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AKG K702 headphones amplifier

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hello people,

 

Recently my Shure srh940 broke and I've started to look up some new headphones to mix and master with in my home studio.
I've decided to go with the AKG k702 but I saw that a lot of people said they need a good amplifier with them to really use them to they're full potential.
So I started to look up some amps and found the Matrix M-Stage, Schiit Asgard, HiFiMAN EF-5 and others and then i saw that they need a DAC to connect to my PC which i'm using to make music, and some people said just upgrade your audio interface instead of investing in an amp and a DAC.
i saw somewhere that we need to have a mixer to connect the amp and audio interface, so i got lost and i don't know what i need to get and how i need to connect  everything.
Do i need only the amplifier and should i try to connect it to my audio interface?
Should i get an amplifier and a DAC as well?
Does the amplifier and DAC replace my audio interface or should i get all three of them together?
Do i need a mixer to connect everything up?

 

I'm really lost here and i would appreciate some guidance with explaining those fundamental things before i make such a big purchase.

 

My gear:
Steinberg UR22
Technics AV control stereo receiver (plugged in to the LINE OUTPUT in my audio interface)
AKG K702
Shure SM58 (Plugged into the MIC input in my audio interface)
Guitar Dean MLX (Plugged into the LINE input in my audio interface)
Speakers connected to my Technics receiver

 

Other gear that connect straight to the PC VIA USB:
AKAI MPK49
Steinberg CMC-PD
Maschine mikro 

 

 

thanks in advance and sorry for my English.

 

Dave. 

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If I understand the Steinberg UR22 correctly, it seems that it has both ADC to digitize microphone input

and a DAC to convert USB signal to analog and to its headphone and line out.  Do I have that right?

 

If so, then I think I'd start by plugging the headphones directly into the Steinberg and see how it performs.

And also recommend to use the headphones for a period of months and get used to the sound in this

set up.  

 

If you find that the sound is fatiguing or that the musical instruments do not sound like they should

then perhaps another DAC would prove worthwhile.  

 

If you find that there isn't enough impact coming straight from the Steinberg, or if the dynamics seem

less than they should be, or if the musical line is not tight and convincing, then it may be a different amp

would help.

 

Obviously I'm speaking subjectively, but hope this helps.  In any event I'd use the K 702's with your

current set up and establish a baseline experience.  I've had my K 702s for years and they are 

my favorites.


Edited by flatmap - 8/8/14 at 6:58pm
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Thread Starter 

thanks for the reply !

I've listened to my Shure SRH940 when it was connected to the steinberg UR22 and at higher volume levels the sound started to get a bit distorted so i thought that maybe a headphones amp wont be such a bad idea. (by the way the SRH940 bow broke not the cans themselves, the sound is still top notch).

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Originally Posted by davepinhas View Post
 

thanks for the reply !

I've listened to my Shure SRH940 when it was connected to the steinberg UR22 and at higher volume levels the sound started to get a bit distorted so i thought that maybe a headphones amp wont be such a bad idea. (by the way the SRH940 bow broke not the cans themselves, the sound is still top notch).

Well there is a pretty good chance then that the K 702 will require additional amplification.  Of course I'd still try it out with your current setup.  And of course you can plug them in directly to your laptop, if you're using that as a source.  However I'm guessing the Steinberg betters the computer's default DAC, but hard to say.

 

Have you set a budget, after getting the AKGs, that you want to spend on improvements?

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