What a joy. (by Röyksopp) – The bass is clearly fuller on the O2. The K701/Q701 is in a very competitive price segment, where you usually get very high value for your money. So I hook up the AKG-friendly Violectric V200, which also does justice to the more easily driven SRH1840. Some say it’s a bit unnatural, but overall it makes for one heck of a great listening experience. Not a huge difference, the V200 is great. But, the amplifiers mentioned above are all a bit out of the price range of normal AKG K701/Q701-buyers. The SRH1840 also is a great listen, but a bit rawer, losing some of that stunning delicate rendering of the Q701. Based on my experience with my two units, the difference is really, really small. The Q701 has an 8 bump headband while the K701 (Austrian model) has 7 bumps. But the bass bloom can often get too much, and certainly can be held against it as much as for it. I have used K701 more or less daily now for 10 years. Both digs deep in the bass, delicate treble, great imaging. window.dojoRequire(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us19.list-manage.com","uuid":"0573ad2c5093a15ee16bc49c5","lid":"f49b0eb597","uniqueMethods":true}) }). It still is a matter of preference, because the softer presentation of the Q701 is still very close. His sense of humour, coupled with a knack for excellence and strict attention to detail are what allow him to stand out in an crowded industry. Together with the Sennheiser HD650 it has been one of those classic headphones that made enthusiasts spend substantial amounts on amplification, manyfold the worth of the headphones themselves. Going on to the Questyle CMA800R amp, I again get the experience that the bass and fullness of the AKG is back, even more punchy than with the Cary. The Fidelio is tuned quite differently, definitely rawer sounding, more body and fullness to the strings and winds. Credit to my boy @Metal571. I started playing it on the Cary amplifier, and felt I got somewhere. It has more bass impact, but retains all of the qualities of the 701. But with music that have distinct elements such as with this track, the Questyle outshines the V200 with increased separation and a slightly more forward presentation. Moving on to the Schiit Asgard 2, playing the same songs, the AKG’s are clearly thinner sounding than on the Cary, more lacking in bass and fullness in comparison to the Shure than before. The sound-stage has been improved and is no longer abnormally large and unnatural. Concluding, I find the AKG Q701/K701 to render bowed instruments especially in a stunningly delicate fashion. They also won’t sound too good playing back low quality audio, being that they are so honest. – Switching to the Questyle amplifier, this track is really wonderful with the 701’s. The Q701 has bumps on the headband, while the newer model K701 does not. – With this electronic music, it is again the percussion, the treble, that tells them the most apart. AKG K701 and K712 Accessories While their quality and comfort are among the top, just like many other open back headphones out there, we don’t find any controls built in the unit itself such as the buttons to adjust the volume or remote to navigate your playlist. 7 – Objective 2 Drums and bass has got that tactile punchiness that is just so pleasing to listen to. Too bad HE-500 is no longer in production. AKG K701 Review + Comparison to Q701 - Duration: 18:14. metal571 43,194 views. “Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 813 – III. Our Verdict. Great 3-d Sound-stage It’s huge. Intrigued by this, I moved on to my big tube amp, Cary SLI-80, and then the comparison was even harder to make. What you loose on this all-in-one is the extreme delicious smoothness of the HD650 and the superb imaging and airiness from the Q701”, I also tried out the Q701 with the Cary SLI-80. I find myself cranking up the volume half a notch. Even though it is a tad dark in the treble region, the HD700 is a bit intense sometimes. , the Questyle clearly is a better amp, and brings out even more greatness from the K701. It was close to the Leben CS300XS, more here. Their style is retro-oriented with large circular ear cups and a self-adjusting strap headband. Tomasz Stanko: “Terminal 7”– Some readers will recognize this tune from the intro of the first season of the “Homeland”-tv series. “This love is here to stay” (by Thomas Dybdahl) – The HE-500 just has that extra groove factor and warmth that makes this track shine. – Same thing here, they are quite similar, but the 103 a tad more refined, slightly more depth of the orchestral presentation. Even though the bass is a tad fuller, I really prefer the K701 clarity. You can also get them in