Originally Posted by rawrster
Can you try reproducing the static on other headphones? I don't hear anything out of the ordinary.
On first impressions these headphones sound very good. I'm still a bit disappointed about the need for it to be hardwired for balanced or drilled for dual instead of single entry cable for balanced since I can't use it with my Mjolnir. However my D1 dac still has a very good amp in it. Call my crazy but I thought the amp in my D1 was better than when I had the D1 as dac only and my V200 amp.
They are definitely better balanced than the K601 I owned a long time ago. I can't remember about the K501 but I remember liking those a lot. I had a fear about these being bright or the sound stage sounding fake like many have complained about the K70x. However bright usually isn't the case since I'm less sensitive than most in here apparently or just have better recordings or synergy. In terms of tonal balance it is somewhere in between the HD800 and HE6. It definitely isn't as colored as the AD2k but few headphones I've tried are. This headphone reminds me (on first listen at least) of when I was into earphones only and had the Audio Technica CK10 but with better balance esp in the bass regions.
Yup, they sound very TWFK like. Shortly after I got my GR01, (which i'm sure you are aware is a TWFK based in ear just like the CK10) I was looking for a full size that had the same sound. I liked my GR01 so much that I wanted an open full size version of it. From what I had read, the Q701 seemed to fit the bill, so I bought it unheard and was pleasantly surprised that it sounded pretty much the same.
When going from the Q701 to the GR01, it seems that the GR01 actually has a tad more bass than the Q701. It could just be my brain being fooled by the different presentation and sound-stage size though. Obviously the Q701 is going to sound farther away, while the GR01 is going to sound like it's only a centimeter or so from your eardrum, so it could be my brain being fooled into thinking there is more bass.
Anyway, these AKG's are a good full size alternative to the TWFK based in ears.