AKG K 702 Headphones

  1. FritzS
    K702 very similar to K701
    Written by FritzS
    Published Jan 4, 2011
    Pros - cable with connector
    Cons - connector only 3 pins - not for 4 wire prepaired
    After burning in the K702 sounds me very similar to my K701
    I had a K702 for test 2009
  2. bwhsh8r
    Clear, detailed, bass light.
    Written by bwhsh8r
    Published Dec 4, 2010
    Pros - really clear, good soundstage, comfortable
    Cons - hard to drive
    I like the AKG k702, they are pleasant to listen to, do a good job of positioning, very airy and open.  Sound is very balanced for the most part, but could use a little more bass (might also be my amp, I don't think my littledot has enough power for these or the hd800s)
    I like them 99.7% as much as my HD800s (out of this source) if that gives you any hint!
  3. Dev Avidon
    All Work and No Play
    Written by Dev Avidon
    Published Oct 12, 2010
    Pros - Dead neutral, detailed and revealing (though oddly enough, not on the same level as the much warmer HD-650s), extremely comfortable (for me anyhow)
    Cons - Not "fun" to listen to. Cold, analytical and soulless poorly amped, hardly inviting even out of my best gear. Cheap plastic on band breaks easily.
    And yet, of every headphone I've ever owned, heard, lived with, worked with...you name it at a sane price range, these are the ones that time and time and again I come back to when I'm testing out new gear.  That should basically say it all.  When I want to know what, on average, a new DAC or amp (especially a new amp) is worth, these are the first cans I run through them.  Because if it can do these justice, it's looking good for pretty much every other hard-to-drive can in my inventory (and there are a few).  I also use these pretty much exclusively for tracking and mobile editing. 
    And as much as I want to malign their lack of apparent musicality, I nevertheless end up using them for my own personal listening pleasure more often then I'd like to admit (which may just have something to do with my being used to how they sound, but we'll leave that aside for the moment).  I'm the kind of person who likes neutrality, detail retrieval and subtlety.  Given that I lack a solid tube HPA at the moment, it may well be there that there is warmth and musicality lurking in these yet, but given that, on average, my choice for high-end listening is usually between these and HD-650s, I usually end up choosing these because at the end of the day I feel like I'm being hoodwinked, bamboozled by the Senns.  So many of the tracks I know and love I've heard as studio masters running through studio monitors.  I know what they were, for all intents and purposes "supposed" to sound like.  And, with that context, they never sound the way they "should" for me quite like they do with K702s.  For 200 bucks street, all other qualms aside, that's a mighty huge achievement. 
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  4. Gatepc
    Written by Gatepc
    Published Sep 12, 2010
    Pros - Amazing sound quality across the board.
    Cons - Needs an amp for best sound
    After putting these headphones on and listening to music on them for the first time all I could do was listen and smile. These were absolutely stunning in terms of sound quality everything sounded just right natural and real. every frequency from bass to highs sounded so detailed and proper not too much of anything just the right amount of bass and the right highs and mids. I have never heard music with such an amazing sound stage or unbiased sound. I have heard the HD595s and did not like them but have not compared these to the HD 600 or 650s yet.
  5. Prog Rock Man
    Written by Prog Rock Man
    Published Jul 5, 2010
    Pros - Detail
    Cons - Detail
    Can you have too much of a good thing? Going by the various threads and reviews of the K702s, yes. These cans give you so much detail it is not true. Sounds appear that have never been heard before in the background of familiar tracks. That satisfies some and manages to irritate others. i did not understand that until recently.
    When I first got my K702s I only had open backed headphones. But the demands of family life and travel meant that my next few purchases were closed backed to limit noise leakage, of which the K702s have loads.
    I then got used to the deeper more bloomy bass, in your head sound and echo like resonance of closed backed cans.
    Returning one day after a few months of no use, when home alone to the K702s, I realised how dry then can sound. The lush sound had gone, replaced instead with 'put you in the recording studio' levels of detail and clarity. I kept taking them off because I thought I could hear noises in the house. That was caused by the big sound stage and that detail flooding back again.
    For me that is superb, But I can understand why for others it is too much.
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    1. FullBright1
      Good sound, overly analytical, lacking in deep bass.
      You wont describe the sound of these cans as "warm", as they are never warm no matter the source, but they are precise.
      Could be described as the antithesis of the Sennheiser 650 sound.
      If digging around in your music with a microscope is your game, then these will get you up and running.
      If on the other hand you are looking for lush beauty, then these will leave you stranded.
      FullBright1, Dec 5, 2013
  6. EddieE
    A great companion to the HD650
    Written by EddieE
    Published Jun 3, 2010
    Pros - Spacious sound stage; realistic vocals; high level of detail; lightweight and comfortable for long sessions;
    Cons - Can be a little on the cold side
    I've owned these for the best part of a month now and have done some extensive listening with them both in extended listening sessions of several albums and of comparative listening sessions with with my HD650. I feel I am ready to comment on the qualities of these phones.
    I had always intended to put these and the HD650 against each other and sell one, as I had thought it would be an indulgence to keep two expensive open circumaural home-listening phones. The problem I have found (and it's a good problem to have) is that the are fantastic companions. Any type of music the HD650 does not do so well with, the K702 shines with and where the K702 seems a bit too formal and cold, the HD650s warmth is a perfect tonic. I'm keeping both.
    Formality is really the term I would use to describe these phones. They are polite, analytical and are certainly revealing of a track, with details not just presented but presented with a crispness and accuracy that is a joy to hear. Don't bother listening with anything but high quality encodings though, as it will show up the wrong kind of detail just as clearly.