a flashy green color, on top of black and white options. “Plane Temp” by Glasser from “Ring” Mind you, it’s still a clinical can meant for mixing and reference, but there’s also great potential for pure enjoyment. “Sordid Affair (Watermat remix)” by Röyksopp from “Sordid Affair Remixes” What in Allah’s name were they thinking? David Bowie: “Sue” – Switching to the Questyle amplifier, this track is really wonderful with the 701’s. The Q701/K701 also is a good experience, but not as hypnotizing. “Maple Noise” (by Greene Serene and Per Jørgensen) – The K701 sounds more airy and dynamic, while the HE-500 has more bass presence, reaching lower. These amplifiers are very close. Sound may be a bit cold, dry, and TOO analytical for some. The bass is quite punchy, even though these headphones have a reputation for polite bass. The O2 on the other hand, presents itself as excellent value and drives the K701 very well. They also have more bass and clear high notes. However, I find that the SRH1840 delivers better when presenting Per Jørgensens trumpet. Q701 = K701, – On this track, I get the feel that the bass is more pronounced with the K701 than the Q701. Conclusion When amped properly the K701 gives you more fine detail, and certainly has a more gentle touch. However, when I go back to the Cary amp, I find the T1 to be more rounded, again being more enjoyable. There is a rattle sound playing all along this song’s intro. The fabulous Nevermind (True Detective) starts with a tight, tactile and textured intro, then Cohen’s raspy, complex voice magically appears in all its glory. The percussive elements are giving the AKG’s a chance to show off their dynamic capabilities, sounding snappy and spacious, beautifully rendering the music. After an hour or two it leaves dents in the top of my head. – The flamenco guitar, male vocals and range of percussive instruments in this tune are portrayed in a natural, clear, conceiving and enjoyable way by the AKG’s. Floratone: “Mississippi Ringing” – Still with the Questyle, the HD700 wins this round. They have an extra bit of bass emphasis, and the sound-stage is markedly improved from their 701 predecessor. Lacks impact. The differences are not very obvious, but I like the K701 better for the extra crispness and air. I know that the more recent Chinese models did away with the bumps, but the original Austrian made ones had a bit better build quality. “Donde Está Tu Cariño” by Tomatito from “Aguadulce” They are also good for games as the transients have great "punch" for gunfire and explosions. Richter Recomposed) – Clearer and more open sounding with the K701, more meaty with the HE-500. – Finally there is a clear, discernible difference. They are also wide and round enough to fit just about any ear, Ross Perot included. It stands out more on the G103 in a raspier, grainier way. If you have any other questions, need me to clear something up, or just want to reach out, don’t hesitate. They do have some color to them, which a lot of people will be excited about. These are one of the best open back headphones that I’ve gotten my hands on. There is more micro detail on the V200, more structure to the tone, in a smoother way. It’s all about components matching with this hobby. much better. “Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 813 – I. Allegro” by Ensemble Modo Antiquo from The Young Vivaldi I guess the takeaway is that I think psychology plays a huge role in how we perceive sound. After a while, getting accustomed to their sound, I did notice that some songs did actually sound a bit different. There is a spike around 2khz, but like the 701’s it adds a certain energy to the tracks, especially vocals. Of course none of these numbers are absolutely guaranteed or set in stone, but they will give you some idea of what to expect. It just sounds flatter, colder, a bit constrained. The Schiit Asgard 2 seems like a suboptimal match for the K701. The AKG Q701 are basically the same headphones as the AKG K702, but with slightly better sound performance. But here’s the thing: Heavier does not necessarily mean better. The AKG K701 is legendary for needing a good amplifier to sound really great. Running the Taurus up against the Leben CS300XS, proved them to be on the same level, and actually very similar sounding with the AKG K701. Extremely wide sound stage. The bass is more pronounced, but the fullness is primarily because the midrange seems to have more presence, in a preferable way, the AKG sounds slightly thinner. HE-500 has a more enveloping sound. Leave a comment below or Contact me! With the Schiit Asgard always preferred the HD700, while with the Questyle I sometimes wasn’t sure, and with the Cary