Anyone want a 600 EURO AKG K702?
The 65th Anniversary K702 by AKG
The K701 / K702 / Q701 has certainly made its presence known in the landscape of head-fi, and these days it has acquired something akin to legendary status. I'll admit, I still have a bit of a soft spot for AKG despite their more recent corporate shenanigans. The Sextets, the K280 parabolic headphones, the K340 electret hybrids, the K501, the K1000 earspeakers, the K3003 IEMs... I've enjoyed these various products over the years, and nothing will negate that. The engineers and designers at AKG have an obvious passion for the new, and in the past this has manifested itself in a willingness to experiment and release products that are frankly kind of "out there" and unconventional.
When it comes to the K701 however, my relationship has been a bit more rocky. I've always found it to be impressive insofar as the atmosphere it conveys is concerned, yet when it comes to tonality, my feelings have fluctuated between enjoyment and apathy. The latter stems from a lack of immersion I think. Still, the K701 has appealed to me in certain ways, and I've always had it in my collection in one form or another. The latest iteration, the Q701, is a slight refinement to the formula. These days I think it stands as a fairly nice investment compared to similarly priced brethren. I do however think AKG's recent output has been indicative of their less-positive tendencies, namely their almost obsessive compulsive need to rerelease slightly different variations of the same products over and over. This goes back to the days of the Sextet, however; in that sense it's probably rather appropriate for them to release what amounts to a rehash of a rehash.