as a former k701 Lover i wonder if the k712 might be a serious upgrade and hope you guys can help.
as i know both do have different Sound signatures, i wonder if the k712 is still technically better. by that i mean especially in the following regards:
- pin Point accuracy in Instrument Placement
last question: will the bass besides beeing more emphasized still be as nicely dry as it is on the k701?
IMO the K712 is definitively better. The K701 was one of my first headphones which I owned for quite a long time. While certain things about it I loved, it also had glaring flaws that kept me from really wanting to love the whole headphone. It's hard for me to compare the separation and imaging accuracy, being that my current front end is much more advanced in this regard than when I owned the K701 but I would guess the K701 would still be slightly better in this regard with the right equipment, though in my current setup the K712 is better by memory than old setup at the time. (Lyr +Audio-GD Sabre DAC)
The biggest improvement to me with the K712 is the far more natural tonal balance and with the improved efficiency, especially in the bass, it's much harder to hit the massive bass distortion wall caused by overdriving the meager 200mw driver. That was honestly my biggest annoyance with the K701. Anytime I would crank it for fun music, it just goes *splat splat* in the bass. This is not so much the case with the K712. You would really have to drive it to deafening levels to start reaching that point.