My experiments with positioning the K701 continue!
Originally Posted by moonboy403
I think I finally understand what you and Uncle Erik speak of. You describe the tonality of the K701 to be off while Uncle Erik describes the K701 as having a plasticky tone to it.
I think I would describe it differently. The more I listen to the K701, the more I think it sounds sterile. For a lack of a better way to describe it, I would say that the mids sound too tight and a bit congested. Is that what you're hearing Uncle Erik?
Not really, the flaw is elsewhere. The K701, IMO, is very sensitive to how you place it on your head and it sounds pleasant at ONE VOLUME. You got to place it correctly(Use a mirror to get it right, if possible) and find the CORRECT VOLUME for any album that you throw at it.
I have played around with the positioning a lot and my present conclusions tell me that:
A: Do not pull the earcups far too down(vertically)... the more downwards you pull them, the more thin and sterile the K701 sounds.
B: Remember, how one cocks one's hand behind one's ear to hear something clearly? Do NOT let the K701 EARCUPS c0ck YOUR EARLOBE (I found this, of late)... Place them slightly backwards to prevent the said c0ck-ing. But don't place it far too back either. If your earlobes are cocked, the mids sound a bit hollow and echo-ey... the markl "hollow tube to ear effect"
If you place the K701 incorrectly, it seems to lack a fair bit of midbass and bleaches the various instruments.... nothing sounds fleshed out. (vertical positioning affects this)
Once you place them correctly, the situation improves A LOT... sounds fill in nicely, though it is still a fraction on the leaner side.
I enjoy my K701 a lot more these days, with proper positioning, of course! They are really nice with classical, much more so than my E4C and PX100... But I do admit that they are on the leaner and brighter side of things. The lean-ness is more evident on the backing instruments, which I feel could sound a bit more fuller.