Originally Posted by chicolom
I like how you joined 2 years ago and are just now making your first post
Having nothing genuinely useful to contribute till now (assuming one agrees that thanks are useful!), I decided silence and observation were the best choices. I have read quite a few truly interesting and informative comments and threads, however, in the past two years.
If your K701 are 6 years old, the newer Q701 might sound a bit nicer with a warmer fuller sound. AKG has changed their sound some over the years. The K702 I owned was too cold sounding and I greatly preferred my Q701 to it.
Thank you for the suggestion, but aside from some hyperexpensive Stax electrostatics I heard many, many years ago—I'm old, alas, but I worked at Lincoln Center in New York for about thirty years, where I experienced live music making every day—I haven't heard any other headphones that so faithfully reproduce the timbres of strings and woodwinds.** Actually, I sense no absence of warmth—warmth coming from the source material, that is—with my present setup. Besides, the name Quincy Jones doesn't exactly inspire admiration, let alone awe, in me, especially when the response curves that HeadRoom is good enough to display correspond with users' and reviewers' comments; viz., that the Q701s sound less "bright" on top and "richer" in the low frequencies than the K701s. That looks and sounds suspiciously "gimmicked up" to me. In addition, the pea green color that Jones favors makes me feel seasick. Chacun à son gout, obviously, and no offense meant to you or to anyone else who likes the color of the headphones, their sound, Jones, or any combination of the foregoing.
**I have long owned Acoustat electrostatic hybrids, too; so that ought to give you a pretty clear picture of the kind of sound reproduction I fancy.
Edited by claudel - 5/28/13 at 11:30am