Well, I am extremely confused after mining this thread and the Q701 thread. For Jazz and Classical, which would you guys recommend (out of the K712 Pro, the 65th Anniversary, or the Q701), considering that price is not a factor in the comparison between these three?
Thank you very much in advance!
Lived with the K701 for years, and from reading the Qs may be slightly more forgiving but very close the K701s and now have the K712s which are closer to the Annies. The former K/Q series have more apparent air but lack lower bass and body, the K712s (and I’ll assume the 65th Anniversary) are darker, tighter sound stage, with more depth of layering and with a lot more bottom end, this is all mostly due to the denser, thicker ear cushions.
So basically two different sonic portrayals, I enjoyed the K701s a lot with classical and jazz but spending a good part of yesterday listening to a number of symphonies by Stravinsky and a few works by Gyorgy Ligeti with the K712s , the added warmth and especially the body/ bass extension were appreciated and made listening that more rewarding, especially on crescendos. Ideally it would be nice to have these opposing traits combined and is what I get from my Sennheiser HD700s, but which to choose from the AKGs, the bass port mod ( http://www.head-fi.org/t/660408/reversible-akg-k701-bass-mod ) on my K701s gave me more bass without effecting its airy tonal character so one could go there with Q701s, but the mod does not approach the bass extension and impact affronted on the 712s but a nice compromise. Maybe one should just have a pair of both ears pads on hand and have your cake and eat it to when the need arises.
The review by NA Blur also sums up things quite nicely and mirror my own.
Edited by Rob80b - 8/26/14 at 6:19am