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In years past I've been a teenage gamer and on a strict budget so I've had to make do with $50-100 headsets that aren't all that impressive. But now I'm getting older, I have a job and I don't really game anymore so I want to get into my first good music headphone setup. biggrin.gif I used to do a bit of live sound mixing for gigs so I am used to "listening" to music and I'm just getting tired of cheap gear at home.

Currently what I have in mind is AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Reference headphones + Audioengine D1 24-bit DAC and I just want to get some feedback from you guys here whether this is a decent setup(for a starting setup) or whether I am buying into marketing wishwash like a Beats consumer. I will only be using the setup at home on my computer where I spend most of my relaxation time. My budget is $500 roughly, although I would prefer to keep it down closer to $450 depending on what deals I can find when I take the plunge.biggrin.gif
Also, for comparison, my current headphones are Steelseries Siberia V2s so I'm guessing just about anything will be an upgrade.

EDIT: I almost forgot, my music tastes are very broad, I enjoy listening to just about anything with the exception of Death Metal/Screaming.
Edited by teh_HyDr0iD - 10/24/13 at 6:19pm
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While I've never heard the Q701s I assume that they are very similar to k701s, which I have owned a pair of for about 5 years now. As a result, I might actually be inclined to recommend a different brand. I like my k701s and am glad I purchased them, and I also have no intention of selling them, however I would not necessarily want them as my only headphones. They can be over analytical and just not that *fun* to listen to at times, and so I use them a lot less than my other headphones. Sennheiser HD600's or HD650's, or Beyerdynamic DT880s are all very good all arounder options, or some of the mid-level Audio Technicas like the AD900s which are considered highly regarded.
I'm not trying to say don't get the Q701s I just want to make sure you know what is potentially in store with them. If you know this and that's what you're looking for, then ignore my post smile.gif

The Audioengine D1 should do well for what you're wanting. I've never heard it myself, however from what I have read it "plays nice" with a fairly wide range of headphones.

Sorry if my post wasn't exactly the most helpful, just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents about k/Q701s.
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Oooh I have been eyeing the Q701 Quincy's myself. I have read that they have a bit more bass than the K701? Either way they look really nice. I have HD595s and have been satisfied by them for the last 6 years.
   
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Originally Posted by teh_HyDr0iD View Post

In years past I've been a teenage gamer and on a strict budget so I've had to make do with $50-100 headsets that aren't all that impressive. But now I'm getting older, I have a job and I don't really game anymore so I want to get into my first good music headphone setup. biggrin.gif I used to do a bit of live sound mixing for gigs so I am used to "listening" to music and I'm just getting tired of cheap gear at home.

Currently what I have in mind is AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Reference headphones + Audioengine D1 24-bit DAC and I just want to get some feedback from you guys here whether this is a decent setup(for a starting setup) or whether I am buying into marketing wishwash like a Beats consumer. I will only be using the setup at home on my computer where I spend most of my relaxation time. My budget is $500 roughly, although I would prefer to keep it down closer to $450 depending on what deals I can find when I take the plunge.biggrin.gif
Also, for comparison, my current headphones are Steelseries Siberia V2s so I'm guessing just about anything will be an upgrade.

EDIT: I almost forgot, my music tastes are very broad, I enjoy listening to just about anything with the exception of Death Metal/Screaming.

Try looking around for used sennheiser HD600s. In the US they can be found for as little as 250 for a clean pair of headphones.

The Q701s are not good enough if your budget is that high. Plain and simple.

For another 250.....hmmmmm

Try and see if you can not buy something called a miniwatt tube amplifier. Again, here in the US it is about 150.

I am at a loss for the dac though. IDK what you have or don't have available in AUS for DACs.
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How much you like bass? the Q701 are slightly lacking on that aspect.

Regarding Dac/amp, and objective combo would be better (unless you're planning to buy some audioengine speakers down the road)
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I actually ordered the cans and DAC 2 days after posting this after looking up a number of reviews and deciding that they are the right match for what I'm looking for at this point in time. While these are my first personal audiophile grade cans the analytical nature of them appeals to me I think because of my live mixing experience. It may end up getting too much and I'll probably end up picking up another set of cans at some point in the future, but I am ok with starting here.biggrin.gif
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How much you like bass? the Q701 are slightly lacking on that aspect.

Regarding Dac/amp, and objective combo would be better (unless you're planning to buy some audioengine speakers down the road)

Bass is ok, but I'm not overly crazy about it. I have heard that these cans are very bass shy and I think I can live with that.

For the DAC, I have had my eyes on some Audioengine speakers for a good while now which is how I found out about the D1. I don't use speakers that often though primarily because I don't want to disturb the rest of the family around and I also tend to stay up a lot later than everyone else so headphones are a better starting point. (Maybe if I get my cards sorted and can move out next year I'll be able to use speakers again.tongue.gif)

I will let you guys know what I think of the setup once I get it but I will be waiting until November the 12th as I went in halves on the gear with my parents for a 21st birthday present. biggrin.gif
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