"Out of curiosity, how many here who commented on the K701/2's use(d|s) them recabled?"
This is a really good question. I had my old pair of K702 apart yesterday and it looks like AKG uses the absolute cheapest wire inside. There is a whole lot of solder joints to basically a coat hanger that runs through the headband.
If your house was wired like the K702 it would never have past inspection.