chicolom and tdockweiler,
Thanks, I've read about swapping the pads and may have to do that, and it's strange that the Q701/K702 pads are significantly less expensive compared to the K702.65's pads. To be honest, I thought that the regular K702 pads were more comfortable and were slightly angled too. There might be a bit more clamp on the K702.65s too, though nowhere close to the ATH-M50s or DT770PROs.
Do you guys really think the K702.65 will sound different after a few hundred hours of break-in? If so, what will change? More bass, less bass? The K702.65s (Annie's) are near perfect, so I'm interested in what may change, other than my brain/ears. No flame wars please.
I'm not sure I'm allowed to do this, but Pro Audio Star still has the K702.65s in stock, search their webpage, and submit an offer.
Yes, I personally enjoy the extra room in the angled pads, although the anniversary pads are still very comfortable. They're also quite soft. I don't think the clamp is any different from any other AKG x70x. The headband is obviously an improvement.
I don't think the K702 anniversary will change that much over time. I say that because my Q701s have hundreds of hours of on them, yet when you put the anniversary pads on them they still sound the same as the new anniversaries.