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post #5926 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

Thank you! I'm looking for the thicker angled pads on the k712. I got the K702 mixed up :confused_face:

 

NP.  Like I said, keep an eye on this thread, as someone is contacting Frank re: those same pads (can't recall who; sorry, fellow Head-Fier!)  Or you could contact Frank yourself and ask about them specifically.  He's a nice guy, easy to talk to.  Can't hurt if more interest is shown.

post #5927 of 9490

Got a good deal for a brand new Q701 (144USD). Now that's a steal! :)

post #5928 of 9490
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

Thank you! I'm looking for the thicker angled pads on the k712. I got the K702 mixed up :confused_face:

 

Just as an FYI, the K712 pads are not angled but do have taller "walls" than the awful (older?) Anniversary pads.

 

I'm guessing now if you order any Anniversary or K712 pads from Frank they'll send you the latest K712 pads.

 

I really can't believe AKG can't even properly supply the USA with K712 pads. You can barely get any parts. Want a replacement piece for your K712? Probably will need to wait months..

 

 

post #5929 of 9490
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post
 

Just as an FYI, the K712 pads are not angled but do have taller "walls" than the awful (older?) Anniversary pads.

 

I'm guessing now if you order any Anniversary or K712 pads from Frank they'll send you the latest K712 pads.

 

I really can't believe AKG can't even properly supply the USA with K712 pads. You can barely get any parts. Want a replacement piece for your K712? Probably will need to wait months..

 

Thanks for clarifying about the lack of angle, tdock.  Can you give a comparison of the K712s foam (and less importantly, the quality of the velour covering) vs. the Q701s?  I love the velour on the Q701s, but the foam is pretty stiff.  I have a feeling that stiffness adds to its acoustic quality.  I mean, they are awesome on my HE-500s (best of five pairs I've tried by a looong way), but slightly more comfortable foam without sacrificing the acoustic properties would be awesome (that's why I tried to order them, only to get the disappointing Annies).

 

Thanks!

post #5930 of 9490
I don't know about you guys, but I am loving my Annie pads on my q701!!
post #5931 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Geesweb View Post

I don't know about you guys, but I am loving my Annie pads on my q701!!

 

Are your Qs modded?  Maybe my Annie pads were defective... ;-)  They were insanely comfortable, I'll give 'em that.

post #5932 of 9490
Hi folks. Typical of me, late to the party. I just received my black Q701's delivered from Amazon. I've been flicking through a few tracks just to see if they're much different to my V-Moda's. They are. A lot. I'll get back with some initial impressions later but I've noticed one thing right away; my Fiio E18 might not be enough. I've never ever noticed it get even warm but it's warm right now.
post #5933 of 9490
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Are your Qs modded?  Maybe my Annie pads were defective... ;-)  They were insanely comfortable, I'll give 'em that.
No they aren't modded. (I didn't want to mess with anything and risk breaking something before I resell) but what chicolm has said about it being warm and more full bodied, and have more bass presence with a slight roll off of the treble really turns the q701's into a new headphone:) the nice thing is if I want to listen to something when I am craving some nice airy treble, 20 seconds to pop on the new pads and I have a new headphone!!! I am liking for Annie pads for my usual indie rock, rock, jazz and some "mainstream" stuff, but the regular pads are better for classical and rock were you really want to hear the symbols sparkle. The sparkle is still there with the Annie pads, but it just isn't as much as a focus because there are so many other beautiful things to be listening too:)!!

Regarding movies, and tv/non-competitive (stock pads are god mode for competitive gaming) video games, the Annie pads are far superior. The added warmth really adds to the vocals, and the added bass makes a big difference with the explosions!! The sound cues, and soundstage of the Annie pads compared to the stock pads are extremely similar, but the added bass makes the instruments larger, so it gives the appearance of being a smaller soundstage, but that is just a mental trick your deceiving ears are playing on us. If you listen for a little while you'll realize it's pretty much the same!!

