I think e-Q5 should be rated just a bit higher than the e-Q7. e-Q5 is better technically - it has better treble quality and extension and similar quality mids and bass, but more even and neutral. But this is of course debatable. I just felt that the treble on e-Q7 was clearly grainier and less refined than that of e-Q5. Also, just curious: what makes you give the FX700 a higher score? What do you feel they do better than the e-Q5?
BTW, I just got RE0 again - borrowed from a fellow head-fi'er and I am so impressed with them! I compared directly with e-Q5 and I am honestly not sure which one is better at all. RE0 is just so incredibly composed, clear, detailed and transparent. e-Q5 is also great, but is it better than RE0? Honestly, I think it will take a high end source and amp to tell for sure. I only tried RE0 unamped, but we all know how well it scales. In your opinion - what makes the e-Q5 superior to RE0?
I just looked over your RE0 review and read this: "They are very neutral with maybe just a hint of warmth, but lack lushness or liquidity." Do you still feel the same way about them? I always thought RE0 had very smooth mids. They may not have the ultra lushness of SE530 or RE262, but they are on par with e-Q5/e-Q7 in this regard and maybe even smoother to my ears. I used to own e-Q7 and RE0 at the same time and I ABed them a lot. I came to the conclusion that RE0 is actually smoother than e-Q7. Again, this is all subjective, but I would never say RE0 lacks smoothness, no matter how I look at it.
Edited by Pianist - 4/30/11 at 12:06pm