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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I would like to give my Dad a Christmas gift of my old K701s to use with his Bose Wave, for this I will need to get him an amp but not sure what to look at, i need something at the lower end of the price scale but with a enough power for the AKG K701.

 

Other option i suppose is get a set of cans with a 3.5 plug, anybody any ideas? On or over ear would suit him i think.

 

My old man is no audiophile but he love's a listen on the K701s when he visits.

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 8

Heya,

 

Have you tried plugging the K701's into the Bose Wave on the back? It may provide enough to make them listenable for him without spending anything extra. You can get a 1/4th TRS to 1/8th TRS adapter to make it small enough to plug right in.

 

Otherwise, that headphone out jack on the back, it's not a line-level output. Hooking it to a headphone amp isn't going to be ideal, is may be noisy, hissy, etc. Depends on the quality of that machine and it's internal components and specs are probably mysterious like all devices not meant for primary headphone use. If you wanted an amp though, a used Fiio E9 would be what I'd look for ($50~65 usually) with plenty of power for the K701. You would need a 3.5mm (TRS) to 2x male RCA cable to join them.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
 

Heya,

 

Have you tried plugging the K701's into the Bose Wave on the back? It may provide enough to make them listenable for him without spending anything extra. You can get a 1/4th TRS to 1/8th TRS adapter to make it small enough to plug right in.

 

Otherwise, that headphone out jack on the back, it's not a line-level output. Hooking it to a headphone amp isn't going to be ideal, is may be noisy, hissy, etc. Depends on the quality of that machine and it's internal components and specs are probably mysterious like all devices not meant for primary headphone use. If you wanted an amp though, a used Fiio E9 would be what I'd look for ($50~65 usually) with plenty of power for the K701. You would need a 3.5mm (TRS) to 2x male RCA cable to join them.

 

Very best,

 

Agree'd also MonoPrice sells most of the interconnectors you'll ever need at a good price with nice quality. It's where I shop. 

post #4 of 8
Which version Bose Wave does he have? Some of the old ones did have line out on the back.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies, he has a fairly old Bose, not sure which exactly, as we live on opposite sides of the world its not easy to discreetly find out.

 

What do you think to getting a decent set of cans with a 3.5 plug which will sound good straight out the Bose?

 

Any ideas

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by wainy View Post
 

Thanks for the replies, he has a fairly old Bose, not sure which exactly, as we live on opposite sides of the world its not easy to discreetly find out.

 

What do you think to getting a decent set of cans with a 3.5 plug which will sound good straight out the Bose?

 

Any ideas

 

Heya,

 

AudioTechnica AD900X

Sony MA900

Sennheiser HD598

 

Those will work just fine from nearly any source and are fairly similar to what you're looking for sound wise and sound stage wise.

 

Very best,

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Done a bit of research and the AudioTechnica AD900X look like they are a good option. Also came across AudioTechnica M50, anybody know how they might perform with the Bose Wave?

 

Cheers

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by wainy View Post
 

Done a bit of research and the AudioTechnica AD900X look like they are a good option. Also came across AudioTechnica M50, anybody know how they might perform with the Bose Wave?

 

Cheers

My best guess and two cents

 

The ATH-M50 will have a stronger (louder) bass, but I would assume the AD900X would win out in all other categories.

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