AKG Acoustics Q-701 Over-Ear

AKG Acoustics Q-701 Over-Ear 


In the studio, out in the streets to the candy store, or in the train heading to work, keep the AKG Q701 headphones always strapped on and let the music just fill your long hours. Lean your head against your comfy seat and snooze soundly sweet, as this AKG earphones is open at the back with no obstructing hard band. You will feel no uneasiness as the AKG Q701 headphones has 3D-form earpads to aid your comfort. This AKG earphones thumps sound at 105dB, so you always feel the beat of the song. The flat-wire voice coil and the patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm of this AKG 105db headphones makes sure you hear distinctly the mellow jazz rhythms and exhilarating metal tunes. Take this AKG 105db headphones to the studio and make your desired connections using the 6.3mm stereo plug available.

  • Flat-Wire Voice Coils
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Open-Back Design
  • Adjustable Leather Headband
  • 3D-Form Ear Cushions


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[Sep 06, 2013]
Audio Enthusiast

It's a 2013 model, actually. First impressions, on comparing this to the Grado SR-125 the AKG's are replacing: It was readily apparent that the AKG's had an airier, sort of more crystalline sound. It took me several listens to pinpoint what it was I was really hearing: More high frequency, maybe, but also with (and I don't use the word lightly) a breathtakingly more vivid soundstage -- by which I mean that all the instruments are much more precisely located in space than with the Grados (which come off sounding kind of warm in contrast, the mix more blended). You can really locate instruments and musical parts. I've always been quite satisfied with the Grados (which I'll keep for computer use), but I have to say, I'm surprised by the striking extent of difference.

One often reads that these headphones require an unusually long "break-in" period; I'm reflexively suspicious of such claims, but perhaps (who knows?) I really will come to see that in time the AKG's become less bright sounding. That's quite distinct, though, from the matter of the precise soundstage, which I'm sure I'm going to like in these for all time.

One also reads that these require special amplification, but I'm not so sure. I'm playing them through the headphone output of a Marantz SA8004, and while I do find that I have the volume control dialed at something more like 3 or even 4 o'clock (as compared to the 11 o'clock setting the Grados require for the same music), the Marantz's built-in current buffer headphone amp seems to do just fine -- it gets the phones to 85 dB (measured) without running out of gas (as evident in the non-fatiguing character of the sound; they AKG's are playing plenty loud with no onset of distortion).

Bass: jury's still out on the widely-seen comment that these aren't as impressive in bass. You do have to play them pretty loud (again, pushing 85dB) for it to be really satisfying (which by that point it is) -- but you can comfortably do that with these because they remain so non-fatiguing, so clear and orally comfortable.

And speaking of comfort: Preliminary impression is that they're every bit as comfortable as the light-weight Grados -- though again, perhaps, in a less-fatiguing way.

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