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http://www.theaudiocritic.com/downloads/article_1.pdf - Here is an article I think anyone here at Head-fi should read. 10 common lies in audio. I loved the cable one, as that has set me straight. Yayyy, no need to buy an uber expensive cable.

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I will respond to all of you soon enough.

News, just ordered the Audio-GD Compass 2. This is gonna be my last amp/dac I get for a long while as far as main rig goes.

I spoke to Kingwa, and was told they'd refund me $400 for returning the SA-31. I have to pay shipping which hurts, so I will be getting like $300 and change after all is said and done, but I'll take the hit. I will hopefully sell the ODAC soon after.

So it will be:


Compass 2 amp/dac
K702 Annie
HE400

Sigh, took a long time but looks like im settling. I MAY sell the HE400 if the Annie satisfies me enough for my bass heavy music. I wanna be absolutely sure, as the HE400 is more energetic, which may make it worthwhile keeping for certain situations.. All I do know is that the Annie has everything I could ask for in a balanced can including the amazing comfort, so I will be very surprised if I havs an urge to ever give it up.

If I decide on selling the HE400, I will send it out to you guys first, and ask the last person to have it to hold on to it until I sell it, and ask them to ship it to the buyer, that way I dont have to pay shipping twice.

Anyone mind being the one to hold it until I sell it, and then you ship to buyer? Calpis, Nameless, Chico, Evs?

Again, this is assuming I sell it. I need to spend some time with both to see if its moot to own both. Regardless, the Annie stays. Of course in the future, I will send out the Annie to you guys, assuming I have something in the meanwhile, lol.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/4/13 at 12:31am
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heh, I don't mind <3

 

You can always retry my "bass modded" 2900 again :p

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heh, I don't mind <3

 

 

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Chico in particular, when I do send out the Annie, I wanna know if its indeed the pads that do all the magic. If so, I might get some spare Q701 pads just for a different flavor, lol.

The Q701 is still more detail oriented and airy, whilst the Annie is more musical and warm. So its not like the Annie and Q701 are clashing directly. Of course, I rather have someone A/B test them.

All I know is that that comparing the Annie to the HE400 has shown them both to be quite warm and musical. I didn't get as much an impression of the Q701 being THIS musical, so the difference should be obvious.
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Chico in particular, when I do send out the Annie, I wanna know if its indeed the pads that do all the magic. If so, I might get some spare Q701 pads just for a different flavor, lol.

 

I want to know about that too. 

 

If it is just the pads, I could maybe get a hold of the anniversary pads somehow and just use those on the Q701... evil_smiley.gif

 

Or just get the K702/65 and sell the Q701, then get regular K702 pads...  very_evil_smiley.gif

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But the headband, Chico... DAT HEADBAND. The Annie's headband. I'd pay $100 just for that, lol.
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What's the serial number on yours?  I don't know how long it takes them to go through 3,000 headphones. 

 

My Q701s are 04165.    /:-(
 

 

It seems like if AKG see's they get positive reviews on the K705/65 they should just introduce the changes into the regular x70x.  It's not like the the new headband and pads themselves are limited.


Edited by chicolom - 1/4/13 at 3:00am
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I would be scared to wait, after having heard it.
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Welp, I guess it's time to sell some of my headphones :(

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DO IT! The HE-400... I have a feeling you'd love them. You'll find out soonish.
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I've mentioned my impressions off-handedly here and there, but never made my own thread about them.

 

Actually, I'm not so sure about the Lambda Pro in terms of sound presentation; there are reports of recessed mids, and I'm not sure I'd like that given my preferences, reinforced by common opinions that the Normal bias Lambda's greatest strength is its midrange. I'm not sure if EQ will totally account for this; it didn't quite do it on the SR-202 due to that additional "grain" to the sound, but maybe the Lambda Pro will fare better. I won't be able to tell for sure 'til I get my hands on a set. If you read up on the various Lambda iterations (Wikiphonia would be a good start), you'll find that people have different impressions of their sound signatures.

