A remix of the classic and controversial K701/2 phone with perhaps a few sound differences. I got these phones as a surprise birthday present from my folks. I panicked because I knew I had no possible way of amping this thing. Thankfully the next day my girlfriend purchased a Fiio E7 for me which gave me a good excuse to pick up the E9 as well. Armed with Q701/E7/E9 combo connected via USB to my MBP to Fidelia playing a mixture of FLAC, ALAC and 256 kbps iTunes Plus music.
They are very similar to the K702. Black matte finish and its black all around. Green stitching up top with the Quincy branding. New Quincy badge on the driver housing. Overall: Stealthy Sexy.
Sometimes I forget I have them on. Light but not too light and super well built. The "cushions" on the headband can get a little tight and hurt but you get used to positioning them accordingly. The clamping force of these are minimal and just enough to remind you it is there if you are moving your head. The cushions are made out of velour which is made out the guts of this guy:
Its seriously soft and fluffy.
Okay this is the main story here.
I have listened to literally every genre imaginable to put these phones to the test. Results? Here:
1) Classical, Jazz, Big Band, Live, Organic Recordings (?)
2) Not for heavily mixed things.
Let me go into detail about the organic recordings part. These are seriously detailed phones. They pick up every single nuance that you throw at them. If you listen to Ke$ha on these you will hear why people call these clinical. The Q701 chops up every type of music and serves it on a silver platter, even when the music is best when thrown in your face. Grado is known for being "in your face" type of rock headphones. These are true monitoring headphones to listen on what is happening in the studio. Music like The Black Keys is fantastic on these due to their recording and mixing style. Which leads into the obvious: source well or go home. These will not live up to the price or their potential if you just stick em into your iPhone.These need amp'd, DAC'd if possible and at least iTunes Plus quality to do anything special.The bass is not what I could call anemic as some people said it would be. I find it to be welcoming and non-fatiguing. Yes, there are times when I wish there was more, but I can EQ ever so slightly to get a little push. The everything besides the bass is fine: smooth mids and amazing treble. Female vocals and male opera vocals are amazing. Supposedly, Quincy tweaked the mids and treble to his personal style but I cannot find any concrete evidence of this.
Black Keys - Brothers
Fast and interesting drums that don't crowd out that nasty guitar.
Nat "King" Cole - L.O.V.E
Listening to this in FLAC might be my favorite thing about these phones. It's like he is right in front of you crooning away. The band is further back and to the sides of him but so clear and distinct. It's perfect.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Down in the River to Pray
Song you can just close your eyes to and drift away in the choir.
Hunt for Red October - Hymn to Red October
This song has been one of my favorites since I was a little kid. Such energy and poise. Fantastic.
Tron Legacy - Soundtrack / Derezzed
I know I said super mixed things and techno sound overly dissected, but there are some songs that are so well done the become the exception. This album is full of exceptions.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Minnie the Moocher
This song was passed over a lot before I got these phones. The soundstage in particular is fantastic.
Tom Petty - You Don't Know How It Feels
This is where the bass shows up quietly but accurately.
John Williams/ Star Wars Episode I - Duel of Fates
Epic and electrifying. Fast moving and the choir is perfect.
Santana - Oye Como Va
I believe the word holographic can apply here. Simply amazing sound.
Edited by Hawkinsman07 - 3/28/11 at 12:22pm