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Need to replace my Q701s

post #1 of 28
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I have had the Q701s for a while now and I just can't deal with the stress they put on my head. I am prone to migraines as it is.

I am looking to replace them with something in the 200-250 range. I am looking for something that will be comfortable and as far as what I listen to 

I really listen to all types of music, and they will be used for some gaming as well.

 

My amp is a Shiit audio Vali.

other cans are grado sr80i which I love

and AKG k240 which I also love

 

I am not a bass head .

 

Any ideas on what I should get?

post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by shortyg83 View Post
 

I have had the Q701s for a while now and I just can't deal with the stress they put on my head. I am prone to migraines as it is.

I am looking to replace them with something in the 200-250 range. I am looking for something that will be comfortable and as far as what I listen to 

I really listen to all types of music, and they will be used for some gaming as well.

 

My amp is a Shiit audio Vali.

other cans are grado sr80i which I love

and AKG k240 which I also love

 

I am not a bass head .

 

Any ideas on what I should get?


Sure - first, though, what kind of "stress" do you mean, more specifically?

 

Are you talking about the bumps on the headband?

(Because other than that, many find them to be pretty comfortable...

certainly more so than the Grado SR80i's)

post #3 of 28

Have you considered the headband mod on the Q701?

I mean the K702+headband mod would be a step up. Not sure how much it is in America so I'm not sure if it is in your price range.

post #4 of 28

I would first try modifying your headphone's headband if you are already happy with its sound.

 

If you still have problems, look into K612, DT880-250, and HD598.

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 


Sure - first, though, what kind of "stress" do you mean, more specifically?

 

Are you talking about the bumps on the headband?

(Because other than that, many find them to be pretty comfortable...

certainly more so than the Grado SR80i's)

By stress I mean physical pain. Using them longer than 30 min gives me headaches.

 

I do like the sound of them, But I don't know how I feel about having to do mods on them. I kind of feel hate towards their design because of the headband bumps.

post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by shortyg83 View Post
 

By stress I mean physical pain. Using them longer than 30 min gives me headaches.

 

I do like the sound of them, But I don't know how I feel about having to do mods on them. I kind of feel hate towards their design because of the headband bumps.

You love the sound, hate the design, but don't want to mod? To be hoest I've wanted to mod mine but have been a bit worried especially since I don't know how to remove the headband from the Q701. But I don't mind the design, and I don't feel as if it is uncomfortable. Anyway have you considered Grado?

 

Edit: Woops, sorry I didn't realise that someone else had already recommended Grado

post #7 of 28

It's very easy to change the headband on the Q701

 

Check out http://www.head-fi.org/t/655345/akg-q701-headband-replacement

post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by CloudMoose View Post
 

It's very easy to change the headband on the Q701

 

Check out http://www.head-fi.org/t/655345/akg-q701-headband-replacement

The problem is modding them is going to kill their value if I want to sell them. I have people that want to buy them now.

I am looking toward maybe the k550. 

I do love grado sound but I don't think I can get anything for under 300 since I already have the s80i

post #9 of 28

I highly recommend the Beyerdynamic DT880's.

 

They are incredibly comfortable, beautifully made, and

sound great. 

 

For a bit less money you can check out the Sony MDR MA900's.

Outstanding comfort, excellent sound, great value at about $200.

 

Take a look if you get a moment at the dedicated Beyerdynamic DT880

Appreciation Thread here on Head-Fi, as well as the thread dedicated to the

Sony MDR MA900's.

post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 

Which 880s? Premium or Pro? And what is the difference between the two?

post #11 of 28

They're clearly not working out. Better to sell them before you take a knife to the bumps.

 

Since comfort is important, I've heard plenty of good things about MA900.

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by shortyg83 View Post
 

Which 880s? Premium or Pro? And what is the difference between the two?

 

Actually there are three versions rather than two.

 

The three versions are classified and named after their impedance(s):

the 600 ohm, the 250 ohm, and the 32 ohm.

 

My choice is the 250 ohm.

 

As for the difference between the three, it's a simple question

but the answer is not so simple.  :)

 

I suggest you read through the answers and discussions at the

following links (which I've picked out from many on the topic). 

These strike me as useful in terms of getting a good amount

of the information you're after reasonably quickly.

 

After years of owning these headphones and

reading replies to this question which is asked often

(understandably); there doesn't seem to be one answer which

satisfies everyone.  So have a read, have a listen if you can,

and reach a conclusion that works for you.

 

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparison-beyerdynamic-dt-880-32-ohm-dt-880-250-ohm-and-dt-880-600-ohm-headphones

 

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html
http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html

 

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-880.htm

 

 

 

post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 

 

Actually there are three versions rather than two.

 

The three versions are classified and named after their impedance(s):

the 600 ohm, the 250 ohm, and the 32 ohm.

 

My choice is the 250 ohm.

 

As for the difference between the three, it's a simple question

but the answer is not so simple.  :)

 

I suggest you read through the answers and discussions at the

following links (which I've picked out from many on the topic). 

These strike me as useful in terms of getting a good amount

of the information you're after reasonably quickly.

 

After years of owning these headphones and

reading replies to this question which is asked often

(understandably); there doesn't seem to be one answer which

satisfies everyone.  So have a read, have a listen if you can,

and reach a conclusion that works for you.

 

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparison-beyerdynamic-dt-880-32-ohm-dt-880-250-ohm-and-dt-880-600-ohm-headphones

 

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html
http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/at-home/music-pleasure/dt-880-edition.html

 

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-880.htm

 

 

 

In 250ohm there are two different headphones. The Pro and the Premium. I was asking if there was a difference between them

post #14 of 28

If you want to retain the sound sig of the Q701 but you don't want to mod it and you want a more comfortable alternative, K712 is what you're looking at.

If you want a different sound sig and at the same time much more comfortable than Q701, DT880 is what you're looking at.

 

Both are very good cans, and both are far from being a "basshead" headphone.

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

If you want to retain the sound sig of the Q701 but you don't want to mod it and you want a more comfortable alternative, K712 is what you're looking at.

If you want a different sound sig and at the same time much more comfortable than Q701, DT880 is what you're looking at.

 

Both are very good cans, and both are far from being a "basshead" headphone.


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