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post #17236 of 26144

True, but even though its not technically on par with those two it still is a great option for him... a better option, personally, if it was up to me.

post #17237 of 26144
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I agree. I was gonna recommend the MA900 which I find more fun than the Q, and more balanced than the X1, and more comfortable than both. It'd also pair up well with the STX due to it not being affected by the output impedance. Just, if he's trying to squeeze as much SQ as he can for his money, the other two are technically better, given a few tradeoffs (loose bass on the X1, less fun+dat upper mid peak on the Q).

I'd just personally recommend saving up for the K712/Annies, as you get the best balance of everything, if you feel the MA900 might not be up to task.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/13/13 at 12:56pm
post #17238 of 26144
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I'd just personally recommend saving up for the K712/Annies, as you get the best balance of everything, if you feel the MA900 might not be up to task.

 

*Guilty as charged*

 

That's what I did... lol

post #17239 of 26144
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The X1 is quits a bit more fun oriented, with mid bass coloration and bloom. The Q is considerably more balanced, and polite.

 

Actually, I have the problem that I don't know what will sounds better for me ;)

 

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The hardest thing to do, when reviewing or contrasting headphones, is to avoid hyperbole.

 

...yes you are right. But there are definitely differences between the X1 and the Q 701. So I'm just trying the to get the one which is the perfect cut for me.

 

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Just, if he's trying to squeeze as much SQ as he can for his money, the other two are technically better, given a few tradeoffs (loose bass on the X1, less fun+dat upper mid peak on the Q).

I'd just personally recommend saving up for the K712/Annies, as you get the best balance of everything, if you feel the MA900 might not be up to task.

 

Maybe I can get the foam pads from the Annie Version around christmas because a friend of mine is coming through Germany. I think it will cost me about 36$ for each pad? Here in Germany I'll pay twice the prize for that!

 

So maybe I should get the Q 701 and update them later on with the foam pads from the Annies? Maybe a headband too...

 

An other idea is to get the X1 and the Q 701 side by side? I can sell the Q's in Germany for at least the price my sister will pay in the USA. So I don't have to step on your nervs any more and can really get the best sounding headphone for me :D

 

Thank your very much for your help! :)


Edited by funkdoc - 10/13/13 at 1:39pm
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Good luck, and I hope whatever you get suits you.
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Yeah, that'd be my choice if I want an all rounder, and didn't mind less comfort, and a sonic improvement compared to the MA900.

If the X1 had considerably less mid bass... I'd consider it quite neutral sounding. Its that bass tilt that keeps it from being that.
What's more comfortable about the X1? Better heat ventilation or something? (Again, I haven't tried the X1 myself, funkdoc)

Btw, I think the MA900 has slightly better imaging for the sensation of surround while gaming. You know, just to make the choice easier wink.gif

And when I say the differences are small, I mean they are noticeable and would sway preferences, but the difference isn't like night and day (Beiber will still sound like a kid, etc)
Edited by Evshrug - 10/13/13 at 1:52pm
post #17242 of 26144

I think one of the two headphones will suit my claims.

 

If it'll be the Q and I want new pads, do they cost around 36$ per pad? Anyone got dealership where to find them?

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What's more comfortable about the X1? Better heat ventilation or something?

 

The extra padding under the headband...

post #17244 of 26144
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Lol, the headband padding on the X1 is infinitely superior than the Q701's bumps of doom. The X1's headband is probably my favorite outside of the Stax SR407 and MadDog comfort strap headbands.

I do prefer the Q701's pads over the X1 though. It breathes easier. I actually prefer their firmness over even the Annie's memory foam, which, like the X1, gets a little hotter. Overall though, I'll take the X1/Annie's pads with better headband, than the Q's better pads, and horrible headband.
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The extra padding under the headband...

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Lol, the headband padding on the X1 is infinitely superior than the Q701's bumps of doom. The X1's headband is probably my favorite outside of the Stax SR407 and MadDog comfort strap headbands.

I do prefer the Q701's pads over the X1 though. It breathes easier. I actually prefer their firmness over even the Annie's memory foam, which, like the X1, gets a little hotter. Overall though, I'll take the X1/Annie's pads with better headband, than the Q's better pads, and horrible headband.

Where I quoted you, you said the X1 was more comfortable than the K712... I was wondering if you knew something I didn't. With the newer K712 not having headband bumps, my only comfort gripe was solved.
post #17246 of 26144
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Huh? Did I say that? I was referring the K712/Annie compare to the MA900, which I find more comfortable than everything else that isn't the KSC75.

And I do find the X1 more comfortable than the Annie (and I assume the K712), because the padding is better than than the padless headband on those AKGs. The pads are similar, however. Memory foam, that heat up just a little.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/13/13 at 1:57pm
post #17247 of 26144

X1 is very comfortable. However, I can see the velour pads causing some heat issues in the warming months if your room is hot. Another issue some people have is that the felt(?) speaker covering can vibrate against your ears.

 

All that being said--I've been able to wear it for long periods of time with no discomfort.

 

The K712 pro surprised me...I thought that unpadded leather strap would be uncomfortable. It's not.

post #17248 of 26144
Hi lately I've been thinkng of upgrading from my HD558's and I wanted to know whats a good step up from them.
For what kinda sound I'm looking for I'm thinking of ether a more bassy sound (Since I listen to alot of high energy songs like rock metal and techno) or maybe something like my 558s only better I hear the AKG Q701's fit the latter.

Velour is a MUST since useing the HD 558s I can never go back to anything else.
I'm willing to pay $200 to $250. thank in advance.
post #17249 of 26144
Thread Starter 
Sounds like the X1. The HD558 is a really solid pair of cans. I really like them. You might have to wait until they either go back doen to around $250, or buy them used.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/13/13 at 3:46pm
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Hd598s are on sale for 150 at frys electronics if you have one local. It's on the newspaper ad. I'd grab a pair myself if I already didn't have the x1s.
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