Have some Annies in front of me, and compared to the Q701s that I had last week, I like them alot better. Very smooth transition through the frequency range. I feel like the Q701s had a slightly weird thing going on in the uppermids. These are definitely a very nice smooth headphone now that is pretty good with all the genres I listen to. Much better comfort. I really like the memory foam pads. And the non-bumped headband is much better, but some padding would still be nice. Gorgeous looking. Really dig the aesthetics.
At near $500, I don't know if they are worth the money. A little bit more gets you a used HE-500 which I think is a clear step better. Overall clarity is better. I think the Annies wouldn't become a good value unless they were in the $300-350 range.
Currently comparing to a recently acquired Denon ADH2000 and my modded T50RPs. I think they are all equally as good, just present the music in different ways. I do find the Annies a touch muffled compared to the Denons, perhaps due to the treble emphasis of the D2000s. I will say that I like the D2000s better than the D5000s. Something about the treble of the D5000s really bothered my ears. T50RP splits the difference between sound sigs of the Annies and Denons, but falls short in soundstage to both.
What a great time to be into headphones. So much quality at all price points.