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Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones

Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones

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The K7XX is a good sounding headphone and a great value for the price. The bass and midrange are its biggest strengths, offering a slightly warm, full, but balanced sound. Treble refinement brings the headphone’s performance down a bit, being a bit bright and uneven at top, but still well within what I’d call an overall balanced sound. Some may even enjoy it for its tonal quality relative to other headphones. The K7XX has an airy, open sound, and is crisp, clear, and fast sounding. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and will work well from most devices, so long as they don’t have a weak headphone output. With an overall score of 82/100, it’s a great headphone and a great value. Well worth trying! Bass - 8/10 The K7XX has nice bass extension, levels, and dynamics. All but the lowest octave has a tasteful, broad bump, transitioning nicely into the midrange. The broad emphasis helps them sound coherent and gives some warmth and fullness to the sound. Bass tightness and clarity are slightly better than, but overall similar to, headphones like the HD600/650, so overall decent-to-good rather than great. Mids - 8/10 The K7XX has a nice midrange as well. It is fairly balanced, blends in well with the bass, detailed, and sound clear. However, it may sound a bit uneven and shouty in the upper-midrange, though whether one hears this the same way or minds will be highly variable. Treble - 7/10 The K7XX falters a bit in the treble area. It can be a bit bright, uneven, and rough sounding, not quite meshing with the smooth, refined, and well-integrated bass and midrange. However, thanks to the bass warmth and fullness, it is still relatively in-line with how a good headphone should sound, if not slightly U-shaped in tonality. That said, the treble is sharp, clear, and detailed, which is a plus, but it falls just shy of reaching truly top-of-the-line performance in this regard. I would prefer it be a little smoother and less bright sounding, though. Soundstage - 8/10 The K7XX has a nice, airy stage. It is wide and has solid instrument and vocal positioning. It sounds very open, as you would expect with its design! The K7XX could stand to improve with staging depth and layering, as it can be a bit forward sounding. Regardless, there’s a lot to like about the K7XX’s natural staging reproduction. Transient Response - 9/10 The K7XX is overall quick, sharp, clean, and dynamic from top to bottom, save for, perhaps, the lowest octave. This is one of its primary strengths, and those who find the HD650 or similar too veiled may have found just what they’re looking for with the K7XX. Build Quality – 9/10 The K7XX feels well built, despite being very lightweight. I would rate them a 10 if they had more premium materials in the build, but the fact is I’d have no concerns about tossing these in a bag for travel. The removable cable is a plus too! Comfort – 8/10 The K7XX is rather comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time. However, the pads could stand to be a bit softer, both in material and plushness of the cushions, but they do wear down in a good way with use. At first, they may feel a bit stiff and awkward if you wear glasses, especially given the large cups and the way they lay flat on your head. On the other hand, the suspension headband is a very nice touch. Out of the box, I could probably wear these for 2-4 hours with ease, but as they break in over time, probably all day. Value - 25/30 The K7XX offers upper-mid-tier performance for well below the cost of what you might expect. It’s definitely one of the better values on the market for what you get, even if it might not be for everyone. There are a handful of headphones I’d say are better overall at this price point or from a general value perspective, but the K7XX is still a great value nonetheless!
Overall Score - 82/100
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hans030390
this review is WAY too generous. I would give the bass a 6/10 maybe, but the headphones are to quiet to judge without blowing out the tiny drivers
BagOfBeans
What headphone amp are you using....Let me guess....none.
Verified Purchaser
I absolutely recommend this headphone. It’s comfy, well built, and sounds excellent with all sorts of music. At $200 it has very little competition. When I add up the score in each category, I end up with 83.5/100 - an oddly specific number that ends up feeling perhaps a bit lower than I’d like. It helps if I think of a perfect score as only being achievable by a correspondingly perfect headphone… these rankings are in absolute terms rather than “for the price”.
Bass - 8/10 Excellent performance here. Generous, articulate bass that most listeners will probably find “just right” in terms of quantity. It’s definitely boosted beyond a neutral reference, but not overly so, and I doubt most people really want strict neutrality anyway (even if they like to think they do). K7XX is missing the lowest lows that the absolute best headphones provide, but you’ll have to pay big bucks to get that last bit of extension.
Mids - 8/10 For the most part, K7XX is clear, resolving, and generally quite capable in this area. It works well with a wide variety of music, so don’t be afraid to play “non-audiophile” material. K7XX sounds more natural than any prior AKG K7-series model - many of which had a sort of weird “plastic” sound to them.
