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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

 

BTW I bought a Bravo V2 hybrid tube amp to play around with. It will either be pretty decent or just some cheap toy to play around with. I got it for under $60 with next day delivery. Not bad!

 

You're gonna need to change that tube 

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Originally Posted by CloudMoose View Post

 

 

Also did something like this, totally replacing the headband. Far better than any extra padding things I tried. Luckily, I had a spare K701 headband that I could scrap the parts of, without committing to damage the Q701 stock headband. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Did you reverse the mod? If so, did you use the original tape? I might try that someday just for fun.

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I'll go out on a limb and say that I've never experienced the tonality or detail issues elwappo90 is speaking of, that, in some ways, are similar to the K 701. In fact, modded, the Q 701 that I am using does not, to my ears, have the midrange and treble grain that I clearly heard in a K 702 demo unit in a store about two weeks ago. Between the Q and K iteration, AKG has done something to the driver, housing or pad design which makes the driver performance less grainy--and, in turn, minimized the midrange inconsistencies and tonality issues--no matter if modded or not.


Edited by Sonichedgehog360 - 3/2/14 at 6:55am
post #5825 of 8181
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post
 

BTW I bought a Bravo V2 hybrid tube amp to play around with. It will either be pretty decent or just some cheap toy to play around with. I got it for under $60 with next day delivery. Not bad!

Please update us on this. I was thinking of getting that or a magni. 

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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post
 

Please update us on this. I was thinking of getting that or a magni. 


I have a Bravo V2 with upgraded tubes and the Q701 sounds pretty awesome when listening to flac or streamed music files on my computer.

 

It's a very powerful little amp and the ability to easily swap tubes is great.  It's so powerful that I don't have to put much volume into the amp in order to get it to listening level.  I've got probably 85-90% of the volume knob left with Q701s.

 

At $60, or whatever, it's very, very hard to go wrong.   I use mine in combination with an ELE D01 dac(I think thats the number) and the combo together costs ~$75.  That's less than the cost of a Magni or Vali for a dac and amp.

 

If you are the DIY type, you can upgrade it like crazy, but I haven't tried any of that out.

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Thanks for the insights, it was very helpful. I've decided that I'm going to try the mod. Be right back!

post #5828 of 8181
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post
 

 

Also did something like this, totally replacing the headband. Far better than any extra padding things I tried. Luckily, I had a spare K701 headband that I could scrap the parts of, without committing to damage the Q701 stock headband. 

 


Thought about just buying a K701 or K712 headband but didn't feel like shelling out 30 dollars then waiting for it to arrive in the mail so I opted for a more local option lol.

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It seems that the only victims of headband pain are the owners of the Austrian-made model. AKG might have taken advantage of the opportunity to fix that problem when they moved production to China.
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Originally Posted by Mama Krama View Post

It seems that the only victims of headband pain are the owners of the Austrian-made model. AKG might have taken advantage of the opportunity to fix that problem when they moved production to China.

 

Nah, my Made In China white version needed bump surgery with a bandana bandage (bandandage?).  Fixed it right up.  BUT, I've got no hair up there, so YMMV.

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Originally Posted by Mama Krama View Post

It seems that the only victims of headband pain are the owners of the Austrian-made model. AKG might have taken advantage of the opportunity to fix that problem when they moved production to China.

Chinese version here, experiencing pain after an hour of usage. Would occasionally relocate the pressure to further back of the head or take it off, ruffle hair, put it back on

post #5832 of 8181

Headband bump never bother me it's the clamping pressure and the cups pressing on my jaw.

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I just reversed the mod and after few minutes of listening i took off the tape again i don't like my Q with that tape anymore.

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Originally Posted by i luvmusic 2 View Post
 

I just reversed the mod and after few minutes of listening i took off the tape again i don't like my Q with that tape anymore.


I know. This mod may only raise the lower and mid bass by a hair, but once you experience the difference, there is no going back. Now, if we can only get Tyll to graph it so we can visually confirm what I have been hearing in some frequency sweeps and other tests. To me, it sounds like a 3 to 4 dB gradual boost centered around 45-50 Hz, but I'm not 100 percent positive.

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Originally Posted by eimis View Post
 

^ Did you reverse the mod? If so, did you use the original tape? I might try that someday just for fun.

 

Yea, it's easy to reverse. I'd suspect most people will enjoy the mod. Try taking only one side off at a time. Do a side by side comparison. If you listen to bass heavy music you'll probably really enjoy it. If you're into more acoustic sounds, you might feel it's a little off. If you really like the mod you should look into the K702 anniversary or K712. Adds a bit more bass, but in a more consistent manner. 

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