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post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
Dear Head-fi,
I am a long time reader, first time poster!

I am looking for a transparent, non-colored, neutral sound for mixing and engineering music and i though i ask you guys because you seem to know your headphones in and out
I wont be using these headphones to lean back and enjoy classical or rock music but studying sound, clarity and stereo image.

I am about to buy AKG k702, but i wanted to know if there are any better alternatives in that pricerange.
I heard of the HD650/600 but i read in many reviews and threads that it sounds more bassy/round? I want as much detail and neutrality as possible.
Also, i chose the k702 over 701 because of the cable. Whats your guys opinion on this?

As for the AMP; which one do you guys recomend for the k701/702?
Anything between 200$~300$ would do.
if any of you out there has a k701/702 amp setup, please share your experiences
post #2 of 47
best value for that purpose is eh350....
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post #4 of 47
IMO HD600 are awesome for reference ....very detailed, neutral and their resolution is simply mindblowing..

HD650 had that bump in bass but HD600 were very neutral and yet musical.


mine are coming in December hopefully
post #5 of 47
though cans like 701/702 or HD600/650 are called reference headphones but they are dedicated more to HIFI listening. all of them have strond characters, I couldn't agree that they are non-colored.

For monitoring maybe Beyers are good choice.
post #6 of 47
For studio monitoring and mixing, go Beyer.
For best performance, DT-48 E, for 'bang for buck' DT-150.
post #7 of 47
The K702 are the best Headphones for Studio Production/Mixing and mastering. I use them every day in my music productions and my mastering work...
post #8 of 47
hey how about SA5000?

i heard they are very detailed and sound analytical instead of musical
post #9 of 47
personally i don't think there's anything such as "neutral" phones. all phones/amp combos have their own unique color. for mixing, production, etc. my approach is to have a variety of equipment - listen to beyers to hear minute details in the highs - little clicks and imperfections - but to get the same sound that most consumers/listeners will get in the end it's a good idea to switch to senn's - maybe the mix is too dull then so adjust accorsingly, and then back to the beyers to make sure the new adjustments make sense. it's also a good idea to listen to comparative records to get used to the sound on a particular can...SO, i would say k601 and up in the akg line, senn hd595 and up, or beyer dt880 would all be good - the akg is a good choice as a first from what i've read about it, but i'd suggest acquiring another set of phones with a different signature in future.
i think this is very good link on the topic: Mixing On Headphones
post #10 of 47
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies everyone! Alot of mixed thoughs i see.
I read through all the links you guys posted, interesting reads.. though alot of people seem to favour the senn 600, even if they have less frequency responce.

Forgot to mention that i already own different speakers and headphones (have used closed cans until now) so i was looking for something more open and clean sounding.
I will go with the AKG k702 for now see how that works out.

Now i am really torn about the amp and power supply. I will be using PC out, meaning sound comming directly out of my soundcard.
Im not looking for anything supreme, just something that can drive and power the k701/702. I would say anything around 600$ or so.

I have read about the Grace DAC's and such but i think it's just too much.
also, id rather stay away from tubes(do not want to change them when they burn etc..) you guys have any tips, or should i take this matter to the amp forums?
post #11 of 47
The K702 sound very similar to my Studio monitors in tonal and the flat FR. I worked in my studio with this Headphones for the last month's. And I feel that I can trust them completely.Mix and Mastering. For me they are Super Monitor. I have around 100 hours burn in time.


As sound card I use AK1... NATIVE INSTRUMENTS : Products : AUDIO KONTROL 1
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post #13 of 47
Pick some capable headphones with faults you can learn and live with. I suggest closed. Pros and Semi-Pros will tell you that "real mixing" shouldn't be done on headphones anyway - again, if you know the limitations of your gear you'll probably be fine if you check your mixes.
post #14 of 47
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Originally Posted by nakata View Post
Thanks for the replies everyone! Alot of mixed thoughs i see.
I read through all the links you guys posted, interesting reads.. though alot of people seem to favour the senn 600, even if they have less frequency responce.

Forgot to mention that i already own different speakers and headphones (have used closed cans until now) so i was looking for something more open and clean sounding.
I will go with the AKG k702 for now see how that works out.

Now i am really torn about the amp and power supply. I will be using PC out, meaning sound comming directly out of my soundcard.
Im not looking for anything supreme, just something that can drive and power the k701/702. I would say anything around 600$ or so.

I have read about the Grace DAC's and such but i think it's just too much.
also, id rather stay away from tubes(do not want to change them when they burn etc..) you guys have any tips, or should i take this matter to the amp forums?
ok - so as i understand you already have a decent soundcard - just looking for a good headphone amp...for $600-00 you can get something amazing - wish I had that budget :P
How bout this: Meier-Audio
was thinking perhaps the CORDA CANTATE
post #15 of 47
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Originally Posted by nakata View Post
Thanks for the replies everyone! Alot of mixed thoughs i see.
I read through all the links you guys posted, interesting reads.. though alot of people seem to favour the senn 600, even if they have less frequency responce.

Forgot to mention that i already own different speakers and headphones (have used closed cans until now) so i was looking for something more open and clean sounding.
I will go with the AKG k702 for now see how that works out.

Now i am really torn about the amp and power supply. I will be using PC out, meaning sound comming directly out of my soundcard.
Im not looking for anything supreme, just something that can drive and power the k701/702. I would say anything around 600$ or so.

I have read about the Grace DAC's and such but i think it's just too much.
also, id rather stay away from tubes(do not want to change them when they burn etc..) you guys have any tips, or should i take this matter to the amp forums?
Well, first of all I'd like to recommend you to use monitors/speakers for checking/editing the stereo image. What type of setup do you have going? What converters are you using? I would recommend the PRO 750 over the AKG K 702 or any other headphone for that matter with a flat headphone amp. I'd advice closed, especially if you're talking about a bedroom studio. How quiet is your room, what type of equipment do you have standing nearby you, how much noise does your computer make, do you work mostly ITB or OTB, what exactly do you want to accomplish? Stereo imaging is only possible on Ultrasone headphones, and only slightly. What type of music do you mostly work with? What do you do?
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