Originally Posted by davidsh
The Asgard has plenty of power for most things (on the paper).
Well, the kenwood would most likely pair very well with one of the planars out there (think hifiman and audeze and oppo). Not sure I'd really recommend for k701 because it'll likely have a high output impedance altering the sound characteristics of the k701.
Getting a used HE-4/HE-5LE/HE-500 etc. or something like that could be pretty sweet with the kenwood.
I can't really help you with what sounds best, though you should definitely take what people say with a pile of salt. The human auditory memory is very, very bad at comparing stuff reliably and one can very easily be fooled!
Sorry for the delay on responding to this! I'm trying my best to do my own research and find out a great all around budget.
I'm just going to skip the HE series because those prices hurt my head. Haha. I will consider those prices after I start desiring something new to me.
I know I should take everything stated by people with a pile of salt, but it appears to be a consistent suggestion... Not just one person here and one person there saying it... Everyone suggests getting a higher-end tube amp. I also read that tube amps are much higher maintenance than solid-states (which might not be a worry because of how meticulously I maintain my computer). I really am looking to get the best bang for my buck here and apparently $300 for the AKG K701s is a light number. What is the minimum to get the best sound out of these specific headphones? I was trying to keep to $300 but if I need to put extra money into getting the best sound I will - up to $800. However, some are saying $2K, others are saying ~$600. What's the truth to this?
So best AMP/Dac for <$800 to give me the best sound stage for AKG K701s... The lower the better. Yes I know I keep pushing my numbers up, but with every extra dollar amount I have to save for a few more weeks/months.
Someone suggested the Bellari Rolls HA540? $300 new, and I found one (used) right now very close to me for cheap. I know the Lyr was recommended for the AKGs as well. Opinions between the two? Also, how do the amps you use david, drive your K702s?
Edited by JohnFoe - 6/24/14 at 5:50pm