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AKG Q701Premium Class Reference Headphones, Quincy Jones Signature Line

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  • Hi Performance Neodynium magnets
  • Open Back Design
  • Patented Varimotion Diaphragm
  • Evolutionary flat-wire voice-coil technology for extremely accura te sound and transient response
  • Patented varimotion two layer diaphragm for sparkling highs and accurate bass response
  • High-performance neodymium magnet system for minimum distortion High-performance, 99.99% oxygen-free, single-sided cable.
  • Comfortable, specially shaped "3-d-form" ear pads for perfect fit
  • Designed and Engineered in Austria by AKG but made in China.
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Music has never sounded better or closer than with the Quincy Jones Signature Series Q701 Reference Class Headphones. Sparkling harmonics,incredible low distortion and unequalled realism in the lower frequencies - it's the huge, airy, three dimensional sound that's been only available in the finest high end speaker systems and microphones. Now, we've engineered it into the most accurate and responsive reference headphones we've ever produced, the Q701. Hear music exactly as the artist intended.

From the Manufacturer

The flat-out perfection that you would expect from Quincy Jones.

Music producers depend on studio headphones for their success, and with an unprecedented 79 GRAMMY® nominations, no music producer has achieved greater success than Quincy Jones. Here at the home of AKG® audio technology, we are proud to honor Quincy's long association with our brand by creating Signature Edition Q701 headphones, the most accurate and responsive headphones we've ever produced. Featuring the revolutionary flat-wire voice coils and patented two-layer diaphragms of their studio counterparts, Q701s deliver pinpoint imaging in an endless soundscape of unequaled realism. And they do it with all the style and élan of the man himself.

"These are the only headphones I've heard that bring out the true sound we were striving for on records like "Billie Jean," "Thriller" and "Give Me the Night." It's the best quality sound I've heard, ever."

-Quincy Jones

Listen Closer.

AKG® Acoustics was founded in 1947 in Vienna, Austria. The company quickly established a reputation for superior microphones and other audio equipment in radio stations, theaters and jazz clubs around Europe.

More than 60 years and 1,500 patents later, the AKG® brand is one of the most famous in professional audio-producing microphones, headphones and wireless technology for recording studios, radio and TV stations and opera houses. AKG equipment has gone on tour with Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Kanye West. In 2010, AKG engineers received a GRAMMY® award for their technological innovations and contributions to the music industry.


The AKG Q 701's flat-wire voice coils increase efficiency for a stronger more uniformm magnetic field than found in the typical round voice coil design
Revolutionary flat-wire voice-coil technology.

Once upon a time, the airy, immersive soundstages of true dramatic sound were the exclusive domain of high-end speakers and microphones - that is, until AKG® became the first to engineer flat-wire technology into the headset's voice coil. Flat, aluminum wire creates a stronger, more uniform magnetic field in the voice coil, enabling the Q701s' diaphragm to track audio signals with unprecedented accuracy. It also allows for a lighter, smaller coil that increases motor efficiency and significantly lowers impedance, resulting in a soundstage of unequaled realism you'll notice, especially in the lower frequencies.

The Q 701's patented Varimotion diaphragms deliver unparalled detail and transient reponse, much like a high-end loudspeaker.
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Patented AKG® Varimotion ultra precision two-layered diaphragm.

The Q701s generate accurate sound and exceptional transient response by optimizing the diaphragm to prevent unwanted vibration modes. Its stiff 80-µm center acts as the tweeter, providing a pistonic, undistorted HF response while the more pliant 40-µm perimeter handles the increased excursion required to generate perfect vibration performance in the mid- and low-frequency ranges.

Even the Q 701's cable is engineered to deliver the highest possible audio signal from what ever you may be listening to.
Bi-wiring, high-performance cable with a 1/4-inch jack plug.

