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Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones

Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones

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[Stickied] The K7XX FAQ
As Audiophiles ourselves, we believe that headphone choice and sound perception are deeply personal. We understand that there will always be people who will not like the K7XX or do not agree with the design choices that have been influenced by the community. That being said, the K7XX is a set we are proud to recommend to newcomers and veterans alike.
With over 11K posts and discussions, you can imagine that almost every question has been both asked and answered by the community. A big thank you goes out to all of the community members who, over the course of the past year, have been answering questions and clearing up misconceptions. Below are a few of the most common ones asked.
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What’s the quick summary of the K7XX?
The idea and goal of the K7XX was to take the very best from across the AKG 700-series and create a definitive version designed by and for the audiophile community. Lastly, the goal was to offer this version at an incredible price to performance ratio. The following are a few of the key design features.

1. K702 65th Anniversary Edition Drivers: The K702 65th Anniversary Edition (“Annies”) drivers are considered by the audiophile community to be the best sounding driver in the 700-series family which was the reason it was selected for the K7XX.

2. Memory Foam Padding: Absent in the K701 and K702, the K7XX uses memory foam padding which was first introduced in the K702 65th Anniversary Edition. The impact of this choice is that the Annies and the K7XX maintain the same performance in the highs and mids that the 700-series are known for but with an improved 3dB bass increase.

3. Black Colorway: This one is new and unique to the K7XX and was a result of feedback from the Audiophile community during the design process. In general, there was a strong preference for a sleek all-black look. As project86 (a key contributor on Head-fi) puts it, “[the] K7XX is ninja black and gloriously free of any obnoxious accents. It's arguably the best looking variation in the history of the series.”

4. Same Build Quality & Manufacturing Process: The K7XX is built with the same quality and under the same manufacturing process as the rest of the 700-family. It’s made for audiophiles, and we know that everyone would expect no less.
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These seem to have a great price to performance ratio. Is it because the K7XX uses cheaper materials?
No.
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Where are these manufactured? How is the quality?
A common question that is asked is “where are these made?”. The entire 700-series family, including the K7XX, are produced in China. There is a misconception that AKG manufacturers their headphones in Austria and that there are still Austrian made 700-series available. As an additional point, even the K812 are now made in Slovakia (not Austria).
But the broader point is around production processes, quality control, and manufacturing tolerances. These are all principles and concepts that are geographically agnostic and instead depend on the manufacturer and the factory who are the ones who make the decision either to be detailed-oriented or to cut corners. AKG has a history of being the former and has consistently delivered. Lastly, there is a 2-year warranty on the K7XX.
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Do you need an amp?
The K7XX will work fine without an amp.
That said, an amplifier, in general, serves to provide clean power and control of the headphone drivers to deliver sound. A supplemental amplifier may sound better than the one bundled in your phone, which is designed for long battery life or earbuds, for example. The AKG K7XX is not a headphone that is known for being especially "difficult to drive" (as they say). You may, however, find benefits in the characteristics of certain amplifiers and how they interact with your source and headphones.
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Why is the MSRP “so high”?
MSRP refers to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and is the price that the manufacturer recommends retailers sell the product. It does not mean the price that retailers will actually sell the product at and it does not mean the lowest price found online. While the last two examples may change based on sales and retailer pricing decisions, MSRP stays the same.
The MSRP for the K7XX reflects the MSRP of the K702 65th Anniversary Edition, the headphone that the K7XX can trace its ancestry too.
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How do these compare to the other headphones?
This has been a hard question for us to answer. Although we have collectively tried and tested hundreds of headphones, it's a challenge to provide an objective opinion (an oxymoron when talking about a hearing experience) as any answer will inevitably include subjective views. We do recommend checking out the comparisons in this discussion and in others (for example on Head-Fi: https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/the-akg-k7xx-massdrop-first-edition-thread.743280/) to get a sense of how the K7XX compares. What we will say though is, as mentioned, one the goals was to offer this version at an incredible price to performance ratio and we are proud of the result.
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Most online vendors have a very reasonable return policy. Massdrop does not. I understand that the model doesn't allow for this. One has to decide if the sometimes small savings and long waits are worth the gamble. Six months for the HD6XX ?? Holy patience !!
Red headpieces ? And here I thought it was all in the lime-green cables !!

PS ... the imaging the Q701's offer ... Yikes !! Same on the 7XX ??
FPantalone
For all who come after—l’ve never had an issue returning an MD purchase.
I bought this drop earlier in the year and these are my favorite headphones.
They are way more comfortable than any other pair I've tried, etc.
Great sound.. some headphones like the Sensenheiser ones you can tell it's a speaker in a cup around your ear, these actually sound like you're in your own sound booth.
How do these compare to the HD 6XX?
forster
7XX is really comfortable, for gaming, movies, tv shows. I prefer using k7xx, HD6XX for music. both cans is amazing so I got both :) also you would need an amp or you won't get the full benefit
Hi there, are the cups the same size as the Massdrop AKG M220 Pro's?
tskeng
They're larger on the K7XX. Wheras the top and bottom tips of my ears just slightly touch the vinyl pad of the M220, they're completely enveloped by the K7XX.
awoodbri
Thanks! I really would like the earpads to be larger than the ones on the m220 pros.
I currently own one of these, but the sound has gone out on the left side. I would like to replace the cable, but I do not know how. Is there a way?
Snowmech
You can buy a replacement cable online. It's a standard connection, I think it's Micro-XLR but don't quote me. I've replaced the cable in mine after accidentally damaging it and now my headphones are as good as new (minus something like 2 years of regular wear)
Hi, I bought the AUNE S6 DAC which has yet to arrive in Rome. On the contrary, he must still start from Massdrop for me, in Italy. I wanted to know, from those who have already heard them together, if the AKG K7XX Audiophile headphones are well managed by the incoming DAC? Thanks so much! (if there was no Google translator ...)
I have a question. Are these cans balanced? like the 660s?
What is a decent amp/dac I can use to drive these at a decent price? I am leaning towards portable amps since I would like to use them away from home sometimes, though I am not sure if I should concerning what I heard of the build quality. I haven't checked but maybe my motherboard can sufficiently power them and I heard the bass is kind of weak so that is somewhat of a concern.
Undead-Wizard
can't go wrong with a schiit stack Magi+Modi $200 or the Fulla at $100
Gun1Up
Thanks for the recommendation.
i bought this saturday, and i paid for express shipping. Express: Arrives in 2 business days. does this mean it will be here tuesday? (tomorrow)
JohnCena123
Yes it came today..
They seem a bit FRAGILE—breakage is just too common a topic throughout this discussion...
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RayF
I bought mine the first ever drop. I have had no problems with them breaking whatsoever. Even though they are just plastic, nothing broke as of yet.
Switch
Good to hear! I'm not rough on my gear, but if the stuff isn't made well to begin with, anything can happen. Hoping the early negative comments were just flukes then...