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Akg-k501.608350
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AKG K 501

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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Sound quality 4
4.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Durability 5
5.0
Bass quality 6
6.0

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TrevorNetwork, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: A very interesting headphone. When well powered (PPA, Gilmore, Dynahi) I found it to be among the best for vocals, and jazz. The transparency, and soundstaging are phenomenal. It does however suffer from a severe lack of bass impact. The headphone is not suitable for rock / alternative rock, or techno.
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Overall 7
7.2
Value for money 9
9.0
Sound quality 5
5.0
Comfort 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 7
7.0

User Review

strogg, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: here's what it sounds like: bass: the lows are... well, low. they can extend down to 2 Hz if need be (tested with bass mekanik cd and my eye watching the diaphragm go back and forth). they are also very low in volume. if you're a basshead, you'll definitely want to turn on the bass boost up a couple notches. even non bassheads should put it up a notch if they don't like near transparent bass. the bass quality, though, is very good.
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Overall 8
8.4
Value for money 9
9.0
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 8
8.0
Durability 9
9.0
Bass quality 9
9.0

User Review

kiwirugby, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: The 501s are really a headphone to use with classcial music, but work well with jazz . They must be used with an amplifier to attain their full potential and may well require some form of eq or bass boost to really address the shyness of the bass with these headphones. The soundstage is the true signature of this headphone. With a good amplifier the positioning and placement of instruments is as wide as you can get and provides for an alomost 360 degree soundstage.
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Overall 7
6.9
Value for money 5
5.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 8
8.0

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fewtch, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: The AKG K501 is an unusual and interesting headphone that has received a lot of lively discussion on the Head-Fi forums. The midrange receives rave reviews, but some say that they have "no bass" -- after reading the mixed impressions, I was dying to audition a pair. A friend on head-fi sent me some, and I've been using them for awhile now. When I first heard them, I knew the "no bass" crowd was wrong.
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Overall 7
7.3
Value for money 9
9.0
Sound quality 6
6.0
Comfort 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0
Bass quality 7
7.0

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boodi, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: Wanted to add something about these wonderful heapdhones . I use them paired also from the Karma hp out and line out Rio Karma --> ppa bass boost --> akg k501 This combination -being the Karma bassy and having the Karma a good EQ inside- can take out some bass from k501 ; I really enjoy them togheter Anyhow if you're a bass addict stay away from them , they would get you on the endless research on how to get some bass out of them .
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Overall 8
7.6
Value for money 8
8.0
Sound quality 5
5.0
Comfort 10
10
Durability 9
9.0
Bass quality 6
6.0

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BigD, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: K501 requires more than just amping thus pretty picky. These AKGs need good synergy between amp and fons to really shine. Mind you also they're not very tolerant with bad source and recording. BUT if matched correctly, these fons provide far more than the money. By far the best fons under $200 open category for classical and jazz listeners overall. The details on cymbal, piano, femal vocal and horn instructments are unmatched in its price range.
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Overall 7
7.3
Value for money 9
9.0
Sound quality 5
5.0
Comfort 7
7.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 8
8.0

User Review

spike33, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: Whoa, this thing sounds way better than the modest $150 price tag. It has a large airy soundstage and a sweet midrange with gobs of detail. The bass quality is some of the best I've heard, it is very tight and detailed, well dampened. The only problem is a severe lack of bass quantity and does not go very deep, drops off around 80hz. Beefy amp is a must. The midrange is where these shine, especially for acoustic and female vocals.
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Overall 3
3.4
Value for money 1
1.0
Sound quality 1
1.0
Comfort 9
9.0
Durability 6
6.0
Bass quality 1
1.0

User Review

gunnar, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: A good headphone for the classical listener with a warm source and headphone amp but the tonal balance is so far off from neutral (especially in the bass) makes these headphones ultimately boring for any kind of rhythm oriented music. While they are analytical I find they also don't give as much tactile information as say a Grado. Their one exceptional feature is comfort, of which I think there are nearly no rivals.
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Overall 7
7.0
Value for money 1
1.0
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 9
9.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 6
6.0

User Review

hYdrociTy, Headphone Reviews
3 August 2008
  • Summary: [Edited to include new amps in **] First of all the Value for money I rated as 9 ONLY because they are discontinued and I am judging the price at the very affordable average used market value of 100~130USD. Amplification is required based on common sense- the sensitivity and impedence calls for high quality amp.
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Overall 8
7.8
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 9
9.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 6
6.0

User Review

hYdrociTy, Headphone Reviews
7 August 2007
  • Summary: [Edited to include new amps in **] First of all the Value for money I rated as 9 ONLY because they are discontinued and I am judging the price at the very affordable average used market value of 100~130USD. Amplification is required based on common sense- the sensitivity and impedence calls for high quality amp.
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