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Amp for q701

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am relatively new to high(ish) end headphones. After a lot of research and trying tons of different kinds, I finally decided on the AKG Q701. Now I am trying to find a good amp for them, preferably under $75, and less would be great. I found a tube amp on amazon for 60 dollars (link is below) and I am not completely sure that it would be good. Also, I would like the amp to be portable, (for future headphones) but as long as it is not a large desktop setup, I am ok with that. I have never bought an amp,or even spent a bit of time with one before, so any recommendation is very appreciated.

http://www.amazon.com/Bravo-Audio-V2-Multi-Hybrid-Headphone/dp/B00ADR2DTG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_sp_3_15_JZQM?ie=UTF8&refRID=1X6CTQ89VB2099KEJZQM
post #2 of 22

For Q701 I recommend the O2 amp..the E09K is also good with Q701. I don't know any amp under 75 bucks...I am guessing the Cmoy ? don't know if Cmoy and Q701 go well together...

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
I don't think the CMOy would be good for the akgs. Not looking for bass. For the other two, I like them I just wish I cold stay under $75
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Do have any thoughts on the tube amp?
post #5 of 22

Little dot I+ hybrid , this one is really good with lower impedance headphones and it also gives you lots of options for tube rolling.

post #6 of 22

Dont know about the tube amp you posted, but this one gets good reviews :

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/bravo-audio-ocean

post #7 of 22

+1 for the Little Dot!

 

Leave the little ugly cheap plastic "tube" amp up on Amazon / eBay where it belongs.

post #8 of 22

I've got both the Bravo v.2 and the Litte Dot I+. Just recently got the Q701's so haven't tested them with either yet. If you can wait until tomorrow I'll be able to try them on both.

 

They sound extemely good with the Schiit Magni and surpisingly good (even bass) with both Nuforce uDAc2 and Audioquest Dragonfly.

 

Edit: missed the portable part. Kind of rules out the udac2 and the Dragonfly since they're both usb dacs and amps and hene need to be connected to a computer to work.

 

I've got the FiiO E12 which I can also try them with tomorrow.

 

Edit 2: Damn, I just realized I've got enough amps :D


Edited by peter123 - 6/27/14 at 12:08pm
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

+1 for the Little Dot!

 

Leave the little ugly cheap plastic "tube" amp up on Amazon / eBay where it belongs.

LOL, "the little ugly cheap plastic tube amp" (it's actually a hybrid just like the LD I+) has been on my bedside tabel for a couple of years now and sounds surprisingly good.

 

But you're right, it won't win any design awards.


Edited by peter123 - 6/27/14 at 12:10pm
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
I wish I could get some of those, but I really would like to spend 75 at the absolute most frown.gif
post #11 of 22
@Sonic7381
I'll try my pair with the Bravo v.2 tomorrow and let you know how it works.

You should also check out the Topping NX1 thread. I know that user Baycode over there got the 701's ask him how they works with the Topping. It's about $50.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sonic7381 View Post

I am relatively new to high(ish) end headphones. After a lot of research and trying tons of different kinds, I finally decided on the AKG Q701. Now I am trying to find a good amp for them, preferably under $75, and less would be great. I found a tube amp on amazon for 60 dollars (link is below) and I am not completely sure that it would be good. Also, I would like the amp to be portable, (for future headphones) but as long as it is not a large desktop setup, I am ok with that. I have never bought an amp,or even spent a bit of time with one before, so any recommendation is very appreciated.

http://www.amazon.com/Bravo-Audio-V2-Multi-Hybrid-Headphone/dp/B00ADR2DTG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_sp_3_15_JZQM?ie=UTF8&refRID=1X6CTQ89VB2099KEJZQM

 

Might try asking on the "Q701 Appreciation Thread".

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

post #14 of 22

Q701 owner here. What is your definition of "large desktop amp?"

 

Have you listened to the Q701 yet? What are you looking for out of them that you're not getting now?

 

I don't own, nor do I have much experience with portable amps outside of some of the lower end Fiio portables which I don't care for much. If I were in your shoes, I'd try saving up a little bit and look at either a Schiit Magni or Vali. You might be able to pick either one of them up around the $80-$100 range on the used forums.

 

- Roy

post #15 of 22

For the Q701 I'd go tube amp for sure if it were me only because a tube amp can add some color back in. I like the Q701 and I just think a little tube amp with the right tube would be sweet.

 

I have no experience with the amp you linked but reading the reviews people seem to like it.

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