Originally Posted by Magick Man
Yes, the Q701 sounds excellent with tubes, not sure where that guy gets his info from.
I know for a fact the Q701 sounds great with my LD I+ ($140), EF-5 ($400), and SLI-80 (a lot more than that). I think the Little Dot is the bang for buck champ in the sub-$300 hybrid category. Not seen anything that really beats it in that price range. However, I've not listened to the Indeed G3, but it looks like one of the Chinese kit tube amps similar to the Muse. Personally, I think you may be disappointed with one of those.
Big +1 for the Q701 with tubes. I use mine with my La Figaro 336C. It's really not very versatile, that combo doesn't do very good for Rock, the bass isn't punchy enough for me, everything is a bit too soft, but it's great for acoustic stuff like some older jazz.
Originally Posted by KBloodWine
The info I got was from a friend who was told by someone else, that headphones like the Q701 like lots of current (solid state), but tubes are good at voltage?
I found some of those LD I+ tubes on eBay (are they hybrids?),
I'm holding off just to see what other ideas come in.
This thing about "Solid State is great at current, tubes are great at Voltage" is a bit of a myth.
A lot of head tube amps use output transformers, with a good output transformer a tube amp can drive low impedance 'phones.
I have always found that a good tube amp can work with a variety of speakers. The same should go for 'phones too.
A friend of mine uses a Decware Taboo with his LCD-2 'phones which need way more power than a Q701. He raves about the Taboo/LCD-2 combo.
Likewise, to get my DT880 600 ohm 'phones really punching I drive it with a Soild State amp. A high impedance phone like that will take a bit more voltage and a bit less current, so if tubes are good at voltage then a tube amp would be best? No, I use a Solid State amp to get a real punchy sound out of my DT880s.
Likewise either 'phone does certain things well with my tube amp, and certain things well with my Solid State amps.