| Over-Ear | Open-Back | 2-Layer Diaphragm |
? AKG K701, a classic, top of the line, headphone for monitoring and professional use.
The AKG K701 follows the design, size and aesthetics of the K7XX line, with the self-adjusting headband, round, large earcups and open-back design.
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The AKG K701 features an open-back, over-ear design, AKG’s patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm (that AKG says that gives sparkling highs and accurate bass response), flat-wire voice coil technology (AKG says it grants accurate sound and transient response) and a genuine-leather headband.
The cups of the AKG K701 are rounded and very large (wearing them in public will certainly attract the attention of people). The earpads have the same ring-locking mechanism as many other high-class AKG headphones (for example the AKG K612 PRO and AKG K702), which are easily removable by a slight anti-clockwise turn.
The stock Velour earpads included with the K701 are light grey but as you can see on the photos our unit has black earpads, this is because we preferred the black ones from AKG and decided to replace them.
The AKG K701 vs AKG K612 PRO present some diverse details (besides the obvious white vs black general color) like a thicker and more rugged cable on the AKG K701 than the one of the AKG K612 PRO.
The cable of the AKG K701 is rounded, single-sided and fixed/non-detachable. The cable is grey-colored, has a length of 3 meters and a straight 1/4” connector.
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AKG K701 weight in Ounces and AKG K701 weight in grams.
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Accessories & Packaging
The AKG K701 unboxing results in a 3.5mm/6.3mm adapter and a very useful headphone stand.
The AKG K701 might not include a huge amount of accessories but a headphone stand is something that nearly ever comes included for free with a headphone.
Bass & Sub Bass
The AKG K701 has balanced bass with good mid-bass punch and sufficiently deep sub-bass.
Still, set your expectation right and do not pretend a deep sub-bass out of them (like almost every open-back headphone). Their bass is full and not anemic nor excessively conservative.
Overall, their lower frequencies add fullness and warmth to their sound signature without getting out of place nor stepping over mids nor highs.
A drastic EQ can provide a noticeable deeper sub-bass and some extra punch that can be squeezed out but no radical makeover will happen.
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Mids & Vocals
The AKG K701 do not exhibit mid-bass bleed nor congestion and offer a nearly perfect flat response from lower to higher mids.
Lower mids sound clear, male vocals alive and present with still a gentle and slightly laid back lower vocals personality.
Higher mids are not forward nor recessed and provide good crispness while not becoming particularly harsh.
Overall, their mids are excellently resolved without falling into thin, harsh nor excessively warm sound.
With an EQ, lower vocals can be emphasized giving them a more alive and clear sound and higher mids can be invigorated but do not overdo neither or you will introduce some harshness and could also deteriorate the baseline quality of their vocals.
Highs & Treble
The AKG K701 highs are bright and resolve a great amount of detail.
Highs sound beautifully balanced without falling into forward sound nor suffering from piercing nor sibilant peaks.
Truly, there are brighter headphones out there but their highs are a pleasure to listen to
An accurate custom EQ can make the highs of the AKG K701 exponentially brighter, more open-sounding and detailed. Piercing peaks will not show up but some mild sibilance could appear if over-EQ’ed.
Comparing the AKG K701 vs AKG K612 PRO specifications regarding impedance, it can be noticed that the AKG K701 has a lower impedance than the AKG K612 PRO (62 ohms vs 120 ohms), which can help to make the K701 easier to drive and usable with a fairly powerful source without the need of an external amp. Still we recommend using them with a good amp to get the true sound quality and potential out of them.
The AKG K701 have a pristine open-back design as they leak out every single note that they reproduce.
Despite the misleading, 1/10 score this are great news and what is expected from a well-constructed open-back headphone.
Consider that our Sound Leak and Sound Isolation sections score higher if the sound isolation provided is stronger and if the sound leaking levels are lower, this does not apply well to evaluate this categories for open-back headphones, therefore we never take into consideration for the averaged score the Sound Leak and Sound Isolation scores of open-back headphones.
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The AKG K701 provides no sound isolation from the environment, wearing or not wearing them makes barely any difference regarding isolation.
For a closed-back headphone, this would had been a negative aspect but for an open-back back headphone this is, instead, a very positive performance response that shows an efficient open-back design and aids to the acoustic design of these kind of headphones.
Regarding the openness of the AKG K612 PRO vs AKG K701; the K701 feels more open than the K612 PRO – slightly.
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The AKG K701 has beautiful aesthetics with their white cups, grey and silver details and the brown leather headband. Still, these design does not only provide nice-looks, it also ensures an efficiently comfortable experience thanks to the self-adjusting, 2-pieced headband with a leather section and a metal structure (typical headband style from AKG headphones).
The self-adjusting headband found on most AKG headphones is well-known to work pretty well with the right amount of clamping force of the AKG K701 and wide area on the top-head resting leather headband section.
The Velour pads and gigantic cups sit on the sides of the head embracing the ears with no risk of touching the ears edges – even if you have gigantic ears. The depth of the pads and cups is also generous but it is fair to say that there are other headphones with a deeper profile.
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Response to Equalization
The response to EQ of the AKG K701 was very noticeable and efficient through out the whole audio spectrum, with clear fine-tuning over vocals, lower and higher mids and a remarkable enhancement of their highs brightness and detail resolving capability.
Size & Fit
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AKG K701 Technical Specifications
|Cord||Single-sided, round cord|
|Supplied Accessories||Headphone stand; 3.5mm adapter|
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