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AKG K 701 Studio Reference Headphones - Open by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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AKG K 701 Studio Reference Headphones - Open
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 124 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 5.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.5   average
Sound4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Response4.2   average
Quality4.1   average
Price3.6   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The Short Review:Pros:The K701 headphones by AKG may be the best sounding headphones in the 1 to 500 dollar price range if: (1) they are used with a headphone amplifier or high-end audio card; and (2) they are substantially broken in (aka, burned in).Cons:(1) Major con: These headphones are so torturously uncomfortable I can wear them for only 40 minutes without feeling an intolerable pain at the top of my head."
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"These headphones are excellent for working on audio mixes in this price range."
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"Both have a flat frequency response over the majority of the musical spectrum, great reviews, and a very reasonable price for that level of audio quality."
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"Using my own original studio masters (covering many genres from rock to classical) as my sound source, I found the reproduction through the K701s to be as precise as I've ever heard those recordings: extremely accurate balance across the audio spectrum, tight bass, superb imaging, neutral coloring, full natural dynamic range, no distortion."
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"While indeed very similar across the audio spectrum to the venerable and reliable Sony MDR-V6, there's a world of difference in the K701's audio performance."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Not fantastic for fit on the larger-headed folks, but comfortable enough for multiple hour listening sessions."
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"I've read that some users are complaining about comfort because of the bumpy leather headband..."
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"Comfort: For one, they feel great and are very comfortable."
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"They're comfortable, beautiful, and extremely high quality."
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"The ear cups are large circumaurals, so comfort as far as my ears are concerned is not a problem."
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"Nice but not so comfortable to wear."
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"It is pretty comfortable wearing it, and the most important thing is it sounds perfect, especially play classic or New Age music."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Law frequencies seem to be weak good design though"
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"Unfortunately, they are quite rolled off at both frequency extremes, resulting in a rather veiled sound that rests immediacy and drama from the music."
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"Looking at the charts on various testing sites, you can see that their frequency response is about as nearly dead accurate as possible."
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"Law frequencies seem to be weak good design though"
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"The sound quality is pristine, and they register low frequencies perfectly."
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"They have a very accurate frequency response."
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"Both have a flat frequency response over the majority of the musical spectrum, great reviews, and a very reasonable price for that level of audio quality."
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"Studio grade analytic reference headphones provide that flat frequency response required for artistic accuracy."
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Music

Music:
"Maybe not a good choice for rock music."
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"I am very pleased with the high accuracy of the K701s; however; if it's on the original recording, you'll hear it; you'll even hear annoying tape hiss (almost all music originally recorded in the 1950s, 1960, and 1970s has tape hiss).These headphones require a substantial burn-in period."
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"This effect is missing if you listen to music or computer games using headphones connected to a source that does not have crossfeed."
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"Some final comments:First, as mentioned above, these work very well with certain genres of music and not as well with others."
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"My best recommendation would be to play 8 straight hours of music at a moderate volume before letting the headphones rest for the remainder of the 24-hour period, and continuing this for a week."
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"I'm going to start by saying that I'm no audiophile....but I do like to listen to good music."
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"He said it's nice for classic music ."
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"You can hear the sounds from each individual instrument, and you can feel different layers of sounds, and at same time they can fuse together and make the beautiful music."
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"Strings and acoustical instruments are very well rendered, with good details that lets you here every nuance of the music."
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Price

