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
FPantalone
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Oct 29, 2017
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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 ??
Oct 29, 2017
RayF
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May 2, 2018
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For all who come after—l’ve never had an issue returning an MD purchase.
May 2, 2018
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
served1
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Apr 9, 2019
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Hands down the best headphones for people with large heads or big hair. Even the sennheiser hd6xx or hd5jublie don't get as large and wide as these akg headphones.
Apr 9, 2019
erickong
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Apr 11, 2019
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The HD line from Sennheiser is known for their clamping force. The SHP9500s are good for big heads also. They are good for gaming but music quality through them is not good.
Apr 11, 2019
dcha12
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Apr 7, 2019
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I picked up a used pair of these recently (found a price I couldn't say no to, plus I was always curious). Powered from a Magni 3, these actually sound pretty good. Compared to the HD 6XX, they aren't quite as resolving, nor as smooth in the treble, but the K7XX has better attack and articulation in lieu of a high-end chain. The soundstage is quite open and airy, something that the HD 6XX can only dream of having. Overall, I really think these are some supremely underrated headphones by some (including me in the past). No longer will I ever just recommend these to people based on their "gaming performance." These are really just good headphones at a great price.
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Apr 7, 2019
autoasc
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Apr 6, 2019
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Listen to AKG K240MKII + Encore mDSD. Mostly black and doom, sometimes industrial and metalcore. Is it worth changing for these genres K240 to K7XX?
Apr 6, 2019
curleyfrei
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Mar 9, 2019
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I'm preparing to sell my K7XX -- still in great shape, over all, but those damn elastic bands are getting weak so the whole fit is too loose, and I haven't even used them much since getting them from the original production run... Is there any "official" way to replace these bands? Or am I SOL?
Mar 9, 2019
DarrylG
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May 13, 2019
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I see that the K7xx is based on the K702, so these might work, assuming that what they call a "rubber loop" is the part you're talking about. https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/256912-akg-2458a17010-rubber-loop-for-k702-and-q701

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May 13, 2019
curleyfrei
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May 13, 2019
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Thanks! Although I've already sold them, actually.
May 13, 2019
quicklytoo4
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Mar 7, 2019
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HD6XX are of much better build quality my K7XX's partially broke (the plastic clips) within the first month I had them. I was using tape to hold the headband down then somehow it got so warped I cant wear them anymore
Mar 7, 2019
Usehername
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Mar 5, 2019
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Mattwest
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Feb 26, 2019
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esmneuhof
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Feb 19, 2019
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44 weeks ago I wrote a comfort & quality review on these headphones and said that I would follow-up with my impressions of how they sound...so here goes. Before I get into the sound impressions I would like to add a few further comments about the fit and comfort. These headphones are very plasticky for sure but that does keep them light weight, a good thing. However the plastic build is VERY susceptible to creaking and squeaking and this IS a big detriment to this headphone. I really don't like how noisy they are. Even the slightest head movement causes squeaking noise. Finally I had enough and decided to check for some lubricant that could be applied to the swivel portion of the cups as well as the adjustment sliders. I found a spray can of Kleen-flo Kleen Slip that we use to apply to our window sliders which is a silicone greaseless lubricant. I wasn't sure if this would affect the plastic or not but decided I couldn't bear all of that annoying squeaking noise. I gently sprayed this silicone onto a cotton cue tip and applied it to all moving parts of this headphone. I'm happy to report that it definitely did reduce the squeaking noise but not entirely. I'll take it for now. Not sure how long it will last though. Now for my impressions on how they sound. First off, I like the K7XX's wide soundscape as compared to my Sennheiser HD650, HD6XX, HD58X. What I don't care for is how hard they are to drive. I have 3 amps (Jotunheim, Lake People G109S and Project Ember) all of which are plenty powerful, however this K7XX requires a good turn of the volume knob in order to get them going. Compared to my 300 ohm HD650 & HD6XX and 150 ohm HD58X I need to adjust the volume slightly further with these AKG's. Kind of puzzling because these phones are only 62 ohm. Sound wise, they have a decent amount of bass but they don't extend too deeply and come across somewhat muted especially compared to the much more satisfying bass on the HD58X. Although similar to the 650/6XX, I prefer the Sennheiser bass. Mids are good but nowhere as good as the HD650 & HD6XX. The treble is where I'm not impressed at all sounding rolled off making them kind of dull sounding. I don't know if I'm more accustomed to the Sennheiser house sound which has a narrower and more forward (yet intimate) soundscape than the K7XX, I'm having a hard time spending very much time with these AKG's. The Senn's do get knocked for their veiled sound but after I upgraded my amps to the above-mentioned I have no complaints about the Sennheiser treble whatsoever. In comparison this pair of AKG K7XX's are the most veiled sounding headphones in my collection. The AKG K7XX's have a fairly hefty material like foam covering the drivers that fire toward your ears which leads me to believe that might be the reason why these headphones sound so dull. I need to turn up the volume several clicks further to volume match the K7XX to the much more difficult to drive Sennheisers. I stopped using them for music listening and use them exclusively for watching TV because they are so comfortable for extended viewing. Incidentally, after extensive searching I finally found an aftermarket knitted headband cover to protect my bald scalp. I contacted AKG to see if they had a headband cover but they never did reply to my request. I wish I could endorse the AKG K7XX but unfortunately they fall well short of my expectations and I am tempted to sell them. Value wise, for what you get for $200 you can do much better.
