

post #6973 of 9490
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Originally Posted by dRaiK View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I was thinking to buy the Q701 since it's on sale right now but I don't know whether to go for the black or white.

 

So I wanted to ask the users who have had the AKGs for a long time, do the white headphones ever get a yellow tinge in them (you know, when old white coloured things tend to get a bit yellow). If so, I guess I'll lean towards black since I know it'll pretty much look the same as opposed to the whites.

 

I just need some veteran users who have the white headphones to help me out.

Yeah I ended up going with white…for now…might change it to black.

post #6974 of 9490

After seeing the group buy for the Q701 I am tempted to get these. I currently have the HE400 as my main listening cans and I have my M50 at work. Would these be a good complement? I can power these off of a e17 or my Schiit stack (Modi/Magni) at home. I presume the e17 will not be enough to get the most of out these correct?

post #6975 of 9490

I cancelled mines after debating on the comfort. Great price though. HD800 it will be.

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