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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones - Black by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones - Black
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 484 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light4.8   above average
Amazon4.7   above average
Level4.7   above average
Vocal4.7   above average
Portable4.6   average
Speaker4.6   exceptional
Fit4.5   above average
Listening4.4   average
Price4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Music4.2   average
Power4.0   above average
Gaming3.8   below average
Loud3.8   average
Plastic3.8   above average
Cable3.7   average
Design3.7   below average
Volume3.7   average
Audio3.6   below average
Mixing3.5   below average
Heavy2.7   below average


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Acoustic

Acoustic:
"All types of music sound great -- acoustic, electric, voice -- these babies cook!"
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"It has truly magical mids that can bring out vocals well, and is best suited for rock, acoustic, strings, etc."
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"Feels right for Classical and acoustic Jazz, but not necessarily as much fun for brisk walks in the cool of the evening with Tom Petty in your ears."
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"These headphones have wonderful acoustic depth, genres that they excel with are definitely Jazz, folk, and classical."
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"Bass like acoustic bass sound wonderful, with clear texture of the instrument , however bass slam of kick drum is lacking in punch a bit."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"the left ear of this headphone does not sound ,i have sent three e-mails to amazon .us ,but they can not give a reply or a response,so i hate this headphones and i want give a advice to he man who want to buy :don not buy akg q701 at amazon."
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"My recommendation is that Amazon UPDATE THE AD."
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"Excellent pair of headphones with great sound, which I bought for a great price from Amazon, under $200."
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"You can get excellent, detailed reviews from others here on Amazon or Head-fi."
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"Then, I saw Q701 on sale in Amazon and the deal was too good to pass up."
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"I have to return this again, head phone is not bad, AKG is still AKG, if I wasn't deceived buy Amazon, this is gonna be a perfect buy."
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Audio

Audio:
"The fact that it is open back also increases this frustration as a lot of outside sounds bleeds in and makes the already hard to hear audio harder."
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"Amazing sound, horrible comfort...I love the audio from these but holy crap I cannot wear them for more than 3 hours at a time or I need to put a hat on"
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"I am coming from a pair of Bose QC 15 which are not considered the best in audio quality."
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"I wanted to find a pair of head that recreated a truly epic experience just as my sound system's do; I recently bought the audio technical ATH-50 only to be disappointed my its lack of mids and respectful lows, the bass was overpowering and sloppy."
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"I am coming from AKG MKII, Beyerdynamic 770-990 pro, Audio Techinca AD700-A700x, Shure 840.My only complaint is the headband."
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"They will not sound good without the amp unless you have a professional audio set."
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"Amazing sound, horrible comfort...I love the audio from these but holy crap I cannot wear them for more than 3 hours at a time or I need to put a hat on"
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"I also own the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, which are another great set of headphones but there are significant differences between the two."
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"I would highly recommend using a DAC or dedicated audio card with these headphones."
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"Great headphones at a great price (around $200) These were a big upgrade over my Audio Technica ATH-AD700."
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"They make listening to music, watching movies, and even the few games I play now have one of the greatest audio experiences I could imagine."
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Cable

