Originally Posted by DJINFERNO806
Do you usually use it straight recon3d with no amp?
How they perform?
Dang, sorry, just saw this. You may have to click on your quote to see the context.
I usually plugged my Q701 into my tube amp, but since I got the K712 I've not been enjoying the installed tube much (microphonics cause a ringing sound which might never completely fade much just past perceptible, plus it doesn't enhance the soundstage, both attributes which were addressed with the previous tube I had in which made me love my amp in the first place), so I've probably gotten about 50/50 time unamped and with the tube amp.
There is WAAAAAY more volume (and gain?) available when plugged into the PC than the Xbox, which I don't really understand. I have to turn windows down to 20%, but with the Xbox I'm just a few steps down from the max setting. Regardless, the K712 performs well either way, with good spacial cues, detail, separation, and comfortable volume (and wearing comfort!). The AKGs still scale with good amping, but the K712 doesn't sound as harsh as the Q701 when not bi-amped so it's easier to live with, and it seems less picky about amping in general. Unfortunately for some, I really enjoyed the AKG K712 + FiiO E12 amp combo.