Originally Posted by rt310
Thanks for the suggestions!
How does the HE-400 fare against the HD650? From a quick search it seems that there is much debate on which one is better. In what areas do you think the HE-400 excel at as opposed to the HD650?
Also, does the Q701 have any differences to the K701/K702 or is it just the same product, just endorsed?
Just one other thing: What are your opinions on the Mad Dogs? they look extremely interesting; are they worth the price? ($350 when purchased from mrspearkers, shipping incl.)
The HE-400 presents vocals and treble better and has much better extension and control into the lower frequencies compared to the HD650, at least to me. The HE-400 will give you that emotion and piercing beauty from the vocals of jpop as they're high pitch and that's part of the attraction. The HD650 makes that subdued, polite and tame. You lose so much energy with the HD650, it's for a more mellow/relaxed listen. Some prefer that of course. I simply think for exciting treble-testing music, the HE-400 is a better way to go.
The K701/702/Q701 all sound virtually the same. It's said the Q701 is slightly warmer. I have both. I think the Q701 is slightly warmer. I liked it better than the K701. But ultimately the AKG sound is pretty dry to me and I much prefer the Beyer or Hifiman signature for virtually everything, but that's just my take on it.
The Mad Dogs are exquisite and can be further tweaked to suit needs, if you want a closed ortho.