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

System Open
Impedance 62 Ohms
Frequency range 10 Hz – 39800 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replacable Cable No
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Wonderful
Paul/Poalo/Pablo, 10.03.2019
I will confess that I've not used any other posh headphones, but, these ones certainly are good. They give an incredibly detailed account of the music. At first, it was a little unpleasant to hear things with such clarity, but now, a couple of years later, I'm so accustomed to it, anything else sounds muddy and wrong. I'm agnostic about the "burning in" theory, but at first they did seem quite shrill. Not any more - just really detailed, and there's plenty of bass if it's there in the mix to begin with.

They're extremely comfortable even for longer sessions, and the cable is nice and long. Really well made, I've dropped them several times and they don't complain.

Be aware that, in order to achieve their sound, they are open-backed, and hence not suitable for recording, because they leak a lot (you end up recording what you're playing along to, which is a problem if it's a metronome). With a guitar on high gain, you can actually take them off and use them as speakers in a small room (if playing alone, I mean).

Anyway, for what they're intended as - mixing headphones - they're fantastic.
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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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