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post #121 of 3253

Thanks for your impressions mk-ecco.

 

I must say that the burn in may change the whole picture totally, plus, they have differ pads, which changing the sig as well. I am to, very doubting about very differ sound from K702, but we cant say that until we try those new pads on our "old" K702, arent we? Are they availble, pads I mean?

 

THX

post #122 of 3253
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

Thanks for your impressions mk-ecco.

 

I must say that the burn in may change the whole picture totally, plus, they have differ pads, which changing the sig as well. I am to, very doubting about very differ sound from K702, but we cant say that until we try those new pads on our "old" K702, arent we? Are they availble, pads I mean?

 

THX

 

I'm not sure the Anniversary have a differ pads...can you please confirm this. More bass over the 702's sounds like the Q701, in my experience the K702 bass is great, and I'm not sure if needed more bass...maybe a deeper bass will be an improvement over the K702. I mean more quality, and not necessary quantity. I like the look of the Anniversary, and maybe I'll get them one day to replace my 702s, but I would like to see a new flagship drivers from AKG. 

 

post #123 of 3253

I thought they must have extra leather pads in the package, but on the picture they have just the same as the rest of the family, so, I doubting now.

 

If thats not the case, I am not sure what pads are on this pic?

 

 

AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition


Edited by Blackmore - 11/5/12 at 1:37am
post #124 of 3253

Hi everybody!

 

I was also lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the new anniversaries last weekend (Hifiexpo 2012 Helsinki) and WOW was I impressed! Let me start by saying that I have tested K701's, Q701's and K702's and I found there to be only minor if any differences between these models (never side-by-side comparison though). I really like the big airy soundstage of these cans, but the actual sound has been a bit too cold for my taste. Also the somewhat hard earpads and the bumps in the headband have really decreased the comfortability of these cans for me.

 

I'm so happy to say that these issues are now gone with the anniversaries. The anniversaries are definitely warmer than the K702's (K702's and the anniversaries were hooked to the same amplifier so I was able to do some side by side comparison) but I didn't find them to be too warm and muddy as some sennheisers (I only got to listen some blues and light rock so I can't tell how these perform with more bass heavy material). They also removed the bumps from the headband and the earpads are also softer (more comfortable and I got better sealing). I think they have been listening users and wanted to please those consumers who did not like the bumps and found the lack of bass to be somewhat underwhelming. And I think they did a great job with the new edition.

 

For me these phones are very musical, super comfortable and man do they look good! The lightning blue finish is absolutely gorgeous and for me they are the best looking AKG's I've seen. I believe the anniversaries ship with extra cable and a pair of extra pads as well but I'm not sure about this. I was about to order X1's but these anniversaries really helped me to make up my mind and stick with the AKG brand (I have K550's but I really need open phones as well). I also got a pretty nice expo-deal (395 euros incl. shipping) and will order my pair tomorrow. I'll let you know how they perform with different music genres when I get them (I can also do some side-by-side comparison in my local hifi store if someone needs to get more detailed comparison between some specific phones).

 

Sorry about the hype, but I'm just truly happy since I finally found the near perfect phones for me at this price range. From the phones that I have listened, only the more expensive T1's HD800's and HE-500's are on par or outperform the anniversaries. And for blackmore, trust me the differences in low frequencies are noticeable and I feel that the crisp mids and highs are now nicely supported by the lows. I feel like these are the first 701-702 editions that truly add something new to the legendary phones.

 

Just to be sure that my impressions were not biased due to the overall exhibition excitement, I will post more thoughts after getting some more hands on time with the phones. The demo room was also very noisy since they demoed speakers in the same room. I'm also concerned if the lows are even too "in your face" with certain music and how will the sound settle after some burn in.

 

Cheers


Edited by Salvatore - 11/6/12 at 4:30am
post #125 of 3253

Thank you Salvatore.

 

I am not saying they are the same as general K702, but from the picture they just are, with differ color and headband, but still...Also, because they use the same drivers its very difficult to believe they would change some signature, unless they tuned them differently, like Q701 for example.

I found K701 pads much comfy than say Q701, also feels less warmish, think that material on Q701 are differ/cheaper than on K701 pads, where K701 pads feel cooler and lighter to my ears. They sound not the same either, Q701 vs K701, however some said they are. I feel Q701 got some warmish sig added or something, voices are less inside your head like K701 are, less precise centric, I would say Q701 have bit fun in them, but less refind overall. I found K701 pure preciseness, where Q701 are little on the warmish side. Thats all after around 150 hours of burn in, both have the same hours now, cables are stock to. I expect my normal K702 soon and also expect them sound the same as K701, but we will see about that.

 

Tell us if there any extra pads that differ than normal one in the package please.

 

THX

post #126 of 3253

Blackmore, you can mod your 701 to sounds as the way you want too...you'll need to add the Q foam to your K701, as well you can control the mod by the thickness of the foam.

 

1000

post #127 of 3253

Thanks for sharing, these are outside grills, right? To make this work, I need to open up them fully? Take the pads off and so on? Are there some step by step description with pics?:-)

What changes will appear, say with thick or thinner foam?

 

THX


Edited by Blackmore - 11/5/12 at 4:52am
post #128 of 3253

Founded this thread, but cant watch youtube at my work, will check at home, is thats what you were talking about?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/607019/akg-q701-simple-mod-increase-bass-and-decrease-soundstage-a-little


Edited by Blackmore - 11/5/12 at 5:42am
post #129 of 3253
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Founded this thread, but cant watch youtube at my work, will check at home, is thats what you were talking about?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/607019/akg-q701-simple-mod-increase-bass-and-decrease-soundstage-a-little

 

Cool, just be careful not to damage the little grill holes.

post #130 of 3253

I love that blue circle!!!

post #131 of 3253

Will these be sold on Amazon?

post #132 of 3253
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

Tell us if there any extra pads that differ than normal one in the package please.

 

THX

 

I made some calls and it seems that there are no extra pads or cables included in the package. This is a bit of a letdown and makes me wonder how I even got the impression that the anniversaries would ship with something extra? Perhaps mk-ecco could confirm the content of the package?

post #133 of 3253

How many pair is Akg going to make?

post #134 of 3253
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How many pair is Akg going to make?

 

Probably depend on the demand. k701smile.gif

post #135 of 3253

This or the DT770 anniversary?

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