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Any suggestions for alternate pads on the K7xx? Have tried the Q701 pads, but mids and highs become too forward and too crisp (although I love the signature of the Q701 in general with stock pads).
Interestingly, have tried K7xx pads on Q701 as well, and they destroyed the clarity, presence, and brightness inherent to the Q701.
k7xx = k712 anniversary edition = q701 without the crappy headband +k712 annie pads (which are considered some of the most comfy and high quality pads of all time...) the pads on the k7xx and some fine tuning give it the nice warm sound that it does have....if you want the highs to be more bright then you would be better off with the k702 or q701 with stock pads.
I agree that the K7xx gel pads are quite comfy and high quality, yet they inhibit the potential of the enhanced low end to shine by inducing a lightly veiled ambience which, while it may be considered warmth, is more closely associated to my ears with a diffuse quality that I am not a fan of.
I have the K7xx as well as the Q701, and placing the Q701 stock pads on the K7xx tones and focuses the bass, while simultaneously removing the ambient veil and providing for greater clarity in concert with the enhanced punch/dynamics that are inherent to the K7xx without the stock pads. The problem is the Q701 pads also negatively influence the mids and uppers by increasing punch in the higher frequencies to a crunchy crispness that is a bit too much.
Alternately, placing the K7xx gels on the Q701 muddies up it's entire signature, closes in and drops the field, and destroys it's clarity. While the K7xx is obviously tuned to better match the gels, it is telling how profound the influence of the gels truly are.
Thanks for your reply.
right on i got ya, I actually avoided akg all this time because for the most part they are treble focused and I am very sensitive to treble. But i have been looking for an alternative to my sennheiser 650hd which is very uncomfortable for me (im also clamp sensitive and the shape of them dont agree with my face/jaw joints) - so i think the k7xx is perfect for me so hoping it works out good. I actually prefer a warmer sound, so I am a little worried that the k7xx will be too sharp and painful, but from everything i read it should be just fine and if its a little too sharp i will eq it down some :D also memory foam + auto adjusting headband should be heaven for me <3
I'm with you on the clamping pressur. I had the HD600, which were so overwhelming with regard to their clamp that I could only listen for short periods, and then had to give up.
Akg is much better in this respect, and is very comfortable, particularly the K7xx.
As far as sound, the K7xx should suit you well if you like warmth, although it is a more neutral signature, chilled focus, spacious, full and rich, and luminously dark (if that makes sense).
The higher frequencies shouldn't bother you due to the light ambience imbued by the low end (and of course, the pads), and considering this, you will probably really enjoy it.
Just wanted to add to this convo. I'm also not a big fan of hyped treble, and was also wary of AKG's for that reason. Got the chance to listen to both the standard K702's as well as the 65th Anni's, and was blown away. Kicking myself for not testing them sooner. Excited for these to arrive. And that Red colourway? C'mon, how can you not love it!