    The AKG K702 have less bass than most of my other phones, but still presents more low end than, say my Phonak PFE or MS2i with bowls rather than flats. The bass is of an exceptional quality, impact and speed. The mid range is beautiful and airy, especially where it comes to female vocals which sound sometimes unnervingly real and the treble is crisp, if a little cold.
    The real star of the show when it comes to the K702 package is the sound stage. I was worried I would be put off by its size as many complain of it being unrealistic. Well, it's really not that big, but it does offer the space you need to really delve into a song, picking up on this and that instrument and then mentally stepping back to hear the whole track as one.
    It's sound stage and level of detail really make these phones perfectly suited for my classical music and my jazz and my electronica and works very well with layered rock/alternative music such as Radiohead, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Frank Zappa, the last two Joanna Newsom albums and that sort of thing. That isn't to say it doesn't do a great job of presenting rock, pop, reggea and simpler folk as well as it is certainly pleasant, but for these warmer and simpler types of music I find myself switching to the funner HD650 with its more intimate sound stage.
    Comfort with the K702, for me, is a major plus. I understand a lot of people have big problems with the bumps on the bottom of the headband. Pressing them with my fingers I can feel they aren't comfortable, but I have plenty of hair and do not really feel them. The 3D form cut velour pads seem to have been designed for the shape of my skull and compared to the HD650 the lack of clamp is quite a relaxing experience. I can wear these for hours on end and often forget I am wearing them. 
    If the AKG K702 were my only headphones, I might find their genre range a bit limiting, I might find myself wanting a bit more bass with my reggae and hiphop and a more intimate sound stage with my rock and folk. But as a part of a varied collection with the HD650 and MS2i as the other two main home phones I find I have a great set of options to cater for every mood and genre.
    The AKG K702 has filled in some gaps for me; has given me a classical and jazz listening option that can seriously compete with speakers, a natural home for aphex twin and a sound stage that brings the best out of some of my more complex rock music as well. Add to this it's almost unnervingly realistic reproduction of female vocals and it really does justify its price.
  7. TheWuss
    love 'em or hate 'em
    Written by TheWuss
    Published Jun 3, 2010
    Pros - excellent value; wide soundstage; great rendering of acoustic instruments
    Cons - lacks bass impact; shouty upper midrange; headband bumps are uncomfortable for some
    Just trying to pull the average up.
    can't believe someone would give reference headphones of this quality a 1.5 star rating overall.
    but, that, i suppose is the love/hate nature of the k701/k702.
    personally, i feel they are wonderful headphones.  and, at $260 street price at time of this posting, you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding pair for the money.
    they are a little light in bass impact, and a little strong in the upper mid (female vocal range).  harmony vocals can get a little shouty sometimes. 
    but, what they do well is render acoustic instruments with startling realism, and produce a spacious sound that is perfect for listening to concert hall recordings. 
    ideal headphones for unplugged recordings, or live jazz, or classical, etc.
    not ideal for hard rock, electronica, etc.
  8. BaboonGuy
    Don't believe the hype
    Written by BaboonGuy
    Published May 13, 2010
    Pros - Weight, Comfort, Soundstage
    Cons - Tone, Fatiguing
    I used this out of a USB Pico DAC -> Dynalo (Sheer Audio HA-006+) -> K702 using well ripped FLAC files
    I really thought this was going to be better, but I really just do not like these headphones much at all. Probably my biggest complaint is the airyness and tone of the vocals. I also have a pair of Grado HF2 and the HF2 just absolutely completely super duper destroys the K702 in tonality, especially the vocals.
    It's also very fatiguing for my ears for some reason, even at quiet-medium listening levels. I've read this is because it has a high frequency spike or something. Oh well. I learned a valuable lesson with these K702, the best and only way to know if a headphone sounds good to you, is to listen to it yourself.
    addendum: I suppose this could've been good for me had I a different amp or source or whatever. A Pico DAC -> Dynalo setup is a pretty standard and good setup. To me, a standard dynamic headphone like the K702 is, that doesn't sound good on my setup, is not a headphone worth paying for.
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    2. MrTechAgent
      A nice powerful amp and a good non-synthesized album will show everybody the AKG sound , all the hate is unnecessary 
      MrTechAgent, Apr 10, 2014
    3. Petrosmalk
      This is my favorite headphone for jazz, fusion, some classical music and some acoustic music. I love it!
      Petrosmalk, Apr 21, 2015
    4. buson160man
      I do not agree. I have an original grado hp 1 and I find it somewhat lacking in lot of areas where my akg 701 are clearly better. Soundstage is sorely lacking on the grado. One thing though the akgs do need some decent amplifier power before they wake up. The grados are easy to power but that headband is really terrible. It is impossible to find ay comfort when the grados are on the grado presentation is very two dimensional with an upfront in your face presentation.
      buson160man, Apr 2, 2017
  9. mmayer167
    Written by mmayer167
    Published May 10, 2010
    Pros - Very detail oriented
    Cons - headband not so comfy past 30 min.
    I loved them while I had them, recabled them with DHC Nucleotide cable and liked them even more. There is a but, I was not able to pony up the cash to power them properly so I had to let them go. I thought I could make them work with the rig i had (uDAC->Indeed hyrbid) but it ended up just frustrating me. They were awesome with female vocals and any acoustic recordings! Every once and a while I get phantom memories of those mids and cry a bit inside because they are gone...  Someday I'll own them again!    
  10. Farnsworth
    Fantastic detail and soundstage
    Written by Farnsworth
    Published May 6, 2010
    Pros - Detailed sound and huge soundstage
    Cons - Bumps on headband kinda hurt, needs proper amping.
    Beautiful detailed and analytical sound provide a well balanced and easy listening experience. This, coupled with a huge soundstage, put these headphones at the top of my list.