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post #16 of 48
Looking forward to it, K601/HD600 comparisons are pretty rare here.
post #17 of 48
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Originally Posted by tdogzthmn View Post
I'm using a NAD C 325BEE integrated amp.
problem solved.

AKG sounds like crap out of NAD stuff. I know..I tried K701 with my 320BEE with terrible results
post #18 of 48
I really like the sound of my k601s with any music I listen to, but it wasn't til recently after a few changes to my setup. I used to run them stock X-fi platinum(I used to be gamer, don't have time for it anymore) to stock LittleDot 1+ and there were times where I was thinking of replacing them. Then I bought a modded Zero DAC from someone on here, swapped out the opamp in my LD, and went from a USB-optical converted to a soundcard with bit perfect coax output I stand fully behind the cans now. The bass came to life, everything was much more detailed, the music sounded very full but the famous AKG soundstage was preserved. I too listen to alot of rock/classic rock, right now I'm listening to the new Wolfmother album.

I can't compare them to the HD600s, which I don't own and have only heard briefly.

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I most likely have around 600 hours on them
post #19 of 48
Like the high and mids, they are very fun to listen but compared to 702 , it seams that k702 is bass monster !
I will give them some time and burn them in properly then will see.... !
They are getting better....

Now listening to pearl jam and eddie sounds unbelievable
post #20 of 48
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Update: I spent more time to today between the K601 and HD600 and I have changed my views a bit. First I will address the issue of detail which I noted before as being lacking and unresolved. I believe after a few days of burning/acclimation I have found that I more detail and resolution has been flushed out of hiding. Texture and spacing is also becoming more apparent. I also noted that the K601 came across as anemic and lacking weight. While this still holds to be true to a degree, I would like to rephrase the K601 as being light and nimble - delicate. Sound comes across as uniform and unstressed. In contrast the HD600 is much richer. The sound is powerful, bold and strong. This can be good or bad depending on the music and your mood. I feel the there is competition between the instruments for your attention. Where the K601 is soft and sweet letting you shift your focus, the HD600 commands your attention. Both are very good cans make no mistake. These are my brief impressions thus far. If I notice any major advancements I will post an update.
post #21 of 48
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Originally Posted by chesebert View Post
problem solved.

AKG sounds like crap out of NAD stuff. I know..I tried K701 with my 320BEE with terrible results
Bingo. I took my 601s to a hi-fi store to audition a few pieces of kit and came away very unimpressed with NAD CDPs and amps which had received rave reviews in many magazines. They just dont play well together IMO. Even my modest CA integrated does a better job with the 601s than the NAD did, but you really need to get a dedicated SS HP amp with plenty of grunt to bring them to life. I went the other way and bought easier-to-drive cans.
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post
Bingo. I took my 601s to a hi-fi store to audition a few pieces of kit and came away very unimpressed with NAD CDPs and amps which had received rave reviews in many magazines. They just dont play well together IMO. Even my modest CA integrated does a better job with the 601s than the NAD did, but you really need to get a dedicated SS HP amp with plenty of grunt to bring them to life. I went the other way and bought easier-to-drive cans.
Thus far I have been quite happy with my NAD gear, but I would not be opposed to hearing the K601 on a dedicated amp.
post #23 of 48
I dont think there is anything wrong with the NAD equipment (although I have to wonder how good the headphone out is compared to the CA) - the current models have a very good reputation with speakers. One of the things that drives many here to distraction is finding that elusive combination that is better than the sum of its parts - I would maintain the the 601 with a NAD source is worse than the sum of its parts, but that happens regularly with headphone amps too. The other factor is that it was all near-new stock : given enough hours, I expect that the CDPs and amps would have settled down substantially.
post #24 of 48
Must say that this is the most controversial headphone I ever heard !
Some music is unbelievable with akg k601 and it makes me go back and listen to some long forgotten tracks and that is so cool !
But with some music it sucks and it sucks badly !
AKG K601 is not by any means all-round headphone
Love them and hate them at same time
post #25 of 48
if the k601 had more bass i would have loved it.
post #26 of 48
What music do you hate them with loopfreak?
post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by loopfreak View Post
Must say that this is the most controversial headphone I ever heard !
Some music is unbelievable with akg k601 and it makes me go back and listen to some long forgotten tracks and that is so cool !
But with some music it sucks and it sucks badly !
AKG K601 is not by any means all-round headphone
Love them and hate them at same time
I disagree with this on so many levels. It's not the phones that suck . . .
post #28 of 48
other than instrument separation, the K601 don't do anything spectacularly well, but instead, do everything very, very well. for me, an excellent all-rounder. effortless, nimble, quick, and dynamic. if you don't think the K601 have bass or dynamics, try plugging them into an M3 or B22.
post #29 of 48
Listen mainly rock . In my case everything that has slam like audioslave , rage, acdc, the sword, faith no more etc is one big no with akg k601 IMO !
post #30 of 48

A few things to try

I use a NAD C720BEE (headphone out at 220 ohms). It matches very well with the DT990-600 ohms, but do an average job with the D2000 (25 ohms). I use an adapter to hook the D2000 directly out of the pre out. The result is so much better. I know that some people use an impedance adapter instead (between the headphone out and there cans), but I can't tell you about the results they get.

Your C325BEE is close to the C720BEE, but with an headphone out at 100 ohms if I remember well... I don't know about your K601, but you could try it the way I do or with an impedance adapter.

If you do so, don't forget to tell us ! I may also be interested by the K601...

Good luck !
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