Treble - 7.5/10 I’m being picky here, as most will probably find treble to be pleasing overall. I do think the K7XX is again superior to every other K7 incarnation I’ve heard. That said, there’s a bit of a peak in the lower treble range which can come off as somewhat grating at times. Using a bright amp and playing poorly recorded music at high volumes will bring out this trait. Still, I’ll take this over just about any Grado on the market, hands down. If you like an ultra-smooth, relaxed presentation, the K7XX isn’t the best match. But if you prefer an energetic presentation with plenty of “bite”, this could be the headphone for you.
Soundstage - 8/10 Again, better than the prior models in this series. While the original K701 might initially seem more open sounding (due to being a lot brighter), I never found it particularly accurate in terms of imaging. It had that sort of “blob” presentation, where the performance extended well out of your head but didn’t properly assemble into a coherent soundstage. K7XX behaves far better. Width is particularly good, depth is decent, and height is somewhat lacking - but still better than many competitors. You’ll have to move up to something like a Sennheiser HD800 to get appreciably better performance than this.
Transient Response - 8/10 K7XX is rather “quick” sounding, which is nice coming from a headphone with a somewhat warm tonal balance. Usually it’s the thin, wispy sounding models that seem to excel in this area. This headphone is not tripped up by technical metal, jazz, and complex piano works.
Build Quality - 8/10
There are many, many thousands of K7-series headphones in the wild, spanning well over a decade. They aren’t known for being delicate, and K7XX is no different. After using and abusing my pair for 3+ years, they look practically new. I have a Sennheiser HD650 of similar vintage which shows far more scuffs and paint damage. Granted, if anything actually fails, the HD650 can easily be repaired - AKG doesn’t build their headphones to be as modular. My one complaint: the “self-adjusting” bands which connect the earcups to the head pad have stretched out, to the point where they no longer retract. If I had a smaller head, this would be a problem. I have never had this issue with prior models, so this could just be a fluke. Comfort - 9/10
Every head is different. For my huge dome, the K7XX is extremely comfortable. Others may disagree. I can wear these for many hours without issue - the velour pads don’t make me too warm, the cups are very roomy, the design is lightweight, and the head pad is free of those bumps which bothered so many folks on the earlier K7 models. Overall this is one of my favorite headphones for long-term listening. But again, that will not apply to everyone.
Value - 27/30
When I consider the competition for this headphone in the $200 space, the only things which come to mind are other Massdrop offerings. Specifically the Sennheiser HD6XX and HD58X Jubilee. Nothing else out there performs on the same level in my opinion. If we include the second hand market, there might be a compelling argument for something like a Philips Fidelio X2 (which will likely still cost more). In-ear monitors offer quite a bit of bang for the buck, but of course the experience is quite different… it’s not really a fair comparison. Ultimately I come back to the K7XX or the Massdrop Sennheiser options, which leads me to a choice between two signatures: Do I want a more neutral sound with a somewhat relaxed yet overall superior treble presentation? Or a faster, more open sound, with harder-hitting bass? If the latter sounds more appealing, K7XX is the one.
Overall Score - 83.5/100
Verified Purchaser
A no-brainer at this price if you're in the market for open headphones and want something neutral/accurate. I use this to check mixes and it's pretty damn good. No hype--everything is balanced, clear and open throughout the whole frequency spectrum. You need a decent amp, though. You don't have to spend a lot on a super high end one, but something better than the output of your computer or phone.
Verified Purchaser
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I've had these a little over a year, here are a few takeaways: -These are relatively warm headphones, laid back even, coupled with the wide soundstage, nice bass, and pleasant highs they have a great sound signature. They're more "fun" than Sennheiser's more neutral cans without being too fatiguing. They're my favorite sounding headphone. I use them for gaming and music and they excel in both. I go to my HD600s for that clear, neutral tone. I go to my K7xx when I just want some warm fuzzy bass and big sound. ************ -The pads are too thin, I think they'd be fine on most other headphones but the housing is so massive that my ears actually rest against the inside of the housing a bit. My HD600 and He4xx do an excellent job of keeping the drivers off my ears. Maybe that doesn't bug you, it bugs me. Dekoni Elite pads fix this nicely. I'm using ZMF Ori pads now and they're an incredible pair. I've heard plenty of reviews mention that the stock pads are super comfy so to each his own, maybe it'll be fine for you. ************ -No they don't NEED an amp, but after trying them direct, and then trying them through several progressively more powerful amps I'm seeing that they really scale with equipment, my Magni 3 on high gain really brings out the bass in these. I would really recommend either buying a dac/amp or going with a cheaper pair of headphones that don't require amplification, you will be missing out without extra gear. I keep reading review after review saying "They have no bass!" Through the Magni 3, mine have impressive, tight bass. They're not bass canons, but I've never once thought they were lacking. Plugging them into my phone they come off flat and sibilant. I'd maybe recommend keeping your expectations in check, these are reference headphones, they're specifically designed to avoid enormous boomy overpowering bass that you might get with cheaper headphones. What you get in return is a lot more clarity and texture in your sound. ************ -These were my first decent headphones. I've gone through a variety of cans since and always keep coming back to these. They never cease to amaze me. For $200, I have been impressed with these for over a year. If you've got the gear to drive them, I highly recommend giving them a shot. To be fair, between equipment and pads I will have put a lot of money into them, so I really can't recommend them as a "grab and go" pull out of the box and enjoy sort of thing. Try the ATH-AD500x or HD598s for something more along those lines.
