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Is Marantz PM5004 amp enough to properly drive AKG Q701? (Open to alternative suggestions)

post #1 of 6
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I could use some advice on pairing good hi-fi headphones with amplifiers.

 

Basically, I am looking to get a new set of headphones since my old Grado SR60s are giving up the ghost. My budget is 200£ and for that, I could get a pair of AKG Q701 headphones. I have read some good things about them but one of the things brought out in every single review is that they are hard to drive.

 

I do not have a dedicated headphone amp nor can I afford one at this point. I am running my current setup through Marantz PM5004 amplifier. Could someone with more experience tell me whether it is enough to do AKG Q701 justice? Would the Marantz get them anywhere near their full potential? My second option are Grado SR225i phones which should be easier on the amp but I would like to broaden my horizon, so to speak, with the AKGs.

 

As for the music I listen to, it is contemporary jazz, classical and rock in roughly this order. I like to have detail and stoundstage and preferably a bit of fun from the phones. Been pretty happy with SR60s through the years but have not had much to compare them to.

 

Any help would be much appreciated!

post #2 of 6

Well, I think you should see if you can find yourself a hifiman HE-4 or HE-5le and use it directly from the speaker taps of your amp. It matches really well with the genres you like and you won't need a new amp. This is second hand, though.

 

The headphone amp in your marantz is most likely (almost all speaker amps use this approach) just some cheapo amplifier on a chip thing. Not good at all, especially for harder to drive headphones like the akg's for example.

post #3 of 6
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Thanks for the quick reply!

 

I have been thinking about Hifiman HE-400 a bit but unfortunately their price is pretty steep in the UK and they don't seem to be all that common on the second hand market either.

post #4 of 6
Well, in case you should stumble upon an he-4 or 5le.. You know what to do wink.gif
post #5 of 6
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Thank you for the reply! I have done some price hunting and it seems that I could squeeze in AKG K701 (basically the same set of cans from what I can understand) and EHP-O2 headphone amp. The latter is reputed to have a bit of warmth in its sound.

 

Could this combo yield a more desirable setup than couplin the Q701 with my existing Marantz amp? Could the EHP-O2 improve on the clinical aspects of AKG sound? Thanks!

post #6 of 6
Warm sounding? To my understanding it is an amp that is all about transparency. It does have enough power for the AKGs I spose
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