Hi, first let me disclose that I am totally new to the audiophile scene and, frankly speaking, am finding a lot of the technical stuff a bit over my head at this point.
I just bought a pair of AKG K702 headphones and paired them up with the Magni amp and Modi DAC from Schiit (all of which I'm running from my laptop as the source and playing FLAC files). I like the Magni/Modi as it works quite nicely with my cheaper headphones. But, it seems that with the AKG K702 I have to crank the volume knob up to about 80% full volume, and sometimes more, to get real punch, and even then it's not terribly loud. The sound quality seems fine to me, but I am really underwhelmed by the lack of volume they seem to have.
What I'd like to know is whether or not the apparent lack of volume is a reflection of the fact that these headphones are notoriously difficult to amp and they just don't work well with the Magni/Modi set-up. I understood that if you have at least a 1:8 ratio in the impedance of the amp and the headphones you're OK (feel free to laugh at my ignorance if I'm way off here), which I think I've got with this set-up. My problem is that, being new to all of this, I really have no proper frame of reference, and for all I know what I've got is how it should be.
I'm now considering ditching these headphones and going for something else that would be more compatible with the Magni/Modi set-up I've got. Honestly, I'm not quite sure what to do because it seems, based on what I've been reading, it's a bit of an art form matching high-quality headphones to an amp/DAC set-up.
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear people's comments.