hey guys i'm looking to get the C3 after all the good reviews out there about it's great SQ over cowons & Sansa clip+ (my old lost player ) but my concern here will it drive the AKG K702 well ( not for an average performance but to a very good performance) with it's 62 ohm impedance & the 105 dB SPL/V sensitivity ?? or it will need amping ... an off topic question is the easily driven AKG k550 is far behind the K702 ? ... i wish to get one of those AKG's along with the C3 because of their great detailing & analytical sound & i'm leaning toward the open back K702 but can't afford an amp .... so what do you advice ?
I highly doubt it. Actually scratch that - pretty impossible given the output power of the C3 and how it struggles even with some iems. I heard the k701 few years back and it was connected to a desktop amp and needed quite a bit of juice. I don't think there will be many portable DAPs able to drive it properly and if some of the higher end with dedicated amp section can the you should be ready to shell out quite a bit more bucks. Probably the cheapest powerful DAP you can try will be the Fiio X3 if you're set on the akgs
Edited by kova4a - 7/12/13 at 2:28pm