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AKG K 701 - Open-Back Reference Class Stereo Headphones with Varimotion and Flat-Wire Voice Coil Technology

B&H # AKK701 Mfr # 2458 Z 00180
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The AKG K 701 stereo headphones offer audiophile frequency reproduction and comfort, with a vastly extended high frequency ranging to nearly 40kHz. The patented Varimotion dual-layer diaphragm design, and flat-wire voice coil technology, offer high sensitivity, durability and clarity, with improved definition of both sonic detail and stereo imaging.

Circumaural, open-back stereo reference headphones
HF reproduction to almost 40kHz for increased top end "air"
Flat-wire voice coil technology for ultra-fast response, improved imaging and frequency location in stereo field
Patented Varimotion multi-thickness, dual-layer, high-precision diaphragm for accurate and highly extended frequency reproduction
Comfortable self-adjusting leather headband, soft cloth "3-D Form" earcushions designed for extended wear comfort
Open-back design for natural, open sound; clean stereo imaging and increased depth of stereo field
Bi-wired high-performance cable, custom storage cradle
Type Circumaural Open-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
Frequency Range 10 Hz - 39.8 kHz
Impedance 62 Ohms
Sensitivity 105dB SPL/V
Maximum Input Power 200mW
Connectors 1 x 1/4" TRS Phone, Gold Plated
1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 10' (3 m)
Weight 8.3 oz (235 g)
AKG K 701 - Open-Back Reference Class Stereo Headphones with Varimotion and Flat-Wire Voice Coil Technology
  • 1/4" Stereo Phone Adapter
  • Storage Cradle
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    AKGK 701 - Reference Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (21)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (15)
      • Home studio (11)
      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Performances (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A true-sound, use-it-all-day headphone

      As a composer, recording artist and 20-year veteran of big recording studios, I had been looking for a reliable headphone to use during the mixing and mastering process in my new home studio...Read complete review

      As a composer, recording artist and 20-year veteran of big recording studios, I had been looking for a reliable headphone to use during the mixing and mastering process in my new home studio (I have great reference speakers, but I like to mix at night, and this helps keep peace in the neighborhood).

      Yeah, I know — and I've read in every magazine and online source — that "you can't mix with headphones." WRONG.

      The K 701s provide superbly reliable reproduction of instrumental music during tracking and mixing (bleed during tracking can, of course, be an issue with the 701s...if your mic is close to your headphones during recording, you need a closed-back headphone...I use my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones for those kind of tracking applications).

      But mixing and mastering is where the 701s are worth more than twice the price. Finally...reliably true sound (no phony extra bass, etc.), no ear fatigue (even after a 6-hour mixing session), and the price, especially from B&H, is on the money.

      I buy all kinds of recording gear from MIDI controllers to outboard effects processors, etc. Nothing I've ever purchased has made me feel as good about spending my hard-earned money.

      If you are a WORKING (home) studio musician and you want your next CD to sound professional...mix it using these, and it will.

      PS: I'm a struggling musician and recording pro, NOT an audiophile. I like things that work, that last and that sound good. That's why I like my 701s.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great sound-TORTURE BUMPS IN HEADBAND!!!

      I use these at length of sound editing for video so they should be comfortable to wear at length. The sound quality is excellent for the price. The thoughtless and sadistic design for the...Read complete review

      I use these at length of sound editing for video so they should be comfortable to wear at length. The sound quality is excellent for the price. The thoughtless and sadistic design for the headband across the top of the head leaves virtual divots imprinted into your head that last for hours. The engineers obviously never tried actually wearing these beyond trial basis. And AKG offers no solution for this dilemma.

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      3.0

      great sound-TORTURE BUMPS IN HEADBAND!!!

      By jhvenus

      from venus, fl

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

      I use these at length of sound editing for video so they should be comfortable to wear at length. The sound quality is excellent for the price. The thoughtless and sadistic design for the headband across the top of the head leaves virtual divots imprinted into your head that last for hours. The engineers obviously never tried actually wearing these beyond trial basis. And AKG offers no solution for this dilemma.

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      3.0

      Great sound, terrible design.

      By spork

      from nyc

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

        I've been using the K701's for a few weeks now and the sound is really impressive. Unfortunately, after less than an hour of wear I've found the headband digs into your scalp causing an irritating and even mildly painful spot on my head. I had the K240's for over a decade and not once did those headphones cause any wear issues. I loaned the K701's to a sound designer buddy to see what he thought and his comments were the same: The headband is terribly uncomfortable.

        Also, I prefer the ear pads on the K240's over the carpet textured earpads on the K701's. Maybe in the winter the earmuff design will be nice, but on a hot/humid summer day it gets pretty nasty wet with sweat. The vinyl could wipe of, these need to dry.

        Again, the sound is amazing and highly recommend for that. Sadly, the designers at AKG must not have actually worn these on their heads for more than a few minutes or else they'd have noticed this irritating design flaw. My Grado headphones are actually more comfortable than these and I thought their design was bad.

