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AKG K702 headphones

It seems, from what they say, studio headphones have really good imaging. Is that true? That's what I want. Each song is really many songs all playing together at the same time. Each instrument is playing a song. There are as many songs as there are instruments. And then all the songs are played together at the same time. Could that be how studio headphones sound?

Don't you want to just listen to all the songs within the song and hear how they each sound with each other?

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AKG K702 vs Focal OG Clear

Today, my AKG K702 phones arrived. So different from my Focal OG Clear! There are instruments and details in AKG that are not in Focal. I keep finding, "Oh! Wow! This is what that sound is." Also, "What's this? Here is a new sound I never knew was in this song!" Also, "So this is how this sound really sounds!"

However, vocals are much more prominent in AKG than in Focal, which can make it harder to listen to the instruments. The stage is much bigger in Focal, even though both are open back. Bass in AKG is like a 10" sealed sub (more tight). Bass in Focal is like a ported 12 (more vibration). And I have to turn up the bass and volume with AKG. And AKG is brighter than Focal, so I cannot turn it up too much. And there is more resonance in AKG (except for bass).

As expected and hoped, I can listen to particular instruments in AKG. It is more like hearing different songs all playing together as a whole song. In Focal, though, the music is simpler and all mixed together more as one sound.

I think when I want to listen to listen, I will use AKG. When I want to listen while writing or thinking, I will use Focal.

And I know AKG will improve as it burns in.

The fun part is hearing all the sounds, and hearing how they really sound, in AKG.

"Studio" sound is as amazing as I had hoped!

The difference in sound is comparable to the difference between seeing with or without glasses.

However, I'm noticing something missing from AKG. It's like the flow, maybe the rhythm, the cohesion, the "whole thing together," is not there so much. There is not "one sound." The sounds are separated so they are not together so much. My favorite parts of the songs come and go and I listen to them without getting pulled in so much. I think dancers would like Focal better than AKG. I did not realize I would find that.

However, now I'm listening to, "The Guitar Man" (Bread). It holds together really well in AKG. Maybe I don't have to always listen so closely, so intensely, but just follow as I usually do. So then maybe I can listen and hear together. That works for, "Driver's Seat" (Sniff 'n' the Tears) too. They should include instructions about how to listen and hear properly with AKG lol.

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AKG K702 and Cognitive Psychology

In cognitive psychology, they know about divided attention. That is when we concentrate in two different ways at the same time. That is in metacognition, executive functions (self-monitoring and self-regulating), and even in active imagination (Jung).

AKG K702s help bring us to divided attention that can expand beyond just the music. It starts with the music. When we get used to how AKG K702 sounds, we can listen to parts and the whole together. That is divided attention.

That can help us understand and do what they are talking about in spirituality, especially Siddha Tantra Hinduism. Intuition and analytical thinking (right and left brain) can blend together just like the parts and the whole of the song can blend together in AKG K702 headphones.

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Interesting comparison between Focal and AKG

Now I'm listening to Focal OG Clear. It's so much softer and all mixed together compared to AKG K702. Some sounds are emphasized and some are quieter. Focal has more resonance and more bass and bigger staging. AKG plays everything the same (I suppose that is "flat" for the studio)and very clearly.

I think I'll get a headphone splitter (Monoprice or Mediabridge) so I can put one can from each headphone on each ear and try to hear the difference. And I can put the left (or the right) cup of both headphones on each ear, so I get the same channel (left or right) in each ear. Too bad I don't have a mono switch.

Does anyone else like to do comparisons like that or other kinds of comparisons? If so, what have you compared and what have you found?

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