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  • Striking white plastic shell and self-adjusting full-leather headband
  • Patented AKG Varimotion ultra-precision two-layer diaphragm
  • Revolutionary flat-wire voice coil technology
  • Bi-wiring, high-performance cable with 1/4" jack plug
  • Comfortable, specially shaped "3D-Form" ear pads
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Special Features Whether you prefer the holistic approach or like to listen analytically, the K 701 will turn perception into pure enjoyment. AKG is the first manufacturer in the world to use revolutionary flat-wire technology in headphones, namely, the K 701. The result is a truly dramatic sound that places every musician at their correct location with pinpoint accuracy. This kind of agility, spaciousness, brilliant highs, and velvety, punchy bass is simply miraculous. These superlative open-back dynamic headph Noise-Isolating Limited Edition Made in Austria Sensitivity: 101Db/V (92 = Db/Mw))
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  • Whether you prefer the holistic approach or like to listen analytically, the K 701 will turn perception into pure enjoyment. AKG is the first manufacturer in the world to use revolutionary flat-wire technology in headphones, namely, the K 701. The result is a truly dramatic sound that places every musician at their correct location with pinpoint accuracy. This kind of agility, spaciousness, brilliant highs, and velvety, punchy bass is simply miraculous. These superlative open-back dynamic headph

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  • Item Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000EBBJ6Y
  • Item model number: K 701
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

There are houses, and then there are mansions; there are cars, and then there are Bentleys, There are headphones, and then there are AKG K 701s — get the idea? AKG K 701s aren't for everybody, only people who demand the best performance from their phones and absolutely will not compromise on sound quality. If that's you, then prepare to be throughly satisfied. From the first time you feel their luxurious 3D-Form ear pads and self-adjusting cushioned leather headband, you'll be throughly impressed by the exquisite craftsmanship and appreciable build quality. And that's before you plug them in.

Customer Reviews

The AKG 701's are the best headphones I have ever heard.
Jack Leyton
Most people I know have never really heard what their music really sounds like and have trouble believing from verbal discriptions what these headphones can do.
Software Jock
The midrange sounds excellent, and the headphone does vocals really well, especially female voice, with good body, airiness, and clarity.
RT "Gadget Guy"

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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful By RT "Gadget Guy" on May 12, 2006
The AKG K701 is the latest headphone from AKG which takes place at the top of their line. Their previous top end headphone is the K1000 "ear speaker" which has now been discontinued. This headphone has some fancy new technical features, such as their new Varimotion diaphragm and flat wire coil, which is unique to this model and its baby brother K601, features that are supposed to give it better sound.

Let's get to the meat of this review. The two most important things: the comfort and the sound.

Comfort:

The headphone is very comfortable, the soft ear pads surround your ear. The headphone top headband is made out of leather, and self adjust to the size of your head. Even with my size 7 1/2 hat size, I find the headphones comfortable for more than 2 hours of listening, the clamping force is strong but not overly so. In comparison to the popular Sennheiser HD580/600/650, I find the clamping pressure to be more tolerable. However, I do find the pressure of the knobs under the top of the leather band to give the top of my head a burning sensation due to the pressure. The headphone is lighter than it looks, overall I rate this headphone among the top candidates for comfort, with only the headband issue detracting.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Sound:
This headphone has a very neutral "audiophile" sound, there is no part of the frequency spectrum that sounds overly forward, that is, the bass is balanced with the midrange, and the treble is not overly prominent or dominant. I do feel the bass is a tad bit light. If the recording is bass light, these headphones might sound a bit thin.
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127 of 140 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
How much do you like music? Do you ever shut off your life entirely so that you can listen to your favorite music alone in a dark room for hours at a time and let your mind float away to a more perfect world?

If music is your joy, your balm, your solace, your raison d'etre, then I can't think of a better way to spend 270 bucks. In fact, after owning the 701s for a year, I'd say that I would gladly pay a grand for these and not mind at all.

I was a Sennheiser man for over 25 years, as AKG cans always sounded a little too processed for me. I preferred the open soundstage and realism of the Senns. But these 701s quite frankly blow away the Senn 650 and 600, the other top-end audiophile phones that, along with Beyer, comprise almost all of the headphone market for those who demand the very finest musical reproduction available. At that level, these are beyond a bargain. They are a gift.

I look forward every single day to putting these on. They are not for ipods unless you have a decent little pre-amp, like the HeadRoom series. But plug 'em into a good component system and they will change the way you think about recorded music. They have deep, tight bass...real bass, not a simulacrum. I can hear Jaco's callouses on the strings, no joke. Classical recordings come alive to the extreme, as the mids are so sweet and rich that a good string section becomes a sensual delight. The top end is likewise astonishingly present and forward but always relaxed and welcoming. In short, these present perfectly balanced musical sound. The better the recording, the more they shine. My best pieces of vinyl have never sounded better. They are also the quietest cans I've ever (not) heard; nary a hum or crackle to be found.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on April 3, 2006
The competitive mid-range in stereophile headphones includes fine products like the Sennheiser HD-650 and the austere Beyerdynamic DT-880. The AKG K-701 fits between these two headphones sonically, and as you can imagine, each product has its vocal adherents. The 701 has enough outstanding points to deserve careful consideration when shoppoing for a mid-price headphones.

The K-701's white exterior has a white iPoddish look - which some may not care for - but the construction is solid. It's distinguished by the two radial adjusting bars along the top of the phones (making for an automatic fit), and a contoured leather strip underneath. The outside of the ear cups have a wire mesh center, allowing for some free flow of sound - and creating the phones' typically bright, crystalline sound signature. The cups are lined with a comfortable velour, which can be worn easily for hours without fatigue. Indeed, there are times when you forget you're wearing headphones, though there can occassionally be pressure on the top of your head. They come with their own custom headphone stand for easy retrieval. Their straight gray cable terminates in a 1/4" jack, though a 1/8" adapter jack is included for use with portable gear.

Because of their semi-open design, they aren't your preferred design if sound leakage is an issue.

Personally, I think the 701 are an extremely attractive headphone, but ultimately it's all about sound. These headphones require an unusually long break-in period of 300 hours (or longer) to achieve their best sound. (I just tossed them in a drawer for a few days with my iTunes collection playing through them.
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