Conclusion: One of the top 3 headphones currently available at a price that is affordable. Music flows out of these and is incredibly transparent sounding. Paired with the right amplifier, it is as good as audio reproduction gets using headphones. Check out the Current Price of the AKG K701 Headphones
Pros: Magnificent tonal balance that rivals some very high-end loudspeakers. Let's you hear every last little thing on the recording. Powerful bass that is very well controlled. Sit perfectly on your head and just vanish.
Cons: Magnificent tonal balance that rivals some very high-end loudspeakers. Let's you hear every last little thing on the recording. Powerful bass that is very well controlled. Sit perfectly on your head and just vanish.
Conclusion: The cable from the left earcup terminates in a gold-plated quater inch jack. If you want to use the earphones on an iPod or portable system you have to use the accompanying adapter but if you’re happy to add another component to the analogue signal chain why would you use $450 headphones in the...
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Design, build quality & comfort:
They are white - thats what people notice on the first look. I must say I really like the design and the "feel" - The leather headband is a nice addition to the white and gray colors.
Summary: Out of contrarian rage, I ended up getting another pair of 701s just to see why everyone is so intent on bashing these cans. All my silver-haired classical mastering guys love these cans and go on about their ability to open the soundstage and layer it with subtle and rich detail .
Pros: Noticeable detail and placement definition
Cons: Midrange shy and bass shy when driving rock & metal
Summary: Although I also own a HD800, I'm keeping my AKG K701 for its combination of comfort and performance with classical music - in which it excels. Aside from the Beyer DT-880, the most comfortable headphone currently made, the K701 has plush velour pads (though users with bigger heads may prefer a...
Pros: Maybe the best phone for classical, lean, clear sound
Summary: This is the only pair of headphones I bought that I was never able to warm up to. The reason for this is that the mids - especially vocals - take on an unnatural, artificial and plasticky sound. They never sounded true to life and began to grate on me after short listening periods.
Pros: Comfortable, attractive, priced reasonably.
Cons: Godawful mids that sound artificial and plastic.
Summary: LISTENED AT MANY MEETS
I never did get it about these phones. I think they sound tinny and boring. The only time I have ever heard them sound somewhat decent has been out of the big HeadRoom amps. There's something to that combo. Otherwise a real snore.
Summary: Audio Quality:
This is a very detailed and fast headphone. Soundstage is very wide, but unnatural sounding. Lack of bass makes the overall sound very plasticky and artificial. My BOSE triports sound better overall.
Pros: Detail, clarity, soundstage width
Cons: Unnatural soundstage, unnatural lack of bass, supremely uncomfortable, looks like bathroom hardware
Summary: I'll first say that when I initially got these headphones and plugged them in, I was pretty disappointed. The sound was thin, plasticy and terribly rough on my ears. BUT I had read enough about the K701's to know that people recommend an extended break-in period of at least 100-200 hours.