AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature Line Reference-Class Premium Headphones - White
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- Revolutionary flat-wire voice-coil technology for extremely accurate sound and transient response
- Patented varimotion two-layer diaphragm for sparkling highs and accurate bass response
- High-performance neodymium magnet system for minimum distortion
- High performance, 99.99% oxygen-free, single-sided cable
- Comfortable, specially shaped 3D form ear pads for the perfect fit
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|Item Dimensions||24.99 x 13 x 24 cm||19.9 x 11.3 x 21.2 cm||25.4 x 31.5 x 11 cm||10.16 x 17.78 x 21.59 cm||20.32 x 20.32 x 12.19 cm||23.37 x 22.35 x 10.92 cm|
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Flat-out perfection. You’d expect nothing less from Quincy Jones.
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 surround sound.
Q 701s employ flat-wire voice-coil technology, our patented Varimotion multilayer diaphragm and the AKG neodymium-magnet system for sparkling high-frequency signal tracking and a distortion-free bass response. Q 701s produce balanced stereo separation and precision 3D imaging in an immersive soundscape of unequalled realism.
'These are the only headphones I’ve heard that bring out the true sound we were striving for on records like "Billie Jean", "Thriller" and "Give Me the Night". It’s the best-quality sound I’ve heard, ever.' - Quincy Jones
AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature line Reference-Class Premium Headphones
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In truth the AKG's are lovely headphones. They are very well made, extremely comfortable and deliver superlative sound. The sound balance is perfect for my listening preferences - mostly classical - offering excellent dynamic range. The high frequencies are delivered with precise clarity, the mid range sweet and warm, rounded off with perfectly balanced bass, delivering just enough oomph, yet never overpowering unlike many headphones which have overcompensated modulation in this area.
The imagery is very good, with clear transparency, yet like 99% of headphones, the AKG's are not able to overcome proper sound staging since one feels the music more inside one's head rather than all around as one would hear in a concert or delivered through top of the line speakers.
As many other users have commented, the AKG's do require a long break in period. I have owned these for just over a month now and there is no doubt the sound has steadily improved over time; they need time to settle in.
I have awarded the AKG's a four star rating, and indeed would place them at 4.5 stars, not because they are deficient in any specific area or under perform in their ability to deliver quality sound. These are very fine headphones indeed and I heartily recommend them to any audiophile who takes their music seriously and is in search of beautifully crafted headphones capable of delivering an excellent sound with transparent beautifully balanced performance, and extremely comfortable to wear over long periods.
The four star rating is because like most headphones, the AKG's just can't quite replicate proper sound-staging. Although this is a blatantly obvious statement, you get the feeling is you ARE listening to music through headphones! Yet, there is one brand which does manage to overcome this problem. Stax. The Stax SRS4170 Signature system, not their top of the line product by the way, which I auditioned some time ago are beyond incredible. Not only do they have the finest sound, but the sound staging and imagery are beyond belief. In my experience no other brand can match Stax for these characteristics. You have to hear them to believe them! Alas, this is like comparing apples and oranges since the Stax run at £1,695. Hence my four star rating is purely subjective and from a personal experience. As "normal reference" headphones go, when comparing to the best I've ever heard, the Quincy Jones Reference Class AKG's are very fine headphones indeed and can be heartily recommended.
But beware, these headphones are opened backed, so listening to them whilst you wife is watching the television or on the daily commute won't win you any friends (unless they like your music too!) Likewise, they will not mask out the background noise.
They work fine on an iPad, but for an iPod you really need a headphone amplifier such as the FiiO E17 Alpen to drive them.
Pros: Excellent sound reproduction. Good build quality. Separate and replaceable cables.
Cons: Cable length of 3m is a little impractical; the headphone size is on the larger side so you couldn't claim them as a fashion accessory (I wouldn't wear them out of the house unless you want to get noticed).
And by the way, the green is a vivid lime green colour - so you won't misplace them - but they do make a change from the traditional black.
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