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  1. Oktyabr

    My AKG comparison K7XX, K712, 65th Annies and the rest! to stop this confusion!

    I'm the wrong one to ask about that, probably, as I don't really prefer female vocalists.  Those that I do, Dianna Krall, Little Dragon, Stevie Nicks, all tend to sing in that relaxed, smokey lounge sort of way, in deeper registers than a lot of pop singers these days.  Those that I mentioned...
  2. Oktyabr

    My AKG comparison K7XX, K712, 65th Annies and the rest! to stop this confusion!

    I think so.  I preferred the K701 for really large venue music, full symphony orchestra and larger jazz ensembles.  The K7XX *definitely* has way more on the lower end (much better for hip hop, rock, electro, etc.) than the K701 but some of that "air" and "sparkle" will be overwhelmed to the...
  3. Oktyabr

    Reply to review by 'oktyabr' on item 'AKG K7XX'

    @avitron142 Lol!  Yeah, I've been there myself.  I like the Audio-gd products.  I was actually looking at the usual suspects in that price range (O2+ODAC, Schitt Stack, etc.), not because there was anything wrong with what I had...  I just wanted to see if I was missing something.  I stumbled...
  4. Oktyabr

    Reply to review by 'oktyabr' on item 'AKG K7XX'

    @avitron142 As I said, Audio-gd NFB-11 (actually the 11.32):  http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-gd-nfb-11-32
  5. Oktyabr

    Reply to review by 'oktyabr' on item 'AKG K7XX'

    Still a great review!  I'll tell you right now.  After living with the M50s, the K712 and the K7XX for over a month, I gave the M50 to my wife (with new, fuzzy earpads!), and I sold the K712.  Sound wise I simply could not tell a difference between the K712 and the K7XX.  Build quality too, from...
  6. Oktyabr

    My AKG comparison K7XX, K712, 65th Annies and the rest! to stop this confusion!

    The OP only considers ear pads and driver variance (if any).  While these certainly are key to changing the sound profile, it neglects more subtle design differences such as the bit of tape covering one of the ports, any changes in dampening rings under the earpads, etc.   Even the "Q" logo on...
  7. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    To my ears they sound very similar too.  I lived with the K712 for a couple of months before I got the K7XX.  At that point I tried two different amps with both head phones, just about every genre of music under the sun, and did my best at "blind" comparisons.  This went on for a full month...
  8. Oktyabr

    Philips SHP9500 Discussion Thread

    Damn, but that's a great recording!  I think I'm going to have to buy it!  Check out "Sneak" too... very similar with some amazing mic work going on (excellent for testing sound stage!) https://youtu.be/gx1K3STePKQ I've been checking this thread because I still haven't seen the X2 come...
  9. Oktyabr

    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    I do not have the X2 yet (they seem perpetually sold out everywhere) but have you read this review that compares them to the Q701?  The K712 should be similar with more bass (according to graphs): http://www.neowin.net/news/philips-fidelio-x2-headphones-review
  10. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    If you are looking for black I can second the Audio-GD line of products.  Mine runs a bit warm to the touch but sounds fantastic and easily has enough juice to blow up both my ears and the K7XX. Another that I have enough experience with first hand to recommend is the Creek OBH-11.  Made in...
  11. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Hah!!! I just got my cable TODAY!  That's TWO days, to western Washington.  Amazon said not to expect it until next month (four weeks, actually), I ordered it on the 10th and got it today, on the 12th.  I paid $20 including shipping.  Compared to two weeks from China for $15?  I'm glad I paid...
  12. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Ha!  11 days is pretty good.  Happy with the fit and finish?  Seem to be as well made as in the photos?  I'll report back when I get mine and we'll see how shipping time differs.
  13. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    I just ordered this one in a 1.5m length.  The reviews said even though it comes from China and Amazon says it could take several weeks to receive that most people get them in only six or seven days.  Got an email immediately after ordering that said I should receive it in six or seven days too...
  14. Oktyabr

    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    Everything that will make the K712 produce music already has a DAC and an AMP in it, including your "Z" card.  It's not difficult to make such a device do a good or even great job and you will quickly encounter the point of diminishing returns buying anything "real".  Something else might sound...
  15. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Cables, outside of build quality and whether or not they actually operate as intended (the mini-XLR isn't grounding out somewhere, etc.), really only matter in the way of impedance, increasing the load on the amplifier.  Ideally one would want as low a cable impedance as possible.  This is...
  16. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Try the original K701, the K702 or perhaps even the Q701.  I've owned the K701 (for years) and now own the K712 and the K7XX.  I think the latter two have more bass response but sacrifice some of the mid and upper detail, and soundstage, of that from the K701.  Never heard a pair of K812.  Point...
  17. Oktyabr

    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    Do you find it with OTHER songs?   Example in point:  I'm a huge Steely Dan fan.  One of the reasons why is because they spend an extraordinary amount of time making sure the recording, production and mastering is *perfect*, at least more than most bands.  I spent some serious money to buy part...
  18. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Yeah, thanks.  I get that there have been pages and pages of posts written about what sort of changes can be made by simply changing the pads.  What I'm getting at is I'm not even sure where to find OEM K702 ear pads and if they are expensive, like those for the K712/K7XX, I might as well just...
  19. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    I need to find a deal on them then.  If they are priced anything like the memory foams on the K712/K7XX ($100+ a pair, after shipping and tax) I might as well just buy a pair of K702. I used to think the K712 was almost too bassy and sacrificed some of the airy sound stage that I loved in my...
  20. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Could you go into any detail about why you felt the Chinese K702 was of lesser quality?  It's probably the next headphone I'm looking to get, to replace which ever one of these I sell.
  21. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    If an device has a fairly high amount of channel crossfeed (the blending of right and left channels) it may sound more closed in than one with less, but it really comes down to how the recording was recorded and mastered. My sound card in my PC (which I rarely use anymore) is a Creative Sound...
  22. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    There is a reason it's called an "amplifier" and not a "betterfier".  If an amp is doing it's job perfectly for the task at hand there should be ZERO coloration of the sound.  If amps sound different (even the one in your cell phone vs the one on your computer motherboard or whatever), it's...
  23. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    That's the main reason I'm currently switching back and forth a lot.  I really only intend in keeping one of them.  It's a very difficult call, but no point in keeping two headphones that sound so much like each other that I can't tell the difference.  I'm pretty sure if I were blind folded and...
  24. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    Just took this...
  25. Oktyabr

    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

    I got out of tubes almost a decade ago.  It's too much of a hobby, chasing rare glass, and takes away from my enjoyment of the music.  I owned a pair of the very first K701s for years before the headband bumps finally tortured me into selling them.  I currently own both the K7XX and the K712 and...
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