I could as easily prefer the Q701/K701. My general preference was for the HD700 due to the increased imaging and bass reproduction. “Floratone” (by Floratone)  – Again, the O2 gets the bass right, giving a warmer and more inviting presentation. Except for the Shure giving slightly more body to the kettledrums, I generally prefer the presentation of the Q701 for the same reasons as mentioned before. Both headphones presents me we a nice amount of detail, air and layering, but the K701 more so. Cite Tango (by Astor Piazolla) – They are not very easy to tell apart on this song, but the 103 seems a bit more refined, but not by much. K701 > HE-500. An amp definitely improves them, but you may still be able to get away with simple plug and play. This headphone is made for string and bows. Voices sound true to life. As I’m writing this article, I can probably say that the K701 have the smallest fan base today, compared to the DT880 and HD650. Starting out with Brahms’ 3rd symphony, (1. I use various amplifiers for this comparison which I mention in the text. Home Studio Guide – Part I (Introduction), The Best Audiophile Headphones [Complete Buyer’s Guide], The Best Audiophile Headphones (Part II) [Complete Buyer’s Guide], The Best Audiophile Headphones (Part III) [Complete Buyer’s Guide], The Best Audiophile Headphones (Part IV) [Complete Buyer’s Guide], The 5 Best Audiophile Headphones For Under $500, The Best Headphones for Gaming [In Depth Guide], The Best Audiophile Headphones For Gaming Under $100, Blue Yeti vs. AT2020 vs. Samson C01 [Definitive Guide], The cable terminates into a 1/4″ adapter rather than the standard 3.5mm. Except for the Shure giving slightly more body to the kettledrums, I generally prefer the presentation of the Q701 for the same reasons as mentioned before. I’m really sorry to hear about that. But T1  is even more spacious, the sound is staged in three dimensions in an almost magical way the K701 and Q701 cannot match. If there is any difference between the AKG’s, the K701 is a tad sharper cut, in a good way. People tend to scoff at them but in my experience they do make some very good products (Microphones especially). But it seems to depend a lot from track to track. And the K701 does it no injustice. But then I notice some subtle percussion in the background I hadn’t noticed before, and realise that this is where the differences are. They do a fantastic job with melons of all sizes, and really keep the drivers away from touching your ears. G103 is a little harder. The Fidelio also has a rawer and more vibrant presentation of the trumpet, and the percussion is also more lively, making it a more fun listen. They do, however, thrive on many of the same amplifiers, like G103, V200, Taurus, Questyle and Leben CS300XS – so they are obvious complementary headphones. 2 editorial reviews. Even at a modest 62 Ohm impedance, they will be a bit difficult to drive. There is a spike in the treble range which can be off putting to some. Overtones are more audible with the Beyer, though. The K701 is thinner sounding in the intro, but also cleaner. The instruments are standing out distinctly, percussion is snappy, bass line is crisp and clear. Going from the Fidelio to the K701 makes you instantly ask “where did the bass go?”. The depth of the room is very tangible, the various guitars played by Bill Frisell and fiddle strings are really well separated and portrayed in a very engaging way. Do understand that these are open back, and will leak sound. In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, pray, rap, make beats, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. It is probably best to duct tape a piece of cardboard to the bottom. Available colors: Editiorial reviews: 4.7 / 5. Even though there still is more detail and precision with the T1, I find the presentation of the AKG’s equally enjoyable. But it is fun! Q701 = K701, Thomas Dybdahl: “This love is here to stay” – On this track, I get the feel that the bass is more pronounced with the K701 than the Q701. It is also presenting a more airy sound-scape. Clear win for the O2 here. But I still love my K701s and will never get rid of them. 105dB/mW. The self adjusting headband is still convenient as ever, and the ear-cups are about as big as two tires. This mirrors my experience when I compared the HD700, making me start to conclude that the Asgard just does not bring out the full potential of the AKG’s. Their open-back design provides a wide, immersive soundstage, whilst patented Varimotion twin-layer diaphragms ensure that the entire frequency range is reproduced with exceptional accuracy. Here’s what I found doing a brief comparison on the Questyle