Originally Posted by Hi-Finthen
The K-701 IS AKGs "in production" "High End" "Hi-Fidelity" Headphone!
Some people purposely confuse their lines of definition as to what constitutes Hi-Fi or Mid-Fi or "High End" in their ulterior motive of elitism of their presently owned gear, or worst yet other phones they heard of, or heard once, IMO.
However, by any objective definition, the K-701 IS both a Hi-Fidelity headphone and AKGs presently offered High End Headphone.
Of course, there are more expensive phones, and the elite status of only those few cans could be argued to be THE high end. Along with price as usual, they convey greater resolution and sonic refinements to the presentation which some audiophiles can identify and appreciate presupposing the proper upstream gear and recordings.
However, what is High - Fidelity and what is High - End are two different and distinct terms both of which apply to AKGs k701s as being their present in production "High End", "High Fidelity" headphone offering!
So True. Just cause someone owns a Bentley does not mean a Lexus is not a luxury sedan.
K701 and other headphones in their price range and sound are indeed HIFI. The L3000, K1000, HP1000 and such are luxury items. They are made for completely different consumer. Not just someone who wants great sound, but also the prestige or as you said its about elitism. Its the same as the person who buys a corvette vs a person who buys a ferrari. Ferraris are not just a sports car, but a luxury item, on the privileged can afford and want the prestige.
At least that's what I think. The average consumer of headphones doesn't even spend 100 Dollars. Hell I know plenty of people who have never bought headphones. Just use whatever their mp3/cd player came with. So paying the 300-350 for K701 is indeed in my mind HIFI.
Especially as Finthen has said, this is the HIFI, High End phone currently made by AKG. Sennheiser's 650 is indeed their High End HIFI Headphone in production. And I believe we can all agree AKG and Sennheiser are among the most well known of the High Fidelity Headphone manufacturers. Not many people know Denon, other than their receivers. I haven't met anyone person to person that knows Beyerdynamic, or Grado. But say Sennheiser, Oh they make really expensive high end headphones is the response, like Porsche, everyone knows Porsche.