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The Railway Man - 10/10   I'd say this and "Like Father, Like Son" from Japan are my two favorites in the past 6 months.  
Skip the upgrade and spend your money on a nice new DAC or amp! That's what I would do.   Or get something that's a little different sounding just for fun.   I still wonder if i'd like the HE-400...   To me the modded Q701 isn't dramatically different than my HD-650(!).
Final Fantasy XI (Online) - 8/10   Been playing this for years and just reactivated my character after not playing regularly for a long time. It seems this is no longer a "massively multiplayer" online RPG. If you want to level from 1-75 (or until Abyssea levels) you're probably going to be doing it all solo. They used to have a thing called "Fields of Valor" or "Grounds of Valor" but nobody seems to be doing that anymore in a party/alliance.   Right now to level...
 Not if you do the secret firmware hack!
   I would try the Audio Technica ATH-M50 pads. They're about $10 each from Sweetwater. There are some velour pads out there but they get hot and you have less room inside the pads. B&H sells them and they're made for the MDR-V6. M50 pads also give you some nice improvements such as a larger soundstage etc. Of course this could vary for some people. With the DJ100 you do get an impression of a clearer sound and slightly more treble.
 With the O2? Only difference really is that the Q701 sounds very very slightly fuller sounding. A little smoother sounding and maybe not as revealing.Perhaps a little less trebly (than how it normally sounds with the O2) and closer to how it sounds on the Micro Amp and Ifi iCAN (which is very good).Of course the measurements would be identical. I was actually surprised how much the O2 could change it's overall tone with just an opamp. Not like night and day at all...
I've had my bass modded version stock for probably 2 weeks now. It's so much better than modded!! Just kidding! Stock still sounds great and it's not like the mod suddenly makes stock sound like garbage. I could live with either of them. I haven't went back to the modded version yet since I've been way too lazy lately.   I did however listen to the Q701 for about 3-4 hours last night with music while playing games. I've found that I like them a lot more with the O2...
I replaced the op-amps in the O2 a few days ago with the OPA2227. Expected it to sound mostly the same, but I don't think I like it. It actually now sounds too warm, almost muddy sounding with my HD-650 and DJ100. The OPA2134 I seem to love (in my other amps) and I should have went with that. Seems impossible. It's actually hard to believe this is an O2.   I will instead try the LM4652 and see how that goes. OPA627 sounded like a fun experiment, but too much trouble...
Secret Life of Walter Mitty - 7.25/10   It's not terrible! Wanted to turn off this off after about 25 minutes but then I found myself enjoying it once he finally goes on "vacation".  Ben Stiller isn't much of an actor. He acts mostly the same in every movie.   Any scene with two people sitting together in this movie is just awkward and not right. It's like they're both reading a script. There's also quite a few totally pointless scenes.   This movie is just kind of...
^ I've been using mine a lot lately too. This version I did the Q701 bass port mod on. Honestly I'm not sure what difference it makes with the K400! Mine just had two thick foam "plugs" on the port.   I use mine with K601 and some well used Q701 pads (that are more flattened). It does give you slightly more treble and a more airy sound with Q701 pads.   K400 definitely seems to have smoother (and less) treble than the Q701, but the Q701 treble has never bothered...
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