Summary: Pros: - Excellent sound quality. - Really comfortable. I always wore closed headphones, but after trying this open design, I'm not going back. - Excellent sound stage Cons: - HUGE size! I wouldn't wear these outside in public, and they're not exactly portable. - Need an amplifier, these are over 32 ohm impedense. I don't think you can drive these with a computer or a portable player.
Summary: I use this at home. It's an open headphone so it doesn't isolate outside noise. Music is presented naturally and with a great sense of depth. Build quality is great except for the headband design where the padded bumps can cause pressure points on the skull. They should just use the flat headband design as found on the K271 MKII. I enjoy the K702 for classical / acoustic / instrumental music.
Summary: Anyone interested in an audiophile quality listening experience will enjoy these HP's! These headphones will allow the pleasure of listening to cd's, dvd's and a music collection sourced from a mac or PC or mp3 player. AKG K702's are a caliber (2 or 3 actually) above entry grade headsets, as such the use of audio equipment that allows the original quality of the music to be heard will exceed your expectations!
Pros: Comfortable, Good Value, Great Sound, Surprising
Summary: UPDATE: I made a few updates after comparing the Annies to other headphones in the my collection, and running them on my Maverick Audio A1 hybrid amp.
The K702 "Annies" are basically the sonic precursor to the K712 Pros, which just rolled off the assembly line. Think of them as a Quincy Jones Q701 but with squishier ear pads, no headband bumps, softer, less sibilant highs, a little more mid bass, more intimate vocals, and a thicker sound.
Pros: articulate mids, intimate soundstage, dark, smooth, non-sibilant highs, highly detailed, comfortable, clean bass, not picky with cheaper amps
Cons: No extra goodies in the box, not as transparent at times as the Q701, not warm, no real bass slam and picky with tubes (like most K7's),
Summary: I purchased my K702's to use in Professional Reference Situations (ie - Film Post, Recording, Mastering). In my search for a pair of Professional Circumaural, Dynamic, Open-Back Reference Headphones, I narrowed my search to two models. The Sennheiser HD650's and the AKG K702's respectively. After demoing the HD650's I ultimately chose the K702's for 3 main reasons. 1 - The HD650's are known to be extremely fragile and break easily.
Summary: Compared to Q701:
(most of this has already been mentioned in other reviews)
More forward sounding and upfront, except for upper mids (and most female vocals)
Warmer and fuller sounding than Q701, but not by much. Sounds slightly more muffled and not as clear.
Imaging seems better. I think my brain is just fooled due to flat pads and a warmer sound signature.
Way less treble and upper mids took a nose drive.
Sounds darker than MY HD-650. Weird.
Pros: Slightly fuller sounding than Q701
Cons: Less treble and upper mids. Sounds too dark almost.
Summary: Build Quality
These are built very much the same as the previous K701, K702, and Q701. Lots of rugged plastic, a leather headband, and velour pad. The removable cable seems to be slightly less thick than the previous iterations. Although I wouldn't be throwing these things around or using them outside, the combination of materials and assembly quality make for a very well built can.
Pros: signature, build, comfort, value
Cons: detail, soundstage, sparse packaging and extras considering it's a limited edition
Summary: Just trying to pull the average up.
can't believe someone would give reference headphones of this quality a 1.5 star rating overall.
but, that, i suppose is the love/hate nature of the k701/k702.
personally, i feel they are wonderful headphones. and, at $260 street price at time of this posting, you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding pair for the money.
Pros: excellent value; wide soundstage; great rendering of acoustic instruments
Cons: lacks bass impact; shouty upper midrange; headband bumps are uncomfortable for some
Summary: Having never heard open-back headphones before i was looking forward to being able to hear mixes as they should be with accurate stereo representation and i wasn't disappointed.
I can only compare the AKG K 702's to a pair of KRK 6400's and studio speakers such as KRK RP6 G2's. Compared to the KRK headphones, as expected the sound reproduction is much more detailed with greater separation between instruments and nothing getting lost in the mix.
Pros: fantastic sound stage, clear throughout the frequency range and very detailed
Cons: lacking in bass but not a bad thing especially for mixing