AKG K 702 ANNIVERSARY Professional Reference Headphones
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|Connectivity Technology||USB; Wired||Wired||3.5 mm (1/8")^Wired||USB; Wired||—||Wired|
|Headphones Form Factor||over-ear||over-ear||Circumaural||over-ear||Over-ear||over-ear|
|Item Dimensions||—||19.9 x 11.3 x 21.2 cm||1 x 1 x 1 cm||12.7 cm x 27.94 cm x 2.24 m||11.94 x 22.1 x 23.11 cm||21.08 x 28.7 x 11.94 cm|
|Item Weight||236 grams||0.82 kg||258 grams||0.57 kg||0.59 kg||0.66 kg|
|Special Feature||—||—||Headphone sensitivity:97 dB^Plug adapter^obstruction (300 Ω)||lightweight||—||—|
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The K702's are reference, open, over-ear studio headphones for precision listening, mixing and mastering. They combine an extremely accurate response with agility and spaciousness. This is achieved by using revolutionary flat-wire voice coils and a patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm. A totally open design and a high-performance cable complete these reference headphones.
The K702's comfortable, specially shaped 3D-foam ear pads and a padded genuine-leather headband ensure a perfect fit. They provide a professional mini XLR connector for quick replacement of the cable. The K702s are individually tested and serial-numbered.
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They are connected to my O2+ODAC and I can compare them to my beyerdynamic T90 and sennheiser HD 700 headphones.
They are much more open an neutral than both other headphones. The T90 got a high and a bass peak and the HD 700 are more "round" or "full" sounding meaning they are not as precise and have a bit more bass then the AKG phones. The AKG also space the sounds more. You can detect were the musician stands to the microphone with closed eyes.
If I would have to answer which headphone is better I would be cornered. It depends on your choice of music.
HD 700: Rock, Metal
T90: Electronic Music
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Voices, Guitars, Classic Music
All 3 phones are nice for me as I listen to every kind of music and all 3 are about the same price and quality class. Just don't forget you need a quality source of music and a good headphone AMP.
This means everything below a flawless 256kbs MP3 or flac file will sound bad even with this phones and an O2+ODAC or an other high quality DAC+AMP. Without the AMP and a good soundcard or DAC you probably won't hear much difference between one of these 400 headphones and a 100 headphone. One without the other does not help the sound quality much. Something I learned myself the hard way by plugging the T90 into my normal soundcard.
As a final line I want to say get this AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition while this limited edition is available for this price. There are the K712 mass market follow ups but they cost the same as this limited Edition here on amazon.co.uk.
Anyway, I was after improved 550's so a little less upper treble lift and a little more bass, the AKG K702/65 Anniversary headphones provide this even from brand new (yes, I do believe in running in many hi fi components). I am already delighted with my new AKG K702 Anniversary headphones which produce a more refined, less harsh treble and a bit more bass.
Also more comfortable than the 550's, less clunky and altogether a more lovely sound (as they should, £360 v £110).
Update: Listened to the 702/65's after approx 60 hrs of non-stop running in and they are a great upgrade to my AKG K550's, still the AKG house sound with transparency, clean controlled bass sound but with better refinement, the treble bite has gone but with a noticeable increased bass.
No doubt the K702/65's will continue to improve over the coming months but a very worthwhile upgrade already. Yes, in hi fi you can always spend more and more but I have a significant main system and so rather pointless to spend a huge amount on headphones. There is great compatibility with my Colorfly C4 Pro audiophile DAP which is what I use headphones with. I did dem a pair of B & W P7's recently with my C4 Pro but they were too bassy for me and the bass was uncontrolled on some of the music just proving how important component matching is.
The K702/65's are a bit harder to drive than the K550's, I've noticed I slide my Colorfly C4 Pro's volume up a bit but it might also be that because the sound is less fatiguing, I am listening at a higher volume? Again, the C4 Pro has plenty of power so can cope with the increased demand. I can't imagine why anyone would use headphones at this level without a portable headphone amp, a main system amp, a dedicated headphone amp or an audiophile DAP like the Colorfly or one of the Astell & Kern range. I do feel the Astell & Kern range is very expensive although their DAP's are beautifully made with better UI than the Colorfly C4 Pro offers
I thoroughly recommend the AKG K702/65's to anyone who likes the AKG sound.
UPDATE: September 2014, very happy indeed with the now fully run in K702/65's, they offer a great sound at a fair price and I don't currently feel the urge (but that might change) to upgrade to the £1,000 AKG K812's.
It is certainly the most "musical", producing the most refined as well as detailed sound.
It places the instruments in such an exact way as I have never heard before; you are in the concerthall.
After searching for years for the perfect headphone I might have reached my aim.
One slightly negative remark: why did AKG not add an extra, shorter, cable for personal highfi components;
the headphone is not really cheap and this would really improve the "package".