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post #10351 of 37374
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For those interested in what I feel of the K702 Annies (first impressions)

Just got the K702 Anniversary.

Holy balls.

These are gorgeous. Prior to these, I owned the white K701 and white Q701, The finish on those was almost like a toilet white. Porcelain. The Annies though? The finish is matte, and looks AMAZING. I mean, I thought I was used to how the K/Q's looked, then I saw these... I'm blown away just looking at them.

Then I put them on my head, no sound... just... OMFG. I always raved about the Steelseries Siberia and their self adjustment. Those were nearly perfect. I wish the cups were bigger on those (they were small and not deep.)

The K701 and Q701 had similar self adjustment, but for whatever reason, they were always fully extended and hella tight on my head. Then there was the bumps on the headband that were torturous. Pure torture until you wore them long enough to not mind them, but they never truly disappear.

Here comes the K702 Annies. Not only did they do away with the bumps, but the headband no longer pulls down on my head. I wonder if it's because the bumps are gone, leaving more space for just enough extension to not make them so tight. The cups clamp so lightly, I almost thought these were Audio-Technicas for a moment. They clamp just tight enough to feel secure, but it's light.

Speaking of light I mean, these babies are LIGHT. I mean, wearing the HE400 next to them is...well, they surely feel like bricks on the head next to the Annies.

HOLY COW. These ARE the most comfortable full-sized headphones I have owned, bar none. It is indeed perfection.

Comfort...10/10

These are IT.

On to the most important part...sound.

Before I start, let me state that I do NOT suffer from new toy syndrome. If I'm not impressed, I will be the first to say it. I will be quick to mention the pros and cons in a headphone's sound.

So what did I hear when I first turned on the music?



Warmth. Clarity. Openness. Refinement.

This is surely a refined Q701. Not only does it sound fuller than I remember of the Q701, but the bass. Dear god... the bass. What. The. CRAP? These have FANTASTIC bass. I will tell you right now, this is the most balanced headphone I have heard that ALSO has a satisfying amount of bass. The DT880 is also incredibly balanced with bass, but they have that treble peak. These DO NOT.

I am absolutely MINDBLOWN by the Annies. I paid $429 for these... and I will tell you all right now, that yes, it's worth it over the Q701, and I would seriously choose these over the HE-400 if I could only own one. The HE-400 is amazing, simply amazing, but the K702 Annies has this balance between fun and straight business without any glaring faults that make them so damn enticing.

This is one of those times that I can't find anything bad to say about the sound.

They really DO sound like a mix between the Q701 and HD650. It is a perfect blend. Just.... lovely.

Stay tuned.


My faves have changed...in order.

D7000
K702 Annies
HE-400
HD650
HE-4
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/13 at 11:53am
post #10352 of 37374
Mad,
You... You... You jerk T_T
Bwah haugh hah hah huuuuh *sob*

I mean, I believe you, and it's not your fault AKG sought improvement, but... You know what I'm getting at.
Edited by Evshrug - 1/3/13 at 12:00pm
post #10353 of 37374
Thread Starter 
Dude, I... I don't even wanna say those things!

The Q701 is fantastic, you know this, and I know this. But the Annies... man... I would seriousluy put the Q701 for sale and get the Annies. I am NOT kidding you.
post #10354 of 37374
Well. I might just have to suck it up and go crawling back to working for Panera.
Edited by Evshrug - 1/3/13 at 11:59am
post #10355 of 37374
Thread Starter 
I'd be upset too. Improvements are expected but damn, AKG just dealt a HEAVY blow to everything else in the price range. It has everything going for it. I can't find ANY issues...AT ALL. I'm supposed to be sleeping. I don't want to. They MAKE me wanna listen.

One major thing I notice, covering the cups doesn't do almost anything to impact the sound...

I think I found my Audio Nirvana...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/13 at 12:30pm
post #10356 of 37374
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

For those interested in what I feel of the K702 Annies (first impressions)
Just got the K702 Anniversary.
Holy balls.
These are gorgeous. Prior to these, I owned the white K701 and white Q701, The finish on those was almost like a toilet white. Porcelain. The Annies though? The finish is matte, and looks AMAZING. I mean, I thought I was used to how the K/Q's looked, then I saw these... I'm blown away just looking at them.
Then I put them on my head, no sound... just... OMFG. I always raved about the Steelseries Siberia and their self adjustment. Those were nearly perfect. I wish the cups were bigger on those (they were small and not deep.)
The K701 and Q701 had similar self adjustment, but for whatever reason, they were always fully extended and hella tight on my head. Then there was the bumps on the headband that were torturous. Pure torture until you wore them long enough to not mind them, but they never truly disappear.
Here comes the K702 Annies. Not only did they do away with the bumps, but the headband no longer pulls down on my head. I wonder if it's because the bumps are gone, leaving more space for just enough extension to not make them so tight. The cups clamp so lightly, I almost thought these were Audio-Technicas for a moment. They clamp just tight enough to feel secure, but it's light.
Speaking of light I mean, these babies are LIGHT. I mean, wearing the HE400 next to them is...well, they surely feel like bricks on the head next to the Annies.
HOLY COW. These ARE the most comfortable full-sized headphones I have owned, bar none. It is indeed perfection.
Comfort...10/10
These are IT.
On to the most important part...sound.
Before I start, let me state that I do NOT suffer from new toy syndrome. If I'm not impressed, I will be the first to say it. I will be quick to mention the pros and cons in a headphone's sound.
So what did I hear when I first turned on the music?

