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post #5191 of 9514
I too have a stock Q701 (made in Austria) and while I'm selling them and keeping the HD650, I find it clearer and without any doubt better for classical music. In fact, I'm considering keeping both cans and I never thought I'd have more than one headphone at a time.
post #5192 of 9514
I'm also running a stock pair - I really don't need any more bass, and for the purposes of listening to classical I fear a modded 701 will take it away from being the neutral phone that it is. If I listened to a lot of rock then I would have probably already modded them, but for classical and jazz they are perfect as they are.
post #5193 of 9514
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Originally Posted by larken View Post

 

With regards to the bassport mod - this was something I never thought I'd say this about the q701 ; after the mod, I kinda felt that the bass got a little too overpowering on certain songs, then again, I was never much of a basshead. That said, I won't be reversing the mod, as without it, the bass presence is rather lacking. Now I can actually feel the "thump".

 

The q701 is definitely a rather interesting headphone to mess around with. :D

 

You could try the foam mod with the bass port.  Like you, I found fully open to be a little too much on some songs.  I tried a few different types of foam (sliced into strips thin enough to slide between the port and the piece above it; nice snug fit in the end).  Ultimately I settled on a fairly rigid yet porous foam; got it from the box of my old Grado SR-225s.  It was the easiest to slice with a razor blade.  Softer, slightly denser foams didn't work for me.  A few others have adopted this compromise mod.  Anyway, something to consider.

post #5194 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Slaphead View Post

I'm also running a stock pair - I really don't need any more bass, and for the purposes of listening to classical I fear a modded 701 will take it away from being the neutral phone that it is. If I listened to a lot of rock then I would have probably already modded them, but for classical and jazz they are perfect as they are.

I'm not big into classical, but I am getting into jazz and the modded Q701 is exceptional for jazz. The bass is not overpowering at all, it is just about perfect for my tastes. After doing the bass mod and a simple headband mod I really have not a single complaint about this headphone. My entire current setup is pretty magical sounding. My DAC sounds transparent, and super detailed, and my SX-750 is a powerful beast. I know the SX-750 is still a baby when compared to the bigger vintage receivers but 50 watts per channel is plenty for headphones. 

post #5195 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Ashade View Post


Thank you! It was tiring but smooth. Now the deal is to inbox everything again. First thing I unboxed was... the Q701! Then the 5.1. I might read the whole review tomorrow, today I need to sleep a little. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Congrats, and enjoy your new place!  Also, my post will put you to sleep... guaranteed ;)

post #5196 of 9514
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Congrats, and enjoy your new place!  Also, my post will put you to sleep... guaranteed wink.gif

I'm curious about your musical tastes. I will listen to your musical selection of possible. I bet is not as bad as you pray. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

are there very many people here rocking their Q701 just stock, without any modding at all.

I am.

I find them super comfy, and while the bass is lacking some, I rather have that than too much bass......not a basshead at all.

Mine are the Austria phones, and I am loving them just as they are.

It's not that much bass, in my opinion is pretty balanced. My HD700 has considerably much more bass than my modded Q's. I will try to get some comparison out as soon as I get rid of this mess.

You can regulate the amount of bass through foams in the ports. ThurstonX is an expert.
Edited by Ashade - 1/5/14 at 9:15am
post #5197 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Ashade View Post

I'm curious about your musical tastes. I will listen to your musical selection of possible. I bet is not as bad as you pray. biggrin.gif

You can regulate the amount of bass through foams in the ports. ThurstonX is an expert.

 

Don't get me started, it's all over the place.

 

I also own a salt mine.  You can use some of it with that "expert" comment!

post #5198 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Slaphead View Post

I'm also running a stock pair - I really don't need any more bass, and for the purposes of listening to classical I fear a modded 701 will take it away from being the neutral phone that it is. If I listened to a lot of rock then I would have probably already modded them, but for classical and jazz they are perfect as they are.

+1 

 

I can understand some wanting more bass for the likes of Rock and Dance etc. But for acoustic music especially the bass is spot on as stock for me.  

post #5199 of 9514
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

You could try the foam mod with the bass port.  Like you, I found fully open to be a little too much on some songs.  I tried a few different types of foam (sliced into strips thin enough to slide between the port and the piece above it; nice snug fit in the end).  Ultimately I settled on a fairly rigid yet porous foam; got it from the box of my old Grado SR-225s.  It was the easiest to slice with a razor blade.  Softer, slightly denser foams didn't work for me.  A few others have adopted this compromise mod.  Anyway, something to consider.

I'll look into that, thanks.

post #5200 of 9514

Anyone on this thread try using a Sound Blaster Z (or Zx) to drive the Q701?

Does the combo work well together?

post #5201 of 9514
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Anyone on this thread try using a Sound Blaster Z (or Zx) to drive the Q701?

Does the combo work well together?


If you are looking for a definite answer, please ignore my post. Although I felt like replying until you get a better answer than mine :)

I've been looking EVERYWHERE for a decent answer for you on the internet. So far my results is that you're quite knowledgeable in the pc soundcard field.

Hahaha just kidding, there's more.

A better DAC is what will make the difference for the Q701's, or for anything really. On another forum, a decent upgrade such as the ODAC will make the transparency and soundstaging of the Q701's better. According to the official website, the Soundblaster ZxR has a maximum output of 33ohms, and forums state that these have a hidden 600 ohm boost feature through software. I'm not sure how clean the signal will be after the boost.

I can't comment how well the combo will work though, but soundcards from my experience are neutral. Compared to the little warmth I enjoy from my less tiered E07K.

post #5202 of 9514
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Anyone on this thread try using a Sound Blaster Z (or Zx) to drive the Q701?

Does the combo work well together?


I'm using a Zx to drive mine without a problem, until i can get a better amp/dac. If you got the Zx, connect them directly to the sound card not to the dock with the mic and volume control.

 

A little piece of advice , turn the volume down to 20% before using the Q701.

post #5203 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Bajitopelu View Post
 


I'm using a Zx to drive mine without a problem, until i can get a better amp/dac. If you got the Zx, connect them directly to the sound card not to the dock with the mic and volume control.

 

A little piece of advice , turn the volume down to 20% before using the Q701.

What makes you want to buy a better amp/dac? From the looks of it, the Zx seems to power the Q701's quite well.

post #5204 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Nec3 View Post
 

What makes you want to buy a better amp/dac? From the looks of it, the Zx seems to power the Q701's quite well.

I want to move them away from my desktop to a more relax area. Apart from my sound card, i don't have another amp to drive them. And i want to try a tube amp. The perfect combination to get a new amp:atsmile:.

post #5205 of 9514
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Originally Posted by Bajitopelu View Post
 

I want to move them away from my desktop to a more relax area. Apart from my sound card, i don't have another amp to drive them. And i want to try a tube amp. The perfect combination to get a new amp:atsmile:.

If you happen to get a new amp/dac. Please do a comparison of your Zx to your new equipment ^^
 

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