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hey guys, bronco here again for some more newb questions concerning my upgrade experience so far. First off, i DID do what i consider more than enough searching around for someone with little experience in the audiophile world. my experience is with computers, and gaming. It is only now that i have decided i want a grand experience with music.
what i HAD
ad700(not x version...old purple beauty queen)
creative x-fi titanium fatal1ty pro
motherboard: z68xp-ud3 with ALC 889...says snr is 108 dB on their website.
upgraded my old gaming card to a GTX 780 Classified....so i now have zero room for a pci-e x1 sound card.
plugged x-fi into a pci-e x8 slot as suggested on here, and it gives off this crackly sound every time i adjust the volume...so i imagine it's distorting the sound for everything. and overall the drivers are just terrible for this card after windows 7...and you can't use 3/4 of the creative software on 8.1
what i upgraded to:
Q701s (i couldnt say no to the lime cans, although i hear in SOME places the q701 is no longer distinguishable from the k702 in newer models.)
i just finished quickly browsing through the list of terms used to describe sound and i think i've narrowed it down.
i'm not a huge bass person....so i can't really tell if that's why i'm not enjoying these headphones as much as i thought i would. i figured the q701 would be better than the ad700s which might as well have never heard of the word bass. Yes, i know akg's overall as a brand are on the low side....but as i said i've never been a big bass fan....but maybe i'm wrong? thats why i am here!
the magni made a big difference with the ad700s and the new headphones so i'll be keeping that.
i purchased the 701 because of the review given in the 'new updated headphone guide' sticky on here.
what was said about 701 and 702: (3) AKG Q701, $225-$250. Slightly more bass impact than the K701, very clear detailed sound. Comes in many colors.
(3) AKG K701/702, $250-$270. Amazing detail and clarity, bass is adequate and precise. Largely considered the most detailed headphones in the price range, though also considered the hardest to amp. The K702 offers a detachable cable.
what sounded like something i'm looking for in the glossary:
Airy - Spacious. Open. Instruments sound like they are surrounded by a large reflective space full of air. Good reproduction of high frequency reflections. High frequency response extends to 15 or 20 kHz.
Ambience - Impression of an acoustic space, such as the performing hall in which a recording was made.
obviously using the onboard is not the best idea given the quality of the headphones and amp, but i don't see getting a soundcard or the modi helping that.....am i expecting too much or am i just going for the way wrong headphones due to my lack of how to describe what it is i am looking for? can't figure out what i am missing after reading hundreds of posts that have a far different opinion than i do with similar setups.
could it also be my music??? spotify with high-quality streaming enabled, mostly. i have some electronic music but i'm not sure what the quality of these files are. I also read on here that many members were unable to tell the difference between the newest lossy music files, with years and years of modifications and changes, and the lossless formats.
overall, i have just done lots of searches and i'm still at a loss as to what to do.
Edited by bronco862 - 6/12/14 at 8:26am