I have some questions regarding the K701. I am very new to this hobby, so please bare with me. I appreciate everyone's replies.
I am looking for a new pair of headphones to upgrade from my HD280. I am also using an e17 (a very basic and low end set-up). A while ago, I went to a local audio store where I had the chance to listen to a few headphones. I listened to LCDs, K701, HD650 and HE400 while plugged into a Burson amp. I am not sure of the exact model. I was listening to the live acoustic version of 'Hotel California'.
Most likely, my untrained ears missed the details that differentiate the greats from the good, but the one headphone that really stood out was the k701 with it's projection of music in front of my face. Initially, I did not like the K701 headphones as they sounded very 'harsh' (the treble seemed really bright). But I really enjoyed the sound being projected in front of my face.
So, I am planning on going back and having another listen to them. My plan is to at least spend a good hour listening to them.
So, my first questions is - what songs would you recommend for me listen to through them to make them shine?
How is the soundstage affected with different amps? I am planning to use an O2 with e17 as the DAC. I am wanting good width and dept to the soundstage.
Is this with all AKG models or just the K701? Or is there a headphone with that front face projecting sound that has good bass as well? I listen to all genres... I am guessing the k701 would suit classical and jazz a lot more than electronic. I plan to use them for jazz and classic rock.
You should listen to music as high-res as possible. If possibly, SACD's. It really is noticeable with K701's.
Some of my favorites....well, in general, are anything live, acoustic, instrumental, classical, blues, jazz, vocal, etc.
Maybe try to get a hold of some binuaral records too.
A.A. Meyers - Air (2011) in 24/192
Engegårdkvartetten - STRING QUARTETS Beethoven; Nordheim; Bartók (2010) in 24/96
John Holloway - H.I.F. Biber - Unam Ceylum (2012) in 24/96
And then something not classical like...
Hoff Ensemble - Quiet Winter Night (2012) in 24/96
Diana Krall - The Girl In The Other Room (2004) SACD (2822400 Hz sample rate :P) - sounds absolutely glorious, so much better than CD version. Superb mastering.
Patricia Barber - Verse (2005) SACD - same as the Diana Krall album, just stunningly good sounding.
Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the night (1987) in 24/96
The Eagles - Hotel California - SACD - changed my perception on songs I've heard thousands of times before
Fourplay - Energy (2008) - SACD - such dynamics...clarity, punch....eargasm.
Barney Wilen - French Ballads (1987) - shows how awesome the mids are on K701
Allison Krauss + Union Station - Live (2002) - great live recording
Eric Clapton - Unplugged (live) - also great sounding live record.
Nilf Lofgren - Acoustic Live (1997) - one of my favorite live records, sound awesome, acoustic guitar + vocal, just great.
Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadic - Krushevo - probably my favorite of all instrumental guitar records of all time - sounds amazing, there's great ambiance, and music is just awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV-mlPy3TDk
And you definitely have to try out binaural records like:
Amber Rubarth - Sessions from the 17th Ward (2012) - 24/192 - don't have the words to describe the sound here...its as if you're THERE.
Same goes for Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - Up Close (2008).... I really wish there were more binaural records out there.