Originally Posted by Hairspray
Do you think that a regular Q701 with K712 gel pads would almost sound the same as a K712, especially the mids?
Did you compare them or was it too much of a hassle to unmod your Q701?
No, I don't think so but probably very very close.
There is actually a chance the stock Q701 + K712 pads will be VERY slightly warmer and bassier than the K712 itself. Not really is a good way. Haven't tried it though but maybe someone else has.
I really do believe the K712 does probably use these "special" drivers. Some (rare) recordings sounded noticeably clearer on the K712 than the modded Q701 and I don't know why.
I tried K712 pads on my MODDED Q701 and it was addicting but too bassy and warm really and sounded congested with some music. I liked it for rock music. Sounded like too much mid-bass that sticks out too much. Reminded me of the V6's mid-bass hump almost. I should have tried to swap the Q701 grill for a K702 grill and removed the foam. My idea is that might work well.
When I tried Q701 pads on the K712 it sounded more like a K702 rather than a stock Q701. It was much thinner and harsher than MY Q701 ever was. The grill of the K712 might have a lot to do with it, but I can't turn my Q701 into a K702 by swapping it's grill. I know that some impressions of the K712 with Q701 pads is much different. Disclaimer: I haven't heard an un-modded Q701 in maybe a couple months now. You can say I've forgotten what the Q701 sounds like but this is impossible. I guess take those comments with a grain of salt. I also only tried K712 with Q701 pads for an hour and couldn't stand it.
BTW someone with the K712 should listen to the K712 without the foam behind the pads for a few hours. Did you know that the K601 and Q701 is actually bassier without the foam? Very subtle though. I think when you remove the outer grill and foam behind the pads on a Q701 you get a subtle increase in low bass and treble. I could be hearing things, but you can try it. It's actually the total opposite of what I originally thought!! With the Q701/K712 I think it's all about getting the perfect amount of air to the driver to sort of tune the sound. Even the air inside the pads is important it seems.
NOTE: I did not try a stock Q701 with K712 pads, but it might be nice. I like my modded Q701 so much that I won't bother to reverse it.
Oh yeah.. I don't own the K712 but got to try them for a long long time. I'd sure love to own a pair but I'm too poor to afford $380 headphones! Maybe sometime when I'm sitting on a ton of cash. I really can't even think about selling my Q701 to make the upgrade easier.
There were some tracks I did prefer on the modded Q701 (such as the entire Buena Vista Social Club CD).
Since I listen to a lot of female vocals the K712 is really perfect for that..
Edited by tdockweiler - 11/8/13 at 4:51pm