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Hi guys,

 

This is my first post, although I have been lurking around these forums for a while now.


I purchased a pair of AKG k701s recently out of impulse, and they are my first pair of high end headphones.


And to my demise, they sounded the same as my cheap sennheiser HD201's. But they were really comfortable, so I decided to keep them.

Luckily I stumbled across headfi a few weeks ago, and found out these bad boys need a good ampage to drive them. Although I also stumbled across various threads which stated the AKG k701's didn't need amp's to drive, since they are relatively low ohm (64ish).

 

Anyways, I'm really convinced that these headphones can sound a lot better than they are now.


So with my tight student budget, I've got my eyes set on either of these amps/dac's:

Aune T1 (it was 152 bucks with shipp). 

 

Fiio e7 (Heard that it doesn't supply enough power though)

 

Fiio e9

 

Out of those three which one would you recommend for the AKG k701's? 


Or any other amp/dac's in the budget range of 200 dollars for that matter?

 

 

And if the addition of amp/dac really makes a big difference, in future I will be saving up for the O2+ODAC Combo

 

I listen to flac @ 1017kbs.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Osmolite

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hey, welcome to headfi.

why E 7? can you tell lil bit more about how you listen music? from ipod? or computer?

 

if you are gonna listen mainly from computer, consider E10. It costs about 79 $ in amazon.

If you wanna portable dac/amp, consider E17. E17 works as dac/amp while connecting to computer and works as amp when you connect with ipod.

 

My K240 mk ii can be driven without amp. But they sound much better with E17.

post #3 of 7
I haven't tried the K710s, but the Q701s definitely benefit from an amp.

The other thing to consider is that they are very resolving headphones, so a better DAC than the default in a computer will help give you better SQ out of them.

Aune T1 might be a good choice. The Schiit Modi/Magni stack would also be worth considering. Many people feel it's comparable to the ODAC/O2, while the price is less.
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I have a Fiio E10. Fiio amps are not powerhouses, but it should have plenty of juice for the K701. I find it struggles with my 300 ohm 'phones, but it's fine with lower loads.

To the OP: You already bought the Aune T1? So, you are asking the question after you bought it? OK...

I probably would have added the Schitt Magni+Modi to the list.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply guys, 
Rubinstein, I usually listen to music from my laptop.

I would like to listen with my akg k701's in whilst on the go, but they are simply too big.


So I usually use my akg K420 foldables for that purpose. 


And I usually listen to vocal's along with electronica, with the occasional classical mixed in. (Which is why I justified my purpose for the Aune, you get to switch out the tubes)

 

Finally, If you had to choose, would you guys opt for the fiioo E10, or the Aune T1?

 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I have a Fiio E10. Fiio amps are not powerhouses, but it should have plenty of juice for the K701. I find it struggles with my 300 ohm 'phones, but it's fine with lower loads.

To the OP: You already bought the Aune T1? So, you are asking the question after you bought it? OK...

I probably would have added the Schitt Magni+Modi to the list.
 

I ordered it, but I can cancel the order before the group buy ends. 


Btw heres a really cheap Fiio E10 if any lurkers are watching:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FiiO-E10-USB-DAC-Digital-to-Analog-Signal-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier-Amp-/190763391834?pt=AU_headphone&hash=item2c6a625b5a&_uhb=1


 
post #6 of 7

E10 can drive low impedance phones very well (My E17 drives HE 400 very well). E10 is a good dac/amp for a beginner. It is worth the money that you pay. Suppose if you have headphones of 300 Ohm impedance, you need T1.

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I recommend the E17 it drives higher impedance headphones well (like my HD 650 300ohm) and it is also thinner than the e10 (not smaller)

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