I've just bought some AKG Q701's on a bit of an impulse. Didn't realise quite how hard they are to drive, doh!
After purchase I listened to some AKG K551's (hopefully similar to the Q701's in terms of being hard to drive (?)) via an Audioquest M-DAC on Saturday and it was definitely good..., as was the Lehmann Rhinelander, but I suspect I can get more for less, which is always good
I'm dug out my old Zhaolu 2.5 DAC and they sound ok verging on pretty good on that, but I know I'm missing out on their full potential.
I'd be very grateful to hear people's opinions about the pairing of Q701's with the Matrix M-Stage, Schiite Lyr, Nuforce HDP Icon or Heed Canamp.
Out of that lot what do you think will sound best? wrt price the M-Stage is looking pretty tempting... The Nuforce HDP Icon audio has the bonus of a Sabre DAC and a single unbalanced input.
wrt use - mainly studio use, i.e honest not coloured, but PRaT, non-fatiguing and musicality important.
Any and all thoughts appreciated.
I'm currently burning the Q701's in can anyone comment on the expected benefits, best method?
Source - Zhaolu 2.5 or EMU 1212m PCI << most likely or Soniccore/Creamware A16U or MF X-DAC V3.