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HD 600 or Q701?

post #1 of 6
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I'm looking for a HP for pleasure AND mixing.

 

I've narrowed it down to the Senn HD600's and the AKG Q701's as they're both in my price range and are accurate.

 

My question is...would I be a fool to pass up the Sennies if I can find a pair for only $100.00 more?

 

I'll be connecting these to my laptop studio through a Scarlett 2i2 and for leisure my Little Dot III.

 

I listen to alternative music which can be anywhere from punk to folk inspired so which would be the best all-rounder?

 

 

Any input will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Cheers

post #2 of 6

I think for those genres the HD600 would be the more comfortable and easier to listen to headphone mainly because of the slightly downward tilt in the frequency response.  The Q701 is a great headphone, but not quite up to the build quality, comfort, and easy to listen to feel of the HD600.  I have owned both and prefer the HD600 for long term listening.

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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post
 

I think for those genres the HD600 would be the more comfortable and easier to listen to headphone mainly because of the slightly downward tilt in the frequency response.  The Q701 is a great headphone, but not quite up to the build quality, comfort, and easy to listen to feel of the HD600.  I have owned both and prefer the HD600 for long term listening.


Thanks for the reply, NA,

 

Comfort is not an issue for me as I find both extremely comfortable.

 

My concern about the HD600's is that some here have said they are not "fast" headphones.

 

I don't really know what that means but my guess is they get a little muffled at faster music..no?

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My concern about the HD600's is that some here have said they are not "fast" headphones.

 

Who said that? The only time mine weren't "fast" was when I was using a Little Dot MkII. It was generally "fast" with every other amp I tried with it, including the built-in headphone amp on my Marantz CD60, but so far the one that felt the fastest and most musical on it for my tastes is the Meier Cantate.2. Nearly half of the CDs I own have some double pedal bass drum action on them and they don't disappoint; same way with Feist's "One Evening" whose beat exposes "slower" systems easily.

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Who said that? The only time mine weren't "fast" was when I was using a Little Dot MkII. It was generally "fast" with every other amp I tried with it, including the built-in headphone amp on my Marantz CD60, but so far the one that felt the fastest and most musical on it for my tastes is the Meier Cantate.2. Nearly half of the CDs I own have some double pedal bass drum action on them and they don't disappoint; same way with Feist's "One Evening" whose beat exposes "slower" systems easily.


I picked up the idea that they weren't "fast" from a few people here.

 

Anyways, I'm a bit concerned now as my HP Amp is the Little Dot III.

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I picked up the idea that they weren't "fast" from a few people here.

 

Anyways, I'm a bit concerned now as my HP Amp is the Little Dot III.

 

I don't know how different that is from the Little Dot MkII, but I'd have some concern about using that with the Q701 as well. When I tried my MkII with the K701 the soundstage was more spacious but the sound was too thin and too analytical, whereas the Cantate.2 driving the K701 and Q701 was very dynamic and musical (and from amps I've tried only the Burson Soloist beats it for these AKGs).


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 2/20/14 at 7:14pm
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