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How would these compare to the 7XX I recently received? Upgrade or just different? Using with Dacport slim...
Completely different sound signature.
I have the K702 Annies and TH-600. TH-600 has a lot more bass. K702 has more detail and a much more open soundstage as expected.
I have the Q701 and I think that my D5K are at another level. Could just be me but that's how I feel about them. I love them both however.
funny. the th-600 has way more detail than the k702. It's also bassier as expected. The 702 though is definitely more flat. Compared to the 7xx though I'd call the th-xoo probably close to a k702/k7xx/k712 just open vs closed. Massdrop sort of went for a similar tuning. They are still going to sound different but both are pretty well balanced headphones with a slight edge for color, I'm betting the x00 is slightly more colored than the k7xx but still relatively neutral. Funny though, I own some th-600s as well as k712s. Not sure about this drop, the th-600 has perfect bass as it is =\ the treble is a bit peaky but if I wanted more balanced cans I'd go with the better, open cans for that sort of thing.
I can confirm your views. The Q701 is somewhat smoother overall and less colored sounding, but aren't as enjoyable. The D5K are definitely colored, and the bass is as good as it gets. There are peaks in the treble region as you've said. Although I'm not especially put off by it. The sound can be a bit fatiguing over long sessions however. The D5K to my ears are a lot more detailed despite coloration. I feel like I can hear so much through the D5K. I think the AKG are much more suited for long term easy listening due to it's non-fatiguing sound, but the Denons are brilliant for short sessions. I wouldn't part with either one of them. I've owned both for quite some time now.
I really love both and agree. AKG is smoother and great for long listening and comfortability as they are so light weight, and the fostex are great but a bit heavier (still comfy) but because of their tuning can fatigue the ears especially in the treble region, and the recessed mids can sound strange on some audio sources. Overall I would sell my th-600s at the drop of a hat right now. I'd really just miss the low end. Not sure if I want x00s though, I think I'd rather pick up 400is for the 299 or even drop 700 for a pair of new he-560s. Decreasing the bass is probably a negative for the x00, though I knew they had to do it in order to bring the mids more up front. They sound nice and balanced but I think there are already better portable cans that fit that description than the cumbersome fostex line.