My chain is 320kbps Mp3 or FLAC -> Eitr -> Mimby (Optical) -> Magni 3 -> K7xx
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That is the different devices that his audio goes through to get from the PC to the the headphones.
So he starts out playing 320kbps MP3's or FLAC (lossless) files on the PC which then go to the Schiit Eitr, which is a USB to SPDIF converter. Basically taking a USB input and changing it to a Digital Coax output. Mimby is slang for the Schiit Modi Multibit DAC. The sound goes from the Eitr to the DAC through the digital coax. The DAC converts the audio from Digital to Analog. The DAC then outputs the audio via RCA cables to the Magni 3 AMP, which amplifies the sound. The K7XX's are plugged into the Magni 3 AMP.
You can find more info on all three of those devices on the Schiit website (https://schiit.com)
Gibbsman
Thank you!
Verified Purchaser
TheNOOBIFIER
Great review!
Verified Purchaser
Had good sound quality, solid bass, clean but not super powerful. The open sound stage is fantastic. Good highs and mids. Only con is mine failed shortly after 2 years of use. The left Driver stopped working. That's the only reason this gets 2 stars instead of 4+. It sucks to spend $200 on a pair of headphones that should last 6+ years but only last a third of that :/
Verified Purchaser
I bought these for gaming and music, but mostly for FPS gaming (I’m not an audiophile). My previous (still own) headphones were AKG Q701 (made in Austria if that makes any difference) and in my opinion the K7XX sound better specially in the bass department. But the biggest difference to me is the comfort, the K7XX’s are so comfortable I don’t even notice I’m wearing them (the Q701 headband bumps became very uncomfortable after a few minutes of wearing them, also the pads on the K7XX’s are softer and put less preassure around my ears). I use a Grace SDAC/Schiit Magni 3 combo to power these and they get loud enough (to my ears) on low gain. Very happy with my purchase.
Verified Purchaser
Sound quality is incredible. Honestly mind blowing (if you have an amp to power these properly). However, they cut some major corners with the build quality. I've had these for less than a year, and the auto-adjust mechanism already broke. They just use some cheap elastic and thin plastic for this. The plastic rails on mine broke. My cable has also ripped. I had to use some electrical tape so that the bare copper wasn't showing. I'm very careful with these. I don't travel with them, so they stay on my desk always. I have a headphone stand so they stay out of the way and don't get bumped or anything.
Trevor579
Apparently not, my k712's look like new and I've had them over 3 years, literally have never put them away either.
Verified Purchaser
The headphones are solid and have worked great for me, and I would have rated 5 starts. Only problem I encountered was the first 2 pairs I was sent in the first month of owning them starting squeaking really loud at certain points. The 3rd pair I got has been working great even after taking a fall or two without any of the issues from before. I chose these over the Sennheiser HD 6XX because I read that the K7XX was better for gaming. So if you're playing a lot of games I definitely recommend these .
Verified Purchaser
These are extremely bright and artificial sounding headphones. These are no where near accurate.
FuckHead-Fi
But not as pretentious and as big a failure of a deep story as Ergo Proxy is, right?
Verified Purchaser
As others have said, these sound amazing and are super comfy. Beware though, the construction is cheap. My first pair lost connection on the right channel within a month of use. The second pair had the headband fail after 6 months of use. Not really worth the stress if you ask me.
GigaGram
Also experiencing the right channel disconnecting :(
Verified Purchaser
Eh. Bought a pair of these and the Senn 6xx at the same time. I've haven't found a situation where I prefer these over the Senns... They're perfectly serviceable, but don't stand up to Massdrop competition. I think that's 3 stars.
