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

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Design / Construction Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 62 Ohms
Frequency range 10 Hz – 39800 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replacable Cable No

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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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ptitkonrad, 19.10.2017
Those headphones have been very useful to me. I'm a semi-professional sound editor and sound mixer. It is such a pleasure to be able to enjoy the quality throughout the whole sound spectrum. The balance of this tool is very impressive. I've been using it for 5 years now and I am still pleased with it.
The only downside is that the heads becomes a little uncomfortable on the top and that the jack to minijack adapter tends to not be perfect. I feel they could have added the possibility to separate the cable and the headset.
On the other hand I've seen how easy it is to replace it in case. So, good point AKG !
This is of course a studio typed headset. You won't be able to use it as a field headset or just to listen to music while walking.
I highly recommend this awesome tool for your (home) studio. Again, balance is perfect. And it is a real pleasure to have open headphones. It's nice for you because you hears what's going on around you, but sound isolation is not their aim so people around you will have to opportunity to enjoy what you're listening to. It isn't a issue to me. It depends what you're looking for.
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