So to end this statement I love these headphones for costing me $290 for 2 pars of beautifully brilliant headphones, and thank God this is possible because of AKG's extreme laziness!!!

P.S. I am using the iPhone 5(tuneshell)->fiio LOD with iPhone adapter->O2->Q701
post #5934 of 9490

Although I've made it fairly clear that I do not like the bass mod, I'd like to add that your choice of DAC and amp will make a huge difference to the bass response of the Q701s. This was brought home to me yesterday when I received my Emotiva XDA-2. I have used the Qs with a Fiio E17/E9 combination, a FIIO E17-Schiit Magni combination, a Maverick Audio D1+ and the D1+ with the Schiit Magni, and now the XDA-2 with and without the Magni. The only reason I decided to change to the XDA-2, BTW, is because I didn't like the volume control on the D1+. Anyhow, the bass on the Qs through the XDA-2 (with and without the magni) is noticeably more powerful. I couldn't imagine someone needing more bass, but then I am not a bass-head. Anyhow, since the topic of DACs and amps comes up pretty regularly in this thread, I thought I'd mention it.

post #5935 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Geesweb View Post

No they aren't modded. (I didn't want to mess with anything and risk breaking something before I resell) but what chicolm has said about it being warm and more full bodied, and have more bass presence with a slight roll off of the treble really turns the q701's into a new headphone:) the nice thing is if I want to listen to something when I am craving some nice airy treble, 20 seconds to pop on the new pads and I have a new headphone!!! I am liking for Annie pads for my usual indie rock, rock, jazz and some "mainstream" stuff, but the regular pads are better for classical and rock were you really want to hear the symbols sparkle. The sparkle is still there with the Annie pads, but it just isn't as much as a focus because there are so many other beautiful things to be listening too:)!!

Regarding movies, and tv/non-competitive (stock pads are god mode for competitive gaming) video games, the Annie pads are far superior. The added warmth really adds to the vocals, and the added bass makes a big difference with the explosions!! The sound cues, and soundstage of the Annie pads compared to the stock pads are extremely similar, but the added bass makes the instruments larger, so it gives the appearance of being a smaller soundstage, but that is just a mental trick your deceiving ears are playing on us. If you listen for a little while you'll realize it's pretty much the same!!

So to end this statement I love these headphones for costing me $290 for 2 pars of beautifully brilliant headphones, and thank God this is possible because of AKG's extreme laziness!!!

P.S. I am using the iPhone 5(tuneshell)->fiio LOD with iPhone adapter->O2->Q701

 

Thanks for those impressions.  Maybe I should have given the Annies more time, but I'd already modded/un-modded/re-modded my Qs and wasn't going to reverse it.  I mostly listen to rock/indie rock (often not the best production; sometimes literally home-brewed ), which I find difficult on the stock Qs (too glaring at certain frequencies).  Bass port mod didn't help that, though did help the fun factor.  Replacing the stock foam doughnuts behind the pads with wool felt leveled them out perfectly for me.  And as with your pad switch maneuver, I can tweak the sound by switching those doughnuts.

 

All this makes me wonder about the Annies and K712s pads on the HE-500s.  I'm on a semi-obsessive quest for the perfect pads for the HE-500s, and AKG is leading the race.

post #5936 of 9490
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Thanks for those impressions.  Maybe I should have given the Annies more time, but I'd already modded/un-modded/re-modded my Qs and wasn't going to reverse it.  I mostly listen to rock/indie rock (often not the best production; sometimes literally home-brewed ), which I find difficult on the stock Qs (too glaring at certain frequencies).  Bass port mod didn't help that, though did help the fun factor.  Replacing the stock foam doughnuts behind the pads with wool felt leveled them out perfectly for me.  And as with your pad switch maneuver, I can tweak the sound by switching those doughnuts.