Price:
"My only regret is that I didn't shell out the extra money for the K 702's, but there's always next time."
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"I feel a little upset that I wasted my money on them."
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"Summary:I think the K701s are the best sounding headphones in their price range (although a little weak in the base)."
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"Before I settled on these headphones, I would continually buy pair after pair of cheap headphones and be dissatisfied with one aspect or another of each one."
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"But at this price and with this level of performance, perhaps a little discomfort can be overlooked."
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"Through my PC's sound card, the K701's didn't sound a whole lot different than my Sennheiser HD-555's (which is a problem at 3 times the price)."
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"These headphones are excellent for working on audio mixes in this price range."
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"One thing I did notice is that if you're not using a high quality format like just a low quality mp3 then you really can tell that its low quality with these headphones...its definitely not the headphones fault for being able to pick up on low quality sound (they are reference headphones after all and this is exactly why pros use them, so that they can pick out any defects in sound quality).If you're in the market for a high end headphone, but don't want to fork out ridiculous amounts of money for very good sound quality, go with these akg's...you won't regret it."
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"Both have a flat frequency response over the majority of the musical spectrum, great reviews, and a very reasonable price for that level of audio quality."
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"The AKG K701 headphones may be the best sounding headphones for the price."
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"The Short Review:Pros:The K701 headphones by AKG may be the best sounding headphones in the 1 to 500 dollar price range if: (1) they are used with a headphone amplifier or high-end audio card; and (2) they are substantially broken in (aka, burned in).Cons:(1) Major con: These headphones are so torturously uncomfortable I can wear them for only 40 minutes without feeling an intolerable pain at the top of my head."
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Quality

Quality:
"I don't know why other reviews say the quality is bad and the headphones uncomfortable."
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"If your recordings are harsh sounding, the headphone doesn't try to hide it, the headphone isn't really well suited for low quality MP3 listening."
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"The complain I have with the headphones is not the sound quality per se, but the construction."
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"Audiophile Quality = No Bass, but excellent Midrange and Highs!"
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"I have used these phones almost every day for the past 2 and a half years and the sound quality has spoiled me so that I can't enjoy lower quality buds or phones much any more."
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"I love the quality of the sound."
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"I used to own Q701 made in Austria and I can say the build quality of this MIC K701 is as good as that Q701.Regarding how it sounds, I found this K701 sounds very differently from my previous Q701 although my other components are almost identical."
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"They're comfortable, beautiful, and extremely high quality."
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"Sound quality is great, just don't move while they are on your head, they will fall apart."
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"The sound quality is pristine, and they register low frequencies perfectly."
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Response

Response:
"I would describe the system response as dead flat with little coloration."
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"Looking at the charts on various testing sites, you can see that their frequency response is about as nearly dead accurate as possible."
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"The thing is, everyone's ears are different - and so are the characteristics of music styles, the WAY albums are recorded, how instruments react to a recording and the speakers presenting the sound...So with that said, these are fantastic headphones, especially if you're really in to fast response (tighter sound, I guess you could say), bright and well-balanced audio from the mids and crystal-clear highs."
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"They have a very accurate frequency response."
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"The depth of bass is very good, the headphone has good bass response down to 25Hz as I verified for myself by running test tone sweeps, so the bass is there, just not as much in your face."
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"Both have a flat frequency response over the majority of the musical spectrum, great reviews, and a very reasonable price for that level of audio quality."
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"The lower mass of the drivers of a higher-impedance headphone can deliver unparalleled clarity and response, but it takes more power to achieve the same loudness."
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Sound

Sound:
"sound is great, but not comfortable to wear for long time."
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"expected the Austrian model shone in the pictures, Headphones sound great but false advertising is no good."
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"The complain I have with the headphones is not the sound quality per se, but the construction."
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"In spite of their awesome sound, the K701s are so hideously uncomfortable I rarely use them."
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"Tragically, all of the folks I know who own the K701s say the same thing: They sound great, but they are way too uncomfortable."
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"It has only been three months and I don't think I'm happy paying 100$ a month for a pair of cans no matter how good they sound."
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"I love the quality of the sound."
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"Pros: Good sound : Versatile : Durable."
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"I used to own Q701 made in Austria and I can say the build quality of this MIC K701 is as good as that Q701.Regarding how it sounds, I found this K701 sounds very differently from my previous Q701 although my other components are almost identical."
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"The sound is so pure, clear like an innocent kid."
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