“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” A decade ago AKG released the K701, their top of the line headphone back then. Being priced at $450 it was AKG’s flagship competing with Sennheiser’s HD650 and Beyerdynamic’s DT880 all of which remained the flagships of their respective companies until 2008 when Sennheiser released the HD800 which started the trend of $1000+ flagships. Though the K701 no longer holds its flagship title AKG continues to give the old classic attention releasing revisions, rebrands and collaborations using the K701 as a base. Today’s report is about the latest rendition of the K701. Using the K702 65th Anniversary https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=%20AKG%20K701%20&linkCode=ur2&tag=thssre20-20&linkId=UAX4Z6ZLD3L4DWG6Edition as the base, the K7XX was created based on Massdrop specs to provide their spin on this popular headphone. This particular version is the Red Edition which has a red accent ring, stitching and rods.
For those who don’t know Massdrop offers group buys to the community which allows people to benefit from discounts after a certain number of people commit to a purchase. After the successful drop of the Q701 Massdrop approached AKG to configure their own edition of the K702 and the resulting product was the K7XX.
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
The AKG K7XX comes in a simple package with a clear cut-out which shows the product on the inside while the sides and back have information on the specifications and a brief overview of the technology inside the headphones.
The headphones were held in place by an insert which concealed the accessories the K7XX came with which included a 3m cable and a 6.3mm adapter. The K7XX cable connects to the headphone though a 3 pin mini XLR adapter giving us the option to replace the cable for a shorter one if we wanted.
Unfortunately the K7XX does not come with a shorter cable and requires an aftermarket cable if the 3m cable is too long for the user. The K7XX does come with a 2 year warranty that is carried out by AKG if service is needed.
The technical specifications of the AKG K7XX are below:
* Wearing style Circumaural
* Transducer principle Dynamic
* Weight 235 g
* Headphone Frequency response 10 – 39,800 Hz
* Impedance 62 ohms
* Connection 3.5mm jack
* Sound pressure level (SPL) 105 dB (at 1 mW, 1 kHz)
* Hz Pick-up pattern Omni directional
Product Build and Features
The AKG K7XX is a quality product with stellar build and sound quality that is highly competitive in it's price range. Unfortunately they do require an amplifier to sound their best.
Excellent review! The K7XX really is an outstanding headphone, especially for the price. While the sound may not be as “fun” as some other cans out there, I feel it gives a real honest feel for what the recording engineers want the music to sound like. It also addresses the oft maligned “cold” AKG house sound with the 3db bass boost, which I feel gives it just the right warmth. All in all a very lively listen.
The black and red color is an added bonus!