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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones (White)

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  • 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.
  • Designed and Engineered in Austria by AKG but made in China.
  • High-performance neodymium magnet system for minimum distortion,High-performance, 99.99% oxygen-free, single-sided cable
  • Comfortable, specially shaped ear pads for perfect fit
  • Patented varimotion two layer diaphragm for sparkling highs and accurate bass response
  • High-performance neodymium magnet system for minimum distortion
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The AKG Q701 reference-class premium headphones represent a momentous partnership with AKG and one of the most accomplished musicians of the 20th century: Quincy Jones, an American icon whose productions include the best-selling album (Thriller) and single ("We Are the World") of all time. Quincy has received an unprecedented 79 GRAMMY nominations and 27 GRAMMY awards, more than any other living artist. It stands to reason that the headphones he puts his name to must be nothing but the very best, and the Q701s are the most accurate and responsive headphones AKG has ever produced. Reference denotes a class of audio equipment that imparts little to no change to the input audio signal, producing a huge, airy, three-dimensional sound. The over-ear headphones feature revolutionary flat-wire voice coils that create a spacious, dramatic soundstage with precise 360-degree imaging and outstanding transient response. Patented two-layer diaphragms similar to their professional studio counterparts offer sparkling high-frequency sound and accurate bass response. Additionally, a high-performance neodymium magnet system makes the headphones heat-resistant for minimal distortion at any listening level. The Q701s deliver pinpoint imaging with unmatched realism. Says Quincy, "This is the best quality sound I've heard in headphones, ever. And I'm proud my name is on them."


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  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 9.8 x 9.4 inches ; 1.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B004444OFK
  • Item model number: Q701WHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2010

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206 of 220 people found the following review helpful By Henri Savin VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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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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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful By T. Parks on February 6, 2012
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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 16, 2012
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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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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Feeney on January 21, 2013
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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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