I'm hoping for the 200-300 range, but I am worried.
This market unfortunately and stupidly IMO equates price with quality. Now Sennheiser, beyer, Ultrasone and Grado are all selling dynamics for around the 1k price (way too much for dynamics, way, way too much) it worries me others will follow suit simply in order to be taken seriously.
I hope AKG keep to their fair pricing policy, I really hope they do, but I have a fear it will come in at over 500 as half the cretins on this site will dismiss it as "mid-fi" without listening to it if it's any less.
AKG doesn't have a fair price policy they just haven't come up with any new designs in 30 years so they can't charge much more. The K701 is at most a tweaked K400 which was made in the early 80's. Some like the tweak, others don't. I prefer the K400. The Q701 was an attempt by them to add worth since they can't seem to do any real engineering.
But I agree about the market and pricing, It's pretty ridiculous. I think the LCD-2 is the only one that may be priced fairly simply due to the costs of being such a small American company.