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post #1951 of 3241
Not disputing that at all. In terms of tonality and balance, the Annie does everything right. If it wasnt for that LCD2 bass, I would've kept the Annie instead.
post #1952 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The R2, leather version is still bad in soundstage, and the highs are pretty smooth... smoother than the Annie's highs.

HOWEVER, the vegan/leather free LCD2 is a noticeable improvement in soundstage, perceived clarity, and treble extension. It's more neutral sounding than warm compared to the leather version. The bass still hits as hard, but the sound isn't as thick and heavy as the leather variant. I think it's technically superior, but I sometimes miss that really stuffy, milky tone of the leather. Its subtle more than anything, but the difference is there.

Technically superior? Because of different material on the pads?... Mmmmm.  Most other people who have tried both pad types can't tell much difference at all only perhaps a little more bass.  

 

I have the leather pads and they are anything but "really stuffy".

post #1953 of 3241
Yes. Different pad material can alter a headphone significantly. You have J$ pads for Denon as an example. Alpha Pads for the Mad Dogs, Gel Pads for Beyers, Memory Foam for the K702 Anniversary, etc.
post #1954 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Yes. Different pad material can alter a headphone significantly. You have J$ pads for Denon as an example. Alpha Pads for the Mad Dogs, Gel Pads for Beyers, Memory Foam for the K702 Anniversary, etc.


IMO the pads are all about comfort and noise isolation, and this will be a significant change only if wearing the headphone for long period of time. Since I dont have that kind of free time yet, I never went the extre step of getting something OEM.


Edited by musiclife - 3/20/13 at 7:44pm
post #1955 of 3241
I had these cans for a while, and I was kind of sad to see these go, but man I loved the cups. Most comfortable headphone i've ever had on. Ended up return them for some HD650 that perfectly match what I was wanting. Couldn't afford to have both... frown.gif But for acoustical/classical, its hard to beat the annies, but with what my music list has most of, EDM and rock, the HD650s are a perfect sweet spot!
post #1956 of 3241
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Originally Posted by musiclife View Post


IMO the pads are all about comfort and noise isolation, and this will be a significant change only if wearing the headphone for long period of time. Since I dont have that kind of free time yet, I never went the extre step of getting something OEM.

 

Pads definitely are used to tune the sound of headphones, They are not only about noise isolation and comfort. Different materials have different acoustic properties (compare to speaker boxes) and can alter sound significantly. 

post #1957 of 3241
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Originally Posted by syobwoc View Post

I had these cans for a while, and I was kind of sad to see these go, but man I loved the cups. Most comfortable headphone i've ever had on. Ended up return them for some HD650 that perfectly match what I was wanting. Couldn't afford to have both... frown.gif But for acoustical/classical, its hard to beat the annies, but with what my music list has most of, EDM and rock, the HD650s are a perfect sweet spot!

 

 

Sold both my HD600\650 and keeping the Annies.  biggrin.gif

post #1958 of 3241
nice! it all comes down to personal preference. All i know is that, after joining head-fi, man i've got a lot to look forward too biggrin.gif
post #1959 of 3241
We're all over the place with these, lol.
post #1960 of 3241

I assume no one's received Annie pads yet?  Just from akg:

 

On route.  ETA 03/28

Frank Rodriguez

 

Pretty sure he means enroute to him from Vienna, not on way to me yet. frown.gif

post #1961 of 3241

Just wanted to give an update on my issue with the headband. I have a pretty short hair cut and an oval head so it was causing discomfort on the crown of my head (leaving tender red mark) after about 20 minutes of use. I thought i just needed to break these in so I gave it about a week. Once i beat up the headband a bit and bent it into shape (more of a "{" vs the typical "(" ) and now it wraps around my head perfectly. It will still flatten my hair down but there is no more pain or discomfort. I couldn't bring myself to putting a sock on the band or a seatbelt cushion because I love how they look so I am glad it all worked out. Sound has been great far on my pc and I cant wait to try them out on my xbox next week (bioshock infinite). 

 

I just sold my HD598s today.

post #1962 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Dougr33 View Post

I assume no one's received Annie pads yet?  Just from akg:

 

On route.  ETA 03/28

Frank Rodriguez

 

Pretty sure he means enroute to him from Vienna, not on way to me yet. frown.gif

 

Got mine today. Shipped on the 13th by Fedex Ground. Listening to my Q701 with them installed now.

1 minute impression...my Q701 suddenly got more farty sounding. Differences in the bass are not as audible as I expected.

Things definitely sound more up-front for whatever reason.

 

OK l'll shut up since this is the 65th Anniversary thread and not the Q701 with 65th pads thread.


Edited by tdockweiler - 3/18/13 at 3:23pm
post #1963 of 3241
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1 minute impression...my Q701 suddenly got more farty sounding.

 

LOL is that a good thing or not?

post #1964 of 3241
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

1 minute impression...my Q701 suddenly got more farty sounding. Differences in the bass are not as audible as I expected.

Things definitely sound more up-front for whatever reason.

 

OK l'll shut up since this is the 65th Anniversary thread and not the Q701 with 65th pads thread.

 

I just snorted! You better tell us more than that! 

post #1965 of 3241
Yeah. That was... an interesting response. Also, the bass isn't as audible a difference? Dude, you tell me about how different cables sound but can't hear how big a jump in bass it is? tongue.gif

The bass is similar sounding on either pad, however, the bass is more emphasized to the point it's as forward, if not more so than the mids. The Q701's bass might sound similar, but it takes a back seat to the mids. Also, put on some bassy music, the difference will be quite obvious.

Give it time, either way. Look at Chico's response after he spent two weeks with the Annies alone. Go back to the Q701 pads after two weeks.

But yes, your Q701 was still a bit brighter than my Annies, so that's also a factor here.

Still, I'm sure you'll come around. You own the HD650, so the ANnie pads should put your Q701 in between the two, sonically.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/18/13 at 4:03pm
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