amplifier. Floratone (by Floratone) – Going from the O2 to the G103, the sound signature is quite similar, but the G103 has more refinement and even some more deep bass. But with music that have distinct elements such as with this track, the Questyle outshines the V200 with increased separation and a slightly more forward presentation. Pricing of these headphones varies quite a lot, but if you get a good price on these, they are bargains. There is more micro detail on the V200, more structure to the tone, in a smoother way. There is more punch and rumble with the O2. Some good amp recommendations: Great for FPS gaming and music in general. They deliver the dynamic percussion in the same dynamic way, presenting the same kind of sound-space. Listening to the Fidelio, my first thought was “engaging”. The headband bumps have modified my skull where they contact my head, I have “holes” in my skull where the bumps contact it. I would however hold the K701/Q701 as the less prone to induce listener fatigue, which for some can be a problem with the T1. The newer Chinese models don’t have any bumps on them. I hate the bumps too and I actually find the phones a little big for my head so I fixed both problems attaching some soft cloth on the band to cover up the bumps. But it is still a darn good listen, and very very close. The bass on the K701 is about 4db quieter than the Q701. q701- Unlike what many people say, the q701 does NOT lack bass, this was only a problem on previous generations such as the k701. “Richter/Vivaldi, Spring 1” (by Richter)- Not lots of bass on this track, so the differences are not as obvious. The AKG almost transformed: It got snappy, punchy, the bass was very much more pronounced. Listening to the Fidelio, my first thought was “engaging”. I have also written an informative article on the AKG Q701 vs. K701, if you were looking for that comparison, but clicked on this out of curiosity. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?” “No, Mr. Johnson.”. “This Love is Here to Stay” by Thomas Dybdahl from “What´s Left Is Forever” Very flat, although not quite exactly neutral. I very much look forward to speaking with you. Thr q701 comes out for csgo and for critical assessment of music. X. Not that the Shure ain’t delicate, but in direct comparison I find the AKG slightly nicer. Allegro – Adagio” by Ensemble Modo Antiquo from The Young. The bass is somewhat lacking, but the mid range is really it’s strong suit. Ma… The Asgard sounds kind of constrained. Concluding: The Schiit Asgard 2 seems like a suboptimal match for the K701. I have read multiple opinions that the Q701 is supposed to be tuned towards a warmer sound signature, but when I first sat down with it and the K701, I couldn’t really tell them apart. Diminishing returns is a term used for comparisons like this. Flutes and plucking violins alike are nicely presented, the crescendos are satisfyingly dynamic. I realize I need a fourth alternative to get a better grip on the two headphones in question. Emerson String Quartet: “Martinu/Poco Allegro” – Again starting out on the Questyle, there’s more detail with the T1, yet I find the AKG’s just as satisfying to listen to. “Spring 1” (Richter Recomposed) – Clearer and more open sounding with the K701, more meaty with the HE-500. They are a wonderful open sounding headphone that are fantastic for editing. The smaller details are just clearer and more delicate on the Questyle. 6. has a neodymium magnet. But the G103 really brings you almost there. The layers of strings blend into each other as a whole while still being separated enough to follow. Schiit Asgard is a really nice amp, that have amazed me with fine headphones like Sennheiser HD800 and Audeze LCD-X. The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out. I have previously written a separate piece about the Q701 and the HD600/HD650, so I am just gonna quote my own conclusion: “Compared to the Q701, I really find the Q701 to be significantly better for acoustic music, especially classical pieces like string quartets. The Quincy Jones model 701 is the 2nd newest model in this series, right behind the 701 anniversary edition. Even though I had a general preference for K701 in this listening test, I think the difference is so small I would be indifferent which one to let go. There is a lot going on in this track, and the AKG has the dynamic and clarity to show it. Sonically the K701 is the same as the K702 and Q701 just different aesthetically and with a fixed cable. The Q701 is a bit softer on the edges than its sibling. Sound may have “tinny” quality until they are burned in for a certain amount of hours (upwards of 100). The rasping sound that goes through