Originally Posted by DanTGG
Has anybody tried the Magni + Modi with the q701?
Yes, it was nice at first, but then I started to realize I disliked the combo.
Not sure how but the Magni seems kind of bright with the Q701 yet it measures flat. I don't like or require a warm amp but it seems rather cold/thin sounding like my Ipod Touch 2G's amp.
I think the problem is the Magni. I actually sold my E9 to get the Magni and I definitely think the E9 is a better match for the Q701. Kicking myself for doing the swap. I did end up getting an E17 and i'm glad I did (I use it as a DVD player/TV amp and second DAC).
I now have the Modi as my main DAC and love it. It's comparable to the ODAC (I actually think it's better in some ways) even.
The Magni for me seemed to suck the warmth out of my Q701. No idea why.
I did however love the Magni for the HD-650 and my DJ100.
So far I've only tried the Q701 (and K702) with an E9, Asgard1 and Microamp and the Microamp blows them all away, especially with the Astrodyne.
The Micro amp is my definition of what a really transparent amp probably sounds like. I need to compare it to the O2. Unlike the Magni and Asgard1 it's good with EVERYTHING i've tried.
It's not thin or cold or warm or whatever. I mean that depends entirely on the source. I remember once complaining it was too warm and it was my old DAC. Doh! That was the HRT MSII.
I doubt i'll like the Lyr but still want to try it someday. I'm starting to be a fanboy of the Modi really. So much that I might eventually upgrade to the Bifrost.
Edited by tdockweiler - 7/30/13 at 10:59pm