Feb 19, 2019
Brosefstalin42
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Mar 22, 2019
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I realize it's been 2+ weeks but I'd say save it for more DACs and amps. Having a good 2+ watt (at 32 ohms) tube amp and a 3+ watt (at 32 ohms) solid state amp opens up so many options for headphones and some tube rolling, and then if you want to play around with balanced vs single end, go for it. Planars and the Fostex on here plus any high ohm headphones on here will appreciate strong amps and XLR balanced outs tend to give more power than single end, so keep a few of those on hand. Amp and DAC collections and swapping can be addictive too!
Mar 22, 2019
jonRock
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May 25, 2019
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I'm getting into headphones as well. It's kinda scary because I just keep wanting to buy different headphones. I got the X2HR during that $180 sale. It was actually $190 with a $10 Newegg coupon.
May 25, 2019
chris68790
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Feb 9, 2019
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do they have any warranty? AKG'S k7xx has a 2 year warranty
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Feb 9, 2019
HuaL
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Feb 5, 2019
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These or the Sennheiser 58x
Feb 5, 2019
HuaL
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Feb 11, 2019
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Not a fan of the sound signature...
Feb 11, 2019
Beanhead
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Feb 17, 2019
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still available?
Feb 17, 2019
magic_devile
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Jan 23, 2019
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Does anyone have the issue of the top of the ear cups by the pivot mechanism get stuck inside? A firm press will get it to become unstuck and always accompanies a squeaking noise. I saw the paper in the pivot on Reddit, but that doesn't fix the problem, it still get stuck on the top of the ear cup, but all other sides are fine. Thanks
Jan 23, 2019
petukchele
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Jan 20, 2019
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The AKG 702s are $175 on amazon. Does it make any sense to buy these from massdrop? I read that SQ has been tweaked. Is it worth the tweak?
Jan 20, 2019
Steve555
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Jan 20, 2019
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If you like flatter more reference type of sound then the 702s are great. If you like a little more low end the K7xxs will be a better choice.
Jan 20, 2019
petukchele
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Jan 20, 2019
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steve555, Thank you!
Jan 20, 2019
Temdee
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Jan 9, 2019
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Have the modern iterations of this model fixed the wiring issue that's so commonly discussed on reddit?
Jan 9, 2019
VinceTheStampede624
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Jan 5, 2019
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Has anyone fiddled around with damping solutions to tame that 7k-ish peak? I've had my K7XX modded so that I can run it balanced with 4-pin XLR, and it makes that peak sound a bit more pronounced. I've added in the K271 earpad foam disks (part# 2908Z12020 on Full Compass) that seems to have helped tame it a bit but it still spikes hard when I listen to vocalists tend to belt out notes in that range. I've even thought of buying the K712 drivers from Full Compass and swapping them out, but not sure if it's worth it (even though objectively the K7XX plus the K712 drivers cost less than buying a whole K712). Any thoughts, and has anyone else done a driver swap?
Jan 5, 2019
SeanDiRienzo
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Dec 31, 2018
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I am glad to have picked these up, they are my first open-back pair of headphones. I only own a pair of Ultrasone HFI 780's and use an xduoo ta-01 dac/amp > matrix m stage 2 amp > ultrasone hfi 780's. I currently only use the xduoo as a DAC and have it powered off, to my understanding the stock tube is quite poor and I'd need to buy a better 12au7 tube for it to be worthy. Is it worth looking into using the xduoo as a preamp as well as a dac? Would this even be necessary or provide any benefits? the matrix provides enough power but my current pair of headphones has a very low impedance and these are at at 300. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Dec 31, 2018
erickong
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Jan 2, 2019
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The impedance of these is only 62. I think everything benefits from a DAC since the audio signal is coming from an optical or USB output. The standard line-out from a computer messes with sound a lot
Jan 2, 2019
Nivek_Acesnof
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Dec 28, 2018
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Why do these go for so much cheaper on the used market? Their price drops to less than have of their price here.
