Originally Posted by skeeder
I cannot comment to the Q701's but if they sound LIKE the K701's then I would recommend them, the only thing I will mention is AKG seems to make ACCURATE cans, I've never had a 'warm' experience with the 701's, while the detail was amazing, soundstage is incredible, I would not recommend for blues since I prefer a warmth with Jazz. My HD600's fit that bill nicer.
I will say I have not had the experience of using tube amps with them, which is suppose to increase warm from the amp...
If I had cash right now, I'd be tempted to grab the hfiman EF2A and the 701's again. (for the price they are great cans)
I have the Q701 and the EF2A, I can tell you that they work but just not to the Q701's fullest potential. The EF2A just doesn't put out enough power for the headphones. I ended up buying a Matrix M-Stage, the bass extension grew dramatically, still didn't over power, but it was much more obvious. The soundstage grew, became more dynamic, and the highs became clearer. The extension was there even at really low volumes. I did notice a night and day difference between the two amps.
Best way to put it: the jump from straight iPod/On board sound to EF2A is as big as the jump from EF2A to M-Stage.
Edit for the OP: I was never impressed with death metal using the Q701, although the M-Stage greatly improved it. You may not get that hard hitting double kick, but the layers of guitars and shredding is amazingly clear. And on a well mastered track I can really appreciate it.
Edited by fishbulb95 - 2/7/12 at 1:28pm