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I'm just curious if they can get the low end that I enjoy. I've never really tried a lot of EQ on any headphones.

Couple examples that come to mind

The 0:50 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOa1a8hYP8

2:50 here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjobYCSmvmk

Both are what the Q701s excel at on it's own IMO. A slight EQ to the bass makes the headphones shake your head a bit. It is not the boomy base of sat the DT880s, but the highs present better. so while your have the deep bass, it isn't drowning out all the fragile higher notes.

Now that I know sort of a base line for what you like, the song that I think works REALLY well on these headphones is Lindsey sterling. You get the bass and the wonderful violin. For 230 bucks (I got mine on sale for 170) I really do believe they are one of THE best bang for buck deals before you get into the 400 dollar price range.
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Well pulled the trigger on the Sennheiser HD650 - Schiit Magni amp & Modi DAC - Woo Audio stand just now. biggrin.gif

Thank you once again for all who've helped me and stuck with me though out my questions. Will post back after I've received the cans and tested them out a bit with an update. smile.gif
     
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Update: Looks like The Schiit has Modi on back order until the 5th of March. Perhaps even later.

I'm in a quandary because my Sennheiser HD650 gets here tomorrow. I'm kind of bummed. USA made product etc. Should I look into another combo? Or should I wait ?

Is there another Amp / DAC combo equivalent with performance and pricing?
     
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Well it's only 2 weeks rolleyes.gif

I would get the magni as an amp regardless. If you really don't want to wait for the modi, http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=46

I'm not sure there are any other DACs that compare within the price range. I'd just wait the two weeks to be honest.
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Update: Looks like The Schiit has Modi on back order until the 5th of March. Perhaps even later.

I'm in a quandary because my Sennheiser HD650 gets here tomorrow. I'm kind of bummed. USA made product etc. Should I look into another combo? Or should I wait ?

Is there another Amp / DAC combo equivalent with performance and pricing?

If you don't mind used gear, you can get the objective 2 amp and dac for about that much.

Yeah schiit is not a big company what so ever, and they make good products for low end (high end is crap for the money). So in essence you have a lot of demand and extremely little supply. There are only two options in that case, raise the price, or let things back order.

IDK if you like DIY projects, but there are also several kits that you can build which will give you great performance on a budget.

If worst comes to worst, you can always use on board audio for a while. That way when you switch you will be like HOLY THIS IS AMAZING!!!
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post #46 of 59
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Thanks for talking me off the ledge. Looks like my best bet is to wait it out now that I'm close to nirvana with the right gear. Something told me The Schiit was it. Thanks again to both of you for your advice. smile.gif
     
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Thanks for talking me off the ledge. Looks like my best bet is to wait it out now that I'm close to nirvana with the right gear. Something told me The Schiit was it. Thanks again to both of you for your advice. smile.gif

Well the schiit and O2 will sound extremely similar.

The O2 can be better but it is sort of like a windows vs linux thing. Schiit is like windows, you plug it in, you play it, it works. The O2 is like linux. It can beat out some higher end stuff by quite a bit, but that is if you play with capacitor upgrades and switching op amps.

If you are pretty handy with a soldering gun and like to play around with stuff, a used O2 will be the way to go. if you like plug and play and never touch the stuff ever again, the schiit is indeed the way to go.
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Well the schiit and O2 will sound extremely similar.

The O2 can be better but it is sort of like a windows vs linux thing. Schiit is like windows, you plug it in, you play it, it works. The O2 is like linux. It can beat out some higher end stuff by quite a bit, but that is if you play with capacitor upgrades and switching op amps.

what? Swapping out stuff is the worse thing you can do to the O2. Both are 'plug and play'. the O2 is the definition of 'plug and play'.
Why would you screw up a flawless design?
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@chinesekiwi

The O2+ODAC Combo shows for $285 and the Schiit Magni / Modi combo for $198.

Can you explain to me quality wise what are the differences or cons / pros? Does one excel in certain sounds?

Other than the the O2+ODAC Combo having a Mini-USB (ODAC, digital) and 3.5mm Jack (O2, analog) over the Magni having the standard 1/4” (6.3 mm) stereo jack connectors.

Just trying to figure my choices and if the $87 higher price tag worth it.
     
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I'm not a kiwi (and kiwis may have different interpretations than mine), but O2 has a gain switch, and the combo has lower noise. Therefore, it's better for sensitive IEMs and other sets.

Most likely, the by-the-book benchmarks for the O2 and ODAC are superior, but superior numbers doesn't necessarily translate to a better experience (especially if the difference is below detectable levels anyway, which it might be... and probably well below any distortion and inaccuracies from the headphones). Sometimes they do, but not necessarily.

Magni has slightly higher output power levels if you want to try HE-6 or other insensitive headphone and want an extra dB or two of volume.
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