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AKG k701 vs Sennheiser HD650

post #1 of 39
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I won't have the opportunity to listen to these headphones before I will buy them, so wich should I choose for non-rock music?And why?
post #2 of 39
Would you be more specific about the music you're going to listen to? Feel free to name some artists, composers, or any other details of your listening.

What kind of equipment are you going to use with your headphones? Do you have a headphone amp? If so, what kind? Are you planning to buy any new equipment to use with the headphones?

What other headphones have you listened to? What did you like or dislike about them?

Sorry to ask a bunch of questions when you're looking for an answer, but a little more information should get you some thoughtful answers from the members here.

Personally, I like the HD-650 better than the K-701, but that also has to do with my gear and the music I listen to. I like the K-701, as well, and so do a lot of people. I don't think you'll go wrong with either, but it's likely one will be better suited to your tastes.

And welcome to Head-Fi!
post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
First of all I don't listen to the rock music. I have a lot of friends who adore this music but personally, I hate it. My favourites artists are Helena Paparizou, Nelly Furtado and Robbie Williams, but I must say that I listen to varied kinds of music, like trance house, dance.
I prefer a soft sound, something relaxing, something to listen after a day at work. Also I'm not a fan of a strong full bass. I don't have an amp, and i've read that the k701 model isn't so dependent to the amp, like Senn HD650 is. This is good because a good amp is expensive and it will raise the price.
I've never had good headphones and I must say that I'm tired of this situation and I want to change it. In my city there isn't a music store where I could listen to high quality headphones...
Even my friends told me that I'm crazy, when they heard what I intend to do.
So please help me...
post #4 of 39
k701 needs an amp but looking at your other requirements, they might be the cans for you
post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 
Could you be more specific?
post #6 of 39
Good luck to you with choosing one over the other! Many of us have had to settle with owning both. Saying that, I recently discovered that my K701 works quite well with one of my 100W integrated amps. It's however not my idea of fun when I have to power up that amp just to listen to the K701.
If you must have heavy bass, then the K701 is not for you. The HD650 is however slow in its reaction time, so low frequencies are noticeably lagging in time and sharpness of attack.
Both are however extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods.
post #7 of 39
if you're planning to use headphones unamped, AD2000 might be the headphones for you - although it's 500$ range, you don't require an amp, and it sounds pretty good from a mediocre source.

all depends on how much you would like to spend, though.
post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by Andrei View Post
Could you be more specific?
You said that you wanted a relatively relaxed sound and not so much bass. K701 fits this bill except for the slightly peaky highs. This is all hearsay though cause i havent heard them myself. The senn 650s have a relaxed sound which you might like but the bass is probably going to bother you since you mentioned not wanting strong bass.

I agree with rednamalas1s recommendation of the ad2000 if you dont mind a more upfront sound. They are great and the bass is lean and quick yet has an authoritative weight when the music calls for it. I like them a lot
post #9 of 39
Consider getting an entry level desktop for either K701 or HD650.
post #10 of 39
You'll need am amp for either of these phones. Pick 701's if you don't want bass, but check out other brands and models.
post #11 of 39
I would definitely say the K701s are a very relaxing can to listen to. Great for unwinding after work.

I would not say say they are great for more energetic music like house, trance, etc.

With an amp, the bass is very articulate and can get very deep, but is certainly not powerful.
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by Andrei View Post
I prefer a soft sound, something relaxing, something to listen after a day at work. Also I'm not a fan of a strong full bass.

Then the K701s are your choice. It offers an even, smooth sound that while it has good, deep, detailed bass is not at all bass heavy. it just replays the bass that is on the recording. I too have not heard the "peaky" highs of the K701s - just a nice smooth response. Plus AKG mids are to die for.


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Originally Posted by Andrei View Post
I've never had good headphones and I must say that I'm tired of this situation and I want to change it. In my city there isn't a music store where I could listen to high quality headphones...
Even my friends told me that I'm crazy, when they heard what I intend to do.
So please help me...

I feel your pain. Trying to listen to better quality sound can become a problem when trying to explain your desires to people who don't care about quality. Don't listen to them. The fact that they don't care shouldn't influence you in any way. In your case I'd pick one or the other (while I feel the K701s are best for your situation, either will be enjoyable) and then just enjoy your music.
post #13 of 39
Thread Starter 
Wich amplifier do you recommend?
I'm just a novice in this area and I don't have any single idea what to buy after the headphones...
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by Andrei View Post
Wich amplifier do you recommend?
I'm just a novice in this area and I don't have any single idea what to buy after the headphones...

Buy a used Heed Canamp. That's for pairing with K701.

aaa what's your source?
post #15 of 39
Thread Starter 
My source is a very cheap one(it cost me around 15 USD). I use it at 260 volts. The model is Lc-B400ATX. Should I change it?If I'm not mistaking, the person who put this source on my computer told me that I should never use it at higher voltaje like 400V for example.
But this was two years ago, I can't remember very well.
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