Cable:
"For mixing, I purchased a short cloth-covered cable that feels good and looks very good, and isn't as easily tangled as the rubber-ish cables provided with the phones."
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"the cables were a challenge too, they kind of stick and i feared doing damage to the phones pulling the short cable off."
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"I hate the Kermit the Frog color of the cable, but it DOES stand out, and I guess I've never tripped over it in the studio."
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"I loved them but they developed a problem in the jack where I had to jiggle around the cord to get sound out of both ears."
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"I was hoping it was just a bad cable, so I could simply just use the provided spare, but unfortunately enough the problem was with the headphones them selves."
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"I also don't like the thin fluorescent green cable, but one good thing is it's a switchable cable and they give you a spare cable (but it's also green)"
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"the addition of 2 super long cables (3 m and 6 m) is great but i would of preferred a 1.5 m cable instead of 6 m. Then the left ear cup stop working after about 6 months!"
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"I sit roughly 15ft from my display receiver, and the included long length cable is more than adequate."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort wise they are pretty good; not the best I've experienced ever, but not bad at all."
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"The pads are comfortable but I really dislike the band on top of the head,"
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"The bumps focus all of the pressure of the headband on the top of your head, rendering an otherwise very comfortable headphone rather annoying to wear for a few hours at a time."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"(compared to something like the HD598 where i feel the bass vol is fine, and the highs maybe EQ up a tad) The biggest drawback for me was comfort."
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"In terms of comfort, I've read a few comments on here about the headband being uncomfortable because of the bumps, but I don't have a problem with them whatsoever."
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"In summary, great sound, light weight, decent comfort."
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"Sizewise, I have a pretty small head, so they are quite comfortable."
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"When I listen to music, I want to feel comfortable, relax and enjoy the music."
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"Sound quality, and comfort are outstanding, would highly recommend any fellow audiophile these headphones."
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"The sound is impressive, and with some minor modifications, the Grados are as comfortable as they sound wonderful."
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Design

Design:
"Other than the terrible design choice, these things sound amazing."
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"Reviewers have complained about the bumps and I agree that they're noticeable, but any discomfort is more from the material's stiffness than the bump design."
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"After experiencing this problem I believe this to be a serious design flaw."
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"Regarding the design:(1) The headband bumps are a widely known design problem regarding discomfort, many people cut off the bumps, which you can see from a simple web search."
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"They are of a solid, rugged, comfortable construction, their design does not look cheap, plastic or nasty and they sound great! "
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"These are not well suited or designed for use with iPhones, Androids, etc."
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"Other than the terrible design choice, these things sound amazing."
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"These are designed for accurate and clean listening, and really shine with recordings of acoustical performances such as rock or jazz bands, orchestras, solo guitar and piano, choirs, field recordings (plus sound effect work!"
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"You get used to be size rather quickly, and although they aren't designed to fold up or anything, they do fit nicely in backpacks if you put them in upside-down so the ear-muffs are sticking up and let the head-band sit between books clothes etc."
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"Design is very good."
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"Good design when it is compared with others at its price level."
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Fit

Fit:
"I ended up cutting a piece of memory foam from a spare old memory foam mattress to fit to the headband to solve that problem, simple fix, but enough to warrant removal of 1 star."
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"Fit and finish and comfort are major problems with this headset."
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"I have a smaller head and it does not fit well."
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"I bought these for mixing home-recorded music and am very pleased with the fit, function, and quality."
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"The AKG Q 701 fit the bill perfectly."
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"You get used to be size rather quickly, and although they aren't designed to fold up or anything, they do fit nicely in backpacks if you put them in upside-down so the ear-muffs are sticking up and let the head-band sit between books clothes etc."
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"Just wondering, does not fit my abnormally big head."
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"I'm not specialized in sound, so I will say the build is comfortable, good fit to my head."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"This review may sound negative, but I would highly recommend these for gaming and movie watching if you have proper amplification."
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"This is not only great for reference, but incredible for gaming."
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"Will definitely keep for gaming and casual listening, not satisfactory to the desire for a more-accurate headphone."
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"These headphones are great, unfortunately, and you'd have to take my word for it, I found my steelseries gaming headset delivered an indistinguishable sound so I decided to buy an extra pair of those, being 140$ cheaper and multi-purpose."
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"This is unacceptable for long gaming sessions or music listening when you can't turn on your speakers, so as not to disturb anyone."
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"The main disappointment for me on these is the comfort, the headband gets pretty uncomfortable after 30 mins or so, It has ribs in the headband that are made of a somwhat hard meterial and i have to shift them around on my head to stay comfortable, this is a problem for long gaming sessions, ect..In conclusion, good sound, not mind blowing compared to the senns in the $150 range though in my opinion and the senn's are much more comfortable."
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"Amazing headphones for gaming!"
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"This review may sound negative, but I would highly recommend these for gaming and movie watching if you have proper amplification."
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"I recently started to game more on PC and was looking for an excellent set for the soul purpose of gaming."
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"They sound wonderful for music, and nearly perfect for gaming... if they didn't have those headband bumps, this would have been a 5 star review."
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"Also, for any gamers reading this, the amazing soundstage translates to gaming as well."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"One year later this thing is still heavy and uncomfortable, even unbearable for several hour sessions."
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"Not good for rock music or a heavy bass musicI also use this to play games like Battlefield 4 and Counter Strike : Global Offensive and this headphone has a great openness that large stage feel."
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"That said, they are not very good for songs with heavy base lines."
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"You won't be able to use them for bass heavy music but due to comfort and superb sound stage these are THE HEADPHONES for gaming and movies."
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"They are not the best headphones for bass heavy music, but for soundstage and clarity you would have to go twice as expensive to top them."
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"can barely tell they are on they are so comfy for my head(and i got a big head too)comes with a 10 and 20ft cordCons:Not good for rap, hip hop, dub-step, or heavy metal oriented music."
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"Music - These sound amazing unless they're bass heavy songs."
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"Good because it's not heavy on your head and therefore you can listen to them for longer, however, bad in a way because they may seem 'cheaply made' because of the relatively light weight."
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"Super clean crisp sound, not real bass heavy but great for writing bass music still."
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"If you listen to anything but rap, they are good, but for bass heavy music they are okay... Mostly for acoustic listening."
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"**Not trying to completely bash on Beats by Dre, they're great headphones if you want heavy bass and emphasized low's."
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Level

