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post #556 of 3241
I felt the Q701 to be balanced, more so than the old K701 I had which had that horrible upper mid peak. The Annies will undoubtedly impress me with it's balance if it's warmer than the Q701. That really was the only thing that would have made them extremely balanced to my ears.

A 3rd party has the Annies for $409 on Amazon.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/13 at 5:52am
post #557 of 3241
For those interested in what I feel of the K702 Annies (first impressions)

Just got the K702 Anniversary.

Holy balls.

These are gorgeous. Prior to these, I owned the white K701 and white Q701, The finish on those was almost like a toilet white. Porcelain. The Annies though? The finish is matte, and looks AMAZING. I mean, I thought I was used to how the K/Q's looked, then I saw these... I'm blown away just looking at them.

Then I put them on my head, no sound... just... OMFG. I always raved about the Steelseries Siberia and their self adjustment. Those were nearly perfect. I wish the cups were bigger on those (they were small and not deep.)

The K701 and Q701 had similar self adjustment, but for whatever reason, they were always fully extended and hella tight on my head. Then there was the bumps on the headband that were torturous. Pure torture until you wore them long enough to not mind them, but they never truly disappear.

Here comes the K702 Annies. Not only did they do away with the bumps, but the headband no longer pulls down on my head. I wonder if it's because the bumps are gone, leaving more space for just enough extension to not make them so tight. The cups clamp so lightly, I almost thought these were Audio-Technicas for a moment. They clamp just tight enough to feel secure, but it's light.

Speaking of light I mean, these babies are LIGHT. I mean, wearing the HE400 next to them is...well, they surely feel like bricks on the head next to the Annies.

HOLY COW. These ARE the most comfortable full-sized headphones I have owned, bar none. It is indeed perfection.

Comfort...10/10

These are IT.

On to the most important part...sound.

Before I start, let me state that I do NOT suffer from new toy syndrome. If I'm not impressed, I will be the first to say it. I will be quick to mention the pros and cons in a headphone's sound.

So what did I hear when I first turned on the music?



Warmth. Clarity. Openness. Refinement.

This is surely a refined Q701. Not only does it sound fuller than I remember of the Q701, but the bass. Dear god... the bass. What. The. CRAP? These have FANTASTIC bass. I will tell you right now, this is the most balanced headphone I have heard that ALSO has a satisfying amount of bass. The DT880 is also incredibly balanced with bass, but they have that treble peak. These DO NOT.

I am absolutely MINDBLOWN by the Annies. I paid $429 for these... and I will tell you all right now, that yes, it's worth it over the Q701, and I would seriously choose these over the HE-400 if I could only own one. The HE-400 is amazing, simply amazing, but the K702 Annies has this balance between fun and straight business without any glaring faults that make them so damn enticing.

This is one of those times that I can't find anything bad to say about the sound.

They really DO sound like a mix between the Q701 and HD650. It is a perfect blend. Just.... lovely.

Stay tuned.


My faves have changed...in order.

D7000
K702 Annies
HE-400
HD650
HE-4


If it's the SA-31 that makes them sound this good, I may be making a huge mistake in selling it. I have to hear it on a lesser amp.

I wanna take a moment and sincerely apologize to whomever I questioned when they said the K702 Anniversary was better than the HE-400. I'm eating my words.

Also, the pads smell GREAT. Dunno about any weird memory foam smell, but I assure you, these do not have a strange smell.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/13 at 12:45pm
post #558 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

AKG that sounds like Sennheiser, hmm, thats another no go for me.

You got that wrong akgs k701 was out before the sennheiser 800.The senns sound somewhat similar in balance to my k701s which were bought before sennheiser introduced the 800.

post #559 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I felt the Q701 to be balanced, more so than the old K701 I had which had that horrible upper mid peak. The Annies will undoubtedly impress me with it's balance if it's warmer than the Q701. That really was the only thing that would have made them extremely balanced to my ears.
A 3rd party has the Annies for $409 on Amazon.

  What amp did you use on the old k701.That could be why you had that peak.The akgs have never been easy to drive though and they are demanding of amplifers to sound their best.

post #560 of 3241

No, I didnt, cos folks were referring to HD650 and not to HD800.

 

THX

 

 

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Originally Posted by buson160man View Post

You got that wrong akgs k701 was out before the sennheiser 800.The senns sound somewhat similar in balance to my k701s which were bought before sennheiser introduced the 800.

post #561 of 3241

Mad lust I'm so excited that you like annies! I also was blown away when got my first impressions. For the price they are my favorite cans at the moment. Actually feels pretty good when others share the same feeling I've been having with these ;)

post #562 of 3241

Reassuring impressions, MLE.  I ordered mine before yours (I think) from a different vendor and mine haven't even shipped yet.  I was actually considering cancelling my order but now I'm feeling a little better smily_headphones1.gif   

 

Now, I just wish they would ship already!  Your impressions only make me more impatient.

post #563 of 3241
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

Would be interested to read some direct comparison between Anniversary's vs. K702 one day, taking pretty long, before somebody may do that. I still very doubting about their signature and that keeping me away from them.

Also, can someone compare Anniversary's to Beyer T90 please.




THX

I have a pair T90s and have ordered the K702 Ann. I plan on doing a comparison between the T90s, T70s, T1s, K702 Ann. and the AKG k167 for kicks.

I will be running all of these through my ODAC - Burson Soloist setup.

My goal is to find the one headphone out of the bunch that I like best and return or sell the others. So far the T1s are in the lead, however the T90s are very close to them performance-wise.

More to come..
post #564 of 3241
how does this heaphones compare to hd650 and hd598?

and hows the mids for female vocal music?
Edited by oopeteroo - 1/3/13 at 6:54pm
post #565 of 3241

ooooh thanks for your impressions, been wondering what ppl think about these.

post #566 of 3241

Hifiguys review is out (see page 106): http://www.tonepublications.com/MAGPDF/TA_051.pdf

post #567 of 3241

I came out with page 212, thanks mate:-)

 

Some extra things been mentioned there, total burn in hours ( not enough at all ), the DAC & AMP combo plus music been used. Not as detailed as I want to see/read.

 

I thought MSRP price was a little higher than USD 499.

 

Thanks HiFiguy

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Salvatore View Post

Hifiguys review is out (see page 106): http://www.tonepublications.com/MAGPDF/TA_051.pdf


Edited by Blackmore - 1/4/13 at 2:32am
post #568 of 3241
I played the Annie just off my phone and it was better than anything I plugged the old K701 into. No contest.
post #569 of 3241

Yeah I guess the page is either 106 or 212 depending on your reader and viewing mode? All in all quite positive review, but I think the retail price is indeed incorrect. I think it should be 649 or 699 dollars.


Edited by Salvatore - 1/4/13 at 4:03am
post #570 of 3241

Really curious how this does with the Magni. I was going to sell it but if this were a good combo....

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