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I will be purchasing a AKG Q701 ( or similar) but I think this headphone needs an amp.

 

The headphone + Amp will be used for 2 channel music and for Movies ( late evening use ) . My primary listening method  is still speakers.

 

2 channel music is mostly classical and some jazz ( acoustic) . 

 

Sources are a) Onkyo NR3007 for movies streamed via WDTV Live b) SB Touch for FLAC  c) Oppo 980H for CD.s 

 

I would like to keep the amp cost to $300. 

 

In no particular order some of the amps I am considering are:

 

Meier Corda Rock

Matrix M stage

Little Dot ( not sure which model , I+ ?)

Schiit Asgard or Valhalla 

Others? 

 

This will be a "one time"  purchase as I don't plan to upgrade any time soon. Please help me with your recommendations.

 

Thanks

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Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post

I will be purchasing a AKG Q701 ( or similar) but I think this headphone needs an amp.

The headphone + Amp will be used for 2 channel music and for Movies ( late evening use ) . My primary listening method  is still speakers.

2 channel music is mostly classical and some jazz ( acoustic) . 

Sources are a) Onkyo NR3007 for movies streamed via WDTV Live b) SB Touch for FLAC  c) Oppo 980H for CD.s 

I would like to keep the amp cost to $300. 

In no particular order some of the amps I am considering are:

Meier Corda Rock

Matrix M stage

Little Dot ( not sure which model , I+ ?)

Schiit Asgard or Valhalla 

Others? 

This will be a "one time"  purchase as I don't plan to upgrade any time soon. Please help me with your recommendations.

I would assume you would run an HDMI cable from the Oppo 980H to the Onkyo NR3007

and plug the AKG Q701s into the Onkyo.

 

Maybe get a Fiio E11 portable headphone amplifier for use with the Sound Blaster Touch Zen.

 

Total cost $62, way under your $300 budget.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I would assume you would run an HDMI cable from the Oppo 980H to the Onkyo NR3007

and plug the AKG Q701s into the Onkyo.

 

Maybe get a Fiio E11 portable headphone amplifier for use with the Sound Blaster Touch Zen.

 

Total cost $62, way under your $300 budget.

For CD listening, I could do it both ways ie HDMI or Coax to Onkyo ( use Onkyo's DAC) or  Oppo analog out to headphone Amp ( use Opp's Dac)  .  

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I prefer a non portable solution . Any more comments because I wont use it with the computer . 

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