Dec 28, 2018
Nivek_Acesnof
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Jan 2, 2019
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www.reddit.com/r/AVexchange If you look at past sales they go for ~$120. I've seen them for even cheaper on eBay.
Jan 2, 2019
erickong
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Jan 2, 2019
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The resale market is dictated by a completely different set of rules. People won't buy them used if the price is too close to a new pair. Plus, shipping might add $10-$15
Jan 2, 2019
priamXus
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Dec 25, 2018
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Being music number 1 in the list, followed by movies and long final place games, do you think these are a good fit or would you suggest another? I’m used to the Z7 sound signature and I’m looking for a dark, warm and “bassy”, just the enough for movies, tight and controlled headphones.
Dec 25, 2018
erickong
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Jan 2, 2019
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These are not tight. The soundstage of these headphones is incredibly wide
Jan 2, 2019
DylanFallis
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Dec 4, 2018
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Debated on headphones for weeks and weeks now, went with these instead of the hd 6xx or 598 or beyerdynamic dt 990 pro, hopefully made the right choice! Main usage is for gaming and positional audio/footsteps etc.
Dec 4, 2018
DylanFallis
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Dec 26, 2018
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I have my k7xx on hand but I've been waiting for my fiio k3 dac/amp to arrive to really test drive the headpones, it's a new product that just came out and its been hard to get a hold of them in Canada but they were finally posted on amazon.
Dec 26, 2018
smilkov
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Apr 12, 2019
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Which was your experience with Fiio K3 and K7xx ? Does they pair well ? thank you
Apr 12, 2019
AlexaBlack
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Nov 30, 2018
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How do these compare to 668D by superlux? Worth the upgrade?
Nov 30, 2018
Viper0hr
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Nov 23, 2018
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I know this has been asked before but having a heard time getting anything close to a good answer. Just got these a few weeks ago and love them, however I need an AMP. I mainly PC game, but do watch movies/listen to music too of course, so I am trying to find a good AMP/possible DAC setup for the K7xxs. I was thinking of something like a Mobi/Magni but was also curious if a Sound Blaster or something with 7.1 (which I know is somewhat all BS) would actually be a better use since 80% of my use will be gaming across all kinds of games. Was leaning towards a Mabi/Magni or maybe something like a Sound Blaster Zx or ZxR unless soemone has a better recommendation? Just new to the quality audio world and it's daughnting haha, was using HyperCloud XIIs before this. Any input is greatly appreciated!
Nov 23, 2018
CPUzer0
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Dec 22, 2018
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The schiit stack is not bad per se, but the new DX3 pro from topping is a superior budget offering nowadays. Seems to be frequently available here on massdrop too.
Dec 22, 2018
Viper0hr
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Jan 13, 2019
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So the DX3 > Schiit stack?
Jan 13, 2019
PurpleLemonade
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Nov 5, 2018
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If you're in Canada definitely wait to order these. Canada Post is on strike in Eastern Canada, and so of course Massdrops shitty shipping service DHL goes to Ottawa for distribution 😒
Nov 5, 2018
Josh1122
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Nov 1, 2018
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i love the sound quality of these headphones and the were my goto's for two years but the suspension system sags a bit and the drivers are no longer centered over the middle of my hears where it sounds best. I've upgraded to the Elex which have superiority in sound (not really comparable) but the build quality is greatly superior.
Nov 1, 2018
ArmoGI
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Oct 28, 2018
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Clear plastic sliders broke on both sides of mine with mild use. It is difficult to wear. Is there a fix? I see others have had this problem. Poor design.
Oct 28, 2018
darita
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Oct 15, 2018
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What kind of cable do they come with? I think 3m is a bit too long. It say detachable so where can I find a shorter cable for them? Thanks in advance :)
Oct 15, 2018
epicwon
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Oct 26, 2018
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The cables are pretty generic, if you want something cheap, you can find a shorter cable on amazon for like 10 15 bucks
Oct 26, 2018
Kennui
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Oct 7, 2018
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Enjoying mine so far. The only thing that could be better is having a shorter cable as an option (addon would be fine). It's difficult to find mini XLR to 3.5mm in the same style, at least where I am.
Oct 7, 2018
Uzuzu
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Oct 28, 2018
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braid it
Oct 28, 2018
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