AKG K701 review

These AKGs are beautifully built and feel like they’d survive years of use with ease, but there are more entertaining headphones out there Tested at £250.00

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Our Verdict

These AKGs are for detail fanatics: they offer staggeringly good insight for the money

For

  • Impressively analytical sound
  • build and comfort are both top class

Against

  • Some offer a little more outright excitement

In many ways these AKGs are one of the most impressive pairs of headphones we've come across.

They're beautifully built, and feel like they'd survive years of use with ease. The K701s are also extremely comfortable due to wide, well-cushioned ear pads, a sensible 235g weight and just the right amount of inward pressure to stop unwanted movement on the head.

The sound is as appealing. If you're the kind of listener who revels in unpicking fine detail and wants to examine every note in a recording, these AKGs are the ideal headphones for you.

Class-leading clarity, but lack fluidity
They're massively detailed and render the beginning and end of notes with class-leading clarity. The K701s do bass too, delivering deep notes such as those from Massive Attack's Angel, with real power and drive.

There are headphones on the market that trade in the AKGs' level of insight in favour of a tad more excitement. If sheer, heads-down thrills are your thing, you might find the K701s just slightly too analytical.

When we reviewed the K701s (January issue, First tests), we judged them at the price of £350. However, we've since learned they are available at the far more wallet-friendly price of £250 – some retailers are even selling them for less that £200. Which makes them, frankly, a bit of a bargain.

At the price of £250, we can't think of a single pair of headphones that reveal as much musical detail, insight and control as these AKGs. For that reason, we've marked them up to a fully deserved five stars.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.harman.com
Brand NameAKG
Product SeriesK
Product TypeHeadphone
ManufacturerHarman International Industries, Inc
Manufacturer Part Numberk701
Product NameAKG K701
Product ModelK 701

Earpiece

Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response10 Hz
Connector PlatingGold Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Cable Length3.05 m
Maximum Frequency Response39.80 kHz

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorOpen
Weight Approximate235 g

Interfaces-Ports

Host InterfaceMini-phone