Like head-fi is ever gonna talk somebody out of getting a new piece of gear...
Oh, Head-Fi will talk you out of buying gear...if it's something like Bose, Beats, or a gaming headset.
Then they talk you into buying other gear that's just as expensive, if not moreso, but which might actually justify its price!
That's what I mean. Head-Fi will never tell you to buy nothing at all.
Hmm no need for the bass knob anymore, I'm starting to like this signature quite a bit!
Though I feel the soundstage seems like a little too much, I mean, it's utterly terrific for soundwh##ing games like call of duty, but with music I catch myself turning the volume up too high because everything sounds so distant.
Bass? We don't need to turn up no stinking bass with the Qs! I leave it flat myself.
And (drum roll please) my Op Amp of choice in the mighty, mighty Matrix M is the LM4562.
Just be careful with the Qs, don't turn the volume up so high that you blow your eardums out.
My initial instinct was to boost the bass but I grew to love their quick, natural bass and now I can't go back to headphones with "woofer" bass, they sound cheap and digital. It may seem odd to boost the upper mids on a headphone that already has a lot of upper mids, but I guess I like more of a good thing.
About a month later and I'm liking my new rig more by the day.
Everything starts to mellow out really nicely and I think I can confidently say this is a great setup all-round: Again I'm really liking the very detailed, spacial sound and the bass is well defined and not accentuated.
Great thing about these cans is that it seems they respond really well to EQ'ing or boosting certain parts of the sound. When I'm in the mood of a little more bass I can just turn up a small bass boost cutting of at about 80Hz and then there is nothing left to be desired :D.
And yet, like many other Q701 owners I'm really confused if it's burn-in or getting used to the sound.
Funny part of the story is that I used to listen to heavy metal mostly, which these cans aren't even the best for. I agree with this to a certain extent, the problem seems that this headphone brings out so much detail in the recording and most heavy metal recordings can be quite bad, especially in terms of separation and compression. Many records are produced like a non-dynamic "blob" of sound and I think this headphone can butcher such recordings because of the soundstage and the detail. Some well recorded albums do sound great though!
I don't know if I'm switching musical style, but I find myself listening to more mellow and acoustic music more often nowadays. Acoustic guitars sound so great with this phone, the hands/pick of the musician hitting the snares, the echoing in the soundbox of the guitar, everything is so real. I'm even hearing every breath flute player takes and hearing the decay of the sound at the end of each note, everything, it's great!
Lately I've been having a lot of sessions in which I'm lying in bed for hours with the curtains closed listening to Ayreon records like "Into The Electric Castle", "The Final Experiment" and "The Dream Sequencer". Just unreal :)