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How to improve the SQ of AK120 + AKG K3003

post #1 of 10
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Hi all

 

Apologise if it's already posted before and if I am in the wrong forum. I have searched but so far can't find the answer.

 

I have AK120 paired with K3003 and would like to improve the SQ if possible.

 

I bought SR-71B and I found that this amp is far too powerful for my rig. It sounds better in low volume but I get distortion on higher volume. 

 

I get better sound from stand alone than with this amp in L or M gain.

 

Can you recommend any amp that will improve my setup and doesn't distort on high volume?

 

Anybody with the same setup has added an amp?

 

I am thinking of going RWAK mod but not sure how much improvement I would get.

 

Thanks in advance for any advise.

 

Duddy

post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cougar2465 View Post
 

Hi all

 

Apologise if it's already posted before and if I am in the wrong forum. I have searched but so far can't find the answer.

 

I have AK120 paired with K3003 and would like to improve the SQ if possible.

 

I bought SR-71B and I found that this amp is far too powerful for my rig. It sounds better in low volume but I get distortion on higher volume. 

 

I get better sound from stand alone than with this amp in L or M gain.

 

Can you recommend any amp that will improve my setup and doesn't distort on high volume?

 

Anybody with the same setup has added an amp?

 

I am thinking of going RWAK mod but not sure how much improvement I would get.

 

Thanks in advance for any advise.

 

Duddy

 

hmmm sounds like there might be a issue with the sr-71b or headphones.

 
i am using the sr-71b with westone 4r and have the intruder spec upgrade, and i can put the amp on high medium or low and get no distortions whatsoever, balanced or single ended.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cougar2465 View Post
 

Hi all

 

Apologise if it's already posted before and if I am in the wrong forum. I have searched but so far can't find the answer.

 

I have AK120 paired with K3003 and would like to improve the SQ if possible.

 

I bought SR-71B and I found that this amp is far too powerful for my rig. It sounds better in low volume but I get distortion on higher volume. 

 

I get better sound from stand alone than with this amp in L or M gain.

 

Can you recommend any amp that will improve my setup and doesn't distort on high volume?

 

Anybody with the same setup has added an amp?

 

I am thinking of going RWAK mod but not sure how much improvement I would get.

 

Thanks in advance for any advise.

 

Duddy

 

Hi Duddy

 
Please reduce the Volume from your AK 120 to 55 and max 65 and you use the volume controll
 
from your RS 71 B.
 
Could be your AKG K 3003 can not use the max volume at 75 from your Ak 120
 
AK 120 + RS 71 B + AKG K 3003 has very good SQ
 
Did you bought the new version from RS 71 B , that the gain in HIGH GAIN is like from the Intruder?
 
Please ask Ray Samuel for your RS 71 B version

Edited by rudi0504 - 9/18/13 at 10:38am
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
My AKG is fine without the amp - ak120 can drive them on full volume without distortion.

I haven't had many experience with other iem beside se535 which are no longer with me. Could it be that the AKG is more sensitive than the W4R?
post #5 of 10
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My AKG is fine without the amp - ak120 can drive them on full volume without distortion.

I haven't had many experience with other iem beside se535 which are no longer with me. Could it be that the AKG is more sensitive than the W4R?

 

well even if they are more sensitive, they should still have the ability to be driven without distortion, volume pot would be sensitive to adjustment.....how loud are you listening to the amp, like 12 o clock?  or louder

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

I can safely listen to without distortion at 100% on the amp and about 30 - 40 on AK120. That is on H gain.

On L and M gain on amp, AK120 stand alone drives K3003 much better.

 

I have Weston adventure and HD650, they both sound great with AK120 + SR-71B even on 90 volume. No distortion

But my K3003 distorts on volume over 40%

 

I might try to get a single balance amp ie RSA Tomahawk IEM?

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cougar2465 View Post

I can safely listen to without distortion at 100% on the amp and about 30 - 40 on AK120. That is on H gain.
On L and M gain on amp, AK120 stand alone drives K3003 much better.

I have Weston adventure and HD650, they both sound great with AK120 + SR-71B even on 90 volume. No distortion
But my K3003 distorts on volume over 40%

I might try to get a single balance amp ie RSA Tomahawk IEM?

I had Akg k 3003 , it is very sensitive iem

Please try what I suggest you above turn the volume your AK 120 , you can get the best SQ for your Akg k 3003

Rs 71 b is better than tomahawk , please don't waste your money

The other amp is Ko Jo KM 01 that is very good too for iems
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cougar2465 View Post
 

I can safely listen to without distortion at 100% on the amp and about 30 - 40 on AK120. That is on H gain.

On L and M gain on amp, AK120 stand alone drives K3003 much better.

 

I have Weston adventure and HD650, they both sound great with AK120 + SR-71B even on 90 volume. No distortion

But my K3003 distorts on volume over 40%

 

I might try to get a single balance amp ie RSA Tomahawk IEM?

 

i second not going this route, the 71-b smashes the tomahawk, hell it smashes most every amp out there

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advise guys.

 

I know RS-71B is a GREAT amp but is it the best amp FOR K3003 iem? I think it is far too powerful for the K3003.

As I mentioned before, this amp works great with my weston adventure and HD650 (and I am sure with other iem too)  but some how I can't use it with K3003 without distortion on mid volume and above.

 

Rudi, I had tried different volume level combo on both amp and AK120. same result.

 

I am thinking less powerful amp would drive the K3003 better?

 

Is there anyone with RS-71B + K3003 getting good results?


Edited by Cougar2465 - 9/18/13 at 6:34pm
post #10 of 10

I find the AK120 drives the K3003 really well. Have not even though of hooking it up to an Amp.

 

I'd be interested to know what success stories people have had amp wise in this setup.

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