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On the verge of spending $500, Please talk me either out or into this

post #1 of 61
Thread Starter 

Hello there fellow Head-Fi'ers

 

I just got my new Creative Titanium HD and I feel like I'm on a spending spree.

Really love my new card though I feel like my rusty ol 3-year old (modded) HD555's could use an upgrade.

Besides I'm looking for a bit more "unveiled" and "less dark" sounding headphone anyways.

 

I already made a thread here about half a year ago and since the dollar:euro ratio is going well and I've got some cash to blow, I'm again in doubt if I should get the legendary combination of the AKG Q701 and the Matrix M-Stage.

 

I'm as much as an audio enthousiast as a gaming enthousiast, which is why the Q701 appeals to me so much, since it's known to be a terrific gaming headphone when it comes to soundstaging and positioning and at the same time having great musical clarity for its price. Together with the aforementioned matrix amp this combination is told to be very very good for its price, right?

 

Should I pull the trigger on this and get myself these headphones and this amp?

 

Please either stop me from this madness or convince me!

 

I greatly appreciate any help or suggestions!

Thanks,

 

kazaakas

 

EDIT: Order is placed, stuffs underway :D


Edited by kazaakas - 9/26/12 at 1:57am
post #2 of 61

Buy it now! just like the button says.

 

The person who let me demo K 70Xs was running them out of a vintage integrated amplifier (with a "real" headphone output). Sounded amazing. AKGs seem to be very amp-reliant but not necessarily in a more expensive = better way. Just in a very transparent way.


Edited by machoboy - 9/24/12 at 2:55am
post #3 of 61

Q701s do have all the advantages you're looking for and powered by the M-Stage will be hard to beat in this price range. But you may be able to drive them straight from your soundcard: I'd give that a go before buying the amp.

Just keep in mind they're not the most comfortable headphones to wear - not really for all day gaming sessions.

post #4 of 61
Thread Starter 

I did it!

Probably going to take about a week or two until I have everything as I live in Holland, but everything is on its way!

 

I just hope customs don't screw me over like last time!

post #5 of 61

Let us know how it turns out.

 

gL!!

post #6 of 61
Thread Starter 

Definately will, thanks!

 

Can't wait for the following 2 weeks to pass already!

post #7 of 61

Sorry, but the only way I could possibly talk you out of that is by talking you into Stax instead, and then you will most likely end up spending way more than $500 if you want a dedicated amp.

 

"Sorry about your wallet" indeed...

post #8 of 61
Those 701s will need a good amp. Preferable a hybrid.
post #9 of 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by kazaakas View Post

I did it!
Probably going to take about a week or two until I have everything as I live in Holland, but everything is on its way!

I just hope customs don't screw me over like last time!

Very cool!

I'm a big fan of my Q701 and Matrix M Stage combo!
post #10 of 61
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Those 701s will need a good amp. Preferable a hybrid.

 

Solid states will do fine. 

The matrix M stage is a good start. 

post #11 of 61
Thread Starter 

Haha thanks guys,

 

By the way, $500 is already way more than I was actually wanting to spend in the beginning, but I think most head-fi'ers can identify themselves with that :P.

 

But hey, I'm still having quite good value for money according to all the reviews and recommendations I've been reading and this seemed to be the best option for my preferences anyway!

 

EDIT:

Q701 is already shipped and amazon estimated the delivery time on October the 5th

Matrixelectronics just told me that their delivery only takes 5-7 days!

 

I'm stoked!


Edited by kazaakas - 9/25/12 at 1:31am
post #12 of 61

good luck and keep us updated on how you like the combo

post #13 of 61
Thread Starter 

Okay now, I know I shouldn't get too involved so quickly and infect myself with upgrade-itis and stuff but...

 

As I have the soundcard already, I was wondering how I can fiddle around with it (need to pass the time eh) in regards to the opamps.

 

Been reading lots and lots lately, and some of the opamps I'm getting interested in are the LME49860/49990, OPA602/627/637(AP/BP?)

 

I also understand that changing opamps in the I/V stage has more effect than switching out those in the buffer stage, though, if I'd want to be able to try all possible combinations I'd need 4 opamps right?

And as most shops use fixed handling/shipping costs per order I was wondering if I should get opamps for the amp already too, though I'm not too sure how many I'd need for that, the M-Stage has only one opamp as a PDIP8 connector right?

 

Any suggestions on what to do in regards to opamps?

 

Thanks!


Edited by kazaakas - 9/25/12 at 10:59am
post #14 of 61

Well, I can tell you this about Titanium HD opamp rolling already:

 

DON'T replace the JRC opamps with LME49860NAs unless you want the mother of all V-shaped frequency responses. I hated the stupidly-recessed mids that caused and decided to return it to stock configuration.

 

Other opamps may turn out better, but I don't feel like experimenting any further when the card sounds fine as is.

post #15 of 61
Thread Starter 

That's weird, many people seem to love those, are you sure you didn't get a fake one?

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