Dude, you did your Q701 dusjustice by going for the C5. It has nowhere the amount of synergy that the Qs need to sound wonderful off your F886. You really should have went for the E12. Right now, that C5 is your weak link if you're going to be using the Q701 with the F886.
I hear you man, I was using the Q701 to test the sound, comparing it with my Modi and Vali. I'm using the f886 with my Modded Mikros 90. The modded Mikros sounds like a mini version of the modded q701's I have minus the sound stage. Even the sound sig of the Mikros doesn't synergise well with the C5, it sounds better straight out of the headphone out of the f886 . I was actually considering the E12 but talked myself out of it as Fiio tends to color the sound a bit, but now I'm regretting that decision.
Regarding the f886, I find it has superior sq to both the X3 and the DX50. But its still not a reference level. I just wish it was more refined. On complex passages with a lot of instruments, details although present, gets smudged together. Did you experience a break in period with your f886?
I'm wondering if the e12 will give me the sound I wan't or if I should just go for a DX90
It also seems to color the sound a bit!
Edited by johanchandy - 5/27/14 at 2:00pm