 

However, the Lambda Pro still uses the vintage headband/arc design with lower clamping force that I prefer for comfort reasons, making it a good choice for long-term listening. The SR-202 and SR-303 (which I don't talk about as much because the right-side driver wasn't functioning optimally and I didn't have a Pro bias amp at the time) make their presence known after a few hours due to the clamping force, though the SR-303 was less bothersome because of the softer pads. Then there's the SR-507, which clamp even harder if spritzer's impressions are anything to go by.

 

I haven't had the fortune of listening to the flagship Omega-series models (SR-Omega, SR-007, SR-009); those cost way too much, and there aren't any owners who would let me audition them around here, to my knowledge. Nor have I listened to the pre-Lambda models like the SR-X/Mk3, SR-5, and SR-3, which have smaller diaphragms and generally aren't considered quite as good, but also usually sell for under $200 with an SRD-5 or SRD-6 transformer box and regarded quite competitive for that price range. (For music, anyway; I'm not sure how they fare in gaming since other people say the soundstage is significantly smaller than a typical Lambda and most people don't game with Stax, but then again, the Lambda is about as large as soundstage gets for a conventional headphone that doesn't try to mount the drivers perpendicular to your ears like a Sigma, PFR-V1 or K1000.)

 

Ok, I'm confused, I thought I had read you previously say that you have the Lambda Pro model, which model do you have again?

 

-Erik

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Anyone mind being the one to hold it until I sell it, and then you ship to buyer? Calpis, Nameless, Chico, Evs?
Again, this is assuming I sell it. I need to spend some time with both to see if its moot to own both. Regardless, the Annie stays. Of course in the future, I will send out the Annie to you guys, assuming I have something in the meanwhile, lol.

MOI!? Well, I'd be flattered, camping my front door, ready with kid gloves and all the shipping materials I've saved from Xmas stuff, lol! It would be amazing because I didn't expect to be able to slake my curiosity about more headphones while I also have my/your Q's. (XD Calpis!)

I know expensive amps are harder to sell, but did you try listing your amp on the F/S forum?
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Does anyone have any recommendations on a USB Sound Card/External DAC that would be a good pairing with the AD700's? I have a ASROCK z77e-ITX motherboard for reference and primarily play CS:GO. Just want to upgrade from the onboard sound.

One of the lovable things about the AD700 is that it's amping requirements are low, so pretty much any USB DAC/amp combo ought to do well.

The Xonar U3 and X-Fi Go! are both cheap and adequate with Dolby Headphone or CMSS-3D respectively. If you don't mind stereo or headphone surround through software, FiiO recently made a very nice upgrade to the E07k Amp/DAC combo (it's crazy how similar it is to the E17 now). My Recon3D USB mates very nicely with my AD700, the surround and bass boost work very well. The Recon3D sounds very clean, probably cleaner than the X-Fi Go! or Xonar U3, plus it has a 3.5mm input and optical input in case you want to connect other sources, like a console or MP3 player. NamelessPFG has one for sale at a very nice discount.
Edited by Evshrug - 1/4/13 at 9:01am
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All, I have a thread here, that I would love you guys double checking:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/644291/high-end-computer-audio-gaming-setup

 

My main questions are I am about to pull the trigger on a DT990/600 and LD MK IV for gaming. Dolby headphone will come from Xonar DG, to an external DAC through optical, to the MK IV, to the Headphone.

 

 

I am glad I read this because now the Annies have intrigued me. Where were you seeing them for cheaper than 500? Are they worth the extra 120 over the DT990s?

 

I dont competitively game, but want a nice high end setup, with a nice fun factor.

 

edit: The one draw back i hear from people with the 990 is the treble and high end, Thats why i am planning on tubing them to mellow them out. Figured this would be a perfect pairing. Switched from the Valhalla to the MKIV because apparently the Valhalla isnt too warm.


Edited by Jhalf - 1/4/13 at 9:51am
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Just waiting on some more opinions of the K702 Annie, as I haven't been able to find much info on them, besides the fact that they sound amazing, lol. I had two problems with the Q701, the headband and the bass. If these fix that, then, maybe they are worth almost $300 more. Dunno. Is there a better option for $500? Is the bass and the headband all that is changed sonically? Do they have more of a soundstage or anything compared to the Q?

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