Originally Posted by Evshrug
So basically, you're "saying" it's not even a comparison? lol.
Do you actually feel the Q701 imparts a "concert hall" feel to the sound from any music/song? The soundstage doesn't impart that effect to my ears. One thing I will say about the Q701 is the soundstage becomes much more circular and less linear with the addition of a decent tube amplifier. I have not heard the K167 to compare, I hope somebody else adds a chime-in. I wonder how different it is from the K550?
I actually compared my Q701s to wje's K167s the other day, and I can tell you that there is no comparison.
The Q701s do have a big sound stage. The concert hall effect really depends on how your music was recorded. I can listen to live music, and it really sounds like you are in the middle of the crowd. On the flip side, if something was recorded in a studio, you feel like you are in a studio.
Here is my issue with the K167. The sound is inaccurate, faded, and extremely cold for my taste. I put the K167s on for 20 seconds and I took them right off. Again, I mean no disrespect, but they were god awful compared to the Q701s, and even the K702s that I was able to try out.
As for the K550s, I have only listened to them at best buy with one of the clerks Ipods attached, and the sound was really good. A little bass heavy for my taste, but they were comfy, and barely leaked any sound.
I would still prefer to have the Q701s out of all of them, but if you NEED a closed headphone, then the K550 is a WAYYYYYYY better headphone than the K167.