- Feb 3, 2011
We ain't disagreein', sir. The headphones are dry and so is the amp. I like heading the music as it's intended... Not from overly warm or cold setups. I gave a rather neutral and detailed DAC/amp for this reason, with an ES9018 implementation.
I still disagree with you about the akg 701s. I have had my k701s for over five years so I know what they are capable of and obviously after five years I know what I am talking about when I voice my opinion. They are not dry sounding. I use a concept 16.5 monster vintage receiver to drive the 701s these days. While it is definitely not your normal everyday headphone amp It sounds amazing with the 701s. Of course the concept is a vintage monster receiver from the late seventies(mine was recapped and serviced) but the benchmark is a toy next to my vintage receiver. The op amp they use is a joke compared to the discrete output section of my vintage receiver. The akg 701 does not sound dry with my concept 16.5 . It is very neutral sounding with an excellent sense of space and dimensionality. The dynamics are really excellent. The bass is also resolved with more power and weight than just about any dedicated headphone amp that I have heard regardless of cost. I am sure the phones you are using are more colored than the 701s. You are not hearing the source as honestly as you think.