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post #16 of 111

I too love the K501's. I only had a pair of SR60's when I came to Head-Fi. My first purchase (full-sized) were the 501's. After reading all the posts on the K501, I expected the bass to be anemic. It isn't. In fact, it is only somewhat lacking when I listen to music with electrified bass, and then not always. The quality is there, it's just not visceral. Since then, I have searched for the complementary phone for the bass heavy music. Currently, the contenders are the DT880-03 and HD580 (would have gotten the re-badged Jubilees (HD600), but didn't like the bird droppings look). On occasional recordings, the cymbals  bother me on the 880's. The HD580 seems a better overall phone frequencywise, but I'm finding that the added bass doesn't outweigh the 'missing link' that the K501's have. The DT880's have more of this missing link.

 

I don't know if it's what everyone is calling soundstage or what. (To my mind soundstage is more akin to separation). What I find that the 501's do so well is render what I experience as 3D, or depth, or ambience. I find the strong point of the Senns is their timbre. They register instruments very realistically. But after switching to the 501's from the 580's, I notice that the 'sound stage' has collapsed into 2D compared to the K501's. The more I listen, the more I find that to my taste, this 3Dness or depthience that I like, and that the K501's do so well, is hard to replace. I keep going back to the AKGs. I realize that my equipment chain isn't the equal of some of yours, and I have yet to hear more top of the line headphones, but at my stage in the quest, the K501's please my tastes very well.

post #17 of 111
Thread Starter 

Me too.

 

Just when I think I've heard the best, I strap on the K501 and realize that they still possess a coherency that other headphones simply cannot deliver.

 

I, too, think that the DT880/600 is a worthy compliment to the K501.

 

: )

post #18 of 111

Have you heard the K340 Pataburd?  Not as coherent from mids to highs, nor as airy as the K501, but it does have a smooth airiness to the highs while having nice bass response and gets the heavy richnes of lower mids much better than the K501

post #19 of 111
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post

Have you heard the K340 Pataburd?  Not as coherent from mids to highs, nor as airy as the K501, but it does have a smooth airiness to the highs while having nice bass response and gets the heavy richnes of lower mids much better than the K501


Rhythm,

Yes, I did own the screen-modded K340 for a while and did enjoy them.  Alas, I sold them to help finance upgrades on the Bada PH-12!  : )

 

PAB

post #20 of 111
Another huge K-501 fan here and I deeply regret selling them. They went away to fund the HD-800 (along with a few others), but I should have kept them. There's some comfort in keeping the K-1000, which has the same natural timbre and gorgeous mids. The K-701 was such a disappointment. I had hoped that it would keep the excellent tonal qualities of the K-501, while adding a little of the bass extension of the K-1000. But it ended up sounding artificial and plastic. The headphone equivalent of saccharine.
post #21 of 111

Out of the dynamic headphone i owned in the past, K501 has the best female vocals. Better than rs1, k701 and hd600. Unfortunately it was not versatile with a wide range of music.

post #22 of 111
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hentai View Post

Out of the dynamic headphone i owned in the past, K501 has the best female vocals. Better than rs1, k701 and hd600. Unfortunately it was not versatile with a wide range of music.


IMHE, the Ultrasone Proline 750 did a fearfully good job with female vocals, too.  I never formally compared the K501 to the PL750, but both do commendable jobs.

 

The K501 do female vocals better than my T1, I also assert. : )

post #23 of 111
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

Another huge K-501 fan here and I deeply regret selling them. They went away to fund the HD-800 (along with a few others), but I should have kept them. There's some comfort in keeping the K-1000, which has the same natural timbre and gorgeous mids. The K-701 was such a disappointment. I had hoped that it would keep the excellent tonal qualities of the K-501, while adding a little of the bass extension of the K-1000. But it ended up sounding artificial and plastic. The headphone equivalent of saccharine.


Uncle,

That sounds like a formula for AKG's "flagship" offering, if they could ever get it together.  I have my doubts whether AKG's "Varimotion" driver could pull it off, although possibly with some modifications to that driver design, they might come close(r).

 

The K701 were a major disappointment to me also, particularly when a/b-ed directly with the K501.  The former don't have anywhere near the coherency of the latter, but then again, no other headphones I've tried to date come close, either.

 

PAB

post #24 of 111
Thread Starter 

Just sold the T1 after about four weeks of auditioning.  Their mids were very clean and detailed, but still pale and ultimately thin in comparison to the K501, IMHO.

post #25 of 111
^Wow! That's 'great' to hear :) My new K701 replacement pads came yesterday. Now I can do some experiments on my K501 pads.
post #26 of 111
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post

Just sold the T1 after about four weeks of auditioning.  Their mids were very clean and detailed, but still pale and ultimately thin in comparison to the K501, IMHO.


I am pretty surpised as I thought T1 was the next best thing in dynamic headphones
 

post #27 of 111
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I am pretty surpised as I thought T1 was the next best thing in dynamic headphones

 


. . . emphasis on NEXT BEST thing . . .    : )

post #28 of 111

Yep, K501s sound very very nice to these ears too! In my setup, I would describe my 3 phones as following:

- Stax 303: transparent & effortless

- K1000: precision acoustic instruments

- K501: music

By the way, my K501 have more and I think also deeper bass than my K1000 (quality aside).

For more comments on K501 see the old review in my signature.

post #29 of 111

Yeah.. The 'varmotion' sounds more like dribble then a actual improvement.. I really liked the 701 with the right gear.. I pretty much snubbed the 501 at a meet.. Yes, I was snobbish & ignorant. I was young to headphones & believed that newer must be better.. The 701 was AKG's flagship.. They must be better & superior.. So now, ofcourse, my favorite closed headphone is older then god..
 

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Uncle,

That sounds like a formula for AKG's "flagship" offering, if they could ever get it together.  I have my doubts whether AKG's "Varimotion" driver could pull it off, although possibly with some modifications to that driver design, they might come close(r).

 

The K701 were a major disappointment to me also, particularly when a/b-ed directly with the K501.  The former don't have anywhere near the coherency of the latter, but then again, no other headphones I've tried to date come close, either.

 

PAB



X2.. I'm still stuck in the fabulous 50's..
 

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. . . emphasis on NEXT BEST thing . . .    : )

post #30 of 111

How is the k501 pad comfort compared to the k701?

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