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        4.0

        good overall

        By Branmak

        from Montreal

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

          The sound on these headphone is very clean and neutral. (Hese are going to reveal the limits of your setup, and will make you want to improve your system. Like others mentioned, the headband is a little unconfortable....the cable is 10 feet, so a good lenght...i like them and they make ne rediscover my music collection.

          Recommanded!

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          4.0

          k701

          By headband hater

          from NYC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Headband

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

          They get a four only because of the headband. The "pads" (i.e. bumps) on the under side of the K7xx series is, in a word, awful. They phones are comfortable up to a point at which you realize the thing digging into the top of your head is the pad! AKG really needs to drop the image/look and go with what works–the K6xx series was flat underneath. I just makes sense–and comfort!

          I A/B/C/D'd these with the AKG 240s and the Grado 225is and 325is.
          The only short coming for me was the headband.

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          5.0

          Excellent product!

          By KC

          from Los Angeles, California

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Composing
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

            Absolutely flat response at low and medium volume levels. Great for composing and mixing. What you hear in the headphones is what you hear in the studio monitors (assuming the monitors are calibrated correctly). Very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. If you need to work and not disturb others, these are a great choice. And with the open design, you can carry on a conversation without removing them (as well as hear your smartphone notifications and know when your coffee is brewed).

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            5.0

            Product Review: AKG K701 Headphones

            By B?

            from Washington, DC.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Even and uncolored sound
            • Lightweight
            • Plug em in easy enough
            • They don't weigh you down
            • Totally durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None that I can think of

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

            My name is Brendan Evjen. I actually mix through these headphones, despite industry wisdom to mix through traditional monitors. I achieve amazing results! I've worked with Chris Vrenna (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Gnarls Barkley, etc.) Ken Andrews (Failure, Chris Cornell, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), David Reilly (God Lives Underwater, Rob Zombie, etc.) and many others... the results have been stunning. These cans do the job. Nuff said!

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            5.0

            Great for reference and detail.

            By BluegrassDan

            from Tennessee

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

              I use this product as a reference check while mixing.

              These headphones are especially good for hearing midrange and high frequency issues in the mix. Any sibilance problems will stand out clearly with these headphones. A very useful tool for hearing unwanted artifacts that result from compression, EQ, vocal tuning, reverb, etc.

              A small minority of folks may find these headphones pleasing for casual music listening, but I would not recommend these headphones for that purpose. They are far too detailed and critical. Not necessarily the flattering type of listening experience. Rather, they are a useful tool for a recording engineer or producer who needs to hear subtleties within the complex layer of music.

              Headphones such as the K701s are just about necessary for the artist who wants to create professional quality, artifact-free recordings.

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              3.0

              Good, but not great

              By Sam

              from Rockville, MD

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                  I use this headphones on a daily basis and they are plug into McCormack micro headphones drive (basically, a 5-Watt per channel amplifier with a IC gain stage and discrete bipolar output stage)The good thing is that there is a lot of details, which are presented very natural without being thrust at you. On the negative side, those headphones are not musical as the Sennheiser 600 and the 650 - probably as a result of a very lean upper bass and lower midrange. The music just don't have drive as a result of that frequency response.also, they are a little too tight on the head - again, compare with the Sennheiser's

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                  4.0

                  Superior quality with low vocals

                  By ldr

                  from Bayside, WA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                  the midbass on these headphones is like nothing i have heard before. Quite detailed with a non-fatiguing overall signature.

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                  5.0

                  Reference Class Headphones.....with amp!

                  By daltonlanny

                  from Tellico Plains, Tn.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Exceptional detail
                  • Lots of sparkle on top
                  • Reference class sound
                  • Spacious sound stage
                  • Tight accurate bass

                  Cons

                  • Hard to drive
                  • Inefficient
                  • Needs good amp source
                  • Needs lots of current

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Stereo
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                  I recently bought a new pair of these from B & H Photo.
                  The last time I bought these, a couple of years ago, I did not like these at all.
                  They sounded overly thin, lacked body, sounded too harsh and bright in the upper mids/lower treble, dry, the bass sounded thin, weak, and rolled off. Needless to say, I quickly sold them. My Sennheiser 650's literally smoked them!
                  At that time, I did not have a good CD player, and a lousy amp.
                  This time around, I am VERY IMPRESSED with the 701's! I now have a Marantz CD5003 cd player, Headroom Micro Amp, and have over 300 hours of break-in on my 701's.
                  Totally different animals to say the least!
                  Now they are now truly Reference Class.
                  They now sound exceptionally open, fast, detailed, spacious, clean, and clear without being bright, peaky, or harsh. The soundstage [headstage] is amazing.
                  I now have no complaints with the bass. It is very extended, smooth, accurate, and powerful.
                  It now competes head-to-head with my HD650's.
                  Most of the time, I actually prefer the 701's now!
                  Sometimes the 650's can sound a little too laid-back, boomy or muddy in the bass, and rolled off on top compared to the 701. I also have to turn the 650's volume up more to get them to open up, compared to the 701's.
                  I now HIGHLY RECOMMEND the K701's...but only if you plan on using a good source, headphone amp, and good program material!

