The A1? That tiny little thing works, huh? I'm thinking of experimenting with it in the future. I may buy a ZuperDAC from Massdrop next time it drops (It has an ESS9018) and pair it with an A1 for a super portable little rig. Or maybe a K1? Or go full out and buy a Dragonfly? (And by all-out, I mean that I wouldn't spend more money on super portable stuff, I'd go bigger if I spent more)I often use a Fiio A1 with mine and that works well.
The fakes look really good. It surprised me. Since then, I also got hold of a fake Sennheiser Momentum in ear and made a video comparing them with the real thing, It is quite amazing how similar the copies look to the originals.
The MSR7 can be a bit picky and like you, I like a warmer signature but I have found that the Fiio tend to be a bit warmer and that helps the Audio Technica be less gritty.
Yeah, people have been saying the Q1 and the MSR7 make a great pair here, so I figured it'll work for now and at least make them usable out of my phone. The time will come for something better (tube amp maybe?), but for now it'll do. I also got a case along with the Q1 from Amazon.de and I really hope it fits the MSR7, because I get anxious carrying them around in a bag. It's a nice bag, but it's a bag.