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post #5716 of 6388

The Annies are out of my price range by a touch.

post #5717 of 6388

After owning the Q701, K701, K601and the Annies all at the same time.

 

I wouldn't give the nod to the Annies over the Qs in resolution and clarity.  Both are very close but I would say the Qs would win by a hair.  The Bass, upper mids, lower mids will go to the Annies.  Sound stage is about equal.  I would also say the Qs have more air around the instruments - that might be why they sound like they can retrieve detail a little better.

post #5718 of 6388
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

After owning the Q701, K701, K601and the Annies all at the same time.

 

I wouldn't give the nod to the Annies over the Qs in resolution and clarity.  Both are very close but I would say the Qs would win by a hair.  The Bass, upper mids, lower mids will go to the Annies.  Sound stage is about equal.  I would also say the Qs have more air around the instruments - that might be why they sound like they can retrieve detail a little better.

 

These results could also be variance what you have upstream as well. When I heard the Qs, it was out of a Schiit Asgard+MBP, and K702's from a Burson Soloist and W4S. So obviously not a fair comparison, but generally speaking I agree with Darryl's impressions. More than likely I heard the better resolution was due to the better equipment. But I will stand by saying that the bass is better on the Annies. 

 

@Marx - Razordog Audio still has the Annies for $400 new, if that falls into budget I would seriously consider them. 

post #5719 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

Brief impressions:  they were claustrophobic.  I've got DT 770s and DT 880s, and it was like the Mad Dogs tried to combine traits from both.  Detail and instrument separation was good, but they seemed quite crowded, like there was too much music trying to fit inside the presentation.  I guess kind of a collapsed soundstage kind of a thing.  It's possible I wasn't feeding them too well, but I've got a Purity Audio KICAS running from my Audinst HUD-MX1, and I think it's pretty decent; I'd like to avoid going down the path of constant amp/DAC upgrades.  My Dt 880s have fantastic clarity and soundstage, and I sometimes wish for a little more bass, but if I want that, I can switch to my DT 770s.  The bass of the 770s isn't quite as tight as the Mad Dogs, and the tonality is a little off, although I feel the presentation of the DT 770s is a little cleaner and more spacious than the Mad Dogs, perhaps. And if I want something closer to neutrality, I've got the DT 880s for a purer, more reference-like tone.  So I think I've got my bases covered.  The Mad Dogs were quite comfortable, but there was a fair amount of clamp.  I think I'll just stick with the Beyer boys for a while and invest in some more music:).

 

Thanks for the impressions.

I understand what you are saying, and it's most probably due to the way these Fostex deliver their "mids"... I also found it kind of congested for some tracks and not for others (here the recording quality/mastering also plays a part!). I doubt you weren't feeding it well, the equipment you have should do a good job, but once you get used to a specific signature and delivery is quite easy to look at other headphones 'flaws'! Still, investing in music is never bad! ;) Good luck!

post #5720 of 6388

Yeah, it wouldn't hurt for me to stop spending money for a while:).

post #5721 of 6388
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Originally Posted by powerincarnate View Post

By the way MrSpeaker (Dan)

 

I ordered one yesterday morning.  Do I get a tracking number, or confirmation that it has shipped??  I'm not sure how this works.

 

 

Thanks,

 

PayPal is supposed to send shipping info when we post.  Check your spam folder, or PM me with your actual name (as I don't know who you are from your handle) and I'll send the tracking info to you privately...

post #5722 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

The Annies are out of my price range by a touch.

I just got a used one for $325. bout the same as the mad dog and it was in great condition.

post #5723 of 6388

What are 'Annies?' Anniversary Edition of Beyers?
 

post #5724 of 6388
K702 65th Anniversary.
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

After owning the Q701, K701, K601and the Annies all at the same time.