We never compromise at AKG®, and to ensure you get the best possible audio signal from amplifier to eardrum, we have engineered the same level of quality and revolutionary technology in the Q701s' cable assembly as we have in the headset itself. It begins with true bi-wiring. Independent grounds for each motor assembly rather than a common ground result in a balanced design for maximum possible stereo separation. Then we utilize detachable, oxygen-free (99.99% OFC) copper cables, terminated with a 1/4-inch jack plug. Two cable lengths are included: 10 feet for hi-fi and 20 feet for TVs or large rooms. Also included is a stylish machined-metal 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch minijack converter.

The Q 701's feature 3-D form ear pads along with an open-back design.
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Comfortable, specially shaped 3-D-form ear pads.

The Q701s have been designed in collaboration with the award-winning Austrian design firm Kiska to embody AKG's signature styling aesthetic without compromising functionality or comfort. Foams of different densities combine to create the Q701s' huge, ear-enveloping, velvet 3-D-form ear pads, ergonomically shaped for a precise, repeatable fit. This shape combines with their open-back design, allowing the drivers to be aimed at the ears to produce the ideal acoustical transmission.

The padded headband fits comfortably and stays comfortable even with extended use.
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Padded, leather headband with gimbal suspension system.

We've designed the Q701s to be comfortable and durable by wrapping the unbreakable metal arches of the Q701s'gimbal suspension system in a stylish, padded genuine leather sling. The result is a truly a luxurious fit that is never warm nor tight, allowing you to enjoy the pinpoint imaging and immersive soundscape of the Q701s for hours at a time.

Key Features

  • Evolutionary flat-wire technology
  • Patented Varimotion diaphragms
  • High-performance neodymium magnets
  • 99.99% oxygen-free, single sided cable
  • "3-D Form" earpads
  • Professional jack plug
  • Padded, genuine leather headband
  • Unbreakable metal arches
  • 3M/6M cables included

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    What's in the Box

    One pair of AKG Q 701 headphones, two single sided detachable cables, one jack adapter, one storage cradle

    Which Quincy Headphones are Right for You?

    Q 350

    When you want a headphone that delivers huge sound without you even realizing that its there, then the Q 350 headphones are perfect for you. The Q 350's feature the same great sound quality and many of the same features as the Q 460's, including the in-line microphone and remote for the iPhone.

    Q 460

    Want headphones with exceptional sound quality, great style and that are the perfect travel partners than look no further than the Q 460 heaphones. They deliver the great sound quality that an artist like Quincy Jones demands while offering features like a unique 3D-Axis folding mechanism and a lightweight deisgn that make them perfect for being on the road.

    Product Details

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    • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.1 x 9.8 inches ; 1.8 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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    • ASIN: B004444O46
    • Item model number: Q701(Green)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
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    • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2010

    Customer Reviews

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    Quincy Jones is a musical legend! If he puts his name on a product, one can expect this product to be of the highest quality.
    In my search for the best headphones for the bucks,I was looking into buying a headphone from AKG to see what that famous brand has to offer. What decided me for this model was the endorsement by Quincy, alongside with the nicely discounted price.
    I have had the phone since just about a week. I have already started to take it through a burn-in phase but right out of the box, the set impressed me and also my colleagues. They have had a few occasions to try the headphones I buy (I own more than a dozen) and they told me this set impressed them the most.
    So what's to like?
    Let's start by the first impression when putting them on. They feel extra light. The cups are huge, so is the set; yet the weight is not really felt. The pressure is not on the ears but around it and it is highly bearable. I almost feel that my medium head and ears are too small for this headphone.
    It is still a bit early to judge the quality of the sound but yet, the first impression was of detail, clarity and more specifically of a large soundstage.
    I have read on some other models that the bass is lacking; not here... Fans of exagerated bass should keep on searching, actually, I could advise them the Ultrasone HFI-780S which has a powerful and still clean bass. In any case, the Q701 do provide a nice bass which I believe will get better with time.
    I rejected previously the Sennheiser HD-595 because of the lack of bass and the open design and yet, the Q701 are very reminiscent of this model. Same amazing comfort, same leaking sound but better bass, much better bass...
    Right now, I put them in competition with the ATH-A900 for first place in my collection.
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    [UPDATE 02/2014]: It's confirmed on Head-fi that some (all?) copies of these headphones are now manufactured in China instead of Austria and there is a noticeable difference in sound quality. There are similar reports on here as well. Personally, that would have deterred me from buying them. Do your research and consider that a factor in shopping around if it's important to you.[/UPDATE]

