AKG 701 Soundstage
Mar 3, 2006 at 4:35 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

JayGee

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Hi

Could some listeners who have compared them please post some info on the soundstage of the 701s compared to:

Senn 600 and 650
AKG 501
Beyer 880

Where does the 701 stand in terms of midrange "closeness" compared to the other phones?

I think the 501 has a somewhat close perspective, the 600 a bit distant, the 650 is more intimate, etc...

I'm mostly interested in where the 701 portrays lead vocalists.

Thanks!
 
Mar 3, 2006 at 5:27 PM Post #2 of 6

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Can't say first hand, but this is a topic near and dear to me at the moment, so all I can do is summarize the research I've done here:

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Originally Posted by RnB180
501s have a front row in your face sound stage that is wide but flat,
601s have distant sound stage, a treble more recessed then the 501's and larger bass presence.



http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...=159239&page=2


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Originally Posted by omendelovitz
K701's ... I just think that by removing the foam, that I changed the sound signature to move myself up a row, closer to the Grado SS


http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1875478


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Originally Posted by sacd lover
I like a more natural sound thats not in your face, but not so distant that the perceived distance makes vocal intelligibility an issue. If you like what I describe as my preferance ..... I dont think you can beat the new AKG K701.


http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...1949863&page=2


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Originally Posted by Dhw
someone earlier in this thread (sorry about being too lazy to look back) said there seems like a veil of space between the performers and your head with the K701s, but at least for me, it's not the same "veil" that the Senns have...it's more distance...everything sounds clear, just not like your standing in the midst of the action.


http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...755652&page=15


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Originally Posted by Tyll Hertsens
These cans also give quite a good portrayal of distance and space. Not an easy thing for a headphone to do.


http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...1732183&page=2



I'd like this question more definitively answered too.
 
Mar 6, 2006 at 2:55 PM Post #4 of 6

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Quote:

Originally Posted by JayGee
Hi

Could some listeners who have compared them please post some info on the soundstage of the 701s compared to:

Senn 600 and 650
AKG 501
Beyer 880

Where does the 701 stand in terms of midrange "closeness" compared to the other phones?

I think the 501 has a somewhat close perspective, the 600 a bit distant, the 650 is more intimate, etc...

I'm mostly interested in where the 701 portrays lead vocalists.

Thanks!




To my ears, the 701K midrange is the most up-front of the 3. With 80 hours of use, midrange is more sharply defined, more cool in balance, and larger in image than HD650.
 
Mar 7, 2006 at 1:22 AM Post #5 of 6

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I have the K701 and the HD600. I find the K701 more detailed, open, and easier to pick up the instruments. Overall I prefer the K701 to the HD600. Bear in mind that K701 is 50% more money.
 
Mar 7, 2006 at 4:45 AM Post #6 of 6

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sacd lover
I like a more natural sound thats not in your face, but not so distant that the perceived distance makes vocal intelligibility an issue. If you like what I describe as my preferance ..... I dont think you can beat the new AKG K701.


agreed
the sound floats around me, not inside me, not too far out.
 

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