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Need help choosing the best Amp/DAC combo for AKG Q701?

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm looking for the best Amp/DAC combo for the AKG Q701 that are no more than $300 total (including shipping). I have never owned or tried a headphone amp so this will be my first. Because the treble of Q701's are ear-piercing at times for classic rock (through my laptop, so it's kind of unfair for me to judge it without a decent amp/dac), I'm guessing a tube amp will work the best. After long hours of research I narrowed it down to these options: (prices are total in Canadian dollars)

 

 

-Schiit Vali + Modi DAC (Very interested in this combo but I'm worried they won't give me enough of the tube sound) = $284.58 CAD 

 

-Little Dot I+ + Modi DAC (Might have to change out the stock tubes because I heard they can be improved)  = $282.53 CAD

 

-Aune T1 Tube USB DAC = Can get for $160 CAD, otherwise $210.49 CAD.

 

 

Any help choosing the right combo will be greatly appreciated!

 

I listen to most genres. I will only be using the Q701s with genres such as classic rock, soft rock, jazz, country and acoustic music. I also got myself a V-Moda M-100 because I also listen to lots of rap/hip hop and EDM.

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Be sure to check out this thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-10-amps-compared

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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post
 

Be sure to check out this thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-10-amps-compared

Thanks. It was a good read but I didn't find anything that interested me.

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Thanks. It was a good read but I didn't find anything that interested me.

Leckerton also makes a DAC/Amp combo for about $300.
The model UA6 I think?
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Originally Posted by brybry24 View Post
 

I'm looking for the best Amp/DAC combo for the AKG Q701 that are no more than $300 total (including shipping). I have never owned or tried a headphone amp so this will be my first. Because the treble of Q701's are ear-piercing at times for classic rock (through my laptop, so it's kind of unfair for me to judge it without a decent amp/dac), I'm guessing a tube amp will work the best. After long hours of research I narrowed it down to these options: (prices are total in Canadian dollars)

-Schiit Vali + Modi DAC (Very interested in this combo but I'm worried they won't give me enough of the tube sound) = $284.58 CAD 

-Little Dot I+ + Modi DAC (Might have to change out the stock tubes because I heard they can be improved)  = $282.53 CAD

-Aune T1 Tube USB DAC = Can get for $160 CAD, otherwise $210.49 CAD.

Any help choosing the right combo will be greatly appreciated!

I listen to most genres. I will only be using the Q701s with genres such as classic rock, soft rock, jazz, country and acoustic music. I also got myself a V-Moda M-100 because I also listen to lots of rap/hip hop and EDM.

Might read up and ask for recommendations on this thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/582276/q701-appreciation-thread

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