Yeah I get you. The Q701's imaging makes one instrument sound quite distant from the other. It's pretty neat for acoustics music but for anything else, it's quite unrealistic. I'd rather take a headphone with a smaller soundstage that sounds more realistic. Perhaps what really turned me off about the Q701 was its bass but in addition, its plastic-y sound and borderline-harsh trebles.
The headphones I want to try the most are the HE-6 and the LCD-2. How well does the HE-500 fare against the HE-6, if you've compared/ heard anything about them?
Yeah I loved the K702's for acoustic music, really unbeatable for the price/performance. But, I used to get frustrated as I couldn't enjoy some of my old favorite recordings because of the inconsistency regarding the treble and soundstage.
I've only briefly heard the HE6 as I auditioned both and went for the 500's as they are much easier to drive and my system just isn't up to the task of feeding the 6's and so I can't really give you an accurate "better or not" answer. The 500's seemed to have a more velvety lush sound. It's all about matching imo and when I have a much better dac and amp then I will look to the HE6's again or LCD3's.
I seem to have fallen for the Orthos sound though.. and once I had adjusted to them, every time I tried one of my dynamic headphones they just didn't cut it for me anymore... tis a shame, but they are just better. I've got some LCD2's coming very soon and I will be posting some comparisons with the HE500's regarding classical and jazz.