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post #16 of 34
I preferred the k601, but that's me.

I also find the the fact the official line from AKG is that time-quality interactions are due to the pads to be rather telling - but as the FAQ states burn in is a debate, not a consensus.
post #17 of 34
I can get the K601 for ~$190.....

HD595/Beyer DT770 for around the same...(DT770 for $150 off ebay new)


Should I go for the K601?

(I have an X-Fi Extremegamer Fatal1ty...do I need another source, such as an amp?..preparing to pay up to $100...will it give me much better sound quality?)
post #18 of 34
well, it depends on what you are looking for. The DT-770 and k601 really are nothing alike. A dt-770 out of your x-fi will probably do you quite well. (the pro 80-ohm version)

Do a search or two about the 770 - there are plenty of comparisons.
post #19 of 34
yeah, the 80ohms were what I was referring to.

How would the HD595/K601 sound off the X-fi?

K601 is the best of the three, i guess?

(Headphones for Music: in order of amount listened, most to least.
(soundtrack/trailer music/classical/alt rock/trance/pop)
post #20 of 34
replied in pm to end the derailing
post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by ph0rk View Post
well, it depends on what you are looking for. The DT-770 and k601 really are nothing alike. A dt-770 out of your x-fi will probably do you quite well. (the pro 80-ohm version)

Do a search or two about the 770 - there are plenty of comparisons.
i did an 'A-B' between the DT770 (250ohm) and the 701 (amongst others...all well burnt in) a couple of days ago and was shocked at how thin the 701 sounded...compared to every other phone there. it was smooth, but seemed so malnourished. we're talking chalk and cheese here, something a 5yo kid who listens for 10 seconds would point out instantly. having said that, i have no doubt mt brain would go some way to adjusting/compensating for their sound if i owned them.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by Exit Pupil View Post
i did an 'A-B' between the DT770 (250ohm) and the 701 (amongst others...all well burnt in) a couple of days ago and was shocked at how thin the 701 sounded...compared to every other phone there. it was smooth, but seemed so malnourished. we're talking chalk and cheese here, something a 5yo kid who listens for 10 seconds would point out instantly. having said that, i have no doubt mt brain would go some way to adjusting/compensating for their sound if i owned them.
I think that, in part, that very comparison is why I disliked the k701. The dt770 comparison coupled with the treble spikes just made it wrong for me.

The k601 is very similar to the k701 though, without the extra treble action.
post #23 of 34
the K701s just get better with time

that being said, i have my old ear pads and new ones and there is a difference in sound there too
post #24 of 34
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i ... was shocked at how thin the 701 sounded...
I'm curious to know if they were properly amped. "Thin" is the very last of all the words I'd use to describe the K701 sound. They seem rich and thick even at low levels, especially with the well-controlled, natural, but present low end.

--Chris
post #25 of 34
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I'm curious to know if they were properly amped. "Thin" is the very last of all the words I'd use to describe the K701 sound. They seem rich and thick even at low levels, especially with the well-controlled, natural, but present low end.

--Chris
it was merely comparative. the 701 wears its sound signature prominently and proudly on its sleeve. when you have 10 or 15 phones lined up next to it, its character becomes very clear. it is possible i would prefer the 701 bass to my often wooly (somewhat genre dependant) HD650, but havn't had a chance to compare yet.

i do have one question for anyone who knows - is there a well regarded, mid to higher-end headphone with LESS bass energy/emphasis than the 701? i'd be genuinely fascinated to know if/what it is.
post #26 of 34
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it was merely comparative. the 701 wears its sound signature prominently and proudly on its sleeve. when you have 10 or 15 phones lined up next to it, its character becomes very clear. it is possible i would prefer the 701 bass to my often wooly (somewhat genre dependant) HD650, but havn't had a chance to compare yet.

i do have one question for anyone who knows - is there a well regarded, mid to higher-end headphone with LESS bass energy/emphasis than the 701? i'd be genuinely fascinated to know if/what it is.
AKG K501, either version.
post #27 of 34
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AKG K501, either version.
ok...should have specified...non AKG? (that family has a strong gene pool)
post #28 of 34
Cd3000
Sa5000
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by hempcamp View Post
I'm curious to know if they were properly amped. "Thin" is the very last of all the words I'd use to describe the K701 sound. They seem rich and thick even at low levels, especially with the well-controlled, natural, but present low end.

--Chris
x2. With proper/well-matched amping and other upstream gear, the K701 sound wonderfully open, alive and dynamic. Right now, I'm a/b-ing the K701 v. HD600, and in comparison the HD600, although definitely sounding darker than the K701, also sound congested in comparison.

To reiterate, IMHE, the K701 do quite well with tubes in the amp. : )

Of course, it's a matter of taste, too. Obviously, based on numerous H-F posts, the K701 are not for everybody. For me, as the months roll on, the K701 has taken on a cavalcade of other cans (HD580/600/650, DT880/2005, MDR-SA5000, Ultrasone HFI-2200/Proline 750/2500, ATH-A900LTD), and emerged the clear victor in every case. The only other can I'd like to a/b with them might be a re-cabled DT880Pro/2003 (not--GAG!--the 2005 version). Admittedly, I've never auditioned Grado, but don't feel I'm missing anything, either. : )
post #30 of 34
I bought a set of k701s a couple weeks ago; currently about 150 hours break-in time. A couple days ago I brought them into work and listened for several hours using the ipod->hornet system (see sig.). I find them very detailed with appreciable "air" and decent "bloom". (btw, i hate these terms, but i'm using them anyway.) Bass is there, but recessed, more heard within the head-stage then felt, not as extended as my hd600s (which extend such that I pseudo-feel low notes: not contained within the head-stage).

Oh, I'm very impressed with the AKG's potential for neutrality.

I'm currently running them in 24/7. So, eventually I'll get to that magic 300-400 hour range.
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