Well, opinions are different. When you read rockgrotto forum and other impressions, ppl seem to like hd681 with mkII filter better than EVO when it comes to sound.
EVO stock cable is pretty "crap" like stock HD681. Needs changing.
EVO stock pads are better than HD681 pads but also should be changed for better ones. Needs changing.
EVO harsh highs are "hidden" with felt which many find too "muddy" sounding. If they are removed the highs peaks are back like stock HD681. Needs modding. Although, I agree, it`s lot easier to mod than soldering filter, not everyone can do it.
For me it`s cheaper to go with HD681 and mod it. Filter components are dirt cheap and made my own pads which are lot better than stock (and I belive better than AKG velour), also dirt cheap. For me, only bonus with EVO is the design.
As far as I`ve read about EVO impressions It seems that if you want better sound and don`t care about looks, go for HD681 with filter and AKG velour (or custom) pads.
I read rockgrotto forum and i only see that Rabbit and Frans have both EVO and 681, Frans didn't listen to the new EVO, Rabbit said that after remove the felt they are almost identical. In other forum, the impression is quite mix, 50% prefer EVO, 50% like 681.
I recabled 681 with canare cable and it's quite a improment but not very big, if it's crap than every headphone cable under 150$ is crap too
I think the better pads you a refering to must be some type of J $ pads or Alpha pads. The velour pads come with EVO is very good, as good or better than the AKG K240, no need to change.
If you already read the thread in diyah, you must know that EVO without felt doesn't have the peak like original 681, EVO without felt have the right high frequency that a original filtered 681 aim for. They are different, EVO is not a original 681 with felt.
If you are type of modding guy then i agree original 681 is more P/p but other than that i think EVO is much better for everyone else.
Agreed. I thought that EVO is with similiar pads as HD662F, at least I have seen them with those leather immitation vinyl pads. Didn`t know there is newer velour pads version.