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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

I currently have a Q701 and I've been eyeing on the Lyr to make it warmer. With my current budget, I can have either the Lyr, or a Vali + HE-400 or RS2i.

 

Which option do you guys think should I go with? Can the Vali warm up the sound signature of the Q701? Please provide a reason of your choice, Cheers.

IMO and to my ears, Lyr doesn't warm up the Q701's sound at all.  Maybe, if you tube roll and find the tubes that might achieve this goal, it could be a different story.

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
 

Switch cans, not amps. I don't know why anybody would be in a rush to buy amps. The Lyr is plenty good, I would play around with different headphones and use the Lyr as a good baseline.

 

Try HD650 and K550 for contrast. Sometimes it's not about pricepoint, it's more about sound signature and you sound like you're looking for something more warm and fun. It's not a guilty pleasure it's just simple preference. I prefer cold and calculating sound signatures like the HD800, but I can only listen to them for so long before it becomes fatiguing, so I just listen at lower volume which is probably better for me anyway.

 

If you're looking for a closed can with pretty good isolation, I can recommend the K550.  Doesn't have the soundstage of the Q701 or an open can, but it does quite well, IMO.  Easier on the ears than the Q, for me.  Demo demo demo! (if possible).  I know a lot of people recommend the V-Moda 100 Crossfade for a closed can.  I'd love to hear it, though I doubt I'd switch (wife loves the K550... and the Q701 for that matter).

 

The Lyr is a big investment, but worth it, if you're planning or anticipating getting cans that need some oomph to drive them.

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

IMO and to my ears, Lyr doesn't warm up the Q701's sound at all.  Maybe, if you tube roll and find the tubes that might achieve this goal, it could be a different story.

 

+1

 

but of course rolling tubes costs more money ;)


Edited by ThurstonX - 11/1/13 at 10:42am
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

+1

 

but of course rolling tubes costs more money ;)


A lot more!  I am a victim of ebay right now. :p

post #20 of 22
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A lot more!  I am a victim of ebay right now. :p

 

I'm a total tube noob for now, so I'm trying to be practical.  Hell, I've only heard two of the three pairs I have!  But once I've got those sussed inside and out, I know I'll be itching for more.  I need to start a tube savings fund (read: a box or jar hidden away)  ;)

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

IMO and to my ears, Lyr doesn't warm up the Q701's sound at all.  Maybe, if you tube roll and find the tubes that might achieve this goal, it could be a different story.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

but of course rolling tubes costs more money

 

I'm not ready just yet to spend huge deal of investment on tubes lol :blink:

 

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

If you're looking for a closed can with pretty good isolation, I can recommend the K550.  Doesn't have the soundstage of the Q701 or an open can, but it does quite well, IMO.  Easier on the ears than the Q, for me.  Demo demo demo! (if possible).  I know a lot of people recommend the V-Moda 100 Crossfade for a closed can.  I'd love to hear it, though I doubt I'd switch (wife loves the K550... and the Q701 for that matter).

 

Actually I aim for open cans, I like that sense of airy sound.

post #22 of 22

go for a grado 225i on the resale mkt...see how u like it...over a few months, b4 u plonk your money down for a more$$grado.

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