Funny. I've owned the Q701 for some time now, and for the vast majority of this period, I've never really liked them. Always preferred my AD700X way more. I've given the AD700X to my parents for about a year and I visit them once in a while. The previous month, I've stayed for an entire month. In the past, I usually prefer the AD700X when I visit them, but this time, I really miss the sound signature of the Q701. Now, I returned to my current home with both and I really have to say that I prefer the Q701. I've adjusted to new headphones and hated old ones with time (that's spent with or without them), but the adjustment period is usually quite quick. This kinda made me go against the whole "preferred sound signature" idea. Aside from the complicated subjectivity and vague words used to recommend sound signatures, how would you know what sound sig you really like in the end? Even with EQ...how do you know that it's not better off if you leave it alone and adjust to the sound (*cough* let them burn in your brain *cough*), so you might actually enjoy the headphones you bought in the end without thinking that you are making compromises? Funny how all the people have claimed I either hate the headphones because they weren't burnt in (my pair is second handed so that's not the problem), or claimed that the sound isn't for me. Maybe the past me just didn't fit the headphones...yet. Now I don't even know how to answer questions about headphones anymore. In the past I would say "go to a store and try them. If you like them, that's your answer." Maybe I should just say, "Go buy the cheapest pair you find comfortable and well built and listen to it for 5 years." I might as well convert to Lo-Fi-ism.