Originally Posted by imackler
When I briefly had the Annie, i thought the E09K was way too dark on it. Same problem with the HD650, imo. I'm thinking the O2 and Annie could be a great combo. I just rediscovered the O2 w/ my HD600 and am really liking it. I just ordered a Q701 and I'll be trying it with a E09K, O2 and RW Amp1. I only had the Annie for a short time and felt there was a lot of overlap with the HD650. Now that the HD650 is gone, I'm looking forward to something to compliment the HD600. I should have kept the Annie longer the first time I had it...
I think the Annie is too dark on ANY amp The only time I found the E09k too dark ALMOST was when I had the HD-650 along with the HRT MSII. To my ears the MSII is kind of warm (quite a large touch of warmth) and has a closed in soundstage. Even warmer than my E17 I think. When I switched to the ODAC I was surprised how much better my Q701 sounded. HD-650 or DJ100 + HRT MSII was not a good match IMO.
As someone just mentioned, get some Annie pads for your Q701. IMO you still need to remove the outer grill foam or it will be maybe a tad warmer than the regular Annie perhaps. It takes like 2 seconds. Use a piece of tape and rotate the grill counter clockwise. The Annie doesn't have the foam. Most people won't hear any difference and some say it's placebo.
Have you tried the Magni? I want to try the O2, but if it's really a clone of the Magni as they say then i'd probably not like it. Magni seems almost too bright. I can't imagine the O2 sounding that way...
My perfect amp is one that sounds good with EVERYTHING. Already have it
Hmm, if the E09k is too dark for the HD-650 I wonder if the M-Stage is as well? Both have the same op-amps and the M-Stage is said to be kind of dark. Probably not or just close.