Excerpt: Browsing audiophiles and headfi forums these are compared to the likes of $ studio headphones.... if they are properly amped. I got these as PC gaming headphones and the sound quality is there, but turning it up to 100% is still barely at the volume I listen to music at. I'm told you shouldn't have to go above 50-60% to achieve optimal sound quality. I definitely do not have an amp, but I'm planning to get one. My only complaint at this point, I think may be the bass.
Pros: Clear Sound, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Summary: I bought these headphones as my first step up into the "Audiophile" territory. From the first minute I put these on, my eyes were opened. Sounds I had never heard before in songs just came alive. Clear, crisp sound all throughout these headphones just makes music a joy to listen to. Here is my full review.
Value: 9 out of 10. The sound that the Q701's produce can easily compete against headphones 2, even 3 times their price.
Pros: Near Perfect Sound, Stylish, Comfortable, Excellent Soundstage, You Can Hear Everything, Tremendous Value For Money.
Cons: Lacks Bass, Not Portable At All, Big Amp is Always Required, Sound Leaks EVERYWHERE.,
Summary: `I really love this headphone.
both design and sound are so great!!!!!!
q701 is best sound that i have been heard but you will need a good amp and dac
I used md11 dac + Grahamslee solo amp and i satisfied with my system
Summary: 20. October 2010
I can not wait and all notes and "warnings" to spite, I made a sound check with no burning-in.
After about 1 hour a very detailed sound, more detail than the K701 - but I've known from the test of the K702 and has no significance - it will show whether the stops.
Marianne Faithfull - Blazing Away
Pink Floyd - Final Cut
Phil sings Maria Ola Magnell - Malvina
Short cross-check for K501 (which I bought used) - very musical and relaxed - but a bit...
Summary: Mids are nice and full sounding. Not thin or lean at all. If they are it's due to a poor amp match or supposed to be that way in the recording (yeah really). I've even gotten good results with an O2, E9 and Micro Amp. Not much else yet. They sound natural to me. To me this headphone really excels with female vocals. They're very slightly forward sounding. I would say the low mids are more neutral. They're not as forward as those of the Anniversary and I like that.
Pros: Nearly everything, CHEAP!, Build Quality
Cons: Slightly lacking very low bass. Don't really care.
Summary: I owned these for a couple months before upgrading to the HD800.
While using them, I used them with the ODAC+O2 combo as well as the Fiio e17.
There's no doubt these are supposed to be headphones for home use. They're very open, leak sound and are just generally very large.
From reviews, these are really supposed to be the stepping stone to the hd800 since they're meant to be very accurate like the HD800. I can agree with that statement.
Pros: Good soundstage, clarity, removable cable
Cons: Sterile sound, costly in various countries, bumps on headband
Summary: amazing headphones, with amazing sound!
not cheap but this is as good as it gets! can work great on the iphone, AMP tends to make the bass more full and rich, but you can run then unamp (not reaching the full potential)
overall really amazing headphones, makes you cry when you listen to tunes. really really details and make the listening and music experience something you have never felt before
in my country it was expenssive, but in US its very cheap over amazon !
Pros: detailed, very musical!, fun, great bass (punchy and accurate) amazing feel and sound signature, very good sound stage
Cons: big, the adjustment tends to "stuck", dust magnet.
Summary: From AKG's website - they describe the Q701 as:
Sparkling harmonics, incredibly low distortion and unequalled realism in the lower frequencies – it’s the huge, airy, three-dimensional sound available only in the finest high-end speaker systems and microphones. Now, we've engineered it into the most accurate and responsive reference headphones we've ever produced, the Q 701s. Hear music exactly as the artist intended in true surrounding sound.
Pros: Well balanced, open, clear, expansive sounding, stylish and well built. Fast and reasonably well detailed. Great value for money (street value)
Cons: Headband comfort (bumps), lacks some bass impact (slight), imaging can be a little too left/right (lacks some center image clarity)
Summary: Just wrote a review for these here: http://noblehifi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/akg-q701-review.html
The Q701 is AKGs top circumaural headphone model - an open back, reference headphone endorsed by Quincy Jones. The box design and materials are rather uninspiring for a flagship model, there's not much more I can say about that so lets get it open..
Once passed the flimsy container things get more interesting.
Pros: Great Detail & Clarity, Expansive Sound Stage, Neutral, Light but Strong build, Generally Comfortable (with lots of hair or a hat)
Cons: Uncomfortable headband, Poor Without High Quality Equipment, Annoying Creaking Noises, Lack of Bass, Treble not well controlled