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AKG Audio K702 Channel Studio Headphones by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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AKG Audio K702 Channel Studio Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 210 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range5.0   above average
Listening4.7   above average
Price4.7   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Sound4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Audio4.3   above average
Fit4.3   average
Music4.2   average
Design4.1   average
Response4.0   average
Cable3.8   average
Size3.7   average
Power3.3   average


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Audio

Audio:
"If you're looking for headphones designed to reproduce audio the way it was intended, the K702 is hard to beat without having to spend a great deal more money."
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"Before ordering the AKGs, I tried five other pairs of headphones (two Grado models, a Bose, a Sennheiser, and an Audio Technica), and was disappointed with all of them (excessive brightness in the Grados, treble coloration in the Bose, bass-heaviness in the Sennheiser, and a defect in the Audio Technicas causing them to deliver electric shocks to my ears)."
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"Also low bitrate audio will sound terrible."
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"Get the K702 if you want a 3D sound and amazing audio for the price."
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"But, then again, MP3 files are anything but high-quality audio, so it's probably a moot point."
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"These are exceptional headphones, reproducing high-quality audio the way it should be, unfettered by enhanced bass and anomalies in frequency response."
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"I am new to audio equipment, but I have been able to try the q701, k702, and k712."
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"Mine are amped with a Creek OBH-11 tape looped thru a PS Audio 5.5 preamp and they sound great! "
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Cable

Cable:
"Being busy and needing these headphones I didn't want to bother returning the entire headphones because a faulty and replaceable cable."
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"But since the cable broke down, I've been using the 702s for everything and let me tell you: though the bass on these is very light compared to every other high end headphone on the market, the tightness of it and the overall sound quality is amazing."
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"Well, I just spent some time trying out headphones at the store because my other over the ear headphones (Sony MDR-7506) have the cable broken."
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"I hear the cord itself isn't that durable, so walking around and snagging it will lessen the life of the cord."
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"Removable cable so if you damage the wire you won't be screwed."
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"And I purchased a 3 meter cable when I purchased the headphones, which was a good thing because the headphones, at least the ones I received, did not come with a cable."
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"it has a separate cable that you can detach in case you want to transport so you won't damage the cable."
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"I bought a very nicely made cable on eBay with fast shipping and have had a wonderful listening experience since."
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"Comfortable, sound quality improves with age, nice long cord, good sound imaging for audiophiles or watching listening to digital programs on your computer."
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"I LOVE THIS CABLE MAN, LOOOOVE, it may seem cheap, but as long as you take care of it, it wont break from use, be weary of running over it with a rolling chair or squishing it in drawers, ive done both plenty of times, ive got a few flat spots on the cable, but nothing too bad."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Unfortunately because of this comfort feature if you nod shake you head left and right you will feel the headphone's pads move along so they are not stable if you plan on doing sports where your head will do a lot of shaking and those pads will definitely get soaked with sweat."
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"They are not amazingly comfortable, but nice enough to wear."
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"Very comfortable headphones, very clear sound but not an abundance of bass."
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"It fits very well and is comfortable to wear."
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"They're comfortable, well-engineered, and produce extraordinary sound."
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"K702- Great sound, Comfortable, great price"
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"I use them for EDM production, and they stay comfortable while providing me with clear and accurate sound."
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Design

Design:
"If you're looking for headphones designed to reproduce audio the way it was intended, the K702 is hard to beat without having to spend a great deal more money."
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"One negative point for these is the design of the leather band."
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"I will be inventing a more permanent padding in the next few days (am currently using the bubble wrap that they came packed in) but it seems ridiculous to have such a high quality product with such an anti-ergonomic design."
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"Paying a premium for them, the design is flawed as the clear plastic pieces inside broke within 6 months."
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"Before I go off on my sound design critique I just wanted to add that these are some amazing headphones for music."
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"Comfort: The pads are designed such that nothing is actually touching the cartilage of your ear, so there isn't much ear fatigue that comes with other over-ear cans."
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"-Paramount to this peculiar suspension style design is long use comfort."
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"While this is a credit to the balance of the design I tend to love crashing double bass pedals."
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Fit

Fit:
"Some consumers complained about the fit, but since they fit over my ears, they seem comfortable to me."
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"I realize this is a specialty product with a smaller user base, but I've bought many other products that would fit into that category, and have never had such good customer service."
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"It fits very well and is comfortable to wear."
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"The comfort and fit of the these headphones is equal to the Sennheiser PC 363D to me."
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"Not only is the sound of AKG headphone amazing, but the fit and comfort of the earhole is really nice."
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"Then my friend Zach let me try his K701s on and that sealed the deal, they fit perfectly, off to Amazon and the K702 were cheaper than the K701 at the time, so why not?"
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"Some consumers complained about the fit, but since they fit over my ears, they seem comfortable to me."
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Listening

