i'm a long time lurker looking to finally get a decent pair of headphone. got a deal on a AKG k701, so thats basically settled. i wanted an open pair of headphones and altho i listen to all kinds of music, i loved the airy soundstage and didn't find the bass annoying.
on to the amp/dac.
i kinda narrowed it down to 3 choices.
- the Fiio e09k - cheepest, supposed to be able to drive the k701.
- the aune t1 - Tube dac/ss amp. this seems to get a lot of praise from the people who tried it.
- the little dot mk 3 - most expensive. altho most people don't recommend it for the k701 based on tech specs, a lot of people that tried the k701 on the ld mk3 seemed to say it drives them well.
i understand these are REALLY different solutions. i'm looking at the little dot mk3 since people say the k701 is so analytical. i'm thinking the tube sound would tone that down a bit while keeping the nice soundstage. tube rolling would also allow me to try different stuff and customise the sound. would this be a nice choice for the k701? the ld's price is also the max price i'd be willing to invest.
with the aune t1 i'd also get a DAC (i wont be able to afford one if i get the fiio or the ld). how much difference would this make from my imac's line out? will i get the same kinda tubey sound i'd get from the LD? how would the two compare?
lastly the fiio is the cheapest alternative. people seem to agree this is a pretty solid choice for the k701. will the ld/aune sound better then the fiio? or just different?
cheers and thanks for any help! not being able to listen to them before ordering is a total PITA :D