Warmth. Clarity. Openness. Refinement.
This is surely a refined Q701. Not only does it sound fuller than I remember of the Q701, but the bass. Dear god... the bass. What. The. CRAP? These have FANTASTIC bass. I will tell you right now, this is the most balanced headphone I have heard that ALSO has a satisfying amount of bass. The DT880 is also incredibly balanced with bass, but they have that treble peak. These DO NOT.
I am absolutely MINDBLOWN by the Annies. I paid $429 for these... and I will tell you all right now, that yes, it's worth it over the Q701, and I would seriously choose these over the HE-400 if I could only own one. The HE-400 is amazing, simply amazing, but the K702 Annies has this balance between fun and straight business without any glaring faults that make them so damn enticing.
This is one of those times that I can't find anything bad to say about the sound.
They really DO sound like a mix between the Q701 and HD650. It is a perfect blend. Just.... lovely.
Stay tuned.
My faves have changed...in order.
D7000
K702 Annies
HE-400
HD650
HE-4

 

Sounds like you like them, lol. Can't wait to see your gaming comments on them :)

 

-Erik

post #10357 of 37374
Thread Starter 
These have everything I can possibly ask for. The comfort, the openness, the clarity, the warmth, the bass. This is the one.
post #10358 of 37374

DAMN!!!!: those K702 anniversary, sounds pretty awesome!.

But pretty damn Overpriced here in EU, 580 EURO :O.

 

How does the Annie compare to the normal ones?:)

Getting curious about these 2 pieces.

My neck is pretty vulneable for headsets/headphones. My neck has begun to heart after wearing the panasonic HTF-600, for several hours of gaming :S. 

post #10359 of 37374
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

These have everything I can possibly ask for. The comfort, the openness, the clarity, the warmth, the bass. This is the one.

Are you at all curious about listening to the Annies (like the nickname, I always called my sister that and she hated it biggrin.gif) side by side with your old Q701? I wonder if your amp may have helped, equalizing the difference between the Q701 and the Annie sonically. Straws, I grasp them.

I'm curious what Chico will say when he reads this wink.gif

Oh, and Grymok, the Q701 has never been a bother for it's weight. Really, quite comfortable except for the headband bumps.
Edited by Evshrug - 1/3/13 at 2:10pm
post #10360 of 37374
Mad!
I just realized something!
You, Chico, Nameless.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

It works so well, it makes me sad I don't fit in there :/
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post
Mad!
I just realized something!
You, Chico, Nameless.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
It works so well, it makes me sad I don't fit in there :/

 

I hate to admit it, but I don't understand the comparison you're making. Who are those people? (Second list of names, of course.)

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post
These have everything I can possibly ask for. The comfort, the openness, the clarity, the warmth, the bass. This is the one.

 

Now I don't know if I want to audition the K702 65th or the HE-400 more...not that I need to, since I've already found the one for me at this point, but I'm glad that you've found the one for you, especially after going through so many headphones.

 

Everyone has such differently-shaped heads and ears and preferences in sound presentation that it's unlikely that most of them ever find the one headphone that suits them best. I guess I lucked out in terms of getting the one as my second serious headphone purchase.

 

Of course, some people don't realise that they've had the one all along until they've tried countless other headphones, like me.

post #10362 of 37374

Where did you buy these for $429? I only see them available in the Amazon marketplace for $500.

post #10363 of 37374
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

I hate to admit it, but I don't understand the comparison you're making. Who are those people? (Second list of names, of course.)


Now I don't know if I want to audition the K702 65th or the HE-400 more...not that I need to, since I've already found the one for me at this point, but I'm glad that you've found the one for you, especially after going through so many headphones.

Everyone has such differently-shaped heads and ears and preferences in sound presentation that it's unlikely that most of them ever find the one headphone that suits them best. I guess I lucked out in terms of getting the one as my second serious headphone purchase.

Of course, some people don't realise that they've had the one all along until they've tried countless other headphones, like me.

What are you driving your Lambdas with Nameless?

-Erik
post #10364 of 37374

is there a big difference between 7.1 and 5.1 dolby headphone? I have a Xonar DG, but it only supports 5.1.

Thanks!

post #10365 of 37374
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

I hate to admit it, but I don't understand the comparison you're making. Who are those people? (Second list of names, of course.)


Now I don't know if I want to audition the K702 65th or the HE-400 more...not that I need to, since I've already found the one for me at this point, but I'm glad that you've found the one for you, especially after going through so many headphones.

Everyone has such differently-shaped heads and ears and preferences in sound presentation that it's unlikely that most of them ever find the one headphone that suits them best. I guess I lucked out in terms of getting the one as my second serious headphone purchase.

Of course, some people don't realise that they've had the one all along until they've tried countless other headphones, like me.

Hosts of Top Gear (BBC), Probably the most celebrated car show to date. If you've never seen it, and your at least remotely interested in cars, then I'd highly recommend it. I believe that Netflix streaming service has it, as well as some episodes (free for prime members) on Amazon.

MLE.... damn I thought that the anniversarys' were just a rehash of the 7XX line. I'd really like to get them... but the price.... One question though, with the added bass, has the soundstage changed any?
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Originally Posted by FlavioWolff View Post

is there a big difference between 7.1 and 5.1 dolby headphone? I have a Xonar DG, but it only supports 5.1.
Thanks!

Mainly just marketing speak... moving from a 5.1 AX Decoder to a (supposedly 7.1) Mixamp there was no sonic changes.
Edited by ruuku - 1/3/13 at 4:55pm
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