Listening:
"You are getting an extremely flat sound which is great for recording, mixing or eq'ing on the go, but they are not going to be as pleasant for electronic or hip hop listening."
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"The other problem is it is an open headphone, so riding the bus and listening to Justin Bieber will get you weird looks."
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"I've been listening and enjoying them for hours every day."
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"I personally could tell zero difference between these and the k702 other than the k702, without bumps on headband, were much more comfortable on longer listening sessions."
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"I can only say that after four hours listening can continue to listen without me become uncomfortable."
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"I bought a very nicely made cable on eBay with fast shipping and have had a wonderful listening experience since."
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"If you have the K701 702 cans powered adequately and the music source you are listening to using AKG K701 K702 cans sounds to you to be strident or muddy, or has a thin bass, or whatever, it's the musical source, not AKG K701 K702 headphones; being neutral and flat, they can only reproduce the true content of the source music."
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Music

Music:
"The only down-side might be their lack of sensitivity; it does take more juice to drive these headphones which would not make them a good choice for portable music players."
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"As per caveat above, my review is strictly for Classical music opera only and the AKG K702 is just perfect."
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"Here's the only other caveat: If your only exposure to music has been the hypercompressed,loud, bass-heavy thumping of FM radio and such, and you like that, then you probably won't be happy at all with these exquisite headphones."
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"comparing these to my last cans, the V-Moda Crossface LP-2 (version 1) for $200 msrp or $140 on amazon atm, i must say the extra $100 is MORE than worth it, these are beautiful for all music in my opinion, the may not scale perfectly with electronic music or other more popular music without sound stage and a lot of instruments, but they're only $250for build quality, the elastic bands wont break any time soon, akg isnt stupid, elastic only breaks when you over stretch it, ive had hair bands last a year without breaking until i stretch it just a little too far and it snaps, but the elastic bands on these cant over extend unless you make them, the only real build quality problem here is the clear plastic part that holds the headband in line, which isnt even necessary, its been an entire year, and now its just got these faint white lines (like when you bend plastic) running through them, i can see them lasting another 2 years without interference, but i taped them anyways to reduce stress, once it breaks ill simply remove them all together."
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"On the plus side, they faithfully reproduce the music source which can be either good or bad depending on the quality of the recording."
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"The best way is to put in on a loop of music for several hours which will greatly enhance the sound, but it still is impressive right out of the box."
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"Music is so clear crisp and delightful to listen too."
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"These headphones are by far worth the price the clarity from movies music are amazing."
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"I recommend them to addicts for quality music."
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Power

Power:
"On an iPhone or headphone out most devices would not get a decent volume out of the k702s due to their higher power requirement."
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"I dislike the close sound of the power bass of Bose, Sony, beat by Dr. dre."
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"The final problem is you need power to really push these headphones."
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"They're hard to drive and require a lot of power, which was no surprise; they have reputation for it."
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"I'm using an Objective 2 headphone amp + ODAC combo to drive these even though the on-board Creative Soundblaster processor on my motherboard has enough power to drive them since they are only 62 ohms."
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"The lower mass of the drivers of a higher-impedance headphone can deliver unparalleled clarity and response, but it takes more power to achieve the same loudness."
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"They're extremely sensitive to the amount of power driving them- don't expect to get great sound from a budget amp on these."
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"*Old reveiw*Out of the box they were atrocious so I cranked up the Bellari HA540 Pure Class A Stereo Headphone Amplifier and let them set for 3 hours, listened again and it was easy to hear the difference below 50Hz and the sound was warmer and smoother than at first, They will be on non stop for the next 4 days and I will update with my conclusion, but just after 3 hours of near rms power they are the best sounding headphones I have personally heard, I expect great things."
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"To fully power it, you need a headphone amplifier or a good receiver."
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Price

Price:
"If you're looking for headphones designed to reproduce audio the way it was intended, the K702 is hard to beat without having to spend a great deal more money."
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"The sound is incredible and I'm convinced nothing can beat it at this price, but they are just not comfortable."
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"When I was considering them I've read quite a bit about (1) how they are not worth the money without a decent headphone amp, (2) that their bass leaves a lot to desire, and (3) that they have an insanely long burn-in period."
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"For the money, great value."
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"If you're OK with that price tag, great!"
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"These headphones are by far worth the price the clarity from movies music are amazing."
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"Get the K702 if you want a 3D sound and amazing audio for the price."
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"These headphones are really good for the price, Highly Reccommended!"
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Quality

