There is currently an ongoing battle in my head about choosing the right pair of cans.
I was very intrigued by the review for the X1s but I'm still not 100% certain what to get.
The discussion is held over here: CLICK
It is not my intent to cross-post. I just feel that this is the thread where I could get the right picture of the X1s in comparison.
I'll quickly quote my last post so you don't have to switch over right now. HERE (Click to show)
The battle for me seems to be between the Philips Fidelio X1 and the Q701s (or maybe a yet unknown opponent you might introduce to me).
I have now read up a lot on both of them and I need a last bit of help for my decision.
I know now, that the X1 have a rather warm sound signature and might be falling behind the Q701s in terms of airyness and a bit in soundstage.
The mids might be a slight bit drawn-back but not overly recessed as some say, so this shouldn't be an issue.
In terms of bass, they might just be the best one can get for open cans in that price range since they're bassheavy but do not seem to harm the rest of the stage in any way (and if they do, there's still EQ )
They are also easy to drive and do not seem to be so incredibly hungry for power in the lows as the AKGs are (which need reasonable amping therefore).
However, I wonder if this is maybe the wrong path for me since i want to learn how music "should" be heard by an audiophile. Don't get me wrong, I do opt for a fun pair of cans, but I fear
standing in warm rain on a summer day with the crickets chirpin' (which can also be nice) as opposed to a night in an airy arena floated with icy and spine-shivering winds of details with the Q701s.
These are are at least the pictures I have in my head now from reading all those reviews. If I do take them too strong and the differences are really more of a minor kind then please just tell me...
If the AKGs are indeed the right path to go for an ongoing audiophile I just have one question i really need answered: Do they have bass?
Opinions and reviews on AKGs bass are so wide-scattered and go from non-locateable, dry, weak and shy to punchy and kickin...
I do honestly not know what to make of it. Some say the Q701s do have the better bass in the x7xx line some say they are all the same... But better to what? Better than shy might still be weak.
Too weak is definitely not for me since I intend to listen to electronic and bass-heavy music as well as watch movies and play games with them.
Those two cans might just be from two different worlds... Is there no middle-path? Good bass, but not overly warm with a wide soundstage and good air?
Thanks in advance for every response that gets me closer to my desired cans.
So if anyone can give me a good view on the Q701/K701s and the X1s bass in comparison or any suggestion of cans that'd fit my needs, please feel free to step into my thread or tell me here.
I know that the Q701 are in the review already, but I can't seem to get a good picture of their bass as of now...
I'm really pulling my hair now as i seem somewhat stuck...
Sorry, if I step into this thread to harshly...
Edited by Unr3aL - 11/4/13 at 3:28pm