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post #9301 of 9406
Thank you Peter.

The new, HPA-3B looks tempting although it is out of my price range butt it has very good future can upgradability, power and balanced mode
post #9302 of 9406
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Thank you Peter and Daemonsire.

Can someone link me to the new version?
By the way, where are they located? Also, on the pictures shown in their website, I couldn't find gain selection switch while in the description it says 4 gain settings.

 

Here is the one I had (the older version):  http://www.tamaudio.com/amplifier/matrix-m-stage-headphone-amplifier.html

 

The newer one (which is just a facelift I believe): http://www.tamaudio.com/amplifier/matrix-m-stage-hpa-2.html

 

And the very new one with balanced: http://www.tamaudio.com/amplifier/matrix-m-stage-hpa-3b-fully-balanced-headphone-amplifier.html

 

 

I believe Tam Audio is the official seller of the M-Stage (or at least he used to be).  I purchased mine from him back in 2012 and had no issues at all.  For what it's worth, it was the same price, $250, back then as well.  I mention that because I feel the price should have come down a bit, but even at $250, it is a really good amp.

 

As I said, you can find them cheaper once and awhile in the F/S section.  The rollable opamps are a really nice feature too.  My favourite was the LM4562 (between the stock, OPA627 and LM4562).

post #9303 of 9406
Thank you Daemonsire
post #9304 of 9406
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Thank you Daemonsire

No problem, good luck!

post #9305 of 9406
Hey guys any recommended DACs from you all? My systems weakest link is my DAC and I'm looking to upgrade that before I look into anymore new equipment or headphones. My max budget is $1000~ as I want it to be able to not bottleneck me when I move onto some better amps later this year.
post #9306 of 9406

Chord Mojo as a DAC only will be more than enough for the Q701. You can also get the Grace M9XX if they have a drop again.

post #9307 of 9406
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Originally Posted by theveterans View Post

Chord Mojo as a DAC only will be more than enough for the Q701. You can also get the Grace M9XX if they have a drop again.

Thank you for your quick response! I will keep the Mojo on my list. Any overkil DACs are fine too as I have an LCD-2 as well.
post #9308 of 9406

Mojo is considered one of the best bang for buck for overall DAC and portable DAC at its price range. Considering you get 32 bit 768 KHz PCM and Quad DSD decoding, a custom DAC implementation  + a portable battery for HiFi listening on the go, it's a no brainer.

 

However, if you need one of the top DACs (really overkill for a Q701, but this would make your future HP shine at best) at your max $1000 budget, the Matrix X-Sabre which uses the flagship ESS Sabre 9018S (the same exact DAC found on the Sennheiser Orpheus HEV1060) is your best bet.

 

If you need impressions against its competitors at the same price range, see this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/650686/matrix-x-sabre-dac-review-and-impression-thread

 

BTW, both DACs are generally considered on the warm side of the neutral which is much better for the analytical nature of the Q701s


Edited by theveterans - 2/10/16 at 7:18pm
post #9309 of 9406
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Mojo is considered one of the best bang for buck for overall DAC and portable DAC at its price range. Considering you get 32 bit 768 KHz PCM and Quad DSD decoding, a custom DAC implementation  + a portable battery for HiFi listening on the go, it's a no brainer.

However, if you need one of the top DACs (really overkill for a Q701, but this would make your future HP shine at best) at your max $1000 budget, the Matrix X-Sabre which uses the flagship ESS Sabre 9018S (the same exact DAC found on the Sennheiser Orpheus HEV1060) is your best bet.

If you need impressions against its competitors at the same price range, see this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/650686/matrix-x-sabre-dac-review-and-impression-thread

Thanks! I had the Sabre recommended to me and the Gungnir Multibit after I was talked down from trying to get $1500-2000 DACs so I wouldn't have to worry about buying a DAC for maybe another 5 years frown.gif
post #9310 of 9406
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Yeah, like the kind you'd clean glasses with. I guess foam would work too. The little cup covers with the "Q" on them rotate slightly counterclockwise if you stick a pin in and twist. You just cut the cloth to a square that'll fit in there, pop it in, and reattach the covers. This partially converts the cans into a semi-closed environment, leading to significantly stronger bass.

Well i just did it with my Q701, i did it with something u clean screens, having hard time to decide if the sound get better or worse...

anyone tried this mod?

post #9311 of 9406
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Well i just did it with my Q701, i did it with something u clean screens, having hard time to decide if the sound get better or worse...
anyone tried this mod?
I did the bass port mod where you remove the sticker, but I didn't place anything else back in. Imho the high and mid frequencies didn't change at all, and the bass moved up to a reasonable level, resulting in a far more balanced sound. Idk why people are putting various types of cloth in there to dampen it, as the purpose of removing the sticker is to unrestrict the airflow.
post #9312 of 9406
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I did the bass port mod where you remove the sticker, but I didn't place anything else back in. Imho the high and mid frequencies didn't change at all, and the bass moved up to a reasonable level, resulting in a far more balanced sound. Idk why people are putting various types of cloth in there to dampen it, as the purpose of removing the sticker is to unrestrict the airflow.

When i did the mod the 701 lost some of the airyness, was a bit sad from this back then. since then changed the amping and the source and they sound different (in the good way) and that little lack in the airyness doesnt bother me anymore.

 

I dont no if it make sense or not, but trying this mod costed me 0.5$ so... :)

will try to understand a little better whats going on with the sound now, from some reason I feel like the sound is more accurate...

post #9313 of 9406

Being the crazy me, this would be my 9th time I have done the sticker mod, but each time I do the mod; it allows myself to refine my terminology.

I think there's a weird dip between 800hz-1.5khz, since the 2khz peak is there but there isn't the upper midrange sweetness to back it up. It's quite similar to my grados actually, except grados have the peak at 2.5khz rather than 2khz. The bigger bass body also shrinks midrange a little.
I'm someone who enjoys lean bass though, YMMV.


Although my opinion doesn't change that there is definitely better bass and treble extension.

post #9314 of 9406
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When i did the mod the 701 lost some of the airyness, was a bit sad from this back then. since then changed the amping and the source and they sound different (in the good way) and that little lack in the airyness doesnt bother me anymore.

I dont no if it make sense or not, but trying this mod costed me 0.5$ so... smily_headphones1.gif
will try to understand a little better whats going on with the sound now, from some reason I feel like the sound is more accurate...

Yeah, I felt exactly the same when I did the mod a couple of years ago so I returned to stock. After I got the Fidelio X2 about a year ago my Q's didn't get much use but a while back I tried the mod again and this time I enjoyed it much more so now they see some use again.......
post #9315 of 9406
Just ordered Asgard2 to amp the Q701 and Beyer DT990Pro 250ohm. Will compare it to my iBasso D14 and post back my findings
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