Originally Posted by campj
My K712 headband adjustment creaks like crazy. If I chew anything, turn my head, look down, or whatever, I get a very annoying series of creaks. Does anyone else have this problem, and is there a known solution? Thanks.
Honestly, I don't think it's the headband - it's the ball-and-socket joint on the cups that makes the noise. The original K701 used a shiny plastic that seemed slicker - maybe it was the chrome ring?
Anyway, I just received a brand-new pair of K712s and I guess I have to say I'm underwhelmed. I was excited about receiving them. I purchased a Q701 awhile back but sold it, because it wasn't really any different than my existing low-serial-number K701's. In fact, it might have been a tad more distorted and crunchy, but I chalked that up to lack of break-in. Still, there wasn't enough potential difference to justify my keeping them.
So, I ordered the K712's after lusting after them for a few months. The bass is definitely stronger, but as a Grado fan, I've always enjoyed the K701 family as the one headphone on the market that had comparable detail, albeit in a different presentation (greater soundstage). To me, the K712 has lost both - detail and soundstage.
I'll keep playing them to see if a break-in makes a difference, but I'm very doubtful.
P.S. The smooth headband still hurts the top of my head after awhile.
Edited by tomb - 3/1/14 at 6:14pm