AKG is a titan in the headphones industry. They’ve made a name for themselves over the course of history by introducing some of the most legendary headphones. They are responsible for the legendary K7 series, among which include the amazing AKG K702. It was exactly these headphones that were the reference headphones, by which the K7XX Limited Edition was based. The K7XX are the subject of review in this article.
They come in two versions, the all-black version and the all-black with red highlights version. Both versions have their own unique qualities, so it’s safe to say that they aren’t just the old K702 with a new design. The K7XX have been on the market for a couple of years now and each year they are in high demand. It’s clear that they are good, but how good? Keep on reading this article and learn more.
What’s included in the AKG K7XX box?
This fantastic Limited Edition of AKG headphones come in a giant box. Inside that box, among the headphones, of course, you’ll find, a 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch jack adapter and a detachable XLR to mini-jack cable, that’s about it. The headphones are fairly simple, without any buttons, controls or dials of any kind. As if AKG just want to say, sit back, put these on, listen and relax.
- Natural tonality
- Broad soundstage
- Vast bottom end
- Most comfortable pair of headphones you can get
- Rich mids
- Can remove some power from vocals
- Plastic, cheap-feeling build quality
Design and Build
The K7XX headphones are designed and aimed for professional use, rather than the more commercial mass market. They are an excellent choice if you are a music critic or you produce music. The quality of the sound from these headphones can be compared to that of studio monitor speakers. These limited edition headphones will give you the feeling like you’re always in the center of things, providing you with sensational sound.
However, the design doesn’t have a lot to offer. The K7XX lack the visual charm and have a very simple design. They are mainly built from large pieces of plastic and a leather head strap. But on the other hand, these headphones are extremely comfortable. You can wear them the whole day and it still won’t feel awkward or hurt your ears. This is mainly thanks to the leather strap and the fact that these headphones are lightweight. Another part of making the K7XX comfortable is the cups. The cups are big discs that are made from a combination of memory foam and velour padding, making sure your ears fit perfectly inside them.
The limited edition K7XX, deliver a great space in the mix, because of the fact that they are both wide and tall. However, the balance might not be perfect across the spectrum, it actually excels in some areas. Starting at the high end, cymbals don’t really have the same intensity you’re probably used to, or you can find on cans that are popular for commercial use. That is not a big surprise, considering the fact that most cans have an overemphasis at around 7-10kHz.
You may also notice a lot of drum kit qualities that you haven’t noticed before, simply because of the fact that there isn’t a range of notes that overpower each other. This is thanks to the K7XX drivers and its capabilities. You may notice and appreciate this if you are a Metal fan, some tracks that get smashed in some headphones are very clear on these lovely K7XX headphones.
The midrange on the K7XX is a masterpiece. Lead synths, brass instruments, and electric guitars are in perfect balance. Giving you a smooth sound in every session. However, you might notice a minor problem. The K7XX can sometimes take out some of the volume of the vocals. Looking on the bright side, its way better than if it was the other way around, namely, vocals sounding more powerful than they actually are. Producers will agree with this.
AKG has this section brought to perfection. The K7XX produce that punch sound, they also bring out an added weight to your kick drum or bring out the best of the bass guitar. It really works in perfect harmony.
Bass can be a tricky thing to get. However, these cans are all over that bottom line! In cheaper headphones, you don’t usually get the perfect bass. In some situations, the headphones either increase the frequency of the base or really lower it. Which is not the case in the K7XX. In these headphones, you’ll feel the bass as it was meant to be felt.
Judging by the looks of it, the K7XX looks durable. The big chunks of plastic look strong and like they can stand a beating. They also have a head support right behind the plastic arch on the top. Moreover, they use a very thick cable that just screams durable.
AKG could have made the K7XX more durable if they used harder plastic. If that was the case they wouldn’t have been lightweight and as extremely comfortable as they are. So I’d say they’ve got a perfect balance.
Are they worth the money?
Absolutely! If you are used to normal mid-range headphone, these will be a step up and blow your mind. You’ll be able to hear parts of the track that you missed when using cheaper and lower quality headphones. Although these headphones are designed and meant for professional use, like critics or producers, they are also highly recommended for home-listeners. There is no doubt that the K7XX will deliver a quality detailed sound every time. If you are a producer than these are a bargain buy with guaranteed quality. You’ll have the option to accurately mix your tracks with precision like never before.
Whatever the case may be, it is worth pointing out that these are one of the most comfortable headphones out there and that is one of the main reasons why they are highly recommended. Along with the fact that they produce clear and quality sound.