Edited by cardofgiant - 4/17/13 at 7:47am
Funny my path is almost same as yours but i started with ad700 phones. I just ordered a couple days ago q701 from ebay harmon site and was down to the wire on 02 or magni amp. This maybe wont help you but my decision came down to looks and the magni having the connections in the back of the unit instead of the front. From everything I've researched they come so close in sound you can afford to go on reasons other than sound.
How was your experience with your order from the Harman Ebay store? Get any sticky cables? LOL .Did you buy them refurbished, or new? How do you like the magni/modi stack?
Dude you would really need some serious amplifcation for those pair. I have a K701 and listen to the same kind of music as you, the odac/o2 combo would be a little too bass-shy, and the sound will be too thin to be enjoyed. Didn't hear any Schiit products yet, but it seems like the magni/modi combo won't have enough current to drive these. Do some research on DIY amp like AMB M3, or Dynalo
Well as I said before, the Q701 adds a of bit bass coloration in my opinion and anymore would be distasteful in my humble opinion. Therefore, a transparent amp such as the O2 is a welcoming solution in my situation. Furthermore, I am very doubtful that the O2 would struggle with the Q701 considering people are using Fiio E17 and liking that solution.
Thank you for your suggestions. Never knew about either of those amps you mentioned and I will consider them as possible solutions. My only gripe with the DIY solutions is that it is time consuming and don't really have the time as of now. Building an amp seems a bit more involved then say building a computer.
On a different note, I am considering the new Apogee One soon to be released. http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.php
I find it intresting that they have a picture of the K702 being powered by the Apogee One. Are they stating something here? What do you guys think?
I'm sure that you didn't spend enough time to find your headphones a proper amp then. It's not about the volume, every single hp amp nowadays could drive them with more than enough volume needed. If you can, try different amps at local hifi store.
Please tell me what a more expensive amp is going to do for me. How is it going to improve the sound? Please explain to me how the E17 is not a proper amp.
I have used more expensive amps and DAC's in the past by the way.....
Yea I would like to know the answer to this as well. One reason I am returning the E07k is on the assumption more power will give me better sound. I can get the volume to be too loud on 6db of gain, the amp turned to max and itunes turned to max. Bring the volume down a tad and I get a good listening volume with some noticeable hiss on some tracks. Most likely the recording not the amp. The biggest reason I am returning the E07K is that it is not neutral/transparent. It has a dark sound signature. What do mean? It sounds as if a blanket is covering a pair of speakers. However, I read somewhere that the E17 is neutral and has a more powerful amp. Sounds like a good solution for the Q701 if you ask me. However, I need an audio interface for guitar recording, so I figure might as well use the dac in that device and pair it with something like the O2 amp.
I got a hold of Apogee and asked if the new Apogee One could power a headphone such as the Q701. Here is their response:
Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any other questions."
"is capable of driving just about any headphone to suitable levels with extremely low distortion." This is interesting and somewhat telling about pushing an amp to its limit.