Level:
"I still listen to EDM and hip hop on these cans because it's still awsome, just know your friends will be unimpressed because the rubric for expensive headphone for some people is just the level of bass it produces, not accuracy and clairity."
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"they're top of the line in what they do, which is transmit detail in unbelievable levels."
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"When not using an amp, I found that the sound isn't as bassy, but still gets plenty loud enough to listen at a good level."
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"I produce music with these and sometimes i will use them for an entire day so i need a good headphone that is truthful at different volume levels and does not give me fatigue."
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"I don't like music very loud so the levels are great for me."
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"The Little Dot I+ I'm using now is on the highest gain setting and at noon is pushing them to pretty loud levels."
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Light

Light:
"They sound great, but they seem very light and flimsy."
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"In summary, great sound, light weight, decent comfort."
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"Buying my old ATH-AD900x's those rock, are comfy, you can't even tell there on your head, light, and have beautiful sound stage with full bass full mid and full highs"
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"They sound great, but they seem very light and flimsy."
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"Although some would find its bass a little light, I found it perfect, wanting something strong and impactful, but not pounding my head with it."
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"I'm very impressed with their comfort: super light weight with well-balanced wear distribution points."
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Listening

Listening:
"Will definitely keep for gaming and casual listening, not satisfactory to the desire for a more-accurate headphone."
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"It has hard leather bumps that start to irritate my scalp after a few hours of listening."
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"The sound quality of the headphones is fantastic, but it is so uncomfortable that the listening to the headphone makes it an unpleasant experience."
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"This is unacceptable for long gaming sessions or music listening when you can't turn on your speakers, so as not to disturb anyone."
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"Bottom line if you hear phase distortion or anything the sounds out of place while listening thru these headphones there is something wrong with the music's mix!"
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"Plus, do to the size of the headphones and the open nature of them, these would be difficult to use on a train or plane without lugging them around and annoying the person next to you with whatever music you are listening to."
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"But for mixing (and pleasure listening) they are a much better choice than closed back phones."
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"That's a shame because they are like other AKG phones I have had sonically--a real listening pleasure."
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"These are designed for accurate and clean listening, and really shine with recordings of acoustical performances such as rock or jazz bands, orchestras, solo guitar and piano, choirs, field recordings (plus sound effect work!"
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"In a quiet room, but where you still want private listening (vs. using your speakers) these are outstanding (again, for a classical music genre)."
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"Amazing listening experience and very comfortable, coming from someone who can't stand wearing headphones."
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Loud

