My first post here.
I bought the Q701 yesterday and just started using them tonight.
I had a very interesting first date with Mr. Quincy Jones Signature Reference Headphones and I think its appropriate to tell the whole thing for you to understand where I'm at with them.
But first, I think it would be more appropriate to let you know a bit about me.
I'm a 36 y/o French Canadian. Former Studio Engineer. Started working with big pop star in my province in 1999 but it didnt last long. I burned myself taking too much project at the same time trying to do the studio sessions with the artists and also do the mixing in a very short amount of time. What resulted is me not sleeping much for the time it lasted ....and then burnout.
I've always been interested in Rap instrumental production and later on in Electronic production.
As a Rap producer I always had to dig for records so of course I've listened to a lot of Soul, Jazz and Funk.
Now back to the Headphones;
First I made an extensive research on the Q701 compared them to the HD600 and DT880.
I was very curious when people pointed out that the AKG were in a world of their own in the Spatial stage side.
I was also concerned when people were saying that they were uncomfortable.
Well, what came next was totaly unexpected for me.
After buying them, I came back home and installed Equalizer APO with Peace GUI. Sat in front of my TV and pluged the HDMI in and started to play with the Equalizer APO.
I was not hearing anything the EQ was doing so I decided to crank to subs freq by 20 db and the 12K+ b 20 db aswell then got tired.... closed the EQ and went to bed.
That was Yesterday.
After my shift today, I opened up the Headphone Box and brought out my new baby....I was very excited.
So I plugged them in my UR28M and thought....men, I know they are not broken yet but I'm gonna have the experience of a life time.
So I plug my Quincy....put them on the desk and put a Bill Evans Flac play list in VLC and press play
I leave and go to the fridge, take myself a cold one and come back to the desk.
Sit on my comfy chair with a huge smile and put the quincy's on......
First I thought....hummmm, I've never noticed the acoustic Bass of Lafaro was that strong and deep....but i was like DAMN boy.....INTENSE !!!
And after 2-3 track I was like...dude wtf...... The mid were being compressed by the sub freq and I thought....theres NO ....FREAKIN..... WAY they mixed it this way....my headphone are defect !!!
Then I've took a look at the Freq response from Headroom ive previously downloaded.....made no sense at all.....6 db large Q at 90 would never do THAT much of a pumping effect on the sub freq.
And then BANG...it HIT me......the Equalizer APO...PALMFACE !!!!
So I went back in it. applied the proper correction based on the Freq Response of Headroom website.
Ended up with a more decent line and something I could rely to when talking about ''reference material''
So after all that....I've been listening to them for the last 4 hours now.
I know I need at least another 40-50 hours in them but I can say those things so far.
Where the F#WK is my Mid / Side spectrum is supposed to start and end in this ....UNIVERSE !!!
But more then that.....wheres my mid / mono representation in there....its not there...its absent...where is it ? oh, there it is ....that little quiet thing in the front.
And where does my pan effect goes.....of there it is.....from Japan to New York passing threw the middle of the earth....GREAT !!!
So to stop my bad ironic Metaphor and go right to the point......I've never experienced anything like this before.
I'm not saying those are bad references at all....what I'm saying is that they are bringing a whole new experience and so a whole new learning curve to my brain.
The spatial range is not ellipsoidal anymore.....its like a super 8 or an omni curve on my rode K2 haha...what the hell is that ?
Who thought about that ...where am I supposed to start with this ....
Waow, thats going to be one hell of a trip.
I feel kind of sad not having anything at all In front of me in the mix anymore....its like if i lost my baby arm....
Finally, to put my emotions aside, Heres my impression of the Headphones after Equalizer APO correction and 4 hours of listening.
( I'm writing this listening to Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi sound track. )
Spatial range 12 /10
Dynamic Range (avg full spetrum) 7.5/10
Sub freq (until 30hz) : 9/10
Lows 7/10 ( too much )
Low mids 8/10 ( a tad too much )
Mids 9/10 ( pushed back but well balanced )
high mids 8/10 ( I love cream )
High 6/10 ( wheres my snare ??? )
Brillance 8/10 ( cute )
Air 2/10 ( good bye tape hiss , I miss you already )
Overall, I think I can work with that.
It'll be one hell of a challenge tho'
Thanks for reading and cant wait to read your review aswell.
My Equalizer APO Settings :
GraphicEQ: 1 -50; 3 -50; 4 -50; 20 0; 30 0; 40 -1.5; 50 -3; 60 -3.9; 70 -4; 80 -4; 90 -4.8; 100 -5; 200 -5.8; 300 -5; 400 -4; 500 -2.5; 600 -1.5; 700 -1; 800 -0.8; 1000 0; 1600 0; 2000 -2; 3000 3; 4000 3; 5000 3; 6000 -3; 7000 -3; 8000 -3; 9000 0; 12500 11; 21000 0
Pre-amp : -11db
I think you may be the first person to say the Q701s have too much bass