Yeah I've had the most rewarding conversations via PMs. Probably your comment was aimed at general, but you posted it here in annie thread where I have been the person to give the most positive (and possibly the most hyperbolic) impressions. Can't really remember you posting here anything useful. Hence the rant. Blaming people for hyperbole discourages new members to write their honest impressions. Like I said, it seems to be more rewarding to lurk and ask via PM.
For people who say there to be only subtle differences between K701 vs 65 I have only one thing to say. You haven't tested them sufficiently. With more bass heavy music like hip hop etc the annies sound noticeably different (bass wise). Anyone who has auditioned them properly can tell this and it's no exaggeration. If you listen some acoustic light pop then the differences are indeed subtle. What makes these cans versatile is that with light music they sound almost equally good as the other models (I say almost because some people might feel that they lose some of the sparkle) but with hip hop etc annies sound superior. I guess it makes me a fanboy to enjoy annies more than any other AKG product I've heard. Trust me I had the opportunity to get K701s, K702s or Q701s and save hundred + euros, but for me the annies are just so much better headphones and worth the extra. Comfortability and sound wise that is. I'm no rich man but I still felt that 395 euros for these was a good investment. I've been also saying that the retail price is ridiculously high.
This. Very much this.
Aside from the addition of warmth, the bass is the clear change from previous models. If you're not listening to music that doesn't highlight bass, then yes, you may not perceive the difference to be huge.
If you're like me and listen to stuff like EDM, the difference will smack you in the face. I can't enjoy EDM with the Q701 and way less with the K701 of old. The Annie makes EDM VERY enjoyable. Not HE-400 levels of enjoyment (due to the HE-400 having a really strong and textured bass, though lacking in mids and having too much treble in comparison), but still clearly a step above from the past AKG models.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/28/13 at 9:54am