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post #1741 of 3222

^^^I definitely hear more music with my Mogami cable on my 702 and DAC1 USB.  Surely wouldn't have spend $2-300 on someone else's cable though.  Not a great solder'r, so the mini xlr is a pain, but it was worth it.  I can see someday hardwiring to both sides.

post #1742 of 3222
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

I was thinking about the single entry way.  But I opted to bypass that connector.  It's going to look just like this:

 

 

 


Maybe order the Right side cap (the one without the miniXLR receptacle). I bet it pops on the left side just fine, and then will look the same on both sides.  It's called "ring right", #2458Z05070 (on the K702.. just noticed you have the Q)


Edited by Dougr33 - 3/2/13 at 1:54pm
post #1743 of 3222
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post


I've thought this too. At first I was thinking..what the heck is the point of a $200 cable upgrade when you still have stock wires inside going from the metal rod to the driver.

Makes no sense but there is still audible benefits of cheap DIY single entry cable upgrades.

 

Strangely with my K702 and 3 cables I couldn't detect an ounce of difference until I got my HRT MSII. Wonder why? When I got my ODAC the differences were even smaller!

 

Sometimes I use my mini to mini Cardas cable interconnect ($35!!) with a $2 four inch Y-adapter (with copper wires inside) and it still gives me some audible benefits.

 

I think if someone bought a $100,000 10 foot extension cable, a Sennheiser 1/4 to 1/8 5" adapter is not going to magically degrade the sound.

 

And yep, you'd have to be a moron to use a $20 adapter if you buy any $100,000 cables. Ok that sounded weird. Using a $20 adapter is bad, but buying a $100,000 is perfect OK. Totally makes sense!

 

I'm sure I've made this clear, but the metal headband rod doesn't go straight to the drivers biggrin.gif The rod is soldered to some wires that go directly to the driver.

 

Maybe replacing these rod to driver wires with what's used for the single entry cable upgrade is a good idea too. If you can hear a difference when replacing 2" of wire you must have the best ears in the world.

 

I also replaced my TBSE stock cable with a $15 Mogami cable and theres still some minor improvements despite the ultra thin internal cables inside the headphone. As long as the internal wires are very short it seems OK. Don't ask me why or how!

 

BTW sorry about the cable crap, but very few cable upgrades for me with the Q701 have sounded better than the stock cable. Only one i've liked is the one I made with Mogami W2893. Didn't like DHC, ALO SXC, Canare or some generic Belden. Stock was almost best, but only due to preference. ALO SXC made my Q701 sound too cold and analytical. ALO SXC was nice until I used it for a week and could figure out the differences.

Yeah I upgraded my K702 calbe for a Russ Andrews one, I was sure at the time that the sound was sharper? But in all honesty that could have been mind games.

In one sense, a better cable will keep a better signal before it reaches the conductor and wire in the hp's so if the wire is inferior then it may not degrade as much..?

 

Really dunno, except it kinda makes sense that having both drivers hard wired that they are going to be getting a better signal.

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Originally Posted by Dougr33 View Post


Maybe order the Right side cap (the one without the miniXLR receptacle). I bet it pops on the left side just fine, and then will look the same on both sides.  It's called "ring right", #2458Z05070 (on the K702.. just noticed you have the Q)

 

 

I have the annies as well.  Where can I order from?

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I have the annies as well.  Where can I order from?


Actually, the parts list is a bit confusing, and that was what i think is for the old 702.  ALL akg service pdfs are here: http://www.akg.com/site/powerslave,id,7,nodeid,7,_language,EN,cat,11.html

 

You can email Frank at AKG to order parts: frank.rodriguez@harman.com

post #1746 of 3222
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Originally Posted by Acix View Post

 

I think you should keep them, the 65s are the most beautiful ones in the 70x line...and you probably don't remember the bumps on your head drilling holes in your skull.

 

About the cable, there are plenty of options out there to improve the SQ.

You can start with a simple cable replacement, http://www.head-fi.org/t/378255/akg-k702-build-your-own-cable

 

You can even go Balanced, http://www.diyaudioblog.com/2012/04/balancing-akg-k702-headphone.html

http://www.head-fi.org/t/483861/guide-balanced-akg-k702-with-detachable-4-pin-mini-xlr-cable

 

Thanks for the info -- the 4-pin XLR is kind of interesting.  I'm not actually displeased with the quality of the stock cable -- and I'm really not a big believer in cables making a difference anyway.  The reason I'd consider going balanced is because I heard a K701 on a Bryston BHA-1 out at RMAF this past year, and it was easily the best I have ever heard this headphone sound.  Unfortunately though, for some reason the BHA-1's balanced out sounds much better than its single-ended out -- so I'd have to go balanced to get the best sound out of that combo.

 

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Originally Posted by lwhitit View Post

Hi all,

 

#650 checking in, per MLE recommendation for gaming I took the plunge on the Annies and the sound has been wonderful but... Has anyone else had any discomfort with the headband? I have worn them for a few days and where the band rests on my head I get a red spot a little bigger then a soda cap that is tender to the touch. My HD598s rested on my head evenly so i have never had this issue. Any ideas?

 

Seems like I'm not the only one then.  I've always had problems with headphones that put pressure directly on the crown of my head.  With the flat headband on the K702.65, I find that it puts pressure on that spot.  On the other hand, since the 8-bump K701 has an even number of bumps, there is no bump resting directly on the crown of my head.  Not saying the K701 was any more comfortable, but I've had mild comfort issues with both these headphones.  Ultimately it doesn't bother me that much -- I usually just have to shift the headband around a little bit periodically.

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Originally Posted by lwhitit View Post

Hi all,

 

#650 checking in, per MLE recommendation for gaming I took the plunge on the Annies and the sound has been wonderful but... Has anyone else had any discomfort with the headband? I have worn them for a few days and where the band rests on my head I get a red spot a little bigger then a soda cap that is tender to the touch. My HD598s rested on my head evenly so i have never had this issue. Any ideas?

Thats unfortunate, no bumps and it bothers you.  Did the leather make your head sweaty in any way?  Man, if its not the bumps than its the no bump head band.  Lets just strip the phone of the head band and strap the phones to our heads.  

post #1748 of 3222
I wonder if the Mad Dogs comfort strap would work in his case?
post #1749 of 3222

Isn't that the belt type of strap?  I know some ppl have said that its really comfy.  But if its leather and that bothers or makes sweaty... a plastic head band?

post #1750 of 3222
Honestly, just do what I did on my last image, find a sock, cut it to size and wrap it around.
post #1751 of 3222

I haven't gotten my Annie's yet, I don't know of the comfort but lwhitit seems to be having this issue with the flat band.  Makes his head red and tender.  

post #1752 of 3222
That's a pretty isolated case. Don't know of any headphone with a more comfortable headband except the Steelseries Siberia. The Annie has basically has zero pressure anywhere on the headband for me, and all the pressure goes to the pads themselves. Them being memory foam, it's not even an issue.
post #1753 of 3222

Idk either.  I had a steal series neck band so there wasn't any pressure or weight applied to the top of my head.  I haven't tried the other version.  Maybe he can create a neck band?

post #1754 of 3222
Do keep us posted on your impressions on the Annie and Q701 differences with their respective pads.
post #1755 of 3222

Interesting how different heads are comfortable on certain headphones. I have the hd 600's which I find totally fine for comfort but maybe not my perfect HP for sound quality. The 702's might be marginally less comfortable to me, maybe, but I don't forsee any issues and to me they sound fantastic, and yet some people compare the original 701/702 to torture devices. Different strokes for different folks maybe?

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