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post #5851 of 9490
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Originally Posted by krizar View Post
 

Pics "step by step" bass port mod Q701.

 

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You sir, are awesome.  Just did this mod and my urge to buy the discounted HE-400 has vanished!  Bass!  Bass is back!!  Glorious bass!!!  BAWAHAHAHAHA!

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Can anyone who listens to mainly classical music comment on this mod? I'm still on the fence, I think the bass is ok as it is but a little more wouldn't be a bad thing. Bleeding bass or less details anywhere on the frequency is definitely not an acceptable trade-off (for me) though.

To mod or not to mod.... that is the question. :k701smile:

post #5853 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

Can anyone who listens to mainly classical music comment on this mod? I'm still on the fence, I think the bass is ok as it is but a little more wouldn't be a bad thing. Bleeding bass or less details anywhere on the frequency is definitely not an acceptable trade-off (for me) though.

To mod or not to mod.... that is the question. :k701smile:

 

I listen to about 30% classical. My main rig is HD800 based, but after the mod the differences are quite subtle. I still reach for the Qs quite frequently, and mostly for the classical music.

 

The effect you can expect is not really an increase in quantity, but it feels like that because there is much more sub-bass that is originally tamed by the restricted air flow. It just extends the frequency range. If the bass is not present in the recording, it will not magically appear in the headphones. If it's there, it will come to you as prescribed.

post #5854 of 9490

The bass mod boost frequencies below 200Hz slightly.  It's a noticeable difference but won't make it anywhere as thick as that of the HE-400.  

post #5855 of 9490
I'm not going back with this mod. I listen to soundtrack about 50% of the time and have found it to be beneficial. Because of the spectrum being larger, when music swells up with, say, a cello section, the impact is much more present. A good example of this is the main title for Joe Hisaishi's Princess Mononoke, "The Legend of A****aka."
post #5856 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

Can anyone who listens to mainly classical music comment on this mod? I'm still on the fence, I think the bass is ok as it is but a little more wouldn't be a bad thing. Bleeding bass or less details anywhere on the frequency is definitely not an acceptable trade-off (for me) though.


To mod or not to mod.... that is the question. k701smile.gif
I'm not going back with this mod. I listen to soundtrack about 50% of the time and have found it to be beneficial. Because of the spectrum being larger, when music swells up with, say, a cello section, the impact is much more present. A good example of this is the main title for Joe Hisaishi's Princess Mononoke, "The Legend of A****aka."
post #5857 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Mama Krama View Post


I'm not going back with this mod. I listen to soundtrack about 50% of the time and have found it to be beneficial. Because of the spectrum being larger, when music swells up with, say, a cello section, the impact is much more present. A good example of this is the main title for Joe Hisaishi's Princess Mononoke, "The Legend of A****aka."

That just got censored. lol.

post #5858 of 9490

Pulled the bass port cover off, initial impression is definitely extended bass without much change to the mids and highs. It might be the rig here at work but I feel there to be more mid-bass boost vs sub-bass boost but both had gains with the mod. I'll do an extended listen tonight on the Audio-GD at mi casa.

The one surprising result of the mod, more detail to upper mids and treble. Before the mod this region seemed sweet and syrup-like, definitely favorable but lacking micro details. With the mod the violins and guitar sound more realistic. Still not quite the detail on the HE4 for stringed instrument but a definite step up from stock. I like it! :k701smile:

post #5859 of 9490
Thread Starter 

I'm really amazed at how all of you managed to remove the tape over the port without removing the inner plastic piece.

That's real talent. Are you also brain surgeons?

 

I could barely even see the tape on mine..

 

I really do wonder if there is any difference in sound results with the mod done on the K702 and Q701.

 

I bet the K702 modded will give worse results. Possible more bass and slightly reduced low mids? Doubt it.

 

Has anyone listened to the modded Q701 with no foam behind the pads and with the outer grill off?

 

You should try it..

 

At first I thought with the foam behind the pads off you'd get less bass, but this doesn't seem to be the case at all.

post #5860 of 9490

^^ 

I used my wife's tweezerman tweezers and a small flat head screw driver.  I gently pushed up a lip of the sticker with the screwdriver then when I managed to grip it securely with the tweezers i slowly twisted the tweezers back and forth slowly making the lip larger and larger until it came off.  Took me 5 minutes for both and I have non-surgeon gorilla hands to boot!  Thanks Polish Dude once again for the pics!  I wouldn't have done it without that method!

 

As for the sound change because of the mod, I really, really noticed more bass and a more natural bass rolloff on the low end.  Sure it could be placebo, but I  was always somewhat disappointed with the Q701's bass performance before.


Edited by Mark the Red - 3/4/14 at 9:22pm
post #5861 of 9490
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post
 

I'm really amazed at how all of you managed to remove the tape over the port without removing the inner plastic piece.

That's real talent. Are you also brain surgeons?

 

I could barely even see the tape on mine..

 

I really do wonder if there is any difference in sound results with the mod done on the K702 and Q701.

 

I bet the K702 modded will give worse results. Possible more bass and slightly reduced low mids? Doubt it.

 

Has anyone listened to the modded Q701 with no foam behind the pads and with the outer grill off?

 

You should try it..

 

At first I thought with the foam behind the pads off you'd get less bass, but this doesn't seem to be the case at all.

I tried so hard to remove the inner plastic piece but couldn't do it. It took a while but I removed the tape without removing the plastic. :D

 

Now so far I'm loving the extra boost in the sub-bass and mid-bass without changing the highs and mids, but I did notice a slight decrease in instrument seperation. It was harder for me to pick out different instruments than before. If I could reverse the mod to do some more testing, I would, but I can't remove that damn plastic piece so I can't put the tape back >:(. I'm keeping this mod anyway so what's the point.

 

I recommend this mod to everyone because It makes the Q701s more enjoyable.

post #5862 of 9490
Years of training on the game Operation allowed me to remove the covers without unscrewing the plastic pieces lol
post #5863 of 9490

I cheat with these tweezers. Removing the sticker is one thing.. putting them back on.. gotta remove em



Edit: Out of convenience, I'm putting the stickers back on. I like my giant unrealistic soundstage >.<


Edited by Nec3 - 3/4/14 at 10:50pm
post #5864 of 9490
Has anyone tried stuffing folded felt into the hole to decrease the opening?
post #5865 of 9490

Golden ears just updated a chart and a reviewer opinion chart for the Q701's!

http://en.goldenears.net/29184

Ouch, seems like the reviewer prefer the 2011 K701 over the 2014 Q701... hehe.


Edited by Nec3 - 3/4/14 at 11:23pm
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