On amazon they are listed for $263
What would be the cost and how do they compare with similar priced headphones? Is there a place in Delhi where they can be auditioned?
Not sure how much would HD600 or HD650 would cost, or how would they compare with the AKGs.
Can someone suggest better phones at lesser price - some hidden gems out there?
I have the K701.
Bought in Hong Kong.
I got my Headroom Ultra Micro shipped via Fedex to Kolkata. (5 days flat)
The K701 has its strengths and weaknesses.
Bags of resolution... ability to resolve micro detail and low level reverb.
Start and stop of notes spot on, great timing.
Huge soundstage, good separation of instruments.
Very revealing of source... use them with the Line out of a good CD player(I have the Cambridge 640C V2)... Don't feed an iPod signal to your headphone amplifier, it won't sound nice.
Very tight bass, the tightest I have heard, no hint of boominess ever!
A LOT of people say that the discontinued AKG K1000 earspeakers were better... so was the K501..... so this is probably not the best of the best....
I am happy with my pair and it does more things right than wrong.
The K701 has a slight emphasis on the upper midrange/lower treble and fractionally reticent midbass(deep bass is superb, IMHO)... Thus the midrange, although pristine and gleaming, is perhaps a bit inaccurate in terms of tonality. Perhaps... a lot of people feel otherwise too!
I can say that this is not a deal breaker, but it prevents the K701 from being the best of the best.
Piano is heavenly on the K701 I was awestruck at the way it does piano!
It isn't ideal with violins, though. It tends to recess some of the harmonics of violins, especially in songs where the violin is an accompaniment.
But violins are enjoyable, nonetheless.
I say that you buy the K702 with detachable cable, get the ALO audio K702 upgraded cable.
Amplifier: Go for a musical fidelity XCANV8.(hybrid tube amp) The K701/2 love tube amps. Hybrids are more suited for better power output.
The above combo is said to be jaw dropping good.
Best of luck!
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If you can afford one, go for the Sennheiser HD800, the new king of dynamic headphones.
IMO, the K701/2 easily beat the HD600/650.
Neither has absolute tonal accuracy and Senns(600/650) have deficiencies elsewhere. (overly warm, recessed treble)