VERY EARLY IMPRESSIONS:
Just received the tour pair from the mail man. In terms of comfort/fit, and appearance it rates very highly. As for the build, it seems very good overall, but the point where the cable splits into a Y seems a little fragile to me. The cable is so thick though, it's ridiculous. I've never used a custom cable before so to me this thing just seems monstrous, I'm sure it's overkill.
Now onto the sound, this will all be compared to my modded AKG Q701 on the same amp/DAC. My initial thought after only about 30-45 minutes is that I prefer my modded Q701. It's probably mostly because of the soundstage. Anytime I try to compare any closed headphone to my Q, I just can't seem to enjoy it. Comparing the two, the Q701 still sounds huge and airy which I will admit is a huge requirement for me. My Q's to me almost sound speaker like and the AD just isn't doing the same thing for me. The AD also seems a bit dark and a tad bass heavy compared to what I'm used to, which again, could still just be a side effect of it being a closed headphone. I hate to use the word "congested", but again, comparing the two this is kind of how I hear it. The overall frequency response isn't bad though, the low sub-bass is quite nice. There is also a spot in the mid-range that on some recordings seems a bit annoying, I'm not sure what frequency it is yet though, but it's probably a cup resonance that just probably can't be fixed. The sound here is very detailed and pretty fast though for a closed headphone.
AGAIN, THESE ARE VERY EARLY IMPRESSIONS... MORE TO COME LATER.
Also, does anybody know if anybody on the tour had adjusted the bass screws? I kind of have a feeling that these have more bass than they should.
EDIT: I don't want anybody to think that I think these are terrible, because they aren't. I'm just a soundstage junkie and prefer open headphones. I will say that some people have hyped the details of how big the stage is on these. The stage sounds about as big as I remember the HD650 sounding which is decent. For those that have never heard a Q701, especially a modded one, the soundstage of the Q701 is well above average in size. I must also add that the isolation on the AD is pretty insane which is great for people looking for that.
Edited by jasonb - 12/3/13 at 9:57am