AKG K702 Impressions.
Jul 19, 2021 at 11:03 AM Post #526 of 532

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These days I usually use my K702 to watch TV shows, but last week I listened to some (classical) music. Sounded fine, but then I switched to Sennheiser Hd600's and found that the midrange was just so much more natural-sounding.
 
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I understand that the K701 and K702 sound the same. Is that right?
I ask because I don't care for the black look of the K702 and I would prefer the K701 in this regard even though the cables of the 701 are not removable.

Also, it is said that the headphone needs good power to sound right. How much power exactly? Where should I look for a matching amp?
 
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Yes, the K701 and K702 sound exactly the same. They do require more power than the specs would suggest. I'll leave it for someone else to suggest a specific amp. But I have had no problem powering them with any of these: Burson HA-160, Marantz HD-DAC1, THX Drop 789.
 
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I understand that the K701 and K702 sound the same. Is that right?
I ask because I don't care for the black look of the K702 and I would prefer the K701 in this regard even though the cables of the 701 are not removable.

Also, it is said that the headphone needs good power to sound right. How much power exactly? Where should I look for a matching amp?
Sonata tempotec HD 1 & 2 drove k702, creative g3 drove it, asus strix soar and shanling up4 drove it better, and evga NU drives it very well, 2nd day with NU now, reliving all my libraries with refreshed satisfaction
 
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Yes, the K701 and K702 sound exactly the same. They do require more power than the specs would suggest. I'll leave it for someone else to suggest a specific amp. But I have had no problem powering them with any of these: Burson HA-160, Marantz HD-DAC1, THX Drop 789.

Sonata tempotec HD 1 & 2 drove k702, creative g3 drove it, asus strix soar and shanling up4 drove it better, and evga NU drives it very well, 2nd day with NU now, reliving all my libraries with refreshed satisfaction
Thanks for replying. I have got an OTL tube amp (Little Dot MK III), KORG DS-DAC100, and iFi nano iDSD. I guess none of them are ideal - OTL is for higher impedance headphones, the KORG has an output impedance of 16, and the iFi nano is not a powerful amp.
On the other hand, I just checked the Sonata tempotec and it outputs only 60mW into 32...

P.S. I also have headphone out in my MARANTZ integrated (PM8005), Marantz SA14S1 CD player and also Marantz NA6005 network player but I have not even considered them in trying to drive the AKG.
 
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I understand that the K701 and K702 sound the same. Is that right?
I ask because I don't care for the black look of the K702 and I would prefer the K701 in this regard even though the cables of the 701 are not removable.

Also, it is said that the headphone needs good power to sound right. How much power exactly? Where should I look for a matching amp?
No, they do not sound same. They have same body and shells, but there are 3 differences in accessories, which affect the sound:

1. Earpads - not only the color is different. Also fabric and dimensions. Main difference is in soundstage. I like the sound of K702 pads more.

2. Foam rings under the earpads - These greatly affect the treble area. There must be many original rings with different foam densities. I have three original AKG pairs from Thomann.de and two pairs from K701/2. All pairs have different densities and different treble (and stage of-course)! I like rings with the lower foam density, treble is not peaky but airy then.
When they were entirely new, K701 had much denser foam rings than K702.

3. Cable - This affect the sound maybe the least, maybe the most, it depends on listener. I have PC-OCC cable for K702 and I think the sound is clearer.
 

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