I don't consider 10 years very long and would expect a supposedly top end model like the AKG K701 to last much longer than that... like at least 50 years into the future so that our future generations can check them out.
Like i said, they're cheap. Sometimes Harmin' Pro gives them away for free. They're easy to replace. You'll wear out the earpads much sooner.
|Granted, it may be better and sturdier (unbreakable?) plastic they use, but it just looks too delicate and thin where it clips onto the rods and slides. That's the part I see can easily crack if handled and treated rough or if you go to sleep on them and turn over and lean on them the wrong way. (Yes I sometimes go to sleep listening to my headphones! Don't y'all?)|
|My HP-2 plastics all seem to be as good as new except for that cheapo thin flexible plastic on the adjustable band part. The design however is not so good as the pivot parts that attach the headband to the drivers part does make creaking sounds when you move your head or clench your teeth.|
Do not ever drop them! The plastic they used is the variety that cyclists commonly refer to as 'cheese'. The post that attaches the headband to the earcup will break, and there is, so far as we've been able to find, no way to fix it.
'course, since you have an HP-2, I'd gladly send you a gutted YH-2 frame if that ever happened. They are identical as far as i know. Or you could send them to me to be re-potted and potentially improved.
|The HP-2 ear cups are some kind of very soft plyable leather cushion. Mine did not deteriorate. Ear pads are kind of squashed in from about 15 years being neglected, squashed and contorted into odd positions in my junk box. But they seem fine.|
Different varieties of foam degrade at different rates. The foam rubber inside the HP/YH-1, YH-100, and possibly the HP/YH-3 and -50(a,s) series as well, seems to be immortal and is always found to be in good condition.
The foam rubber disc inside both of my pairs of YH-2 was in very sad shape indeed.
You know how in museums they have documents sealed in vacuum chambers because to touch them would cause them to crumble to dust? Like that.
|Hmmm, I don't know what you mean here by being the "Black Sheep..." but all I've mostly read were rave reviews after folks got used to their sound...
I can say first hand these are nice sounding cans but I don't think they are the ultimate end all in any headphone search. I find them best with real classic Jazz, not rock not smooth fake jazz, real jazz with real instruments.
While they are by no means the same, the majority of premium AKG headphones have some common similarities in their sound signature.
The biggest fans of the AKG sound signature seem to be unhappy with the K701 - Fitz is the biggest fan AKG headphones have, and he hates the K701.
I've had K-141M from the 70's and from the 90's, K240-M from the 70's, K340 from the early 80's (probably), K300-M and K301 from the 90's, K240-DF from the 90's, and K401 from a few years ago.
They all have similar sound characteristics. Some are better than others, and the K240-DF sounds half-way between an AKG and a Beyerdynamic due to the diffuse field equalization, but you could blindfold me and put any one of them on my head, and I'd be able to identify them as AKG.
As i understand it, that does not hold true for the K701. So i have no frame of reference.
|HP-2 again strikes the best balance here from what I hear comparing them. The Senns have the most bass of these phones. The Bose On Ear Triport wipes all of these headphones when it comes to bass output. Holy smokes! But the Bose On Ear Triport has somewhat subdued highs whose intensity varies depending on how I set the on ear pads onto my ears.|