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AKG K702 Open-Back Dynamic Reference Headphones - Black: £130 + Shipping (~AU $214.78 Shipped) @ Amazon UK

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AKG K702 Open-Back Dynamic Reference Headphones - Black

AU$214.78 Shipped Amazon UK
This is the cheapest ive ever seen for these.
Still $52 cheaper than the cheapest on ebay after using the 10% code.

Over-ear, open studio dynamic reference headphones
Patented varimotion two-layer diaphragm for improved high-frequency range and high performance at low frequencies
62 Ohm impedance, 200 mW max input. 10 Hz - 39.8 mHz frequency bandwidth
3D-form replaceable earpads and self-adjusting head-band for an ideal fit
Detachable cable with 3.5 mm and 6 mm connector

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    MassDrop have the AKG K7XX at the moment for US$225 delivered (~AU$300) if that floats your boat… Seems like it's the special edition of the 65 anniversary edition of the K702. Sounds like some nvidia-level rebranding to me.

    AKG K7XX

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      I clicked on your Massdrop link… and now I really want the Fostex TH-X00 https://www.massdrop.com/buy/fostex-x-massdrop-th-x00. They are way out of my price range though.

      Has anyone tried the Fostex TH-X00?

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      I think I had an XFX GTX some number XT.

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      so is the akg k7xx better or k702?
      im a bit confused by your post?

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        No idea, I don't have either. The link does describe the differences - it's only a click away…
        Apparently, compared to the K702 65th Anniversary Edition:
        - …tweaked to deliver an extended frequency response and a wide, locationally specific soundstage…
        - …highs were boosted …
        - …mids were brought up…
        - …lows were jacked up by 3 dB…
        - It's branded Massdrop (as well as AKG)
        - it's missing some bumps that are apparently uncomfortable

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    That's an amazing price. I recall these were usually compared to the HD650/600 / DT880s on head-fi some years back. High end, not quite the top of the line current models for the brands but 1-2 models off. Probably the best price:performance ratio range ($250-$350 usually) before you get into nosebleed price tags.

    Keep in mind these need a fairly powerful amp to sound good. Also having heard the K701s, they were comfortable, detailed but lacking in bass for my tastes. I've heard that the K702s have more pronounced bass but if you're expecting volume, either prepare to EQ it or you may be disappointed.

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    Bought this for $300 and I believe the lowest you can get this locally is $270 during ebay 10% off. Currently using one now. The 702 is probably one of the most neutral headphones I've used with the widest sound stage that it sounds flat. Currently paired with an Aune T1se and Schitt Magni 2.

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    Bit disappointed with my AKG Reference headphones TBH (Q701) aurally. I understand this is a different model. I love how they look though.

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      K701/K702/Q701 Were marketed as the same model/drivers/sound with differences as such:
      K701 Original
      K702 Removable cable for easy repair/audiophile profit factor
      Q701 Quincy's sponsored, coloured versions of the K702s

      Somewhere along the line rumors surfaced and forum users speculated that they'd tuned the drivers in the K702s and Q701s to have more bass as the K701 was always criticized for lacking it substantially. Your comment is very much relevant to potential buyers!

      Personally, i've been through the HD600s, HD650s, and K701s. I kept the K701s the longest and highly recommend them.

      Must also note that the price of these and Sennheiser's Massdrop HD650s makes it a great time to be in the market for headphones.

    • +3 votes

      I think the biggest disappointment consumers have with reference headphones is how flat they generally are. If you want a bit more bass from the Q701s, you can try the bass mod if you're comfortable with doing some minor surgery to the headphones.

      I would say that a modded Q701 are very comparable to the new K712s.

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        This.

        I have HD598, Q701, DT 990 pros, Momentum 2 over ears.

        The Q701 are very flat, which is what they are marketed as. I use them for gaming (Dolby headphone). Great imaging and very comfy for many hours. They are difficult to drive because of their impedance profile.

        HD598 are also relatively flat (for Sennheisers) and again very comfy.

        Then you head into closed ear, v profile like Momentums and DT series. More bass, treble, more clamp pressure (because closed design).

        Really if you have a decent DSP then you can compensate somewhat for a headphone being flat, but at the end of the day in my experience if you want lots of bass, then closed ear headphones, not open like these.

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    Great headphones, and that's a great price for them too.

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    Just an opinion but I think the K712 has noticeable improvements over the K702 and you can get for $282.00 from DWI (std shipping). Is it worth the odd $70 more? I would say so. The K702s are very flat and great for mixing but could be better for listening to music (unless you're only listening to classical, jazz, lots of vocals etc). The K712s have more bass which makes them great for listening to a wider range of music while still being great for mixing. With that said, the K702 is still a bargain at that price; definitely great headphones.

    For sake of impartiality… I've used Sennheiser HD800, K701, Q701 (with mod), K702 and K712.

  • +1 vote

    FYI to those who are considering these and have been reading a few reviews on the internet, note that a few years back production of the K702 headphones shifted from Austria to China a few years ago, and a few reviewers have mentioned they've noticed a difference in the sound quality, with the Chinese-made ones reportedly not quite as good.

    From the pictures on Amazon, these are the Chinese ones, so if you were thinking this is a bargain price for some top-quality Austrian made headphones, sorry to disappoint.

    Still a good price though for what they can do, but I'm gonna skip this one.

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      Thanks. As a headphone obsessive person, you've just talked me out of it.

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      I believe the Sennheiser 598 are made in China. I think they sound great and don't place much importance on where they're made. With enough systems in place, I think they could even get Stevo from Dubbo to work on the assembly line and make decent headphones here in Oz. I bought a pair of these AKG because I really want a neutral pair for mixing. Great price!

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        Stevo from Dubbo charges more money per hour than Mr. Li from Shenzhen, so I don't see that happening any time soon. If anything, Stevo is more likely to be out of a job as more and more manufacturing jobs leave this country.

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          Yet Otto from Bavaria is still busy and Steve's kids are at least 2 years behind their peers in other countries. But they are great at cricket.

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      Until people start measuring the Austrian vs Chinese ones I'll have a hard time taking people at their word. Audiophila is largely fuelled by assumptions and emotions.

      Gives me something to read up about tonight though. Thanks!

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        Forgetting any differences (perceived or otherwise) in build or sound quality, I'd much rather have my money going to a factory in Europe than in China.

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          Even if it means being sold to you at a higher price?

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          I can understand and respect that :)

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          @lostn: Within reason, most definitely.