the whole song has this extra nice raspiness to it. I listened through many of my test-tracks not being able to find something significant to differentiate them with. (by Floratone) – Again, the bass isn’t what differentiates these amps. Has a 7 bump headband. The AKG Q701 have practically the same style and build as the K7-series. AKG K701 Open-back Studio Reference Headphones | Sweetwater What you loose on this all-in-one is the extreme delicious smoothness of the HD650 and the superb imaging and airiness from the Q701” Read it all here. “Cite Tango” (by Astor Piazolla) – Same here, the bass is definitely less pronounced with the Schiit. But the rattle has more texture and is better defined, and there is more space, smaller nuances shine through the mix more with the Questyle. The Shure SRH1840 is also fully capable of delivering beautiful music playback – but it has a rawer tone to it. So, the G103 is slightly better than the O2, but by such a small margin, that the O2 certainly gets an award for exceptional value. ゼンハイザー HD 380 Pro; beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro; オーディオテクニカ ATH-R70x; AKG K702 / Q701; HD 380 Proは結構広い音場であったと記憶しています。 Usually that is in a good way, though. Fidelio > K701. Vocals are clear, and crisp, bass is nice and textured on both, but I prefer the K701 for in addition being a bit fuller and warmer, surprisingly. Lol. For other music than classical, the Shure tend to be prefered, because its ability to deliver more body to the bass and mids. Playing the K701, my first thought was “gentle”. “Floratone” (by Floratone) – These amps both make the K701 shine. – Again starting out on the Questyle, there’s more detail with the T1, yet I find the AKG’s just as satisfying to listen to. It is (again) the better at portraying classical acoustic instruments. Playing it on the Cary SLI-80 integrated amplifier, which indeed is a good match for both cans, it sounds simply marvelous. (by Astor Piazolla) – Same here, the bass is definitely less pronounced with the Schiit. These babies accomplish what they were set out to do, and that is provide you with a flat, close to neutral reference sound conducive to mixing in studio. A lot of people are saying that the overall quality has suffered, but some including Metal571 on you-tube said he didn’t see much difference. Basically I am overwhelmed with the little G103’s performance. If there is any difference between the AKG’s, the K701 is a tad sharper cut, in a good way. But the bass bloom can often get too much, and certainly can be held against it as much as for it. The extra forwardness actually might be held as a positive sometimes, slightly more upfront. (Glasser), a more complex song, the Shure comes out as clearly fuller sounding. But then I notice some subtle percussion in the background I hadn’t noticed before, and realise that this is where the differences are. G103 has enough oomph. I like the K701 particularly with smooth jazz, acoustic guitars and vocals. And they are definitely classics. Until the last track I thought I’d say the Q701 was slightly warmer and fuller sounding, and the K701 a tad crisper and clearer. They come in Black, Green, or White, with a neon green chord. I used the Questyle CMA800R amplifier for this initial comparison, a great match for the 701’s (and almost anything else). Going from the Fidelio to the K701 makes you instantly ask “where did the bass go?”. It is a delightful listen. This headphone is made for string and bows. Currently looking for new headphones but I guess I am going to skip AKG just because of this fact and switch to Sennheiser HD-lineup for example, it doesn’t have bumps like that. What is XLR? “Donda esta To Carino” (by Tomatito) – Same thing here, the V200 is slightly warmer. Both sit in a similar price range to your K701, and provide excellent sound quality. Does a good job of handling sibilant sound. There is, even in the midrange, something constrained about the Asgard. – With the Questyle amp, the three dimensional sound from the HD700 combined with its laid back treble makes this a submersive experience. The T1 does have more bass when asked for, and also goes deeper. Don’t expect to be blown away. The newer models don’t have any bumps, which I found interesting. The Lake People G103 has the best value/performance ratio, but the small Objective 2 did pretty good as well . Mostly on the K701/K702. So, the G103 is slightly better than the O2, but by such a small margin, that the O2 certainly gets an award for exceptional value. Even though there still is more detail and precision with the T1, I find the presentation of the AKG’s equally enjoyable. 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