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post #2431 of 2442

k701 has a high treble, but as you age, you won't able to hear some treble....soooooo listen to k701 early!

post #2432 of 2442
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Originally Posted by banquier View Post

k701 has a high treble, but as you age, you won't able to hear some treble....soooooo listen to k701 early!

That's not how aural acuity works. Sorry.
post #2433 of 2442

Oh, then how does it work? I thought human lost high&low frequency hearing as they age. And treble is above 2khz.

post #2434 of 2442
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Originally Posted by banquier View Post

Oh, then how does it work? I thought human lost high&low frequency hearing as they age. And treble is above 2khz.

2K?! That's smack in the middle of the presence region. Midrange. Very simply put, one has a cue as to the high frequencies from their subharmonics.
post #2435 of 2442

AT-HA5000 amp is design to drive low imp headphones. It should drive K701 fairly well.

post #2436 of 2442

Just snapped up some 7 bumpers this week. Had a few pairs of these over the years but these are the earliest. 88xx serial and absolutely mint condition. Over the moon! 

 

They sound amazing too. I had recently bought some new china made K702's and so its been nice to compare them.. 

 

The K702's - more comfortable, softer pads. The sound is slightly more focused, the center image is more centered (but only very slightly) - They are a smidge brighter and with a little more bass. Soundstage width is slightly less. 

 

K701 - Less clamp but harder pads -less comfortable with bumps. Softer sound and slightly less bass. Better separation. Imaging is always subjective but I prefer it on these. You get more "wow" with good recordings. Erm..? K702's are a little drier, K701's are not so dry..

 

I'm using words such as "slightly" and "little" because they sound more alike than different. 

 

Tough call to say which is best. But one thing I will say - don't ever be put off buying the China models as they are made as good as any previous ones that I've owned. (four k701, two K702 and a K712).

 

Plus ye don't get the bumps! They've never bothered me personally but..      

post #2437 of 2442

Whoa...this thread has grown since the last time I did a search for k701 headband mods.  My k702 has gone through several modifications since then and I think I've finally come up with something worth posting, so here it is.  Maybe it can help somebody to save some money and continue to enjoy these great headphones.

 

A few months ago I decided to abandon my idea about getting a HD800 after reading a rather disappointing review of the new S update.  Instead, I chose to spend a bit of money to get the new headband without the bumps that AKG now uses together with an O2 amp.  Fortunately I received the old headband model despite the reassurances of the AKG parts guy.  I decided to return it instead of getting a replacement that I know with certainly will cause me more trouble in the future.  Namely the two acrylic pieces on both sides cracking http://cdn.head-fi.org/9/91/900x900px-LL-91f8059c_IMG_9583.jpeg and the rubber band eventually loosing its elasticity and being hard to replace.  So below is a short description of me having another go in fixing the damn headband myself.

 

My solution looks quite simple and as a result somewhat more elegant to most of the other mods I have seen, but it does have the drawback of not being adjustable.  I'm the only one using the headphones, so it is no problem for me, but it is something to keep in mind.  I used an old belt, an x-acto knife and a small drill bit with a handle similar to these https://cdn.thingiverse.com/renders/7e/75/92/91/09/IMG_8348_-_Copy_preview_featured.jpg.  Before cutting I made absolutely certain that the length was perfect and checked again before drilling and sewing.  After I made the three stitches that run parallel to the headband I found to my annoyance that the connections to the plastic pieces on both ends were loose enough to allow the leather to pivot and fold down every time I took off the headphones.  As a result I made two more stitches that run perpendicular to the headband and are placed as close to the plastic pieces as possible in order to create a very tight connection and not allow the leather to pivot down.  There are two small nubs on the outside of those two pieces that I had to cut.

 

The flexibility and width of the leather belt makes the headphones very comfortable.  The permanently affixed headband gives a sense of security and durability every time I put them on.  It has been couple of months now that I've been using the headphones with the mod without any issues.  I also found the O2 amp a great match to my K702 along with my RME Babyface sound card.  I'm including an image of my EQ adjustment curve that helps to bring the sound of K702 to near perfection to my ears.  I hope my mod can inspire some new ideas for other people to try out so we can continue to enjoy listening to these awesome headphones.

 

post #2438 of 2442

Anyone ever tried the aftermarket (aka ebay ones) pads?

 

I've tried to compare them (one original in one ear, the other in the other ear while swapping the channel) and I can't discern a difference, my ears aren't that trained though. They come with a thinner ring probably to compensate for the size

post #2439 of 2442
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Originally Posted by Nachash View Post
 

Anyone ever tried the aftermarket (aka ebay ones) pads?

 

I've tried to compare them (one original in one ear, the other in the other ear while swapping the channel) and I can't discern a difference, my ears aren't that trained though. They come with a thinner ring probably to compensate for the size


When I bought my K701 second hand, the pads stank of sweat & smoke (something the seller failed to mention), so bought a official replacement pair from Thomann (link: http://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k701_ohrpolster.htm).  They were also recabled with a Blackdragon cable and still sound wonderful.

 

post #2440 of 2442
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When I bought my K701 second hand, the pads stank of sweat & smoke (something the seller failed to mention), so bought a official replacement pair from Thomann (link: http://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k701_ohrpolster.htm).  They were also recabled with a Blackdragon cable and still sound wonderful.

 


You're right, but those chinese ones are 1/3 of the price (40 for the pads + 20 for the shipping on thomann)

post #2441 of 2442
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Originally Posted by Nachash View Post
 


You're right, but those chinese ones are 1/3 of the price (40 for the pads + 20 for the shipping on thomann)


I managed to get free shipping, but yeah, they were more expensive than the Chinese knock offs.

post #2442 of 2442

Yes, I would've paid 40€ if they were available on amazon for example

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