It is also portable :)
Never heard the MD's, but it seems they could be a good choice.
Just want to comment on the 400's vs k701. To my ears, the 400, when properly amped, resides in the high end of mid-fi, just bopping up in the hifi category once in a while. The k701 is a very solid mid-fier/high mid-fier. That's just my thoughts on the matter. I have owned the k701 for a couple of weeks only.
Now that I think about it, isn't your amp kinda dark in sound sig? That might not be good with the MD...
This is true, but honestly I've never been to impressed with the M-Stage, so it probably wont be in my system long ( I see a Lyr in my future). I will say this about sealed cans, I'm not necessarily opposed to them, but I have no need for isolation. If I really need isolation I'll just use my ER4s. So if the MDs compete with the open cans they might be a possibility. The only thing that has me a little hesitant is I read a couple comparisons that said the MDs were not even in the same league as the HE400s.
Regarding the K701s all i can say is that in my experience they are extremely amp dependent. I owned mine for almost two years and three different amps before I found one that sounded tolerable with them (it was a Shanling PH100). I recently sold the PH100 to try out an M Stage which I heard was great for the k701, but it was kind of a let down. It has great Mids but I've never really liked the treble, Its fairly laid back but peaky and can get very fatiguing and grainy compared to the PH100.
Edited by nickwin - 6/2/13 at 8:34am