Loud:
"The only downside is that, being open back, a loud family in the same room will compete with your music."
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")Speaking of walks, the Q701 have a higher impedance (62 ohm) than either the Grado or NAD (32 ohm), and so my iPhone 5s does not drive them to more than a pleasing volume - loud enough to hear everything fine (with no outside noise), probably good for my hearing health overall, but not loud enough to satisfy my rock out or flood me with symphonic sound moods."
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"the headphone is verygood.. whatever for its sounds or comfort.. but the headphone is a little bit too big and it's pretty loud for the outside listener... if u want to buy this headphone, then u probably will use it in your own room, because it is not a good choice for you to listen in the public place.. too loud for other, means others can hear your music...."
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"When not using an amp, I found that the sound isn't as bassy, but still gets plenty loud enough to listen at a good level."
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"They may not get as loud as other more easily driven headphones, but it is more than loud enough."
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"I don't like music very loud so the levels are great for me."
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"The Little Dot I+ I'm using now is on the highest gain setting and at noon is pushing them to pretty loud levels."
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Mixing

Mixing:
"I had been using closed-back Sony phones that worked very well for tracking but not so well for mixing."
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"It's hard to describe the difference between mixing with closed and open back, but you will know it when you hear it."
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"I don't recommend necessarily mixing on them."
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"I run live sound in refence tuned venues, and as a result I can actually use these for live mixing as they are almost dead on."
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"As expected, these do not have tons of low end, but what there is is extremely articulate, which should work very well for mixing (once you dial in your referenceknowing what 100hz sounds like on them, etc).Overall the open back design lends a lot to a wide, uncompressed sound."
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"But for mixing (and pleasure listening) they are a much better choice than closed back phones."
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"I bought these for mixing home-recorded music and am very pleased with the fit, function, and quality."
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"I use them a lot for mixing because the sound is so clear, but I really don't like the way they sit on my head."
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"Excellent working phones and good enough for some mixing."
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Music

Music:
"-As someone who listens to predominantly electronic music, I was a bit worried about a possible lack of bass."
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"The music sound stage is terrible."
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"Great sound...wish they were still made in Austria.....not great for bass style music but exceed with everything else"
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"The bass isn't the best on these but it can easily be fixed with equalizer settings in your music player."
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"Not good for rock music or a heavy bass musicI also use this to play games like Battlefield 4 and Counter Strike : Global Offensive and this headphone has a great openness that large stage feel."
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"Sound's great especially the clarity in the mids,really good with vocal musics and jazz....Not that good with bass that feel of *boom**boom* shaky shaky feel."
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"OK rant over, off to enjoy some music on my Chinese made 701's, hope you do too."
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"When I listen to music, I want to feel comfortable, relax and enjoy the music."
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"All types of music sound great -- acoustic, electric, voice -- these babies cook!"
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"I bought these for mixing home-recorded music and am very pleased with the fit, function, and quality."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"They are of a solid, rugged, comfortable construction, their design does not look cheap, plastic or nasty and they sound great! "
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"There is also some very cheap flimsy transparent plastic used on the headphones and if broken would compromise the structural integrity of the item and would surly be less comfortable."
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"+ Very lengthy cable+ Detachable mini XLR connection to headphonesTin Can- Bass is somewhat lacking- Headband padding is extremely uncomfortable during long sessions- Plastic, except for metal headband supports- Headband padding is *extremely uncomfortable* during long sessionsThe first pair of these I got was obviously used when I ordered new, and my second was missing the second extra long cable, perhaps a warning that I shouldn't bother with these."
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"the overall build is plastic but of the strong durable kind."
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"Less wonderful is the plastic feel of the headband, which so far is stiff."
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"**Side Note, I prefer this to the extreme clamping of my Grados**Build Quality:Although mostly plastic, they seem well made."
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"Build quality is very good, lots of plastic (what doesn't have plastic these days) but also some very classy metal and leather accents."
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Portable

