Originally Posted by cactus_farmer
What I mean by pro audio is that there are often peaks and clipping in the material that haven't been removed because the material is raw and hasn't been mastered. This clipping could potential damage the drivers of headphones. Consumer headphones may not be 'tough' enough in their drivers to handle these peaks and may be damaged by them. The crinkling of one of the drivers of my K701 back when I had it may be because I exposed them to unmastered recordings. Hopefully the K702 will not also develop this problem...
Because the K701 is apparently the 'consumer version' and the K702 is apparently the 'pro audio' version - I thought maybe the K702 would have tougher drivers, or more power handling to be ready to withstand the peaks and clipping of unmastered recordings, whereas the K701 might not be able to handle it - even if they sound absolutely identical...?
I have K702s and in fact I am listening to music with them now as I type :)
I don't think the K702s are in any way different from the K701s apart from colour and detachable cable.
AKG do make headphones for use in studio environments but they confuse things by using the term "Pro" for a many of their headphones and the ones they seem to really intend for actual Pro use are a subset of that.
AKG headphones you will see used in a professional environment are the K 271 MK II and the K 171 MK II. I have a pair of K271 Mk IIs. I use my K271s "in the field" to monitor audio channels on my video camera, and indeed to monitor audio recording with an audio recorder from time to time. The K 271 Mk IIs and the K 171 Mk IIs are closed back in design and have a neat cut-out switch so that if you remove them in a studio they cut-out the sound.
Looking at the "Pro" website for AKG I see they have some entry level headphones which they consider to be suitable for studio use, these are the K 121 Studio. These are not closed back however. They do describe them as being "designed for ambitious and rugged use".
K77 Perception and K44 Perception look like they sort of consider them suitable for mixing etc. and they are cheap enough that if you did break them it wouldn't be too bad.
Here is the AKG Pro website:
If you read the descriptions of the headphones you can get an idea as to which are intended for studio use and which are not.
The other headphone I know of which is sold for studio use is the Beyerdynamic DT100. I used to work in radio for the BBC in the UK and I saw them in use in BBC studios a lot.
I do use my AKG K 702s for editing and mixing audio for use in video and I haven't ever worried about damage, however the material I am working with maybe kinder than yours.
Edited by p a t r i c k - 1/10/13 at 1:45pm