So if I EQ out about 2-4 db of bass they would sound pretty close other than in terms of soundstage? I would just like a portable that sounds somewhat like the Q701. If reducing the bass by about 2-4 db brings them to about even in terms of bass then I think i can deal with that.
When I tried to get them to sound close to each other a few weeks ago I used the "Bass Reducer" setting in Itunes (normally use Foobar) and then increased the treble a bit.
It's much easier to get them to sound similar with M50 pads.
You can demo them at Best Buy in the pro audio section if needed.
I don't love them without an external amp, but I bet they'll sound amazing if you ever use the E17 with a portable setup!
The K550 is close to the K701, but sounded much thinner to my ears despite all it's extra bass.
EDIT: I should point out that this was done with my main setup. They're considerably worse without an external amp/dac (usually). The Ipod Touch 2G seems good with them though. LOD with that to E17 might be impressive.
Edited by tdockweiler - 2/9/13 at 4:57pm