Portable:
"These do take a bit more power to drive than typical headphones in this price range, and so a portable device may not power them to satisfactory volumes for some people."
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"They work well directly on portable devices such as an iPod or iPhone, but they do benefit from an external amp; I use a FiiO E17 (http: www."
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"The AT's are very good with portable music, however."
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"I've also found that contrary to what I'd been told they are quite capable of being adequately driven by a mobile phone or portable player."
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"I really seriously wouldn't waste money on these - probably the P7 is really great but too expensive for me for my needs (something portable and that sounds great)."
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"For portable use, a comfortable listening volume was achieved at 90% volume on my iPhone 5 and Google Nexus 5."
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Power

Power:
"Only downside is they do require a lot of power if you want volume."
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"Note that I find that these AKG phones require a bit more power that might challenge a weak preamp."
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"These do take a bit more power to drive than typical headphones in this price range, and so a portable device may not power them to satisfactory volumes for some people."
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"It is possible people are trying to use these with personal devices that are not able to power them sufficiently or with systems devices that cannot control the incoming bass frequency well enough, as I am not sure why the most frequent comment is the lack of low endI would recommend these to anyone looking for clear,And yes, just like others wrote, I heard things for the first time in some recordings in the form of background instruments and sounds I never heard heard of, not to mention the imperfections as well--this lends an incredible amount of insight into an artist's creativity, as well as their recording studio's imperfectionsThese are truly exceptional headphones, especially for the price, as they roughly half the price of the 650's"
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"While not extremely hard to drive they require more power to drive than one would assume given other headphones of similar impedance."
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"I tried them plugged directly into my lg g4 and my wife's iphone 6, and neither could power them adequately."
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"IF YOU LIKE RICH FULL RANGE SOUND AT A MEDIUM VOLUME THESE ARE A GREAT DEAL JUST DON'T PUT TOO MUCH POWER INTO THEM."
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"THESE SOUND REALLY GOOD AT LOW VOLUMES, IF YOU GIVE THEM SOME KICK OR POWER THEY CAN DISTORT ON THE HIGHS A BIT."
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"Whereas, powered by my Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp on my desk, there's more than enough power to satisfy my emotional needs and to bring out all the precision I could ask for in quieter passages."
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Price

Price:
"Years ago everyone beat up on the Communist block, I'm no supporter of Communism but my eyes are open - made in China does not mean cheap and nasty."
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"Lots of people like these' but, in my opinion these are built with poor materials (not as good as the other AKG cans around that price range)."
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"This is completely unacceptable for the price, especially directly out of the box."
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"As such, I can't really recommend them as a top headphone for home use in its price range, due to the variety of alternatives without comfort issues, and sound quality of similar caliber."
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"They are of a solid, rugged, comfortable construction, their design does not look cheap, plastic or nasty and they sound great! "
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"Conclusion:Yes, these aren't the best headphones on the market (just look at their price! )"
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"Matched with the right Amp and DAC these sound amazing for the price."
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"These have been great so far, and come at a very reasonable price."
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"Great headphone for the price."
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"These headphones create a broad soundstage and offer separation and detail unparalleled at this price."
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"Sorry AKG, you make good products; but, for the price point there are much better selections out there."
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Quality

Quality:
"But I am grossly disappointed by the build quality."
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"Excellent sound quality, but not good for blocking exterior noises."
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"Worst quality ..looks like duplicate"
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"Overall build quality isn't as great as the Sennheisers, but it's not a negative considering Sennheiser build quality is fantastic."
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"But while I believe I will not be able to give a detailed explanation of the specific sound signature for this headset I can give you a general quality that I hope most if not all of you would be able to understand."
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"Quality: Unlike many reviewers I am not a well established audiophile but only a high school kid with a passion for tech."
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"Quality of mic and ears is good."
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"The quality is amazing and overall these are the best headphones I have ever used."
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"Sound quality, and comfort are outstanding, would highly recommend any fellow audiophile these headphones."
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"With all that stated I love the build quality of these."
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"You can tell they would last, the stitching everything is very good quality."
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Size

