q701, no rumble.....not great for vocals, best w an amp.
edit a tube amp :P
thank you very much. you understood me well. i want that ambient soundstage with warm sound.
looking at the graphs.
i think the 880 have harsh treble. huge peak around 9-10khz. wouldn't they be sibilant due to this?
and i have decided to rule out the HD 650 as they require a powerful amp to drive them which i can't afford after buying them.
i'm seriously considering the q701 here. as it has the best spacious soundstage among all 3 + has bass.
also when you say bass, would they have low bass rumble or just a tight bass like the HD 598?
@others - thank you very much. i might consider the x1 as well.
so for now it's either the x1 or the q701. im leaning more towards the q701
Yes I for one consider the 880 to be excessively sibilant.... meaning too much "SSSSssssss" for my personal taste.
IMHO AKG 7xx bass does extend deeper than the HD598. Its also generally tight and well controlled, not lose and unrefined.
I am loving my Sony MA 900 for this dark ( bass and mid centric ) signature, imaging and sound-staging is awesome. I am using them with Fiio E17.
Could not go for HD 600/650 because of need for a powerful amp.
Sony sounds better than I expected although slightly less comfortable than widely touted ( itchy pads, settled in 2 days). Now I am in heaven :)
Hope this helps.