Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy
Lol, it's all good. That's the same impression I had with all three AKGs I have owned. Old K701 having the biggest due to the thinnest body of sound, Q701 having more body making soundstage seem smaller though it wasn't, and now again with the Annie.
Having spent all this time with the Annie, I could tell that the soundstage was just as big as I remember of the others, but that extra body in sound really takes up more space, so it's not as easy to tell that the soundstage is as expansive.
Been using the Annie for gaming since I've got them, and they are definitely on par with the Q701 for me in terms of positioning, soundstage, and detail. Just, that extra body really changes up the signature, so its not as immediately noticeable.
In reality, I would give all three models a 9.5 for competitive use, but few micropoints go towards the K701 over the Q701, and a few micropoints go towards the Q over the Annie due to immediacy. When you're in the middle of a gaming session however, all three have clear positional cues.
The reason why I say the Annie is the ultimate all rounder, is because it adds a natural quality to the sound in addition to all that gaming goodness.
I think people should understand that the Annie may have extra bass which adds fun, but that doesn't mean it's a bassy can. It just means that NOW, the tonal balance has been perfected and bass is no longer a deficiency. The Annie is the most natural sounding headphone I've heard to date.
I can't wait to get tdock's Q701 and put the Annie pads on. If it sounds like the Annie, it will from now on be my first recommendation for around $300.