Originally Posted by JakeJack_2008
So the total cost of a pair is less than the cost (without shipping & tax) of just one earpad for the K701 ($35) and K702 ($40).
I can't believe this! - (See the relevant posts above.)
I wouldn't know if AKG is overpricing the K70x earpads or not, but do keep in mind it's not like other earpads. One side of it is thicker to angle the drivers in a way that other headphones have done using the chassis (look at a K701 from above vs an HD600, then look at an HD800, then take a peek at the visible parts of the drivers on T1, MDR-1R, some Ultrasones, etc). That plus the probability that it's not (as per AKGs sound tuning) compatible with other product lines add to the price. That they've expanded the headphone lines that use basically the same earpad doesn't help when, by their style dept, they made them in different colors, so that in all likelihood complicates the production and distribution processes - they went from whitish-grey for one then to almost black for another then basically said, "We can sell more headphones by adding GREEN!"