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Hi all,
In the past few weeks, I have been hunting down all kinds of new sound equipment. First I picked up a Xonar Essence STX. Then I ordered a pair of HD598 which I still haven't received. I don't know what I was thinking next but a deal came up that I couldn't pass on and I ended up with some AKG Q701's as well.

I just received the Q701 today while I was at work and I immediately plugged them into my iPhone unamplified. Right away I knew that this would not fly. Is my next step a portable amplifier? If so, any suggestions on what I can get in Canada? (or shipped to Canada at a reasonable price)

Preferably this will be something I can add to my at home setup as well.

Thanks for your help once again OCN!
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The Q701 is a repackaged K701 (or K702). It's one of the fussiest and notoriously hardest headphones to power properly, a portable headphone amp isn't really going to cut it, quite a few full size headphone amps struggle to provide what the K701/2 demand. You're probably going to need to drop at least $400 on an amp, probably more considering how demanding the 701/2's are.

I'd recommend Head-Fi as a starting point and read up on which headphone amps people are using with the Q701, K701 and K702 (they're all the same headphone) and their impressions.
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post #3 of 8
Most portable amps won't cut it. Also the Q701 is a poor choice for portability due to it not isolation issues, not to mention bulkiness. You would of been far better off with in-ears.
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Most portable amps won't cut it. Also the Q701 is a poor choice for portability due to it not isolation issues, not to mention bulkiness. You would of been far better off with in-ears.
I will be using them indoors at work but still need to amplify.
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Like the guy said, your gonna need a full sized amp for it most likely. Prepare to drop hundreds and lose all forms of portability.
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Like the guy said, your gonna need a full sized amp for it most likely. Prepare to drop hundreds and lose all forms of portability.
Well I'm not prepared to drop more than $200 on this right now. I guess what you are all saying is that I shouldn't even bother trying for less than that?
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Build a starving student millet hybrid. Mine rocks, and cost me about 38 dollars to build.

And I have 702s btw, so it will drive them fine.
    
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look here, lots of recommendations. almost none that are budget range. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c...i.org+q701+amp
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