So I owned a pair of AKG K701 for just less than two years.
When I had just a month of warranty left, the right side started to flicker (what a perfect timing...), so I contacted harmanaudio.com where I had purchased the product.
Harmanaudio offered to replace my k701 for a new q701 (k701 was apparently discontinued...), but I really don't like the q701 series' colors, so I called in to see if they will offer anything else. They just told me that I can pick anything under the $399 tag in harmanaudio.com store, which started my dilemma.
What I am looking for is best sound quality I can get with the $399 limit. I don't really care whether it is a speaker, headphone, or whatever else it might be. I have most of my music as mp3 or flac, but if I need to, I can just burn them on CDs. Looking on the harmanaudio website, it seems that I have two options: either get the q701 with horrid colors or get a harman kardon aura (http://eu.harmankardon.com/harman-kardon-product-detail_eu/aura-black-detail.html).
I have heard good things about harman kardon quality, but I have never tried any bluetooth speakers, so I have no idea how good aura will be. I do realize that aura was introduced in the 2013 IFA so I am not expecting any reviews from experience with the speakers. I just want opinions on whether a bluetooth speaker will be able to match the sound quality given by k701.
If you happen to see something else in harmanaudio.com that might be good, please suggest as well.
A little about me. I have been playing classical music since very young, so I am extremely sensitive ears, but I am relatively new to the world of headphones, amps, dacs...etc since the k701 was my first decent headphone. So if you mention something about the frequency range or other technical terms, I will be lost. But if you mention that the soundstage is large or small or the sound is airy or other qualitative stuff, I will understand easily, so please try to stay on the qualitative side.