- Dec 21, 2006
I keep coming back to the K601 (fitted with 702 pads) as my absolute reference headphone. It has such a unique way of presenting sound that's just even throughout the spectrum, highly accurate but yet not not so much that it detracts from musicality. And enormous soundstage. I think the midrange is actually preferable to the HD800 based off several comparisons.
I'm glad they at least went with 120ohm drivers instead of anything <100ohm. It's in a good spot to be used with many types of amps, SS, tube, etc.
As for the Sextett being too bassy, I would generally agree. The drivers from that era are not as good at reproducing accurate treble. You'll notice the frequency response falls short at a certain point. It rolls off and becomes incoherent. In addition, the leather pads they come with will make a seal around the ear, which in most headphones means more bass. I found the best pad for this headphone is the (genuine) AKG velour pad, or the Shure SRH940 velour pads with foam backing removed. They make the headphone sound lighter, bass is even with the rest of the frequency response and treble seems to extend higher. I highly recommend the Shure pads.
I own and appreciate the K601: is there any difference when fitted with 702 pads?