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How many headfiers here are enjoying music with AKG K701?

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AKG K701 is the favorite of most reviewers in the audiophile world like the following:

1. Stereophile
Stereophile: AKG Acoustics K 701 headphones

2. Headphone
AKG K701 White - Full-Size Headphones | HeadRoom Audio

3. Enjoy the Music
AKG K701 Headphones A New Reference Review By Phil Gold

4. Soundstage
http://www.soundstage.com/allinyourh...head200607.htm

Do you enjoy too listening music with these highly praised headphones?
post #2 of 121
Many of us (including myself) do, and many of us don't. It's a very controversial headphone around these parts. I personally think that they definitely do have their flaws, but at the end of the day their good points outweight the bad for me. It just depends on how much people can deal with the bad points, which can indeed be a deal breaker to some who find them intolerable (two of which are the spiky upper mids and lean bass).
post #3 of 121
It is difficult to believe that Phil Gold directly compared the K-701 to the K-1000 and didn't notice the rather large tonal difference between them. Like the K-701 or not, they sound nothing like a K-1000. When comparing the two against live music or a known good reference, the K-1000 sounds like the real thing to me.
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Originally Posted by VALIENTE View Post
Do you enjoy too listening music with these highly praised headphones?
Yes.
post #5 of 121
me too
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post #7 of 121
I do too.

PS. Is this meant to be a poll? What is the purpose of this thread?
post #8 of 121
K702's Like them a lot so far.
Not sure what the real purpose of the thread is but it will probably bring a lot of hate also.
K701 leads the way on the most hated headphone thread. I'm guessing they sound better than far more expensive headphones and that rubbed some the wrong way.
So far I think the so called flaws are highly exaggerated.
post #9 of 121
Yes, I do enjoy mine

I never found the tonality is off and the vocals sound plasticky and unreal, blah blah blah.......as some describe

but in the end, the definition of neutral is different for everyone.
post #10 of 121
I don't know what many of the terms used to describe these headphones mean in real world use, such as "spiky upper mids". Maybe I don't listen with such a critical ear, idk. I do know my 701's sound better to me than anything else I've listened to, including a few Grado's and the 600/650 Sennheisers.
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K701 leads the way on the most hated headphone thread. I'm guessing they sound better than far more expensive headphones and that rubbed some the wrong way.
So far I think the so called flaws are highly exaggerated.
Just because you like the K701 doesn't mean that everybody else is wrong!

I didn't enjoy the K701 at all but I also heard quite a lot other headphones, cheaper and more expensive ones. A lot of headphones are too expensive for what they are able to deliver but what can you do if you like its sound signature?

The K701 is a nice headphone, especially if you look at its price tag, but I just don't like the sound signature, that's all.
post #12 of 121
I like my K701's particularly with my LD MK IV SE tube amp.
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Originally Posted by jaycalgary View Post
K701 leads the way on the most hated headphone thread. I'm guessing they sound better than far more expensive headphones and that rubbed some the wrong way.
I paid $60 for a pair of Beyerdynamic DT48s and prefer them to some far more expensive headphones.

Including the K-701, for that matter. Which is why the K-701 was sold.

If enjoyment is simply a function of price (or some implied "protectionism" based on what you spent) then how did that happen?

I also paid less than half the price of a K-701 for a K-501. The K-501 was superior in every way to the K-701.

Again, how did that happen? Shouldn't I have preferred the more expensive headphone?

And why don't I trash the K-501 and DT48 because they cost less than a K-701 yet sound better? I wouldn't want to rub people the wrong way by praising the DT48 and K-501 as cheaper, but better, alternatives to the K-701, would I?
post #14 of 121
Im loving AKG K701 but I've already got STAX SRS-3050A system.

So I wonder whether K701 is better than STAX.

Is it worth buying in addition to STAX?
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Originally Posted by jaycalgary View Post
So far I think the so called flaws are highly exaggerated.
By all means, do report back when you've been here longer than a month.
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