This distancing thing with the modded Q701 sure is annoying!!
That's the only minor nitpicking I have.
Some vocals sound too distant in the recording and then the next one sounds too shoved in my face. It's the same with both male and female vocals.
Definitely not a recession in the mids. I think it's just being accurate.
I was watching a crappy WWII movie last night ("Battle Cry"..don't watch it) with the modded Q701 and dialogue was so distant sounding. Not too bad, but worse than stock. I switched to the HD-650 and same distancing! Just both are accurate.
On music i've memorized and listened to a million times there is no change or very little.
It's weird how the Annie is considered more forward sounding than the Q701. The Q701 is already quite forward as it is!
I must have tried a ton of modifications to the outer grill without much change.
Right now I have the foam installed and half the outer grill closed off. Sounds pretty good that way, but still not perfect. When I did this the soundstage is reduced a little and everything is closer to being as forward as the stock Q701 but with more bass.
When you reduce the soundstage size everything sounds more forward. Well, duh.
I bet I might actually like the Annie pads with the modded Q701 and not stock Q701. It makes no sense really.
Funny complaining about a soundstage that is too big. That does come with some disadvantages.