Thanks for sharing your impressions regarding the HeadRoom Micro Amp. I really wasn't sure that that part of the purchase. I got the impression that from online reading that it may not be well regarded compared to newer options like the Schiit Asgard and some others in the sub- $500 price range. The specifications on it look quite good. What are others experiences with Headphone amps? Has anyone A/Bd K701s or K702s with both of these amps?
Yeah the Micro is severely under-appreciated around here and I don't know why. I guess maybe that it's ultra small and too many people incorrectly think it's some under-powered portable device. It's also not as cheap as the chinese built amps or the Asgard.
Some people love the K702 with the Asgard, but I hated it. I don't want to bash that combo in this thread since a lot of people loved it. The Asgard seemed to only be good to me with specific headphones like the D2000 and Sennheiser stuff. It hated the ATH-AD2000 and K601.
I mainly switched from the Asgard to the Micro and never looked back. It drove both my HD-650 and K702 perfectly fine. I have a feeling the Micro sounds very similar to the M-Stage, but nobody has compared them yet. I've heard some claim the M-Stage is dark, but I doubt that.
I also have the Fiio E9, which is OK for the Q701/K702, but I really do think they deserve better. It's a good place to start at least. I cringe when people skip the E9 for a portable amp for the K702. I mean the E9 is only a few dollars more.
BTW if you check old posts, there's quite a few people that also loved the K702 with the Micro. I think those posts are from many years ago. It also does a good job of driving the K601, K501 and K400.