Originally Posted by eimis
^ I'm salivating. How different does it sound?
I've been wondering what closed headphones sound most like q701?
I'd say it's a little more detailed, which may translate into a better soundstage. To be honest, I haven't compared them in a while, and differences in cables are pretty minor to me. I built it as a project, and to have something lighter and not rubber-coated. As an example of how little I find cables to matter, I have an expensive after-market type 2 Litz cable for my HE-500s. I built my own using the same Mogami wire I used in the Q701 cable (it's excellent wire). I cannot hear a difference between my sub-$20 cable (and that's $11 just for the SMC connectors) and the expensive one. I caught the DIY bug a little late to save myself some money. Reckon I oughta try to sell the "nice" one.
Next project is to make a three-wire braided cable for the Q701s, with each wire sleeved in micro-cord. Four wires in 550 paracord are tight enough to be slightly microphonic. Probably should've used just three. I've got all the pieces, just need the time.
K550s are similar, being AKGs. I'm sure people will chime in on that one.