AKG K-701

High End Reference Headphones

  • Flat-wire technology: Brilliant highs and rich bass
  • Circumaural
  • Open
  • Dynamic
  • Impedance: 62 Ohm
  • Sound pressure level: 105 dB
  • Frequency range: 10 - 39800 Hz
  • Max. input level: 200 mW
  • Stereo connector 6.3 mm
  • Cable length: 3 m
  • Weight with cable: 371 g
  • Weight without cable: 296 g

Further Information

Design Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 62 Ohms
Frequency range 10 Hz – 39800 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replacable Cable No
Marrone/Argento Silver
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Ignore the rest - these are the best!
envisioneer, 25.11.2020
After all the fun of making your own music, producing a final mix can often seem a thankless task. Especially annoying is to fine tune everything to perfection, only to find it becomes a totally different piece of music as soon as played on any other sound system, like home audio, in the car, or worst of all on your phone!

We don't all have acoustically perfect rooms or speakers to mix with, and this was my solution - step up the budget a bit and see what I can do with a decent set of reference headphones. What a difference!

Basically mixing in these cans creates a soundscape that almost always sounds near identical, even on tiny laptop speakers, and definitely recognisable on anything better. No more lost instruments, fuzzy, boomy tracks caused by trying to get a great bass sound in inferior headphones etc.

Pros:
Great value for the price.
Very comfortable to wear for long periods.
No feeling like your ears are sealed in a plastic bag.
Strong cable attachment if you stand on the cable while moving around.
Fantastic results for mixing down complex tracks.

Cons:
They're white - doesn't stay white long in my environment.
The case they ship in is like an altar to bow down and worship in front of. Super sturdy, but made me feel I could have saved 20 bucks if they came in a normal box.
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Uncomfortable for baldies, sound great
Christopher982, 09.05.2013
Hi

These headphones sound excellent when driven by a good amp and look quite stylish in a retro kind of way. They are only 62 ohm impedance but have a low sensitivity of 93dB/mW so whilst not needing a very high voltage they need plenty of current. A decent solid state amp with low output impedance is ideal (I use the open source O2 from Epiphany Acoustics) - a tube amp with high output impedance could interact with the low impedance of these headphones and cause anomalies.

The only criticism I have concerns the headband as many have commented on before. The underside has eight hard bumps which start to dig into my bald head after a while and become uncomfortable. I corrected this by sticking some light foam over the central few bumps which contact the head and they are fine now. Comfort rating is 2 stars vanilla and 5 stars after my low tech mod. Non baldies probably won't notice anyway.

The sound signature is very different from my Sennheiser HD650 - the K701 is much "clearer" to me. They have a reputation for being bass shy but if properly driven (see above) there is plenty of deep bass when needed. Both headphones sound great, just very different. I like the K701 particularly with smooth jazz, acoustic guitars and vocals. They are also good for games as the transients have great "punch" for gunfire and explosions. Sonically the K701 is the same as the K702 and Q701 just different aesthetically and with a fixed cable.

Hope this helps

Christopher
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A gorgeous pair of headphones with precise sound!
LorisGainsborough, 27.08.2019
I've had this pair for years now and absolutely fell in love with the design in the first place. It was said to be very comfortable and I wasn't disappointed, even though the bumpy headband could cause some pressure at times if not properly adjusted.

The soud definition was asounding, and the frequency response great, even if it sometimes felt like the lows could benefit from a small bump.

My major concern was the lengthy, undetachable cord, which I replaced with a detachable custom one at some point.

It lasted me 7 years before one of the drivers failed, but for the money, I'm happy and I WILL buy the same model again.
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hype vs reality
Bernstein007, 10.02.2020
There are many hyped reviews about this model in particular.Headphones are classified as reference level which in reality means if your all chain wont be in reference level you wont hear what you expect to hear.First time I heard them in 2012 y. when they were still made in Austria and easily fell in love with silky sound and decaying notes.So when headphones arrived last week I was ready for eargasm but it couldn't be so far from the truth.Sound was painfully lean with no signs of bass or at least mid-bass.Were was nothing like that.High frequencies were annoying and irritating.So I decided to left them on their own for at least 50-60 hours connected to portable player.Yesterday after few days I tried them again and situation improved a bit.Bass reminded about his existence,less emphasis on higher frequencies- more balanced sound.Still not sure if its a keeper.Already tried 3 different sources and not happy so far.Wearing comfort is great hands down here.Sound is more spacious in compare with AKG 240,probably because of open design,Feels good,looks great but sound is with big question mark.Headphones are very unforgiving and abnormally lean.Im guessing that only tube amp would be able to put some meat on bones here :)
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