I'll start by saying that I'm a new audiophile so I'll apologize for being a little green to this. So here's my dilemma. I've recently purchased a pair of AKG Q701 and initially I was a little disappointed with there performance until a friend of mine (that knows a little more then I do about this stuff) realized that I wasn't properly powering them. So with some rewiring of my set up I know run everything through a Yamaha RX-V373 series head unit and the difference is night and day. I thought I was happy with this set up. It runs my surround setup for movies/TV perfectly with my current speakers and my AKG's never sounded better....... until I had the pleasure of my friends ancient tube amp from the seventies and my god I never new music could be so full and rich. (I begged him to sell it but that wasn't happening) I'm hooked, I only want the best for my ears now.
So now with my intro over I'm having a very hard time figuring out all the info and getting the answers I need. I'm looking for a tube amp/dac that can properly drive my AKG's. Everything I've read tells me these are a particularly difficult headphone to drive properly. I'm having difficulty with the lack of info I keep finding on the amps I look at. I'm looking for something in the $350ish range? I'd be willing to go a hire for the right amp. More then one optical port would be nice as well. I want to run this from my pc,xbox and head unit. I listen to some base heavy music but also a lot of blues, jazz, soul, and a lot of rock if that helps?
I've gone through so many post about these headphone but I cant find anything that answers my specific questions. Theirs over 4000 post relating to these headphones. Its a little much to go through.
Any help is greatly appreciated. And just a little added question. Is there any good portable tube amp/dac that would be a good match for a pair of westone 4r's and my iPod?
Edited by Kain96z - 10/9/13 at 4:32am