Size:
"My one very, very small criticism about these headphones is: while it's very nice that two different length cords are included with the headphones, they are just way too long."
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"Frequency response isn't perfect, with a small hump in the upper bass to mids region, which I was able to easily EQ flat."
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"Sizewise, I have a pretty small head, so they are quite comfortable."
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"My first time wearing the Q701's I had no problem at all, note that I have a huge head and maxed out the size of the Q701, I did not have any problem withe the headband like many people said and for a week I had no comfortability issues with this headphones."
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"I wore this headphone for a week and when i put this on if feels very light and sometimes i forgot that i wore a headphone,fits quite nice on my small head doesn't slip when i spin my head left and right unless i spin it out of the normal occasion."
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"They are superbly comfortable and fold up very small - like an oversized eyeglass case."
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"My head size is large, and I am bald as well, but I can easily adjust their position to find a comfortable fit that can be worn for hours."
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Sound

Sound:
"I can't even rate the sound, because after a few attempts at wearing them I returned them."
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"This element of constant physical compression really interferes a lot in this point, no matter how good the headphones sound."
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"Other than the terrible design choice, these things sound amazing."
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"They already sound broken in."
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"These AKG phones are much more natural sounding (see, it's hard to describe!"
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"but if you do like the analytical sound signature, there's nothing to really complain about here."
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"Great , had to buy amp to boost up the sounds"
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"Great sound."
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"Great sounding headphones."
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"In summary, great sound, light weight, decent comfort."
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"These really DO sound nice."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"The feeling I get when listening to music is lighter in a sense that you feel as if you are listening to your music with a nice set of speakers this feeling might seem weird at first but its relieving to me as the sound that is entering my ears feels more natural."
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"I thought these might even sound as good as my scanspeak bookshelf speaker, but they are not even close."
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"The problem is that when I want something great to listen to I have my bookshelf speakers."
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"In a quiet room, but where you still want private listening (vs. using your speakers) these are outstanding (again, for a classical music genre)."
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"They're like speakers on your head, in the sense that everything is so clear I often confuse sounds from the headphones from sounds coming within my home."
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"Pros:Sound is great, -almost- on-par with my Speakers and bass is definitely not lacking."
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Value

Value:
"Outstanding value for the money."
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"Also the price is a good value for these quality headphones too, unlike other expensive headphones, they are reasonably priced for their worth"
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"In Conclusion:While AKG might not win the value contest against HD558, it is still technically more superior to the HD 558."
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"Overall a fantastic value."
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"Good value."
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Video

Video:
"This review may sound negative, but I would highly recommend these for gaming and movie watching if you have proper amplification."
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"I consider the Q701 good but not great for movie watching."
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"To listen to music, to play video games (excellent localization) and watch movies...One huge drawback for someone who owns many headphones... After using the AKG Q701 for a while (and after burn-in); even the ATH-A900 sounds muddy in comparison... My Ultrasone HFI-780S seem harsh and without any finesse...Update 01 16 2012These headphones must have now more than 300 hours of use and they are shining better than ever."
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"This review may sound negative, but I would highly recommend these for gaming and movie watching if you have proper amplification."
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"Very good for trance, but I used this for my online class which had a ton of video tutorials and I must say the sound is very clear."
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"I can see why people love these for watching movies and for gaming."
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"This problem I see a lot in some forums and could also be partially my fault since I do not have a headphone stand and occasionally throwing them on my bed since the long wires make them perfect for watching movies on the bed."
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"Movies - I feel like I'm there, I love listening to movies with Hans Zimmer."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"Sound's great especially the clarity in the mids,really good with vocal musics and jazz....Not that good with bass that feel of *boom**boom* shaky shaky feel."
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"It has truly magical mids that can bring out vocals well, and is best suited for rock, acoustic, strings, etc."
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"But the soundstage is great for vocals and classical music."
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"They all sound pretty nice ,every pair got its own taste especially when equipped with a nice Headphone amplifier such as Fiio E12 Mont Blanc , But when I put these on ,I was completely astonished , Now I understand what Reference Headphone means , I never heard such a balanced sound , every little single of detail is clearly heard ,... Vocal is so clear like I never heard before , I listed to my favourite collection and it appears to me that there is some other instruments playing in the back ground and i didn't noticed them with any pair from my collection ,....Bass is strong but never fails to appear correctly no matter how strong or weak the track isBUT.......These pair of Cans needs lots of juice to get them working properly So Without an Amplifier you can never enjoy what I'm trying to picture her"
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"I listen to classical, country, jazz, vocal so I love this can."
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"For someone who wants natural sound should opt for the HD600 by Sennheiser since the vocals sound more natural and treble is more polite while being just as good as the AKGs."
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Volume