Quality:
"This headset is improving in sound quality as it is broken in."
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"Sound quality was disappointing."
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"comparing these to my last cans, the V-Moda Crossface LP-2 (version 1) for $200 msrp or $140 on amazon atm, i must say the extra $100 is MORE than worth it, these are beautiful for all music in my opinion, the may not scale perfectly with electronic music or other more popular music without sound stage and a lot of instruments, but they're only $250for build quality, the elastic bands wont break any time soon, akg isnt stupid, elastic only breaks when you over stretch it, ive had hair bands last a year without breaking until i stretch it just a little too far and it snaps, but the elastic bands on these cant over extend unless you make them, the only real build quality problem here is the clear plastic part that holds the headband in line, which isnt even necessary, its been an entire year, and now its just got these faint white lines (like when you bend plastic) running through them, i can see them lasting another 2 years without interference, but i taped them anyways to reduce stress, once it breaks ill simply remove them all together."
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"These headphones have finally broken in for me (about 150 hours), and the sound quality is now so outstanding that I feel compelled to provide some praise for them."
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"As Harmon International continues to shed reputable high end retail dealers in favor of pushing its Chinese junk technojewelry, perhaps the only place quality items such as these phones may continue to be available is with the few pro-end dealers and specialty On-line sources."
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"I will be inventing a more permanent padding in the next few days (am currently using the bubble wrap that they came packed in) but it seems ridiculous to have such a high quality product with such an anti-ergonomic design."
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"On the plus side, they faithfully reproduce the music source which can be either good or bad depending on the quality of the recording."
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"Really high quality sound, great build and most importantly, really confortable."
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"They cost that much, plus about once again that much for a decent quality headphone amplifier."
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"While the sound quality is good, I doubt I'll be purchasing AKGs in the future."
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"I recommend them to addicts for quality music."
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Range

Range:
"Audiophiles will definitely appreciate the range these headphones can handle."
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"Every headphone brings something unique to the table in their respective price ranges but these perform excellent on all aspects."
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"Good phones for the money in this price range."
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"I picked out Diane Krall Girl in the other room on SACD, a clean modern recording with a good range of subtle sounds, and plugged the phones into the SACD player."
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"On the positive side, the mid range was clear and warm, and in some ways preferable to the 702s with the piano in particular sounding more full and rounded."
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Response

Response:
"I give 1 point, because despite we have written 3 emails to them, they are not able to response."
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"My only critique would be that the bass response is pretty weak."
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"So I tried all different styles of music for my break in period and as the first 50-75 hours went by I noticed no appreciable change in bass response."
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"The frequency response then sounds very well integrated and balanced - bass and treble are extended and natural-sounding, without over-emphasis, and the midrange makes instruments sound like themselves and distinct from each other."
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"Two years ago, I decided to upgrade from my almost 30-year-old Sennheiser HD400's, hoping to find something similarly comfortable, open, and natural-sounding but with more extended frequency response."
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"Studio grade analytic reference headphones provide that flat frequency response required for artistic accuracy."
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"The lower mass of the drivers of a higher-impedance headphone can deliver unparalleled clarity and response, but it takes more power to achieve the same loudness."
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"My only critique would be that the bass response is pretty weak."
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Size

Size:
"I was worried I would be put off by its size as many complain of it being unrealistic."
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"Instead, hidden on the underside of the headband, was a small sticker with the words Made in China (P. R. C.)."
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"Original I think it could be the small mechanical problem between the headphone and my old headphone box."
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"you can shake your head vigorously and they will stay on (but only just).Another problem people find is the size."
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"They are not too tight on my head (although I do have a small crown), but I think they'd be very comfortable for any size head due to the headband mechanism."
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"Not sure they are hugely accurate but quite comfortable and surprisingly lightweight for the size"
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"After much researching and reading reviews on Sennheiser, Grados, AKG, etc, I decided on the AKG K702s for two reasons, spacious pads, and comfort for my huge head (64cm, size 8 fitted), all the Sennheisers I could get my hands on squeezed my head."
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"if the size isn't a problem and you don't care about getting a few looks, then you can wear these out."
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Sound

