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: 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: 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: 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: I've owned these for the best part of a month now and have done some extensive listening with them both in extended listening sessions of several albums and of comparative listening sessions with with my HD650. I feel I am ready to comment on the qualities of these phones.
I had always intended to put these and the HD650 against each other and sell one, as I had thought it would be an indulgence to keep two expensive open circumaural home-listening phones.
Pros: Spacious sound stage; realistic vocals; high level of detail; lightweight and comfortable for long sessions;
Summary: There are several models of headphones in this class--i.e. reference class headphones. These are perhaps the best value of the bunch. They do require some break-in so be prepared. When mature, these are really fantastic sounding and comfortable cans. They are not so much of a power pig as the Senn hd-650's and can be driven (albeit not to their best) with an ipod.
Pros: Comfortable, Euphonic yet detailed, Good buile quality, Price, Well balanced
Summary: So, I'm listening to the K702 65th Aniv cans, through the ECBA, and they're not bad. In fact, they're mostly the same as the regular Q/K701s, with a little more bass extension, less grain (likely better THD numbers), and cooler looks. They probably cherry-picked the best transducers and played with the foam in front of the baffle. No biggie. "Evolutionary, not revolutionary" is the phrase that comes to mind. Very solid cans and well worth the $350 I paid.
Summary: I loved them while I had them, recabled them with DHC Nucleotide cable and liked them even more. There is a but, I was not able to pony up the cash to power them properly so I had to let them go. I thought I could make them work with the rig i had (uDAC->Indeed hyrbid) but it ended up just frustrating me. They were awesome with female vocals and any acoustic recordings!
Summary: The first impression one gets of these headphones is of a well built product with great retro styling , they ooze class. When you put them on you immediately feel the comfort with no undue pressure and a nice soft velour ear cushion that holds them firmly in place. Then you come to the sound and here I have got to say I was initially disappointed. Compared to my UltimatEar super fi 10's it seemed thin and uninspiring although there was great clarity.
Pros: Style, Build, Comfort, Clarity Of Sound.
Cons: Treble can be a little brittle on certain tracks.