Originally Posted by ThurstonX
Are your Qs modded? Maybe my Annie pads were defective... ;-) They were insanely comfortable, I'll give 'em that.
No they aren't modded. (I didn't want to mess with anything and risk breaking something before I resell) but what chicolm has said about it being warm and more full bodied, and have more bass presence with a slight roll off of the treble really turns the q701's into a new headphone:) the nice thing is if I want to listen to something when I am craving some nice airy treble, 20 seconds to pop on the new pads and I have a new headphone!!! I am liking for Annie pads for my usual indie rock, rock, jazz and some "mainstream" stuff, but the regular pads are better for classical and rock were you really want to hear the symbols sparkle. The sparkle is still there with the Annie pads, but it just isn't as much as a focus because there are so many other beautiful things to be listening too:)!!
Regarding movies, and tv/non-competitive (stock pads are god mode for competitive gaming) video games, the Annie pads are far superior. The added warmth really adds to the vocals, and the added bass makes a big difference with the explosions!! The sound cues, and soundstage of the Annie pads compared to the stock pads are extremely similar, but the added bass makes the instruments larger, so it gives the appearance of being a smaller soundstage, but that is just a mental trick your deceiving ears are playing on us. If you listen for a little while you'll realize it's pretty much the same!!
So to end this statement I love these headphones for costing me $290 for 2 pars of beautifully brilliant headphones, and thank God this is possible because of AKG's extreme laziness!!!
P.S. I am using the iPhone 5(tuneshell)->fiio LOD with iPhone adapter->O2->Q701