Summary: This headphone is one of the best headphones for classical music. Others in the same price range would be Audio Technica ATH-AD900, Beyer DT880, AKG k701. I think that k501 can even challenge some other dynamic headphones in higher price ranges.
Pros: Beautiful midrange, well balanced "old-time" sound, price
Summary: I heard this headphone a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. Since then I have been trying to find a mint pair at a reasonable price. This is a "poor man's electrostatic" as I have heard someone calling it. The mids are beautifully open and airy without a hint of hardness.
Pros: Open, airy, detailed sound. Great for classical music
Summary: I bought these on clearance back in 06. No regrets whatsoever. They are so comfortable, you'll swear they aren't even there. They sound great even with a relatively high impedance coming straight from an iPod. Most recently, I drive them with a custom kernel enabled Nexus S 4G.
Summary: This is my first non-thread review. I gambled on the AKG K501 and fell in love with it. It is considered by many as one of the best headphones AKG ever produced, apart from the polarizing K1000. It is well known for a very natural and realistic tone or timbre which is something I'm very fussy about.
Pros: Probably one of the best midrange in the world, great for their price
Summary: Both K501 and Sennheiser's HD600 are the sweet points of Head Fi. They are sold at a fair price and they do nothing wrong, they only differ in the way they reproduce music. While the HD600 is soft, smooth and mellow, the K501 has more detail, transparency and more extending treble which is never...
Pros: Sweet treble, great mids, non fatiguing, wide sound stage, comfortable
Summary: Setup: EMU 0404 -> Corda Aria -> K501 (ver. 1.0)
This headphone is ideal for acoustic and classical music. I love the airy character of the sound that makes lively. Great for quality live records. Overall detail is very good especially on the midrange.
Pros: very airy, pretty balanced and detailed sound with huge soundstage and great midrange
Summary: Compared to the Q701, K701, D7000 the K501 spend a very relaxed sound to me.
You could here with this headphone many hours without tiredness.
Compared direct with the Q701 I notice a little rolloff on both ends (treble, bass).
A very good headphone for little instrumentation ... e.g.
Pros: very relaxed sound
Cons: little rolloff on both ends (treble, bass), compared to the 70x line
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Summary: Разумеется, это не самое дорогое изделие AKG, но за такую цену уже можно требовать уровня звучания, близкого к максимально достоверному. Мы и требуем. И получаем! Эргономика — выдающаяся, просто не к чему придраться, а детальность и яркость звука в области высоких и средних частот откровенно радуют.
Conclusion: Preuve de plus du caractère atypique des Autrichiens d’Akg, le K501 est un casque exigeant, énergivore, très orienté et moins confortable que les derniers modèles. Mais il reste, sur certains styles comme le classique, une vraie référence, à même d’être comparé à des gammes en théorie bien...