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: 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)
Take care to match them carefully or be disappointed - not suitable for portable devices
24 May 2014
Summary: Pros Very detailed sound in the treble and midrange Long cable supplied Feel well made Cons Need a lot of amplifier power to get value out of them (don't even bother with a phone/tablet/iPod) Analytical sound great for monitoring but lack... well... fun! Uncomfortable to wear for long periods Back in the golden age of hi-fi the popular adage was "garbage in, garbage out", meaning don't put expensive loudspeakers on the end of cheap sources or amps.
Summary: brought these based on what hifi reviews, wait rose still selling for 500 pounds. beats Dr dre beats by a mile. if you want rap/heavy rock forget these if you have a wide range including classical n jazz and modern stuff such as imagine dragons/patterns/sub focus these r your babies
Summary: Well I thought the AKG 271 mk iis were good, but these are amazing. The only thing is, the head hand gets uncomfortable after a while and makes my head feel numb. I never had that problem with the AKG 271 mk ii's. Maybe I'll get used to it. Who knows.
Summary: As a very serious audiophile, I invested my hours of research when considering my headphone purchase. Among other brands were Audeze, Hifiman, Audio Technica, Sennheiser and Grados, but finally opted for the AKG's as repeatedly they come up trumps in the reviews and were under my £400 budget.
Summary: Well, so far I'm impressed, especially for the price point. The sound is good with the right equipment, the build quality is pretty good. They do look plasticy, and they are, however the plastic is of decent quality so you have nothing to worry about, both if you happen to have cats who like to drop your headphones or weight wise.
Unrivalled seperation and soundstage not for bass fans
14 June 2012
Summary: Would have given these 5 stars if they weren't the same price in Dollars making me think UK prices are a rip off and they are made in Austria, how does that work? But after 100 hours burn in they are worth it, the resolution and clarity these deliver is beautiful with a wide open airy sound with every instrument being separated from another no matter how complex the music gets there is space between each instrument.