Originally Posted by Nec3
Okay, so I figured all of you were right, the songs really were bad mastering. I can play any classical songs and proper pop/rock songs that don't have loud crashes with the q701-m. Pretty much limiting my music to acoustic, vocals and classical.
There's a reason there's a stereotype about stodgy Audiophiles preferring those genres... Generally there's just more talent and time invested at the mastering stage. Doesn't mean there aren't good examples of Rock and Progressive, or electronica, it's just you'll get really excited when you find a great combination of performer and producer.
One thing that used to (and occasionally still) fascinate me was what happens when different parts of a mix/FR are emphasized. Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy" sounds like a different song when played on laptop speakers, Bose headphones, and my Q701's. It goes from a beat-driven, energetic track on one driver, to a more somber almost requiem track when the backing female vocals come forward and the beat is de-emphasized.
Originally Posted by Dizzy47
woot, today I got my AKG Q701's. So excited, I paired 'em up with the ASUS Xonar Essence STX and they sound great!
It really does blow you away, doesn't it, when you hear how the Q701 both is refined and revealing little details/nuances while also being so involving! Happy for you to be having a good time