There are subtle differences... But I thinks its for the better. I've had many K's over the years and the latest batch is the most natural sounding to my ears, especially with acoustic instruments. The soundstage is still very big but is now more focused and centered. There is more body to instruments and this gives a more realistic tone. Still the same sound characteristics though, as they are the same drivers.
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Thanks to Addicted to Audio, Q701 is in the house. As it has been 2 years since I had a K701 I cannot determine if the Q is the same or slightly different to the K. And I guess it doesn't matter; well not to me. What does matter is that the AKG is a sublime headphone with certain music (acoustic, folk, vocal type tracks) and has a magic that just hits the spot for my ears. The Q701 contrasts nicely with both my LCD2 and Sig Pro, bringing that airy mid/treble presentation. The Q is a great headphone, probably not one I would choose as my only headphone (I like different sound signatures dependent on the music and my mood) but in given situations, second to none. The Q701 may be considered as mid fi in today's headphone world, but for my money it doesn't come up short in comparison to the enjoyment factor against current TOTL. And is surely amongst the audio bargains of the decade.
Edited by Kernmac - 12/5/13 at 1:30pm