I wouldn't give the nod to the Annies over the Qs in resolution and clarity.  Both are very close but I would say the Qs would win by a hair.  The Bass, upper mids, lower mids will go to the Annies.  Sound stage is about equal.  I would also say the Qs have more air around the instruments - that might be why they sound like they can retrieve detail a little better.

This. Though the Annie is only slightly less detailed because the bass and extra fullness/warmth gives a slightly different presentation compared to the dryer and less bassy standard K/Q70x models. You basically trade off a little air and detail orientation for musicality.

In the under $400 range, there is nothing I've heard that matches the Annie. Not the MD, not the 880, not the HD650, HE400, etc. They have a perfect blend of air, balance, warmth, and musicality. Basically, the best all rounder I have heard. Not the best at any one thing, but great in almost everything.

People who love the MD would also like the Annie, as they are both very well balanced and slightly warm. The Annie doesn't sound closed in or congested like the MD though, as it's obviously open. I'm not a big fan of closed headphones, nor do I have a need for them, so I do have a little bias against any and all closed headphones that aren't the D7000s, which didn't sound closed.

That's not a knock against the MD. Basically all closed headphones sound boxed in to me.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/3/13 at 10:39pm
post #5725 of 6388

Huh, interesting.   I don't like a boxed in sound, either, and I like the DT 770s.

post #5726 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

Huh, interesting.   I don't like a boxed in sound, either, and I like the DT 770s.

Then your threshold is not so high smile.gif

post #5727 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

K702 65th Anniversary.
This. Though the Annie is only slightly less detailed because the bass and extra fullness/warmth gives a slightly different presentation compared to the dryer and less bassy standard K/Q70x models. You basically trade off a little air and detail orientation for musicality.

In the under $400 range, there is nothing I've heard that matches the Annie. Not the MD, not the 880, not the HD650, HE400, etc. They have a perfect blend of air, balance, warmth, and musicality. Basically, the best all rounder I have heard. Not the best at any one thing, but great in almost everything.

People who love the MD would also like the Annie, as they are both very well balanced and slightly warm. The Annie doesn't sound closed in or congested like the MD though, as it's obviously open. I'm not a big fan of closed headphones, nor do I have a need for them, so I do have a little bias against any and all closed headphones that aren't the D7000s, which didn't sound closed.

That's not a knock against the MD. Basically all closed headphones sound boxed in to me.

Glad I bought the annies. Now I'm crossing my fingers that the th-600 is an upgrade to the d7k. I think the mad dog will always be in my arsenal, just the perfect mixing headphone.

post #5728 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

K702 65th Anniversary.
This. Though the Annie is only slightly less detailed because the bass and extra fullness/warmth gives a slightly different presentation compared to the dryer and less bassy standard K/Q70x models. You basically trade off a little air and detail orientation for musicality.

In the under $400 range, there is nothing I've heard that matches the Annie. Not the MD, not the 880, not the HD650, HE400, etc. They have a perfect blend of air, balance, warmth, and musicality. Basically, the best all rounder I have heard. Not the best at any one thing, but great in almost everything.

People who love the MD would also like the Annie, as they are both very well balanced and slightly warm. The Annie doesn't sound closed in or congested like the MD though, as it's obviously open. I'm not a big fan of closed headphones, nor do I have a need for them, so I do have a little bias against any and all closed headphones that aren't the D7000s, which didn't sound closed.

That's not a knock against the MD. Basically all closed headphones sound boxed in to me.

 

So why did you sell them? tongue.gif

post #5729 of 6388
Why do I sell every single headphone I have owned? Surely not because I hated all of them.

I sold them because I wanted to try something new. I sold them for the LCD2, and now I've sold the LCD2 to try the new Kingsound Electrostatic headphone coming out soon.

I'm a fickle person, who needs to constantly try new things, but it doesn't mean I didn't love what I had before. The D7000 is my fave headphone, and I sold them twice.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/4/13 at 6:11am
post #5730 of 6388

You know he's just picking with you.  You took the bait.  ^^^

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