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AKG K 701 White

$349.00
MSRP $449.00
Stock Status: 1 to 2 Weeks.
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This product is HeadRoom Recommended.

European leaders in professional audio deliver the AKG K701, a top-of-the-line full-size headphone with astonishing clarity, 'up-front' detail resolution and true competence across the musicalspectrum. The K 701 are nowhere near their acoustic potential out of the box;  Top Ten Under $500 patience and a long burn-in period gets rewarded with pristine accuracy and an expansive, spacious soundstage image that directly competes with $1,000 cans. Highly recommended world-class audiophile sound at a WAY lower price than many headphones of this caliber.


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Product Features:

  • Astonishing musical detail and resolution from close-tolerance aluminum voice coil design
  • Lightweight and comfortable fit, durably well-built construction
  • Replaceable earpads for extended product life
  • Painstakingly engineered by excellent headphone fabricator
  • Free AKG 2-year manufacturer's warranty
  • Optional HeadRoom Cardas re-cabling for standard and balanced operation available.

What's In The Box:

  • 1/4" to 1/8" 'mini' plug adapter
  • AKG owner's warranty insert

Applications:

AKG Acoustics in Austria has brought their considerable audio engineering skills into sharp focus on their most high-end dynamic headphone design and produced an astonishingly superb-sounding pair of cans in their flagship K701 model. Getting it absolutely right at this demanding level of reference-grade audio performance is tough and the K701 gets pretty darn near perfection -- especially impressive given the K701's nicely within-reach price versus other cans of this performance caliber. These headphones deliver a clean and punchy sound, articulate and completely clear over the full audio spectrum. Accurate musical detail lovers should appreciate the tightly focused bottom-end control of these headphones while classical, orchestral and acoustic music listeners will likewise love the fact that the dynamic control moves perfectly up the frequency range to distinctly articulate every finger pluck and rosin-on-gut string texture in the mix. About the only thing that we can possibly say negatively about these headphones is that those who like a very laid-back, mellow-sounding, or heavy deep bass presentation might want to look elsewhere since these are a very highly refined, analytical 'audiophile-oriented' headphones that deliver a deeply expansive soundstage image along with a textural detail and a liquid immediacy that demands your attention. And oh!...what a lovely musical demand it is!

We highly appreciate when a headphone manufacturer does a nice job evolving their products and in this case AKG has done more than just a nice job. These cans have a number of unique features that create a pretty dramatic improvement over previous AKG 'best-of-category' headphones. Their audio response is directly improved by a brand-new proprietary AKG Varimotion diaphragm that is designed to provide better pistonic motion and acoustic control. In addition, a revolutionary flat-wound voice coil design allows for greater concentrations of the magnetic field within the voice coil, thus driving the element diaphragm with more authority, which delivers a cleaner, ultra-articulate sound. Our HeadRoom experience with the K701 is that it requires a REALLY extensive chunk of burn-in / play-time to fully 'relax' sonically & sound its very best, so please assume a MINIMUM 300 hours of play-time before the full audio pleasure of these cans is completely realized. The new 'ergonomically-perfect' earcup ear pads are a soft velour-type material, very comfortable, and are designed to point the driver at the ear for a more correct listening angle. The high-end oxygen-free copper headphone cable is 'bi-wired', which we assume means the return channel for each driver remains separate until it reaches the common ground connection on the 1/4" plug. We think the K701's classic white color scheme is quite striking and visually effective. And if you don't particularly like the color, you'll still love how amazingly light and comfortable these headphones feel on the head with their well-designed, albeit slightly oversize ergonomics. An absolutely world-class A-1 audiophile headphone earns a hearty HeadRoom recommendation. GREAT job, AKG Austria!

Headphone Amplifier: For listeners wishing to use the AKG K701 with portable players like an iPod, iPad, mp3 player or computers, a dedicated headphone amp becomes a must for maximized audio performance due to the K701's low sensitivity, despite its fairly efficient 62 Ohm impedance. No harm using the K701 headphones sans amp, but it may likely sound a bit thin, dynamically flat or "choked off' direct from low-power portables.  

Specifications:

  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Connector Type: 1/4
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Weight: 235 g (8.3 oz.)
  • Isolation: -10dB ~ -12dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 62 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Semi-Open
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/V

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As good as they get
Posted by Bloody Gus from Kosd, Hungary on 2013-10-11

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Outstandingly good sound
Cons: You look a dope wearing them

Don't wear these cans in front of your kids, they will just laugh at you: you will look like some Martian space-ship captain from 1950's comics. But in your own privacy, you will be utterly zapped by the quality these phones give. I wanted to upgrade my Audio-Technica ATH-M50's, good enough in their own right, but maybe I could do better. Having read all the reviews I selected Sennheiser HD 650's, because of their general positive endorsement and acclaim. Very disconcerted to find I didn't like them very much, though I tried to accommodate them and played them as much as I could, after all I had paid enough for them! But I couldn't stomach the low-mid colouration, which didn't get any better with usage, so I eventually had to sell them. I replaced them with AKG 701's (thanks to advice from HeadRoom support): I bought them used to offset the money loss through the sale of the Senns - which gave me one advantage in not having to run the new phones in! I was completely satisfied on first trial: they are uncannily accurate, with extraordinary focus and definition, taking you right into the music as though you were part of it. An enormous increase in the pleasure of music. Definition of an audiophile: some geek who is so busy listing all the treble-mid-bass characteristics he misses out on the actual music. Good equipment offers you the music for you to enjoy and refrains from drawing attention to itself, and this is what the AKG's do, let you sit back and uncritically enjoy the music. (Provided, that is, they are linked with other decent equipment. You need an adequate DAC and amp, and if you have a high-impedence switch, use it: these phones need hard driving, otherwise they will sound restrained, however much you turn up the volume.) With all the right back-up equipment, the sound from these phones is as good as it gets. With HeadRoom MicroAmp/Dac, Kimber cabling and these cans alongside my Etymotic ER-4S canal phones, I feel I have reached my sonic Nirvana.


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Disappointing Service
Posted by Demeril from San Francisco on 2013-08-24

Recommend Product: No
Pros: Excellent Sound and Comfort
Cons: No Repair out of Warranty

I have found these to be very enjoyable headphones to wear and listen to. Very comfortable and the sound is very clean and wide range, but not synthetic or sterile sounding.

However, after my set was out of warranty one of the transducers died and I found out that AKG will not service out of Warranty. I don't feel I got enough use out these for the money I spent. If I had to make the choice again I would spend a bit more and get Sennheisers, which also have interchangeable cables that the AKG doesn't offer. These do wear out. For my money, Sennheiser seems to be the best value along with excellent audio quality.


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Expect. And Discover. Perfection (In short term)
Posted by ExCelciuS from Jakarta, ID on 2013-03-22

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Lively Vocals, natural sound
Cons: Bumps on the headband is uncomfortable for long time listening session

Hello,

This is my first review, and I will make a simple and concise one in my opinion :-)

Pros:
(+) Very natural and transparent sound
(+) Lively vocals
(+) Best for movies, you can hear the actors / actress voices as being in there

Cons:
(-) Bumps on the headband is very uncomfortable, I can endure for only 30 minutes, after that, you'll feel that your scalp is 'reshaped', there will a subtle curve in your scalp ...
(-) Fatiguing for long listening sessions 1 - 2 hours ++
(-) When you test it with music with many instruments, it sound too crowded, all instruments is presented up front, no layering at all

So, expect and discover, perfection, in 'short term', this headphones is not for long term listening sessions.

Recommended Product - Yes, for short term listening sessions, No, for long term listening sessions (fatiguing and comfort issues ... )


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