Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones
Massdrop x AKG K7XX Audiophile Headphones
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Our first custom headphones ever, the Massdrop x AKG K7XX have been an enduring community favorite since they first launched more than two years ago. Since then, they’ve received praise from Head-Fi, Super Best Audio Friends, Z Reviews, and more for offering a rare value in the world of open-back cans ... Read More

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richardgao
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May 1, 2017
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Reposting as the prior thread has become too long.
[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. -------- 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. -------- These seem to have a great price to performance ratio. Is it because the K7XX uses cheaper materials? No. -------- 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. -------- 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. -------- 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. -------- 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.
May 1, 2017
EdinNJ
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Jun 16, 2019
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The ONLY issue I've had with returns here was clothing. A number of clothing drops have been wildly off size - like I wear an XL shirt, bought an XXL, and it wouldn't fit my son in law who wears an L normally. MassDrop has (maybe had, I haven't checked if it's changed) a "no returns" policy for clothes. But... if these don't sound good then they're broken.
Jun 16, 2019
RayF
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Jun 16, 2019
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Well, I don't say shopping at MD is entirely safe, there are some drawbacks. For instance, I would NEVER buy clothing here, A) because, of the cheesy, low-quality, trend-oriented, overpriced crap typically offered by the no-rep apparel merchants that frequent the joint and, B) because as you mention, returns are inconvenient or non-existent. Recently bought a pair of boots from Amazon and paid about fifty-bucks more than MD was selling them for. Know why? Because easy returns are cheaper than eating a pair of boots I couldn't wear if they didn't fit well. Know what else? They didn't fit well and I'm sending them back to Amazon, no-charge and no questions asked. Moral of the story: buy your headphones from MD and your boots from Amazon ;- )
Jun 16, 2019
RlKieve
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Jul 20, 2019
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Does anyone know where I can get a spare cable for this?
Jul 20, 2019
iZakarya
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Jul 16, 2019
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I have a question please, am living in the UAE and am confused which one to buy (EU or US). Is there any difference between them from electronics prescriptive? as we follow the EU standards in electronics. If this is not the case then the US is cheaper for me even with shipping fees. Thanks in advance
Jul 16, 2019
brolly
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Jul 14, 2019
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quick question. I usually use sennheisers (hd598)cause my bigger ears like the oval cups. Do these round cups touch the ears of you big eared people?
Jul 14, 2019
Wurdle
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Jun 10, 2019
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Just had my 3-year old (out of warranty) AKG K7XX repaired for free. Easiest RMA I've ever done. No hassle. Threw in new headpads even when I didn't ask for them. Thank you Harman International Industries (AKG is part of them). Quality service buys consumer loyalty. It's simple.
Jun 10, 2019
jonRock
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Jun 13, 2019
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That's amazing!
Jun 13, 2019
erickong
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Jun 29, 2019
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Do they fix transparent plastic suspension pieces for the headband? Just curious because I've seen posts about those failing due to fatigue. That's awesome that they serviced your pair!
Jun 29, 2019
polarbear9977
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Jun 1, 2019
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demevalos
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May 21, 2019
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I've fixed the creaking and cracking sounds the K7XX are so famous for! Check out my teardown guide here: http://imgur.com/a/gs0cRAB
May 21, 2019
kawmic
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May 21, 2019
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I'll bet the guy in the video wouldn't notice the difference, if it wasn't for ppl telling him.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Btw, are they more neutral than Sennheiser HD660s? I mean there's a lack of treble, or should I say, too much bass on the 660s's.
May 21, 2019
Charles666
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May 18, 2019
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I have these headphones for more than a year, and are still giving me joy, and make me smile each time I listen that incredible soundstage in some songs, like for example, Allan Taylor (The beat motel, firefly, Wheel of fortune, Restless etc), or Amber Rubarth, or more fun Calle 13 (John el esquizofrenico). The imaging, accuracy, clarity and distribution of the instruments are delightful, you can finger point each instrument precisely, it's an experience that any other headphone don't have so easily, I have the Sennheiser HD6XX, HD58X,Momentum wireless,Sony WH1000M2, Koss Porta pro, Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO, DT990 Premium, the 1MORE in ear Triple and Quad driver and the Over ear, all of these headphones are great, very nice sound, some with maybe more detailed, with more enjoyable mids or highs or even more sub bass (It doesn't mean that the K7XX sound bad, to the contrary, I enjoy them real good), but the AKG K7XX are the king of soundstage, imaging,accuracy space and comfort. These give me a sound experience so unique that the others can't.
May 18, 2019
helang
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May 14, 2019
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Any future plan to put a balanced mini xlr connector on 7xx? MD had done well on making dt17xx balanced.
May 14, 2019
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