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AKG Acoustics K701 Reference Class Headphones
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- 0 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
- Dimension: Length: 113 mmWidth : 199 mmHeight : 212 mm
- Net Weight: 235 g
- Revolutionary flat-wire voice coil technology
- Patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm
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Comfort: For one, they feel great and are very comfortable. I am not sure how long the felt on the ears will last, but it is great for now. I can wear these easily for many hours.
Quality: Judging by how horrified I was at my mixes from the last few weeks (towards the end of my old headphones life), I can say that they seem to be very 'true', very responsive, and will provide you with an accurate picture of our levels and mix. Clipping is as obvious as a gunshot. Entrances that are too loud-too-soon are also painfully obvious. I am now going to go back and fix everything. Ignorance was bliss, I guess.
size: these are large headphones. They won't fit in your purse.
The highs are amazing as well. honestly the only way to get better quality is to pay over 2,000, in my opinion.
Mids couldn't be better. perfectly timed and amazingly accurate.
If i had to give one word to describe these it would be: Elegant
For my bedroom system, I was looking for headphones that sounded as good. I'm happy to have found them in the AKG 701s!
Coupled with a decent headphone amp, the AKG 701s are exceptionally uncolored 'phones, with almost perfect tonal balance. High frequencies are well extended, with plenty of 'air' and detail, but no stridency. The midrange is smooth and full. The bass is mercifully free of the mid-bass bump so common in headphones, and is robust without being overwhelming (if you listen mostly to rock and value high-punch bass, these are NOT the cans for you).
I compared these 'phones to the slightly less expensive Audio Technica ATH-AD900. The ATs are very good (see recent review in Stereophile magazine), but absolutely not in the same league as the AKGs. They tend to be shrill and lacking in detail and delicacy.
I also compared the AKG 701s to the twice-to-three-times as expensive Koss ESP-950s, which are a very refined electrostatic design. The Koss offer a seductive midrange that is particularly effective with the presentation of vocal music. Unfortunately, they are quite rolled off at both frequency extremes, resulting in a rather veiled sound that rests immediacy and drama from the music.
As indicated above, the AKG 701s perform best if coupled to a good amp. I use a Little Dot Mark III tube headphone amp, driven by a Logitech Squeezebox Touch -- a system that I highly recommend. The Touch is wirelessly connected to a Vortexbox Appliance server, on which all my digitized music (including high def files) resides.
Are the AKGs perfect? No. As other reviewers have found, they are not very comfortable. They tend to compress the top of your head. But at this price and with this level of performance, perhaps a little discomfort can be overlooked.