Someone should take one for the team and buy some K712 pads for the non modded Q701 and report the results. Make sure to get K712 pads and not the flatter Annie pads (which I didn't like).
The K712 pads MIGHT give you similar results as a modded Q701 with stock pads.
K712 pads and modded Q701 give me too much bass and the low mids are much too forward. I did not experiment with opening the grill though. That might do the trick.
Pretty sure based on memory the K712 pads on a modded Q701 had fuller mids than a stock K712.
If my Q701 was stock I'd get K712 pads, but I don't really want to reverse the mod.
It's $60 for both pads. Considering the Q701 pads are $40, that's not too bad.
EDIT: BTW when I tried the K712 PRO with stock pads it sounded closer to how I remember the K702. The K712 PRO doesn't have the Q701 grill and is more open though. Perhaps that is why. I know some have said it's still a little bassier and I didn't try it for long.
Loving the modded Q701 of course. It's like an open version of my favorite closed headphone. I would love to try to get the low mids to sound as full as the K712 though. They're very very close. I think for that you'd need a stock Q701 and K712 pads. Maybe a K702 grill.
Edited by tdockweiler - 10/31/13 at 2:20pm