Have had my Annies for a couple weeks now... #885
They are my first set of "audiophile" headphones. Before I used to use a pair of Sony MDR XB500 (which I really didn't end up using much at all as I didn't see any point in using them over my computer speakers). Mostly only when I needed to be quiet at night... even then I preferred to use my computer speakers at a low volume rather than headphones.
Also used Turtle Beach PX5's for my console gaming needs. They were fine for gaming... but obviously the SQ sucks for any music listening.
So I decided I would get a nice pair of all around headphones that would serve my gaming needs AND be good for music, musics etc. as well. Researched for a while and heard of the Annies from MLE's Headphone Gaming thread on these forums and instantly wanted them because not only did they look freakin' cool, they were also getting great reviews from everyone.
So far the headphones have been amazing... now whenever I am on the PC, I am almost always wearing them because the sound is just phenomenal. As I said... in the past I felt like headphones were more of a hassle to put on my head... but not with these bad boys.
Comfort wise, they are the best headphone I have ever had. The self adjusting design of the AKG's is great, no need to fiddle around and adjust the earcups all the time. I did feel the headband on top of my head for the first couple of days... it would start to hurt after a long period of listening... but after a couple weeks I don't even feel it at all... I can almost forget I even have headphones on my head lol.
Got the Fiio E9K/E17 combo to go along with them and everything sounds great. When listening to music off my PC, I have found a sweet spot after fiddling around for a while. I have the E17 DAC hooked up to my PC's optical out, 75% on the PC volume control, and then I adjust the E9K volume control for my desired listening level. Also have the bass on the E17 EQ boosted up +4db to give the headphones a little extra oomph, and they handle it perfectly.
Gaming wise... amazing as well. On a game like Black Ops 2 with horrible in game sound (footstep wise), I can actually hear all the positional cues that I should have been hearing from the beginning. With the Turtle Beach PX5's I couldn't hear anything. I do have the Astro Mixamp 2013 in the chain as well... and that has the "Pro" EQ setting with boosts footsteps and lowers bass so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.
Don't regret my purchase at all... I am in love with these headphones. The price is definitely a little steep compared to the regular K702, but after hearing how these sound, I don't care at all, heh.