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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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Dead right about each person's tastes and hearing being different, but in these days of online shopping, local shops with nice inventories you can try are rare, rare, rare. I've been lucky to find a couple of reviewers who loved headphones I owned and loved, and didn't like a couple that I didn't like... and for reasons reasonably close to my own reasons. Make no mistake... sometimes luck is required, and I lucked out to find reviewers whose tastes are close to mine.

Made me smile to see you loved the 701Q. I had the small on-ear Quincy Jones tuned headphones, which hold a record for me of my most stolen headphones. After my third set was swiped, I decided to not replace them. I'm a huge fan of Quincy Jones' arrangements, I suspected he'd want headphones tuned to sound like you were in the middle of the band, and that's exactly what he did.

Two of the headphone reviewers whose tastes are close to mine raved about the Massdrop 7xx. That got me to leap in. I encourage people to read around on the internet reviews and look for someone whose loves and hates come close to yours. But... so far, I've not read anyone who didn't like the 7xx from Massdrop. And I still maintain that the red headpieces sound better... but I'm big on pranks.
EdinNJ
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 ??
Do these phones use the stock K702 earpads and where can one find original replacements for those?
I'm from Singapore, and I'm just wondering does anyone happen to have bought all these Massdrop collabs, would really love to try them out before dropping some cash on them...
Finally gotten around to writing about my experience with the 7xx and I have to say, these are fantastic for the price.

They have enough bass presence to please most people but not bass heads, the highs are not fatiguing and the midrange is great.

The soundstage makes these fantastic for gaming and the comfort.... Well they're far more comfortable than my Msr7's, th-x00's, hd-650's and crossfades.

While all of the headphones listed above are great in certain areas, none seem to have the overall desktop practicality as these. Yes the Sennheisers are close and I like the sound a touch more, however the comfort on these makes up for it in spades and they don't require a bunch of power and amp switching headaches.

Add a modmic and you've got a pretty amazing set of desktop daily drivers... Whether you're gaming or taking calls at a desk.

Great headphones and highly recommend.

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They blew me away when I first heard them. I was coming from Senn HD598. I also have the 6xx and 4xx coming next month, so I'm curious how they will compare with the K7xx. I can't see them being better since price are very similar, so I'm sure it's going to fall under preference.
Megazine
Nice! I have exactly the same coming in as well. 6xx's in March which are a backup pair for my genuine 650's and I also got the 4xx on the last drop.

Interested to hear what you think when you get yours!
So upset that i missed out on the HE4XX's. I'm currently debating whether I should pick these up or the HE400i's off amazon. Hmm...
These have so much treble and sibilance. Do not buy them. Buy Sennheisers instead.
I JUST bought a pair of OG 650’s before seeing this. Since these are massdrop made they will drop again at some point in the future right? I just don’t now have the cash to get these this time.
Beeing in Scandinavian I can get K-702 from Thoman in Germany, new at around €175

No tax/customs for me buying from Thoman/Germany
Tax/customs need to be paid, buying as Europe customer from Massdrop, when will MD create a Europe logistics please ?

Will these K-702 differ much from K7XX ?

I have allways been happy with my K-701 but they definately need a proper amp (which I have)

I hated a friends HD600 but was silly enough to order the HD6XX last year - tempted by price, they are still not really used and need a proper run-in, quite veiled now but hope they will be useable on large symphonies, something my other cans are not doing very well tbh.

Thanks
Olsen
Having a EU warehouse won't solve the tax "issue". They have to pay tax either way.
4nthony
You may be right - the tax/custom issue is really annoying and often a dealbreaker even some of their products are made in Europe they import them to USA for shipping to Europe again - a bit silly and this issue would be solved by getting a Europe logistic base to ship direct here to us EU customers.
I have pointed out this issue for MD earlier, but either they are ignoring me or not having the budget creating a larger customer base in Europe.

I do find it strange MD promote direct to me, products which are cheaper for me sourcing in Europe, FWIW they should be able to provide better prices as they did with HD6XX.
Those were cheaper than ordinary HD650 even added Tax/Custom (nearly $75-80)
The K-7XX is not unfortunately so will pass.
Quite the excellent option and pricing. K7XX is a good headphone
Selling a pair of these for $150 CONUSA and I will cover shipping. I've tried a few AKG's and haven't been a fan so far. Looking to recoup some of the money spent and give someone a good deal. Also trying to sell a few other items if interested.
https://waterloo.craigslist.org/ele/6482774640.html
PM Offers if interested
LGNDARY
I don't there there is a private message option (looked in the help centre and found no mention, nor on your page). Replying to the email on the craigslist advert.
slugman
Right you are, but this still notifies me.
These are probably going to have too much treble for me but I will try them.
Not really a Massdrop Special can find these all over the place for $200 I remember the days when a Massdrop special locked you into a good deal seems lately that's not the case but simple a marketing tactic.
Geeknoid
Yeah not to mention the very loose shipping times and long waiting periods... I had a pair shipped to me on the 22nd of Jan... It's now Feb 12th and tracking says it's been stuck in the air for 14 days. Customer service is telling me it's common for shipping to take up to 5 weeks... what a load of garbage as my Th-X00's arrived in 10 days and basically everything from the US taking no more than 12...

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