AKG K 701 - Reference Headphones

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

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

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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
UPC: 885038018803
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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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    AKG K 701 specs

    Driver Type Dynamic
    Design Over-Ear (Circumaural)
    Earcup Style Open-Back
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 39.8 kHz
    Sensitivity 105 dB
    Impedance 62 Ohms
    Maximum Power Handling 200 mW
    Audio Connector 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS
    1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS
    Connector Plating Gold
    Cable Length 9.8' /  m
    Weight 8.3 oz / 235 g 
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 9.5 x 6.5"

    AKG K 701 reviews

    K 701 - Reference Headphones is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Headphones Easily the best sounding headphones I've ever owned. Not to mention the most comfortable as well. There are NO gaps in these. The highs are nice and clear, and the lows aren't muffled and distorted like in so many headphone (even in good ones). The only slight drawback ( and I hesitate to even mention it ), is as a lot of you know, the ipod doesn't really drive headsets like this very well. It lacks the power to do so, so if you want to use these with a ipod, or similar device you should consider a amp of some sort. I would reccomend the inexpensive but high quality amps from Sonic Impact.
    Date published: 2008-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 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.
    Date published: 2010-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Them ... 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.
    Date published: 2010-02-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound and very comfortable 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.
    Date published: 2010-04-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great 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
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! 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).
    Date published: 2012-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 (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.
    Date published: 2008-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product Review: AKG K701 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!
    Date published: 2012-02-29
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