Sound:
"The comparison with Sennheiser HD 598 is night and day in this respect, the latter has just the right amount of bass for me (playing the music with a direct response, no tone controls).Wen used out of an iPhone, the sound is just too weak, very unpleasant to me, the bass is so subdued!"
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"This headset is improving in sound quality as it is broken in."
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"I have been missing out my whole gaming life on sound."
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"Sound quality was disappointing."
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"1000 HRS BURN IN, WHAT A JOKE, THEY SOUND THE SAME CRAPPY THAN THE VERY FIRST DAY, PLEASE, BUT ANY OF JBL AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WITH AKG, I OWN 22 PAIRS AND THIS ONEAS ARE THE WORST AND MOST EXPENSIVE"
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"Summary:Very detailed and accurate, but not much bassReveal problems with poor sound sources like mp3 at 128 192 kbsVery uncomfortable from physical point of view - see my solutions to pressure and pinching belowSound:With my eyes closed i could imagine that i am listening to as set of bookshelf speakers without much bass."
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"- Other than that, the sound is good of course, I could hear more details in the high medium than I could with Sennheiser HD 598, by a small margin, but I could tell the difference, and I am not an audiophile perfectionist."
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"I have recorded a number of old LP's and while my Bose 601 speakers make almost all the recordings sound good, the AKG headphones reveal the flaws in some of the lesser quality recordings."
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"Very comfortable headphones, very clear sound but not an abundance of bass."
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"The best way is to put in on a loop of music for several hours which will greatly enhance the sound, but it still is impressive right out of the box."
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"The sound stage is great."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I have recorded a number of old LP's and while my Bose 601 speakers make almost all the recordings sound good, the AKG headphones reveal the flaws in some of the lesser quality recordings."
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"My current music system is mainly middle of the road, Sony ES 5500 amp 5400 SACD and Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 digital player, but flattered considerably by a pair of Quad 2805 electrostatic speakers which I just love."
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"It's more like having high-quality speakers in an acoustically accurate room."
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"Like a very good set of speakers they sound better and better with time."
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"Just play a PERFECT RECORDING you know and love, raise the volume in very small increments untill bass is just noticeable and pay attention to detail...after about three minutes ramp up very carefully again...you will hear everything better than before even at an unbelievably low volume...by the middle of the record, delighted at every step, the illusion of pressece will surpass what most speakers can deliver perfectly positioned in a perfect room."
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Treble

Treble:
"Before ordering the AKGs, I tried five other pairs of headphones (two Grado models, a Bose, a Sennheiser, and an Audio Technica), and was disappointed with all of them (excessive brightness in the Grados, treble coloration in the Bose, bass-heaviness in the Sennheiser, and a defect in the Audio Technicas causing them to deliver electric shocks to my ears)."
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"What I Like : 3D soundstage, Great treble that the Sennheisers dont have, very controlled bass (with a slight roll off), and okay mids."
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"These headphones sound very treble heavy at first, however after about a week of heavy use they sound fantastic - bass sounds better while harsh treble is very reduced."
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"The frequency response then sounds very well integrated and balanced - bass and treble are extended and natural-sounding, without over-emphasis, and the midrange makes instruments sound like themselves and distinct from each other."
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"The Grado easy has extreme high and treble or what some people might call bright, Sennheiser is has a tad more bass and over warmth feeling in the bass."
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"wide sound stage, deep bass with a nice treble and mid-range...but im quite concern about the cable, as i know k702 should have a removable cable, but mine one stuck.... i cant pull the cable off from the headphone...does anyone know how?"
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Volume

Volume:
"On an iPhone or headphone out most devices would not get a decent volume out of the k702s due to their higher power requirement."
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"Assuming that you have paired them with an adequate source of amplification and are starting with high quality files or music source, the K702s have absolutely no detectible distortion up to extremely high volume levels (the kind that are probably damaging to your hearing)."
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"Pros:- Circumaural headphones are wonderful, and these ear cups are very comfortable- Great build quality- If the sound engineer was wearing these, you might hear it as they did (true for any headphones, really...)Cons:- The headband gets uncomfortable quicklyOpen-air Cons:- You can hear everything around you right through them, so you turn up the volume- People in the area then complain that your headphones are too loud for them to concentrate- Dismal bass performance (yes, I've broken them in for ages)I listened to these constantly for 4 months."
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"Right out of the box I loved the clarity, crispness, and perfectly clean sound at nearly every volume setting."
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"Well, even without the amplifier, both my iphone and macbook pro have no problem giving these more volume than I need."
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"the only issue is if you do want the perfect sound quality along with some worth while volume, you'll have to purchase a headphone amp(20 bucks)"
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"Now the volume control at half is plenty and clear, together they created such beautiful result, way beyond my expectation."
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"Just play a PERFECT RECORDING you know and love, raise the volume in very small increments untill bass is just noticeable and pay attention to detail...after about three minutes ramp up very carefully again...you will hear everything better than before even at an unbelievably low volume...by the middle of the record, delighted at every step, the illusion of pressece will surpass what most speakers can deliver perfectly positioned in a perfect room."
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