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April 13th - First Ever New Orleans Head-Fi Meet  

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Here's the thread for the first ever head-fi meet that happened in New Orleans around 1:00PM central time today(April 13).

The equipment that was there:

One Brand New AKG K701s
One Fully Burned in AKG K701s(Over 500 hours)
AKG K1000
Sennheiser 580
Sennheiser 650

LaRocco Global Reference
Millet Hybrid Tube Amplifier
Rockhopper Pimeta
Little Dot Micro

M-Audio Revolution 7.1
Creative Audigy Notebook ZS
Apple iPod 3rd Generation


Primary goal of the meet:
To test wether a fully burned in K701s differ from a brand new set of K701s.
Method of testing: Single blind test and Double blind test
post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 
K701's legendary burn-in was tested during this meet. While we didn't have $20,000 amps or sources at the meet, we had a very respectable LaRocco Global Reference DAC/Amp.





Reference track: Petey Pablo - Freak-A-Leek

Both K701s headphones exibited the intermodulation distortion that I had experienced with my K701s.
The HD580 and the HD650 did not have the symptoms.

A good post pointing out the symptoms is:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showp...7&postcount=82

For those that want to try:
The foobar EQ was:
0 -3 -6 -9 -12 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14

Careful, you might get addicted! This is my standard EQ for K701s.

The new K701s showed no noticeable difference from the old. The only difference was when vocals came from the left or right, the unburned-in K701s made them sound farther away. It was rather easy doing a blind test as both headphones looked exactly alike and during testing we had troubles identifying which is which. Looking at the ID# was our last ditch effort
I tried the test with both flat EQ as well as Bass Boost oriented EQ settings.


Why did the unburned in K701s make vocals sound farther away? My theory(and this is all just speculation) is that the unburned in K701s had the harder pads which translated into the drivers being farther away from the head. Farther away from the head = farther away sound.






I let samgotit(the other head-fier at the meet) try out the iPod+K701 combo that I've been raving about. I'll let him chime in about what he thought about this combo. For kicks, I also let him hear the K1000s out of the iPod. I've commented before that the iPod drives the K1000s to listenable volumes. I'm glad I was able to get someone else hear the exact same setup I was hearing. Lets see if I'm crazy or not.
post #3 of 11
Looking at it now that is a pretty impressive bunch of gear for the numbers in attendance (Both participants have posted already) . PeeeMeS and I will do this again soon. If there are other NOLA Head-Fi'ers out there PM us or post!
post #4 of 11
I'll be in New Orleans and Pensacola for a couple of weeks in (Edit) June.
post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by rsaavedra
I'll be in New Orleans and Pensacola for a couple of weeks in May.
May is just about the time we should be getting together again (new builds and such). PM one of us with your schedule. We can work around it.


My thougts on K701 new vs. old:

The old "burned in cans" were a bit more open/airy. That is all I could identify. I don't claim to have a golden ear though.


Take Care,
Sam
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Jul 2004, Oct 2003, Jan 2002

Wow that makes us a pretty senior head-fi group!
post #7 of 11
Okay, so I guess you guys aren't believers of burn in.
Anyway, I heard some K701s at the Nashville meet a couple of weeks ago and didn't like them at all. It seems I heard that they had about 50 hours on them. I was attributing my dislike to that. Glad to hear that they don't really change that much. I had to decide between them and RS-1s. The RS-1s are triumphantly sitting on my desk. I'm glad I made the right decision.
post #8 of 11
You might want to try the Convolver settings instead of Foobar's EQ. Here's a bass boost impulse:

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...highlight=bass

I'm a bit of a basshead, and I use this to good effect with my SA5ks.

Edit: It might solve your "intermodulation distortion" issues.
post #9 of 11
Sorry I missed the first one. I plan on making the next one.
post #10 of 11

I just sent a PM to Samgotit about getting together with ya'll for any future meet, but I honestly hope 2006 wasn't your last one.

post #11 of 11

Gorsh, I got all excited, then discovered the thread was from 2006! But if there is ever another meet here in the swamp, count me in!

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