Some things that I have noticed in using the Q701 that other users should keep in mind. These recommendations may sound like they can apply to other headphones and they, in fact, do. Still, it is a good idea to double check these two things:
1. Headphone Placement
I cannot stress this enough, most especially for the Q701 which seems to very picky in this regard. I have even seen photos of some users here with the cups clearly laying forward on their cheeks. There can be a drop--at least from my own frequency generator estimates--of almost 5-10 dB in the upper treble to the point of making the Q701 sound veiled, stiff and "boring." I think that many of the complaints of these headphones being considered boring may stem to this very problem.
2. WASAPI/ASIO instead of DirectSound
Some audio devices may not have problems with this. But from my experience, most devices will exhibit a grain and digital sense of confusion if used with the default DirectSound output. In foobar2000, this is a very easy fix. Just download the WASAPI plugin for it and enable it or if your connected source device supports it, use ASIO. Some noticeable improvements include the removal of static confusion with cymbals and restoration of their natural cut and clarity (this is also apparent with many female vocals and electric guitar distortion); the warmth and dynamic range of the track coming through to the listener; retaining the full depth of the soundstage in the track, including the subtle cues like venue reverb, echo, and delay being unmasked by distortion.
Edited by Hifihedgehog - 3/19/14 at 1:13am