Originally Posted by Eisenhower
Of all the topics discussed to death, concern over silent headphone changes is not one I've encountered often.
You could make a new thread on silent updates to different headphone lines. That would be good. But there's not much else to say about it in THIS thread.
Yes, AKG has most likely updated the x70x line. Yes, there is probably variation between different models from different time periods.
Companies do this. Current Samsung LCD TVs don't have enough panel supplies, so they outsource to 4 different panel manufacturers (several of them chinese made with inferior picture) to fill in the rest of the supply. You have a 1/4 chance of actually getting a Samsung screen when you buy a Samsung TV. Some reviewers may get a Samsung screen and review the TV highly, where other reviewers may get one with a Chei Mei Chinese panel and give it a mediocre review. What's the point of reading reviews of these TV's when there are 4 different panels in circulation and you have no idea which one you'll end up with anyways. At least headphones aren't this bad.
BTW, when you say:
"...My issue with incorrectly calling the Q701s different sounding than the K702s is that people might be convinced to go out and purchase a pair of Q701s based on your assertions when they already own a pair of K702s. You have wasted their money by doing this..."
^ this was EXACTLY the reason I went out of my way to go buy a K702 and compare it to the Q701 I already owned. I didn't want to be blindly recommending the Q701 as being different than the K702 not having heard both of them. The pair I tested was clearly different. I don't know what else I can say other than what I already said in my comparison thread and numerous times on this and other threads.
I don't think any of us have the funds to a-b-c-d-e... compare multiple AKG headhphones together. Some of us (like me) have compared two models together and heard a difference. Some of us haven't.
I mean really - without someone rounding up a bunch of various AKG's and running tests, what more is there to say? This isn't something that's going to be solved on this thread.
Edited by chicolom - 9/18/12 at 6:42pm