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                  4.0

                  Good sound and very comfortable

                  By Renzu

                  from Chicago area, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                    I've owned a lot of headphones in this price range, and the only ones I've ever felt comfortable using in desperate mixing sessions have been the Sennheiser HD600 and, very recently, the AKG K701. The K701 rolls off some of the low bass and has a noticeable peak around 8KHz, but post-EQ it sounds very nice with a crisp, clear sound. It cannot be used as a recording monitor of course, as it's an "open" design. Being a circumaural model, the K701 can be worn comfortably for hours. If you can live with or correct its 8K hump (via EQ), I'd recommend it. Otherwise try the more neutral HD600s.

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                    4.0

                    Awesome sound, light on bass

                    By Perj

                    from Dallas

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                      These things are totally awesome, they look awesome, they feel so awesome when you have them on. Most comfortable headphones out there. Only reason I gave them 4 stars is because they are light on the bass. If you have them loud you can still hear bass editing down low, but if you are producing in them you might miss out on picking the right bass heavy sounds. But for EQ'ing and mixing down they are a freak's dream. I compared these to the Beyer Dynamic 880's and the 880's have a crapload more bass but sound more muddy. Like I said listening on these is like sitting on cloud nine for the mids and highs. These are perfect for putting on at the end of making a song and tweaking things into the right place, U WILL HEAR A A DIFFERENCE and put things in the right place if u have these things on, even in the low end. These are like having a $10,000 treated studio on your ears, just without all the bass. If your monitors already have good bass then these R 4 U

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                      5.0

                      Excellent all-around headphone

                      By fz

                      from winnipeg, canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact

                      Cons

                      • Bulky/Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                        Overall it is a fantastic sounding headphone for the price and it is extremely comfortable. The nice thing is that it will sound great on almost anything but if you want to get crazy with the amps and sound cards you can get even better sound.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Headphones

                        By Bert Ferret

                        from Knoxville, TN

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                          These are fantastic headphones once you get them broken in. I use them daily for audio editing and some mixing. They are extremely comfortable and have very clean, clear sound that allows me to pickup on edits or problem frequencies better than when I monitor through my mains, though they won't beat a good room and good monitors for mixing.

                          I will say that they are very large. Much larger than the Sennheiser HD600. One reason I got these headphones is that they are much easier to drive from normal pro equipment when compared the HD600 and HD650. I no longer need to carry a headphone amp with me just to do some basic editing. Most audio interfaces seem to do a good job driving the K701s.

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                          5.0

                          Love Them

                          By J

                          from Connecticut

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Comfortable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                              [...] I was glad to see some airbag cushion and the box factory sealed. This way I know I'm not getting a used, fake or refurbished product. Overall they are great. There are tons of reviews all over the internet on these, so I won't repeat what you can read elsewhere. Just note you need a good source, good headphone amp and good dac to get the best sound out of these. They are not made for and will not sound good with portable players or the weak line outs found on typical consumer laptops, etc. To truly do them justice they need a few hundred hours of burn and proper amplification. If you are using a computer as a source make sure your files are lossless. They are open back so you can hear what's going on around you.

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                              5.0

                              very nice sound

                              By p

                              from ottawa canada

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                                  clear tight sound
                                  nice bass
                                  very good headphones

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Phones for Mixing or Mastering

                                  By MusicByDesign

                                  from Texas

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                                    These Austria made AKG's are pretty nice to have and Ive wanted a pair for quite a while and couldn't resist when I found them at B&H. Very nice way to monitor and mix without the room affecting the sound. They are lightweight and have a more plastic feel than I figured they would by the picture but if they are taken care of should last many years. The sound is the most important thing and they have a nice uncolored sound, especially after breaking them in. Good stuff.

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                                    5.0

                                    Probably the best available

                                    By Tubamaxima

                                    from Mount Bethel, Pa

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                                      I listen to organ music which has a huge range of dynamics. The lows ( 16 htz) are clean and clear with no drop off. I was going to invest in an expensive audio system but these are better.

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                                      5.0

                                      The best headphones ever made !!!

                                      By Jcastellano

                                      from Tenerife, Spain

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Everything

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Music in private

                                      Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                                      Great sound right out the box. Powerfull but detailed bass, highs not harsh and a lovely midrange. Better after run in period. Very high quality materials and awesome looks.

                                      I will buy it again if needed.

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                                      5.0

                                      Outstanding product

                                      By MisterCivilised

                                      from Santa Rosa, CA

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Events
                                        • Music Videos
                                        • Performances
                                        • Professional Recording
                                        • Soundtracks

                                        Comments about AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones:

                                        I use these headphones with my pc as well as my home stereo system. Great for everything at home: video editing, music, movies. They isolate yet leave space for sound reproduction, and they look great. Occasionally the head band rubs the top of my head wrong after hours of use, but I think this is more attributable to how I was wearing them initially, plus the fact that I have been keep my hair cropped short. Best pair of headphones I have ever owned.

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