Well the K712s showed up, just doing some preliminary comparison with my K701s with the bass port mod. Won’t see what they’re really up to as I’m currently in my shop with an Imac running uncompressed iTunes into a 25-year-old Technics receiver.
Except for the color, black vs white, physically they look more or less the same, different leather head band and pads of coarse.
So what’s up, well I felt my HD700s took a step toward the AKGs (a good thing) and so far these 712s have taken on somewhat of a Sennheiser flavor, being warmer, less airy, less tinny (nasal) than the K701s.
The higher shriller notes that Feist reaches on “The Reminder” were almost painful on the 701s but passed almost unnoticed on the 712s coming across smooth and very well controlled, nice. But with less air the 712s lose some of the almost holographic sounds from the track “The Water”, but overall the 712s come out the winner on this album.
Using the opening bass notes from Massive Attack’s “Angel” (appears to be the litmus test for bass) showed that the bass port mod on the K701s may have added some reinforcement in the upper bass but the K712s win hands downs with regards to fullness and extension, no contest.
Went on to listening to Kraftwerks “The Mix” and never returned to the 701’s, IMHO the K712s for all intents and purposes, disregarding appearances, are a completely different phone…….smoother, warmer, bassier... obvious as black & white!
Should be interesting this evening when comparing them to my current favorites, the HD700s on the Bryston gear
Anyway, that's all for now, gotta get some work done.
Edited by Rob80b - 8/19/14 at 12:12pm