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I disagree with this... My HD600's have very realistic tone, and it is similar (at least in the treble) to the HD540 II. The HD800 on the other hand doesn't really have as realistic treble in my opinion; at least certain aspects of it are not as prominent like with the HD600 and the abrupt treble spike that the HD800 has tends to make cymbals sound a bit one dimensional at times.
Yup, the high gain setting is not for low sensitivity headphones, but rather for quiet sources using the line in. Using the high gain with the ODAC will clip if your source is also set to maximum volume and you are listening to a song that is close to the max level. Given that I only need to be at the 3 O'clock position with both my HD600s and K702's I can't imagine what would ever need more than 50% of the ODAC's output (unless you are listening to some incredibly quiet...
My O2/ODAC has no issues driving my K702 with any song I have (even very quiet high DR tracks). I have the Mayflower O2 amp which I believe has 2.5x gain for the low setting and 6.5x or so gain for the high setting. On high gain with max PC volume (using the ODAC) there is a lot of clipping which is to be expected, since the high gain setting is actually only for using the line in, and not the ODAC. The high gain is for quieter sources, not harder to drive headphones.
The 037974 is specified as the official sennheiser part number for the HD 540 II cable, but I don't know if it is the same as the original cable, or just one that works for all the headphones of that era (like the 250 II). It is the cable that I got from sennheiser, but I have no idea if it is actually "oxygen free" because IIRC the sennheiser product description also claimed it was kevlar, which it obviously isn't (it's just a normal cable).
  That is all just "soundstage" talk; it doesn't have a bearing on games in my experience... The soundstage on the K702 is "large" (whatever that means qualitatively), but it doesn't mean that in game sounds will sound like they are too far away; it just means music doesn't seem like it is coming from inside your head when you listen to it. The K702 do sound "thin" compared to other headphones, but you get used to it and it is partly because other headphones have emphasis...
I don't think I have ever picked up a pair of headphones and listened to them and though "these sound the same as what I was using before." A new pair might not be better than what I was using, but they always sound noticeably different to me...   The K612 measure pretty flat, but they should still sound different than other headphones.
I haven't used the 990s but I use the K702's for gaming all the time in games where directional audio is super important (multiplayer games with lots of dogfighting, which requires hearing where the enemy is in 3D space). I am not sure the Q701 would really offer anything over the K702 for your use since they are almost the same headphone, but the Q701 has the annoying headband bumps and the K702 does not. The AKG's have a very spacious soundstage. Not having used the...
You may have already figured this out since you ordered it 2 weeks ago, but I am pretty sure that won't fit over the lower headband, and if it does fit enough for the snaps to work it will probably interfere with the auto adjust of the headband.
If anyone has any totally electronically broken HD540 II driver units let me know; I need to replace those plastic inserts that have the cloth/paper backing on them but I can't seem to replicate the paper the original units use (the closest paper I have tried is too sealing). All I need is that plastic driver cover with paper backing, since my actual driver units work fine.
So what have people decided with regards to which currently available sennheiser earpads produce the best sound for the reference II? Is it the HD430 pads?   Also does anyone have a source for those contact springs? I am thinking they might be the same kind as those in the HD580 onward, but I am not sure and I don't know how to get those ones either...
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