Has anyone noticed any difference in sound between 3 year old pads and new ones?
My old pads are in good shape but a LITTLE less deep than the newer pads I just bought. You can barely tell the difference.
It could be my imagination but the older pads seemed a little smoother in the upper mids with some songs.
With new pads i'm getting a tiny bit more treble. Basically the same almost.
It'd be interesting seeing measurements between 3 year old pads and brand new ones. No, i'm not going to A/B them Probably a 1.5-2% difference in sound.
BTW I got a K400 in once and it had K701 pads that were so flat they were not even angled anymore!
Can't say it enough but I love the modded Q701 with ambient electronica. Try 'Lights Out Asia", "Startle the Heavens", "When the Clouds" and "Hammock". They're all on Itunes.
Some may not be truly ambient electronica but close enough. I like the simple stuff that's not dark with all the repetitive droning sounds.
There is this song from "Candlepark Stars" where the bass sounds more distant on the modded Q701 compared to some of my other headphones. Turns out it's not due to having less pronounced bass, but the modded Q701 gets the spacing right in the soundstage. This is why the low bass rumbling sounds in Fallout 3 often sound distant too. Bass that's supposed to sound like it's coming from 10 feet away? Huh?! On a closed headphone it's more close-up, but actually less accurate.
When vocals sound spaced back on the modded Q701 about 4 feet I'm positive that's how it's supposed to be in the recording. Modded Q701 gets it right when recordings have vocals that are supposed to be shoved in my face. Those don't sound distant.
Comparing differences in soundstaging is often confusing. For reference I compare the modded Q701 to my DJ100 with M50 pads and they're both accurate when it comes to imaging/spacing. HD-650 is good too. This also seems to vary a little between DACs and Amps. Not sure why. The Modi seems to have good soundstage depth with the modded Q701. Not sure what causes this.
Been loving the modded Q701 even more now that I've upgraded from the Modi to the Micro DAC. On some songs there is not much difference, but on others it's much greater.
Also..I haven't used my Ipod Touch 2G in about forever but the DAC inside that is actually pretty good. I think it also uses a Cirrus Logic DAC like on my Micro DAC.
Not sure why I was fooled into thinking the Clip+ sounds as good as the Ipod Touch 2G. I mean they both sound flat..Clip+ is a bit warmer and does sound good but not great.