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I've had mine for just over a year now and the right cup has started to malfunction, its not a problem with the wire so i'm sure opening it up and soldering it would fix my issue, however i cant find a single guide on how to open them up. can anyone help me?
TheMightyPunion
Try contacting AKG themselves, they'll be sure to help you out. Hell, maybe they''d even fix it for you.

Wish you luck!
I've had mine for a couple years, so I have had time to listen and tinker a bit. These are really bright and peaky right out of the box, which can lead to listening fatigue. I have experimented with various damping agents to help settle these down a bit. Here's what works for me:

Remove the earpads (they twist off quite easily) and remove the donut shaped foam filters. Using one as a pattern, cut out a couple matching donuts out of craft felt. I used one per side. Stack a felt piece on top of each foam filter and put them back over the drivers. The earpads can then be reinstalled by lining up the little spades with the slots and giving a little twist clockwise.

Enjoy!

Note: This is completely reversible, so you can always go back to stock.
marveltone
Interessting, I jumped from an emergency pair of 6$ earbuds which I've used happily for a year before they broke to these, so it's not an issue for me, but I'll still try it out to see if the difference is significant.

Thanks for sharing the tip! :)
LarryTheCableGuy
If the felt takes too much away, try using a single ply of toilet paper over the stock filter. Experiment!
What is the difference between these and the AD700x?
Got the headphones a few days ago. They seemed quite disappointing to me. I'm wondering if the headphones I received are defective. They seem FAR too bright to the extent that on certain songs they actually seem to vibrate and hum unmusically. For example during the last 20% of the song Demons by Fatboy Slim (featuring Macy Gray), the right ear cup actually vibrates like a machine is humming. This happened while playing from Apple Music on a MacBook pro via the MacBook Pro's headphone jack and also via an Audio-GD R2R 11 DAC/Headphone amp combo connected to the MacBook via 1.5 ft monoprice USB cable. Tried adjusting sample rates etc. Doesn't make a difference. I don't get the same hum with other headphones, even relatively bright ones, nor on any of my speakers.

Would it be possible for someone to try listening to the same song and see if they hear the same problem?
akapur
these headphones are really bright. ive read/seen alot of reviews of people saying that and i agree. your right ear driver could be defective ive heard of the solder brealking, but that can be fixed of thats the case, or akg offers i believe a two year warranty for these.
from my experience with these any kind of hard rock or metal is muddy. in general these are not "listening headphones" i find only classic low distorted styles of rock, and some pop sound good, any thing else just sounds...... eh
akapur
i think the awful buzzing in that song is because the bass is out of range for these headphones. my subs pick it up fine
Really enjoying these cans. I use them for a wide range of music. These do give me some fatigue when listening all day while i work, but if i just take breaks im ok. I work in an open office and i need to listen to the volume low. These give off as much audio out as they do in. So they are super open backs.

Side note, I tried these while gaming as well. And for any game where audio information is important (pubg especially), these are so good. I will hear things my team mates can not and im always the first to pick out a vehicle, footsteps, or a far off gunshot. While these are audiophile cans and it feels sacrilegious to game with them. The insane level of detail on these really do give me an edge in games.
Samweiss
Cool. That's one of the primary reasons I joined this drop: I wanted to go for something in the 200ish range that had the best audiophile sound stage -- my Logitech G933 were god awful for picking up sounds. Could barely hear where things were happening in Quake and Rainbow 6 Siege!
A ONE-HOUR-IN REVIEW:

