Originally Posted by elwappo99
I'll go against the tide on this and agree with you. I thought this mod had interesting changes, but ultimately the reduction in midrange along with the looser bass wasn't a good combo for me
Agreed, and I fixed that with the "foam mod." People who don't like the fully open bass port should try a piece of foam (stiffer proved better for me) over the port. I didn't even bother to tape it down, as it's in there quite snugly.
Here's an interesting A/B album test I just did. Yesterday Rush released a remixed version of 2002's Vapor Trails. As some might know, the original suffered mightily from a brutal mix and even more brutal mastering. Geddy Lee takes most of the blame, so he was pretty motivated to get a good mix/mastering done. I listened to the original CD, which has a different mastering than the 24/96 version available at HDTracks. It is truly harsh on the foam-modded Q701, as it is on any set of cans or speakers. Unavoidable. Then I listened to the remixed version. Wow. It's like a brand new album of totally familiar songs! But the best thing about it on the foam-modded Q701 is the thump & growl (Thump & Growl... I'm copyrighting that! ;-) It's not just the bass, which is more prominent in the mix (leave it to bass player to approve that! ;-) but the guitars on certain songs, and the overall sound.
I don't want this to be a rave review of that album, but about what others (I'm looking at you, tdock :-) are saying about good recordings vs. bad recordings on these cans. Whereas the flaws of the original CD are quite evident on the Q701, the remix was SO easy to listen to. I could even adjust the volume (mostly UP) and not cringe and want to take them off. And while there is plenty of Thump & Growl (thank you, foam :P ), all the nuances that were recorded, then distorted and compressed out of existence, were suddenly given room to breathe. A lot of this is acoustic guitar, mandola, and fun little guitar flourishes.
So yeah, get that album, enjoy, and above all, MOD those babies, be it with foam or not.