concerning the vocals... they aren't recessed, the treble is just so much elevated that everything else sounds recessed.
The plasticy sound comes from the 2k spike and it's ressonance... shouting
the 10k ringing is anything but good for your ears.
Yeah, I know, it shows the K, not the Q701... but they are almost identical. Most fanboys only talk of the bass compared to the K701 anyway.
To get to the argument of "not liking a certain signature"...
Any headphone with a "special signature" is a bad headphone to begin with (IMHO, hahahaha). Why? Well just because you should hear what the artist is trying to make their songs sound like in the first way. Why strife for a decent DAC and AMP if the headphone at the end is anything but even close to neutral? Plus you don't have the urge to crank up the volume on a neutral-ish headphone because they don't lack treble, mids or bass you want to adjust your volume to -> healthier, haharrrrrrr
Plus... due to the small amount of air moving due to small driver size of headphones, a small bass boost is necessary to sound neutral to the human ear.
Goldenears is following this by showing their ideal,target-line. (green)
now let's take a look at a good headphone:
funfacts... look ath the HD 558
well... much less of a "signature" and closer to an ideal sounding one. There is less treble -> so less fake micro-details compared to the newer AKG, but less fatiguing.
funfacts: the HD 600 and 590, while both more neutral and darker are both faster than the K/Q701
now let's look at a really good headphone, which can be found (unlike the K701) in Studios:
in b 4 the Q701 is a totally different headphone
Edited by roBernd - 8/19/12 at 1:45am