Yikes, heard the Senn HD 700s today and I'm kinda tempted to send the Annies back considering I can pick the Senns up for a flat $729.00 from Crutchfield. Don't know if I should do it or not, I'm really conflicted ... I mean the Annies are amazing but after hearing the 700s and how much fun they sound while still remaining a serious listening tool I don't know anymore.
Gah! What should I do??? Has anyone heard/own both? Care to share your thoughts? It really came down to bass for me, the K 702 annie bass is really good, but the HD 700 seems even better. I know from looking at the graphs that its supposed to have terrible treble, but when I was demoing it I thought the treble was wonderful; I tried with a sample CD with a few different genres and every single time the HD 700 aced it in treble, contra the graphs, I noticed no spikes or dips, just honey dripping sweet smoothness with a little bit of sparkle. Mids were great, bass was like a clean scrubbed HD 650 ... Sonically I felt like it could do no wrong. I might be wrong here and just crushing on something new though. Anyway, talk me down, tell me I'm a fool and that the Annies are close enough that it doesn't justify another $320.
OTOH I am getting a little leery of the limited edition-ness of the Annies. What happens if they break in 5 years and I need a repair? Will drivers/pads/cups be available or will they just break and die forever? Senn usually has models available for years and years and years -- repairs, no problem.
Maybe I should just buy the 700s and demo them at home for a week or two and then really decide. I'm used to an angry wife as it is Edited by toschek - 2/10/13 at 3:31pm