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post #16 of 21
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In my opinion, the DT 880 and the HD600 are both excellent choices.  In my opinion, the DT 880 is slightly more unforgiving with bad recordings (including some Led Zeppelin songs), and the HD600 sounds slightly better overall, but I really like both with classic rock (and other sub-genres of rock and metal).

^ This sums it up well! Just grab a magni (or vali for a warmer tube-ish sound) and a modi, and you'll be set. I enjoyed classical more on the DT 880 but Metal was a bit better on the HD600 IMO. You can't go wrong with either. Overall I would give the edge to the HD600 for what you need, but if saving a bit of cash or simply *enjoying classical a bit more than the other genres* (IMO*) is your deal, then the DT880 won't disappoint one bit. They're both incredible, I couldn't imagine you being disappointed in either! Good luck!

post #17 of 21
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I found the K701 "cold" on the most surprising combo of upstream components - the Lite DAC-AH NOS DAC and the Little Dot MkII tube amp - both of which make the HD600 too warm, dark even. On my current amp, the Meier Cantate.2 (using its USB DAC or some other DACs I've tried) however the x70x series is close enough to the HD600, but with a wider and more precise soundstage; ditto the Burson Soloist/Conductor (heck, the x70x have drastically more dynamic range compared to the HD600 with these). That suggests that these amps simply have no difficulty driving either of these series of headphones.

 

I have it carefully set aside (planning to sell) and I haven't tried it with the tubes I have--betcha it still sounds cold.

post #18 of 21
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I have it carefully set aside (planning to sell) and I haven't tried it with the tubes I have--betcha it still sounds cold.

 

Actually from my experience it always sounds cold with tube amps, but not with some really good SS amps.

post #19 of 21
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I have it carefully set aside (planning to sell) and I haven't tried it with the tubes I have--betcha it still sounds cold.

The K701 is my most neutral (spectrally flat sounding) Headphone.  It still does have its own signature coloration though, particularly in the upper midrange.  Of all the cans I own it sounds the most like whats up-stream of it.  Or its the most revealing of whats up-stream.  So a "warmer" amp circuit will sound that way.  A "colder", flatter, more accurate circuit likewise will sound that way.

 

My warmest sounding tube amp is a DV337 with output transformers.  Its also one of my cleanest sounding at this impedance range in terms of even order harmonics.  Its my strong opinion that the K7xx series is at its best with output transformer coupled tubes... unless you are really after a sound thats rich in harmonic distortion.

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

 

Actually from my experience it always sounds cold with tube amps, but not with some really good SS amps.

I have noticed the same thing.  OTL tube amps generally don't pair very well with the K701.  I think its a combination of impedance mismatch with the output tubes, under-sized filter capacitance (for the 65 ohm load) and the overall signature of the K701.  A good SS amp will provide the necessary current and voltage headroom for the 701 across a wide frequency range.  Despite its 65 ohm load, the Kxx series is one of the harder to drive headphones... IMHO.

post #21 of 21

how about a Alessandro MsPro, wait for one in the resale mkt.

A gem for your genres.  Add a tube amp. and u are set.

( i wont go for a AKG....given up on them...lolz )

 

 http://www.head-fi.org/t/345253/alessandro-music-series-ms-pro-fan-club

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