AKG K 701 Studio Reference Headphones - Open
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- Revolutionary flat-wire voice coil technology Patented AKG Varimotion ultraprecise 2-layer diaphragm Self-adjusting cushioned genuine-leather headband Bi-wiring, high-performance cable with 1/4" jack plug Comfortable, specially shaped "3D-Form" ear pads Complete with stylish storage cradle Individually tested and numbered
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|Headphones Form Factor||open-back||open-back||open-back||semi-open-back|
|Dimensions||0.01 inches x 0.01 inches x 0.01 inches||9.84 inches x 9.45 inches x 5.12 inches||4.33 inches x 12.4 inches x 10 inches||11.2 inches x 9.4 inches x 4.7 inches|
|Item Weight||3 pounds||0.11 pounds||0.57 pounds||0.63 pounds|
|Special Features||lightweight||Microphone||lightweight||Adjustable Headband|
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Let's get to the meat of this review. The two most important things: the comfort and the sound.
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
chinese cheap quality. one channel died after about 6 months. get sennheiser or grado.Published 7 days ago by K. Ambrose
Superb comfort with amazing sound. The best I have ever had the privilege to own. My studio just evolved a decade since receiving this product.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great pair of headphones. I'm a rapper/producer and use these headphones for everything in my music, from beat making, to mixing and mastering. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ryan Lomonaco
Nice headset.. I brought this one and half year back... I should say it last forever...and good sound quality...Published 1 month ago by Navas Kurian
I upgraded from my Audio-Technica ATH-M30 (cost about 60$ to 80$) to a pair of AKG K701 headphones ($550 at launch, about 200$ to 250$ now) and so far, I'm not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Will 123
Purchased for studio mixing. While 200 Hz and above are very listenable and accurate, 200 Hz and below are VERY under represented. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Bean