Volume:
"The sound is really clean, we can hear every details and articulations..I'm slighly disappointed about the maximum volume a little bit low..need to use a gain compression plugin or headphone amp to get a higher volume."
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"Only downside is they do require a lot of power if you want volume."
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")Speaking of walks, the Q701 have a higher impedance (62 ohm) than either the Grado or NAD (32 ohm), and so my iPhone 5s does not drive them to more than a pleasing volume - loud enough to hear everything fine (with no outside noise), probably good for my hearing health overall, but not loud enough to satisfy my rock out or flood me with symphonic sound moods."
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"As for the amp problem...the AKG certainly did require more juice and volume than my other headphones to hit that sweet spot."
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"These do take a bit more power to drive than typical headphones in this price range, and so a portable device may not power them to satisfactory volumes for some people."
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"-Be in an environment that is either very quiet or has room for the excess noise if you chose to raise the volume, a drawback to open backed headphones."
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"and even on bass heavy tracks like edm, bass impact is still on the lighter side, though extension volume is good."
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"IF YOU LIKE RICH FULL RANGE SOUND AT A MEDIUM VOLUME THESE ARE A GREAT DEAL JUST DON'T PUT TOO MUCH POWER INTO THEM."
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"THESE SOUND REALLY GOOD AT LOW VOLUMES, IF YOU GIVE THEM SOME KICK OR POWER THEY CAN DISTORT ON THE HIGHS A BIT."
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"I produce music with these and sometimes i will use them for an entire day so i need a good headphone that is truthful at different volume levels and does not give me fatigue."
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"The bass tightens up nicely, and you get better volume across the soundstage."
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iPhone

iPhone:
")Speaking of walks, the Q701 have a higher impedance (62 ohm) than either the Grado or NAD (32 ohm), and so my iPhone 5s does not drive them to more than a pleasing volume - loud enough to hear everything fine (with no outside noise), probably good for my hearing health overall, but not loud enough to satisfy my rock out or flood me with symphonic sound moods."
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"They work well directly on portable devices such as an iPod or iPhone, but they do benefit from an external amp; I use a FiiO E17 (http: www."
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"I tried them plugged directly into my lg g4 and my wife's iphone 6, and neither could power them adequately."
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"My iPhone just doesn't have enough to power these adequately."
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"At 62 ohm, my home stereo easily pushes them nicely but when I run them off my Blackberry Z10 or I-Phone, I recomend use a small headphone amp."
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"For portable use, a comfortable listening volume was achieved at 90% volume on my iPhone 5 and Google Nexus 5."
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iPod

iPod:
"If you are plugging them straight into your iPod, CD player, etc they will sound very puny and weak."
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"But plugging it into an iPod is also fine, but the sound will not be as good."
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"I checked the connection and it was tight but no matter what I tried, I could not get decent volume out of my Ipod."
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"They work well directly on portable devices such as an iPod or iPhone, but they do benefit from an external amp; I use a FiiO E17 (http: www."
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"AKG packs two different high-quality cords for the Q701, but neither is iPod length."
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"For what it's worth, the iDo Icon is a great product as well, if you are only going to listen to an Apple device such as the iPod."
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"It should also be noted that an iPod DOES NOT drive this headphone very well."
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"next i tried it with my iPod (yet again a stupid source) and it was pretty good but nothing special then i tried it on my hp desktop with beats and they seemed GREAT!"
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