Originally Posted by cheuh
So as an owner of both, which one do you think is superior in sound quality?
First of all, as i said sound is very subjective and personal. In my case, I own both q701 and HE500 so I'll make it simple. If you already have Q701, don't waste your money. Keep your Q701, do the bass port mod. With the money you saved, buy a used HE500 for about $500 - $600. It will blow your socks off with a decent amp IF you are into lively, energetic type of sound from HPs. Above all, you WILL physically feel the air moving on your ear drums with the HE500. I keep the HE500 at home cause of the amp requirement. modded Q701 is at the office. They get equally head time from me daily. On weekend, of course, the HE500 will get it all.
HE500 vs K712? $ aside here, I'll pick HE500 for being a much more rounded pair of HPs, better bass, lusher mid/vocal, great high. You just feel more with HE500.
K712 is very accurate. For some people, high could be a touch harsh for some music genres and bad recordings. It is better relatively to Q701 because it has a touch more bass so the high got balanced out a bit, IMO. Mid is of course awesome, same as in Q701 though.
If the Q701 has never been made and the only option is K712 then of course, I'll would buy K712 but also buy HE500. I enjoy both sound signatures equally for different types of music I listen to.
If you only can own 1 pair, then I think at least for me, the choice would be HE500.
I am not here to dis K712 in anyway. I love AKG sound signature and especially their design. I am just here to offer my honest opinion/experience about the 3 HPs. I also don't like what AKG is doing with these different models while not offering customers a clear upgrade. I will buy if they come out with something on the level of HD800. I am just an AKG fan from my days of pro-audio and recording.
Since I brought up HD800. IMO, Q701 = 80 - 83% of HD800 in terms of SQ. K712 will be right at the 83-85% or so mark. In audio, you pay a lot more for the last 15%. HD800 owners might not agree here but it's my opinion. And yes, I've listened to HD800 vs Q701 quite a bit driven by a great tube amp.
Edited by koiloco - 9/25/13 at 10:16pm