Originally Posted by roguegeek
This is truly a valuable perspective. I'm imagining a film where the guy had it all, but suddenly lost it and is now having to rebuild from the ashes with a full and humble heart. A little dramatic, yes, but you get the idea. What I'm reading here is the joy (or value) you get from the K712 is possibly strong enough to curve an appetite from the past. That's a pretty strong statement for those cans. And I guess that's what I'm saying about the HD 700. Beyond any flaws people may perceive there to be (reality check: all headphones are flawed), I enjoy putting them on my head over all other headphones at this current point on my journey. I'm certain those preferences will continue to develop as well.
Reading this almost makes we want to give the K712 another go, so good job there!
Haha, thanks. That's basically the idea of it. This isn't the first time either. When I had to sell my HE-6, I went from K702 65th, to AD2000X, to HD800. I've been curious of the HD700 for the same reasons, despite alleged flaws. And yes, every headphone is a compromise in some fashion, even the HD800. I think why the K712 impresses me is it manages a highly detailed and well balanced sound without having majorly offensive flaws. It's flaws are more "subtractive" in nature.
I'm always looking for new ways to squeeze more performance/dollar out of my setup, like adding a $50 USB battery to the Modi. Hence why I've also stayed with a purely Single Ended setup. I've never been particularly wealthy but I can appreciate the really high end stuff, so I try to get reasonably close, without being completely irresponsible for my income level.