I still have mine. I haven't noticed any change in sound after several months of regular listening. I'm now convinced that burn in is just imaginary. I had a chance to listen to some higher end comparable headphones like the Beyerdynamic Tesla T1, Sennheiser HD-800, Etymotic ER-4S, Sennheiser HD-650, Sennheiser HD-700, and Audeze LCD-3 in other people's systems. I thought that the AKG K 702 holds its own against almost all of them except the Sennheiser HD-800. It's due to the way that the ear cups are positioned that produces a loud speaker type of sound field inside your head. Otherwise, I thought that the Sennheiser HD-650 was comparable if not a bit more pronounced in the lower bass region and a little bit more evenly paced regarding dynamic contrasts. I found that these current TOTL headphones present more of the music in a more transparent manner, but it was not that dramatic as most ********ters here proclaim as if it were some kind of quasi-religion. I found that I have a preference for accuracy especially tonal pitch accuracy with a more nuanced and relaxed presentation when evaluating reference grade headphones. I also found that bass heavy headphones are not my cup of tea like the Monster Beats Pro.
Has anyone here compared their AKG K 701 or 702 to the current TOTL headphones? What did you discover?
I found that tonal pitch accuracy is high, but tonal balance is merely very good. It's a bit bass shy, but deep bass extension is there to be heard. These are good for studio monitors, but they can feel uncomfortable during the summer time when most men cut their hair shorter. I find the resolution and detail retrieval to be excellent as it reproduces the nuances and textures in music quite faithfully.
I don't understand why these are not considered to be TOTL headphones when they are clearly designed to meet that requirement. I think it has to do with the pricing of these headphones in relation to the current TOTL headphones. For some unknown reason, most people equate price with sound performance when it should very well be personal preferences that bear a relationship to prices. I don't think that more expensive headphones or earphones necessarily mean a better product. In fact, I've heard the reverse to be true.
I think that I'll be auditioning the Sennheiser HD-800 in my personal hi-fi system at my apartment fairly soon. I'd like to listen firsthand to see what if any are the striking differences.
Edited by Leslie Dorner - 7/20/13 at 5:11am