Originally Posted by Asr
I think I may need to edit this review.
I'm going to need to clarify this in the edited review. I think specifically what's going on is a disconnect between the highs, the upper mids, and the mids, because: (1) violin sounds are way too delicate on the K701 - and believe me I know, as I play violin, (2) female voices in particular don't have a certain "weight," (3) I distinctly heard the Arcam's liveliness with the HD600 and DT880, but I just can't hear it nearly as well with the K701, (4) there's an overall lack of body and "grit" to music. It seems the highs are being disconnected from the mids, which is where emotion/passion comes from, in the "gritty" part of the performance.
Thanks for the review. Very helpful indeed.
I am having exactly the same problem with the AKG-701. I notice this issue the most with violins, accordeon, some brass instruments and piano. When hearing high notes on those instruments, I feel that something is missing. I am no musician, nor a regular attendand of concerts, but I feel that those instruments, even at the highest notes they can play, should maintain a lower frequency substrate. The sound should be fuller, the resonance of the body of the instrument should contribute more to the final sound. I don't know how else to put it.
I would not characterize the final sound signature as lean. Bass, cello etc. are very present, the texture is nice and the sound goes very deep into the lower frequencies. My ER4S are considered lean, and generally speaking they have a thinner sound than the K701. But they don't exhibit this problem. Needless to say that the HD650 does not either.
On the other hand, the higher frequency component of violins is very nice. Very smooth but yet they maintain texture and sparkle. Better than the ER4S and the HD650 in that respect.
I am really confused with the K701. I was thinking to go look for a small concert to attend, hoping to listen to the same instruments unamped in order to find out how they are really supposed to sound.
From your experience as a violin player, which of the headphones you own does a better job? I am not talking about the overall sound of an orchestra. Leave out soundstage, sepereation, dynamics etc. and let's focus on timbre and naturaleness of the sound of violins. Which headphone sounds more as the real thing in your opinion?