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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
  • 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
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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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Color:White  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 5.1 x 9.8 x 9.4 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
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ASIN B004444OFK
Item model number Q701WHT
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4.3 out of 5 stars 577 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #75 in Musical Instruments > DJ, Electronic Music & Karaoke > DJ Equipment > DJ Headphones
#1,441 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#12,863 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com October 1, 2010

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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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[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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They're like speakers on your head, in the sense that everything is so clear I often confuse sounds from the headphones from sounds coming within my home. While a bit airy, these cans have the best sound stage I have heard and coming from the Sennheiser PC360s, these are a huge upgrade. Just what I wanted for gaming and movies.

The wire is very long, but I braided the cable which has contributed to its look and has an actual function. Overall build quality isn't as great as the Sennheisers, but it's not a negative considering Sennheiser build quality is fantastic. These will be used for a very long time, especially since I find it very hard to find suitable upgrades from these (for my purpose) in all my research.

Word of the wise-you'll need a decent amp to drive these. I use the Asus Xonar DGX, but it doesn't do them justice. Will most likely upgrade to a Schiit stack or FiiO here soon.
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