Verified Purchaser
Fantastic sound stage, awesome clarity and fullness in bass notes. Really happy I made the purchase.
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I've ordered several items from massdrop and have had zero issues, I've actually been extremely impressed with delivery and I'm in Canada. Your one bad experience doesnt make a company fraudulent lolol. Did you check to make sure your payment actually went through? Has the drop ended for the item you've purchased? I think you might be confused how the site works. Maybe rather than wasting time being poopy pants and writing nonsense you should do some constructive research and better employ your time. Your comments wont stop me or thousands of others from buying items at a great deal.
burgercoling
I order 2 different products(separate orders) with 2 days shipping because I was leaving in 5. Now I have to order similar products on amazon and pay for over night shipping just to get it here in time. It's not ridiculous to at least expectthings to ship within one of the 3 different shipping times. That is borderline fraudulent. Especially when their facebook is advertising their speedy and timely delivery(within 2 business days). Second their customer support hasn't been able to get back to me and it's been 3 business days. They also have no phone support and provide no notification besides the fact that they charged me. What makes it fraudulent is they're advertising a product that isn't available as ready to ship and state that you cannot refund it after 2 hours. I know a cuck like you probably doesn't understand but you cannot take someone's money for a product you claim is available but don't actual have and refuse to refund them. I suggest you employ your time doing something else rather than fanboying on such a garbage website. I really hope Massdrop is paying you for all your time cause you're really pathetic.
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Verified Purchaser
I bought the first editions on the K7XX sounds good but not durable right side already broke after only being used in a desktop (Right Side has no more sound but it still looks new lol)
Mercer69
same
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Verified Purchaser
These are great gaming and mixing headphones. Unveiled and balanced. Other headphones can be more musical but these cover all the bases. One thing most people dont realise is that the leather band pivots. So you can place these anyway you like and pivot the leather band to lay flat and eliminate any hot spots. These are truly the most comfortable headphones you can buy!
Verified Purchaser
They really are the best headphones I've ever used, but anything less would have been a disappointment. Personally, I think I would prefer the bass to be closer to neutral. I don't know the technical specification, but these will boost the base range a little bit, which I think most people would prefer to a totally neutral sound output. The bass certainly sounds amazing, as does everything else.
What really convinced me to buy these, was that I had heard they were also extremely comfortable, and wouldn't crush my ears. I am a very tall guy, and most headsets are rather uncomfortable on my proportionally large head and ears (I don't know what my hat size is, but the circumference of my head is 24 1/2", or 62cm). Even these seem to be a little bit tighter than I would like, but I think the tension will gradually tone down with some gentle bending of the plastic headset frame. The headphones are big enough to go around my ears, so it doesn't put any real pressure on my ears, which is great. There is just enough room for my 7cm long ears to fit snugly inside.
I tested them on my computer without an amp, and they sounded better than I expected, though they could be a little on the quiet side even with volume completely maxed, though you shouldn't plug them directly into a device unless that device actually has a built-in amp and the appropriate impedance spec (as most other people here will also tell you). I never intended to use them that way, and have been listening to them with a very good 2w headphone amp (I have never needed to run them higher than 25% volume with the gain boost off, or about 10% with the gain boost on). It's an O2 Mayflower amp (soon to be replaced by an ARC amp/dac combo). I think that I may have gone a bit overboard with my amp/dac combo, as it was actually more than these headphones, but it's hard to find anything, especially here at Massdrop, with a decent warranty. Mayflower hardware usually comes with a 10 year warranty, and they seem to have great customer service as well.
Verified Purchaser
This was my first 'audiophile' level headphone, as well as first Massdrop purchase. I can say if you're coming from cheapy mainstream headphones (IE sub-$200) and no headphone amp, you really owe it to yourself to pick these up with an entry-level DAC/amp combo - it will completely change your music-listening world. Though I have purchased a few more sets of other headphones since this, I will be keeping them forever - they're that good.
Verified Purchaser
After using a pair of Sony MDR-XB500 for over 8 years I got the AKG K7XX to try something new. Basically these are the cleanest sounding headphones I have ever listened to. No detail of the song is left out. When I listen to the same songs on the MDR-XB500 things sound much more fuzzy and staticy, however I still love the extra punchy super rumbly bass the MDR-XB500 gives out when listening to music with heavy low-ends like in dubstep and trap rap. The AKG K7XX just don't have the bass I'm used to with the MDR-XB500, but that doesn't mean they aren't truly amazing headphones. Listening to rock, live band recordings, and down-tempo EDM is where the AKG K7XX really shines for me.