All this makes me wonder about the Annies and K712s pads on the HE-500s.  I'm on a semi-obsessive quest for the perfect pads for the HE-500s, and AKG is leading the race.
No problem giving you my impressions, but like you said about glaring frequencies, in my experience had has definitely been reduced, but there is only so much that pads can do, a lot of that has to do with the headphone/driver design itself.
post #5937 of 9490
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Originally Posted by Geesweb View Post

No problem giving you my impressions, but like you said about glaring frequencies, in my experience had has definitely been reduced, but there is only so much that pads can do, a lot of that has to do with the headphone/driver design itself.

 

I've only ever used two pads on my Qs, so I can't give impressions beyond them.  I've tried at least five different pads on my HE-500s, and the differences can be huge.  I got some Brainwavz HM5 pads, and while they're plenty comfortable, the combination of pleather and whatever foam they use causes a seriously nasty glare with certain songs at certain frequencies.  In my testing I listened to Rush's "The Analog Kid" and Steely Dan's "The Caves of Altamira" and both had the glare.  I immediately switched back to the Q701 pads and BINGO!... sonic bliss.

 

I recall reading in the Flagships review thread that the AKG pads (K812, probably) were praised, though not so much the cans.  Seems they know what they're doing with their pads ;)

 

All that to say, YMMV, and there's more than one way to skin a cat ... mod your cans :k701smile:

post #5938 of 9490
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Originally Posted by snowshoe View Post

Although I've made it fairly clear that I do not like the bass mod, I'd like to add that your choice of DAC and amp will make a huge difference to the bass response of the Q701s. This was brought home to me yesterday when I received my Emotiva XDA-2. I have used the Qs with a Fiio E17/E9 combination, a FIIO E17-Schiit Magni combination, a Maverick Audio D1+ and the D1+ with the Schiit Magni, and now the XDA-2 with and without the Magni. The only reason I decided to change to the XDA-2, BTW, is because I didn't like the volume control on the D1+. Anyhow, the bass on the Qs through the XDA-2 (with and without the magni) is noticeably more powerful. I couldn't imagine someone needing more bass, but then I am not a bass-head. Anyhow, since the topic of DACs and amps comes up pretty regularly in this thread, I thought I'd mention it.

Could you compare the xda 2 vs fiio 09/e17 combo on q701?
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post #5940 of 9490
I was lucky enough to receive a black pair of these this afternoon. I've been using them ever since and Dear God, the detail is phenomenal. I'm coming from a pair of V-Moda M-100's which are closed-back and damn good at what they do but this is a different League. I've been after the K701 ever since its release because of its reputation and, I must admit, the styling. Then the Q variation was released and it looked even better and the reviews were also better. But they were expensive (way out of my league) but I've been watching the price fluctuate on Amazon so much lately that I added a pair to my wish list and yesterday - 5 days before my 49th - they dropped another £60. He shoots, he scores!

Sorry, you guys all already know how these sound but I'm shocked. Songs I know very well have things going on in them I've never heard before. One thing I've noticed though is that a lot of people complain of an anaemic bass. I don't get that at all. And I'm coming from V-Moda's. Is it just me?

I'm running them from my Galaxy Note 3 > Neutron > Fiio E18. I'm guessing the Fiio's maybe the weak link now. For the first time I'm having to use its hi-fi setting but it goes more than loud enough for me. And my wife sitting across the room. These leak a lot compared to closed cans. I'm not sure where to go amp-wise. I've always secretly wanted valves but that'll have to wait until I get a better DAC. I won't be changing the E18 until these Ave burned in quite a bit more, maybe around 100 hours. Can anyone recommend a portable DAC/amp that's a step up from the E18? Maybe the JDS Labs C5D?

Another big feature I'm noticing with these cans is the exact opposite of detail. It's the inky black silence when it's called for. That's stunning!

What don't I like? The cable. Both of them are way too long. I don't intend to use these on the move but nor do I intend to leave the stereo in the lounge and go for a pee. Who makes a shorter cable for a reasonable price? That rules out Cards btw.
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