Originally Posted by tdockweiler
Sounds like good news to me and hope burn in doesn't change this I really wanted to hear something like this.
Modi or ODAC sounds like it would be perfect for the K712. Modi always sounds crystal clear for me and I have no complaints about it's sound if I tried really hard. That's almost impossible for me!
The "Annie" I heard was not open/spacious/airy even remotely for me. Guess I heard it differently than most!
This was with gear that's transparent and not warm/dark etc. I believe I tried it with both the Modi and ODAC.
Still looking forward to the K712 despite all the warning signs to not bother.
The Modi does have a tendency to lean a little on the bright side so that is probably some of the difference for me. But downgrading from about $1600 worth of "source" to $100, your not losing as much performance as you would think. Of course, I'd like to re-up my source eventually when I can comfortably afford.
I will say the there is something about these in my setup I'm really liking, even compared to the HD800 but I can't quite put my finger on what is yet. Gotta think of a way to describe it. Whatever the quality is it makes well recorded drums sound amazing and mid bass grooves really swing. But, I don't think is simply a mid bass hump. It's almost like a combination of space and texture. Hard to explain. I think it may also have to do with micro-dynamic changes, like ghost notes on a snare drum. Room ambiance cues and reflections seem very well represented as well.
Of course the HD800 is still a much higher performance headphone but these K712s just groove...