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post #856 of 991
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

 

 

Unfortunately K702 pads due to being angled might ruin the mids of the K501.

 

What could explain that ?

 

I would never loose anything from AKG K501 mids for a bit more bass for sure !!

post #857 of 991
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post

 

What could explain that ?

 

I would never loose anything from AKG K501 mids for a bit more bass for sure !!


I think due to the angled pads placing your ears further from the driver, the mids won't be as forward.

I experienced this when using Q701 pads on my K601. I got more bass, but the mids were more distant. It wasn't due to the extra bass though.

It did make the K601 a bit more "laid back", but after using it for several hours I switched back.

post #858 of 991
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Based on my experience, K702/Q701 pads are bassier/warmer than K701 and K601 pads.

Unfortunately K702 pads due to being angled might ruin the mids of the K501.
Even k701 pads are angled and I can guarantee you the mids of the k501 are not ruined by that.
post #859 of 991

Now I must correct me, past weeks I listen many of my CD/SACD's with my K501 - it's a very great headphone and at the same level as the K/Q701 - but a bit different. And more relaxed listening with the K501. The bass is more dry as with K/Q701.


Edited by FritzS - 2/21/13 at 10:59am
post #860 of 991
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Originally Posted by FritzS View Post

Now I must correct me, past weeks I listen many of my CD/SACD's with my K501 - it's a very great headphone and at the same level as the K/Q701 - but a bit different. And more relaxed listening with the K501. The bass is more dry as with K/Q701.

I agree. They are definitely in the same class as k701 and HD650 that I own and listen to daily. k501 is more relaxed than k701 and fuller sounding too, With k702 pads they become even nicer sounding with added warmth without interfering with the mids. They are great for classical but even for rock, very detailed and with great separation of instruments. 

post #861 of 991

Yep, I had been listening almost exclusively to my new AT AD900s, but this thread prompted me to hook up my 501s again. I love the spaciousness of the AD900s, as well as their clarity - but there is something about the 501 that just keeps drawing me back in. They are lovely headphones. Really happy I picked them up when AKG was closing them out in anticipation of the release of the 701s. Best bang for buck set of cans I've ever purchased!

post #862 of 991
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Originally Posted by CYoung234 View Post


Yes, I prefer the K501 to the K601, and I have compared them side to side, as my twin brother owns K601's. My 501's are the most recent "bass heavy" variant (you can do a search on this site to find the thread that describes the three variants and how to tell). That said, I use K601 pads on my 501's, preferring them to the stock pads by a pretty large margin. As far as soundstage, they are similar, but the K501 sounds more integrated, while the K601 soundstage has a tendency to isolate individual instruments a bit too much, almost making them sound like they were each recorded in their own little studios. It can be a nice effect depending on what type of music you listen to, but to me it sounds unnatural. Again, this effect is slight, but when I go back and forth between 501's and 601's, the soundstage and presentation of the K501's is more natural to me.

 

Edit: You should note that a pretty good amp is needed to really bring out the best in these. Also, check out the 20 headphones reviewed thread for what I would call a pretty good relative ranking of these phones, although I would personally place them in front of the Senn HD600 / 650.

Just to chime in on the pad debate, I posted this back in 2010, and am still using K601 pads on my K501's. I still have K701 pads as well as my original K501 pads. My 501's are v3 if you check the thread that discusses versions. This picture is borrowed from that thread:

 

 

 

At any rate, I still stand by these statements, and would also add that for classical music, these phones are a very good choice. If you listen to a lot of rock or metal, not such a good choice. They excel at reproducing realistic sound stage and the mids are great. The bass on these phones still sounds "gorgeous", as I said in another post. It is not boomy or overly pronounced; it is natural and pretty deep. Again, not for head banger music, but for chamber and large scale classical, a very good choice.


Edited by CYoung234 - 2/24/13 at 6:20am
post #863 of 991
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post

Not really but my pads smell smoke ( first owner was a smoker ) and I began to consider buying new one. if K701 pads would be an improvment I could consider buying these ? they're much pricey so I would want to know if it worthes the extra price.
Have you bought any new pads for your k501s? :-)
post #864 of 991
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Originally Posted by CYoung234 View Post

Just to chime in on the pad debate, I posted this back in 2010, and am still using K601 pads on my K501's. I still have K701 pads as well as my original K501 pads. My 501's are v3 if you check the thread that discusses versions. This picture is borrowed from that thread:





At any rate, I still stand by these statements, and would also add that for classical music, these phones are a very good choice. If you listen to a lot of rock or metal, not such a good choice. They excel at reproducing realistic sound stage and the mids are great. The bass on these phones still sounds "gorgeous", as I said in another post. It is not boomy or overly pronounced; it is natural and pretty deep. Again, not for head banger music, but for chamber and large scale classical, a very good choice.

Nice :-) I have ver 2 and k701 work fantastic on my k501s. They have tight and punchy bass and open mids. Even k702 pads work fine.
post #865 of 991
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Originally Posted by muxamed View Post


Have you bought any new pads for your k501s? :-)

 

 

Not yet but my order for K702 pads is planned for next days ;)

post #866 of 991
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post


Not yet but my order for K702 pads is planned for next days wink.gif

I am very interested to read what you think about the pads. :-)
post #867 of 991

I'm very interested too biggrin.gif
 

post #868 of 991

Here's an example of the 501 pad with the "brown ring". I keep thinking I ought to get a pair of 701 pads, but these sound so good I'm not inclined to spend another $45 just find out if the 701 pads are a significant improvement over the brown rings or not.

post #869 of 991
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Originally Posted by BluesDaddy View Post

Here's an example of the 501 pad with the "brown ring". I keep thinking I ought to get a pair of 701 pads, but these sound so good I'm not inclined to spend another $45 just find out if the 701 pads are a significant improvement over the brown rings or not.
Looks interesting. I don't have those on my original pads. The ring looks like som kind of packing to stop bass from leakaking. I guess that k 701 pads sit tighter and stop bass leakage as well.
post #870 of 991
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Originally Posted by muxamed View Post


Looks interesting. I don't have those on my original pads. The ring looks like som kind of packing to stop bass from leakaking. I guess that k 701 pads sit tighter and stop bass leakage as well.

 

My new Pads have a white ring of foam rubber  (the brown ring looks like a brown foam rubber) - the old original pads have no foam rubber here.

 

   at my K501 three segments (0) are closed, three segments (1) are covered with dark gray foam, in this sequence- 0-1-0-1-0-1

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