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Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Hazer » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:50 am

Hello again!

Q1 : Is the AKG702 still regarded as a pro mixing headphone
Q2: Do I really need a headphone amp for mixing if I use say Sonarworks and a reference track?

(How do headphone amps actually connect by the way do they just going into the normal headphone jack?)
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:51 am

A1 :- Yes

A2 :- No

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External headphone amps usually need a line input. It would be possible but pointless driving one from an existing headphone output
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Hazer » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:55 am

Sam Spoons wrote:A1 :- Yes

A2 :- No

:thumbup:

External headphone amps usually need a line input. It would be possible but pointless driving one from an existing headphone output

These are the answers I was looking for thanks Sam :mrgreen:
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Hazer » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:59 am

I swear Sonarworks once did the software and AKG702 bundle on their site :?
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:22 pm

Hazer wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:A1 :- Yes

A2 :- No

:thumbup:

External headphone amps usually need a line input. It would be possible but pointless driving one from an existing headphone output

These are the answers I was looking for thanks Sam :mrgreen:

I haven't used Sonarworks and don't mix on headphones much by I do have K702s and like them a lot.
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:26 pm

Others will, of course and naturally, be along shortly to sing the praise of other quality mixing headphones, but just to add that I'm perfectly pleased with my 702s.
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:53 pm

There are definitely other headphones to consider, but you'll have to work quite hard to find someone who's not happy with their AKG702's...

Sonarworks definitely used to do the calibrated bundle - might be a supply chain issue? Drop them an email. :)
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Ramirez » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:02 pm

Not quite the same model, but I’m a happy K712 + Sonarworks user.
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Hazer » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:47 pm

Looks like it's AKG702 + Sonarworks! Thanks again everyone
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:51 pm

AKG702's for me too. 65th Anniversary Edition when they dropped the silly price. Also use a LD HPA4 headphone amp. Not sure it makes much difference but having 4 outputs is handy. Pretty sure it was under £20.
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Moroccomoose » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:34 pm

Awww shucks!... I was going to recommend SCAN, for thier b stock 702s, but they are no longer available... I was going to indulge in a pair from there myself.

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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:58 pm

Still not silly money at the 'normal' price of £120. I paid £78 for mine but I think they got even cheaper a couple of months ago. Maybe the last few pairs weren't quite as good cosmetically, mine looks like new?
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Hazer » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:51 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Still not silly money at the 'normal' price of £120. I paid £78 for mine but I think they got even cheaper a couple of months ago. Maybe the last few pairs weren't quite as good cosmetically, mine looks like new?

Yeah I just bought them at £119, ain't gonna complain too much not exactly breaking the bank for phones people still rate for mixing.

By the way do you have to burn these in at all? What's the best way leave some thrash metal on repeat for 48 hours :mrgreen:
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:24 pm

Mine were B Stock so, presumably had been used at least a little but I didn't bother burning them in, I'm not convinced it's necessary (and the manufacturers would definitely say it isn't) but I've been wrong before :blush: .
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Re: Is the AKG702 still a go-to mixing headphone + do I really need a headphone amp?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:29 pm

I've got a pair of AKG 712 Pro's, and despite the controversy about 'running in', I ran a CD on repeat overnight with the headphones in their box (to avoid annoying anyone).


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