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)
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.
Summary: i listen to a lot of blues, jazz and rock and i found that these headphones deliver. they are smooth and clean and not bias on bass or treble to you get a good mix. they are the most comfortable headphones i have ever worn and i travel with them quite a bit. they have a long wire that makes them inpracticle but i soldier on with them. i drive them with a Fiio E5. YOU MUST BUY AN AMP FOR USE or they are useless. thats whats reference headphones are about.
Enttäuscht von der Fertigungsqualität und Qualitätskontrolle
5 July 2013
Summary: Klanglich finde ich den K701 bzw. Q701 ausgezeichnet. Ich betreibe den Kopfhörer an einem Objective 2 Headphone Amplifier, der einen schnurgeraden Frequenzgang hat und nur 0,5 Ohm Ausgangswiderstand - somit wird der Frequenzgang des Kopfhörers nicht beeinflusst. Ich habe den Q701 schon einmal zurückgeschickt wegen Channel Imbalance Problemen und muss es, fürchte ich, schon wieder tun. Gerade erst ausgepackt!