Hey all, I'm new here and I have to start with a big question.
After hours and hours of review watching and testing and review reading, I've decided to buy the AKG Q701 headphones. I have a home studio and I'm sure these are great headphones for studio use and monitoring and such, but I'd also like to use these monsters on the go with my iPod. I know from reviews and personal testing that the Q701's definitely need good amplification to be driven to their full potential, and I know that iPods aren't necessarily the best at that. So my question is, what is a proper good portable headphone amp that could drive the Q701s?
my budget is preferably under $150 but if it's really worth it, I'll go over that. I just feel like I ought to have an amp that is at par with the headphones valued at $400.
So just throw out some suggestions or let me know what you personally use with your Q701s.
And this is really the first time I'm going all out with a portable listening rig so I don't know much about portable amps so any tips would be appreciated as well.
EDIT: I suppose I should put a bit more info.
I listen to a lot of rock and jazz and brass-heavy music. Also classical. I also will watch movies with these headphones.
And when I say portable amp, I mean that it doesn't have to be connected to the computer, and that it is able to be carried around my house.
I also know that there are a lot of posts about amping the Q701, but the amount of debate in each thread just makes me even more unsure. I.E. someone suggests a Fiio E11 or something, then someone else says "an E11 is a terrible choice for the Q701". I'd prefer if someone else who owns this headphone could suggest what works for YOU.
I want to use these headphones primarily around the house/at work with my iPod, but I'd also like to use them when I watch movies or videos on my Macbook, OR obviously, when doing studio work with the computer. Do I need a separate USB/DAC amp to use with the computer? or can I use the same one with the iPod and the computer?
Edited by ShaggyOtis - 5/29/12 at 12:17am