After the last hour of flipping through all the things I've been listening to lately (plus my standards), here's the things I've noticed so far:
  1. These are the most comfortable headphones I own. Imagine a slightly heavier K240, with velour on the pads. And they're classy as frig. As an aside, they should make one in silver brushed metal & tan leather, like an old WWII era set of cans.
  2. They're on-par with the K240 for isloation. Which is to say...basically none. Sound gets in, and sound gets out. If the Sony WH-1000XM2 is at one of the spectrum, these are at the other. They're as open-backy as open back can open back.
  3. I'm really hoping they need break-in, because at this point, I'm not convinced that the tonal balance is better than my ATH-M50. There's an exaggeration to the lower midrange I can only describe as "boxy". While that continues to be forward, the bass continues to feel a little thin in comparison.
  4. These are the most detailed headphones I have ever owned. I thought at this point in my audiophile journey--that I'd be past hyperbole, but I really am hearing new low-level details.
  5. Ear fatigue. They're giving me ear fatigue. For me, that usually suggests distortion. But I can't be sure. The K7xx should on paper be in a whole different league than my K240, but it doesn't feel like it. Fingers are crossed that break-in helps here. I'm definitely leaving going to leave them overnight running something bass-heavy to help the process along.
  6. These are the most unforgiving cans I have ever used. I think they're so good, that the recordings are "bottoming out". I'm noticing in songs where some guitar or drum tracks are thin compared to the rest of the mix, or sound a little out of place. I think it's because less expensive headphones "smooth out" sins, and the K7xx just fucking doesn't. What's there is what's there. If the vocals are sibilant, it ain't the AKG's problem.
  7. "Gold Dust Woman" just gave me the frission thing. That hasn't happened in years. The attack acoustic slide guitar just before the lyrics "rulers make bad lovers" made me back up the track about 4 times just to hear it again.
GeckoDeLimon
HOUR TWO EDIT: I put Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance" on repeat, nudged up the volume, and stuffed the headphones in a drawer to run overnight. They've improved significantly. Bass has come forward, though if I want to listen to something with thump, these won't be the cans I grab. Their strong suit is in resolution of low level detail and dynamics. Things like a guitarist's pick attack and the "texture" to the distortion.They're definitely critical listening headphones. So these won't be my "every day" headphones. My M50 are like Maker's Mark--perfectly acceptable in all situations, and what flaws exist are forgivable. Stands well on its own, but there's not a damn thing wrong with slamming it as a shot or using it in an Old Fashioned. The K7xx is more like a 16-year single barrel that gets brought out only when you're really in the mood--and mixing it with anything more than a splash of water would be heresy.
GeckoDeLimon
I have to like your whiskey comparison, though I'd apply the single-barrel analogy to the likes of the Utopia, which is equally demanding and not necessarily a daily driver (drinker) for me.
What's the differences between this and the AKG M220 Pro? Have not listen to any open back before but is thinking of getting one. Thanks in advance! Then, there is Sennheiser HD6XX also..
had mine for a year, and they are super comfortable. Especially with glasses on.
I need help. I love music but I have 0 knowledge when it comes to a good setup. For now, I am listening to music through my mobile phone (Xiaomi Mi5s with VLC player) and a pair of decent headphones.
I have decided to spend $500 on these headphones ($200) and some device(s) (with the remaining $300) that will make them sound better, but I have no clue in terms of what to buy, whether I should get a DAC, a media player, both or anything else...

Could you advice me what would you get with a budget of $300 in terms of DAC & Media Player (or anything else, since I really don't know what I should get).
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Thanks!
danimeisteR
with $500 I suggest the schiit fulla $100 with K712Pro $300, or HD6xx $200 + K7xx $200. The littel engine that could - the schiit fulla, I have the setup and works perfectly fine. I also have the schiit stack $200 and it works excellent but sometimes it is too much and the fulla works just as good and easly fits in a backpack.
For Canadians interested in these headphones, with the exchange you are looking at around 297... essentially 300. And then you will get dinged $22ish when you finally get it. So for me it was $319 CND. Still not a bad price. And I have been enjoying these headphones with music and gaming.
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That would actually be reasonable even with the exchange to Canadian. In Canada they usually go between 450-500 unfortunately.
Jokesterwild
I feel lucky to have an older made-in-Austria pair of k712s. No brightness just nice detail, no loose bass, I enjoy this pair much more than the Ether Flow/C

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