Do your "annie" pads look more like doughnuts are are they the K712 type versions with the taller (and thinner) walls?
See here for pictures of differences:
I don't like the older flatter Annie pads on MY Q701 at all (stock or modded) but the K712 (newer) pads should be OK.
I don't think the K712 pads will work well on a modded Q701.
I think that a modded Q701 and stock pads will have about the same amount of bass as a stock Q701 + K712 pads.
K712 pads + modded Q701 was warmth overdose. Since the K712 was a loaner I could not experiment much.
For me the K712 pads were way less likely to go flat than the Annie pads. The Annie pads when warmed up go flatter and would annoy parts of my ear.
The Annie's gave me several symptoms of K601 pads but with extra bass.
They should make a Q701 SE/V2 for a LITTLE extra and have it include K712 pads. I bet it would sound really good! They could even chop off those bumps.
Edited by tdockweiler - 3/12/14 at 4:28pm