Originally Posted by viralcow
Just received my pair last Friday. I let them burn in for ~50 hours. SN #740.
The K701 was my favorite headphone, I've owned two pairs to date. I can still distinctly remember how they sound considering how much head-time I put on them. In fact, in certain passages in my favorite songs there are noticeable differences. Soundstage is more cohesive, but narrower. Some people disliked the stretched-out soundstage but I actually preferred it that way. The presence boost in the highs seems to have been tweaked- the highs seem to have taken a slight step back. It's smoother and less fatiguing now, but seems to have lost some sparkle/detail. Again, this might appease the more neutral camp. And finally due to the increased bass presence the lower-mid instrument separation isn't as clear.
These are pre-burnin impressions, of course. So far I'm really liking these, at least as much as the K701 and SRH1840s. This one's definitely a keeper for improved comfort/styling, and out of my respect for the K701. To be frank, though, I'll have to take the non-FOTM side of this thread. Not bashing anyone's impressions, but as I don't listen to bassy songs I'm not as wow'ed by the bass presence (although it is a nice plus). Everything else seems... very similar. If anything, the K702/65 is a gentleman's version of the K701- everything sounds more "polite." I actually liked the K701 with its harsh grainy treble, stretched-out soundstage, and deep, restrained bass.
TL;DR: I like the Annies, but ambivalent about the changes.
Thanks for the mini-review. I like comments like this and this is kind of what I expected from the 65th. I figured the changes would not be for everyone.
Except for low bass extension, I do feel like the Q701 I have (with my setup) is pretty dang close to being neutral. With good music nothing stick out too much.
It sounds like the Q701 is like a perfect balance of the K701 and 65th edition's sound signature. That's assuming everyone gets a Q701 that's warmer than the K701/K702.
I don't think I would require less treble than what my Q701 has. The Q701's treble is perfect as it is. The Q701 DID fix the minor issues I had with the K702/K701.
I don't find the Q701 "polite", but it's not as unforgiving as the K702, DT-880 or KRKs. I'd still like to hear the 65th eventually.
The problem with making the Q701 even warmer is that it fools your brain into thinking the soundstage size has shrunk (the HD-650 does this to me sometimes). Sometimes this is ok, but it depends again on preferences. Then you have people thinking they're less accurate or more muffled sounding with the wrong setup.
Have you tried the Q701 yet? If not maybe you'd prefer that to the 65th? It's always possible.
There is also the K601 that's warmer than the K701 (IMO), but not the Q701.