    So everyone around me is getting Beats by Dre. I tried a pair and thought "Well, this sounds nice." Thus I began my hunt for my first set of stylish 'cans' that sound great. After tirelessly picking through reviews on every corner of the internet, my search led me to the Q701's. (And led me to stay far away from the Beats.) And I am very glad it did! They're less expensive, and sound better for my preference! I purposely waited a few months to write a review so make sure I could thoroughly experience them. I'm no audiophile (yet?) but I've learned some things. So take this as a detailed, "not quite yet an audiophile" review. :) If anything is inaccurate, please let me know!

    Get these if:
    You listen to all genre's of music. Not just bass.
    Are willing to buy/carry around an external amplifier.
    Have room on your hard drive/mp3 player for high quality music (300mb to 700mb per album.)
    Want stylish headphones.

    DON'T get these if:
    You intend on using them with 128k bitrate mp3's or youtube.
    If you want 'hella bass' in your headphones.
    If you want high portability.

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    I'm addicted to audio and did have a pair of Sennheiser HD555 prior to purchasing AKG Q701.
    The Sennheiser was OK, but didn't quite cut it for a lot of music I'm listening to.
    I've compared Sennheiser HD555, HD600, HD650, Beyerdynamics DT880 and AKG Q701 on a wide range of tracks, from classical to jazz to rock to blues.
    All Sennheisers sounded similar, progressively better from model to model, but not drastically better.
    DT880 lacked mid range, leaving the sound lifeless.
    AKG Q701 hit the sweet spot - it has the widest sound stage amongs them all, crisp and clear, have good base (not overly bassy though) and are very comfortable.
    It shines with blues, jazz, classical music, but I did find that I prefer Sennheiser sound for music like Placebo.

    That's why I decided to buy AKG and keep my Sennheiser HD555. Amazon price for Q701 was a nice bonus - amazing ~$240, while HD650 would cost nearly twice as much and it doesn't even sound as good.

    A highly recommended purchase if you like your music.

    Few notes:
    - These headphones are for proper stereo or headphone amplifiers. Don't buy them to be driven by an iPhod
    - These headphones leak sound and you will hear noises from outside. Home use only, next to your good stereo. I use them to enjoy music while the family is asleep.
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    I have listened to many headphones over the last 15 years, and the Q701 is perhaps my favorite. I have owned the Grado RS-2 and RS-1, the Sennheiser HD580, HD595, HD600, and HD650. Recently, I have also purchased the AKG K701. Overall, I liked the Grados the least. These headphones were unbelievably uncomfortable. They left sores on my ears. The Senns and AKGs I have mentioned are all nice, but have various strengths and sonic characteristics. Of the Senns, the set I miss the most is probably the HD595--the original, made in Ireland, 120-ohm version. I should have never parted with the HD595. They are very comfortable, and have a smooth, engaging sound. I have thought of buying the newer, made in China 595, but I avoid Chinese-made products (for a number of reasons). With regard to comfort, the 580, 600, and 650 are decent, but for me there was still a bit too much pressure on the sides of my head.

    And so I have come to the AKGs. Simply put, both the Q701 and K701 are excellent, perhaps the best I have heard. The Q701 offers a fuller, lusher sound, while the K701 is more articulate and precise. The Q701 is more musical, while the K701 cleaner and perhaps more transparent. Both the Q701 and K701 exhibit a wide, airy soundstage. Thus far, I have a slight overall preference for the Q701. In either case, one cannot go wrong with these AKGs. They are very comfortable and are nicely crafted, too (made in Austria). The Q701 and K701 offer a similar sonic signature, but with the above distinctions. Both are natural and non-fatiguing.

    Paired with a well-designed headphone amplifier or amplifier section (i.e. in an integrated amp), the AKGs will deliver hours of good listening. Both my Schiit Asgard and my Yamaha A-S700 provide solid amplification.
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