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    Posted: 20 Sep 2011 at 4:55am
20. October 2010
I can not wait and all notes and "warnings" to spite, I made a sound check with no burning-in.
After about 1 hour a very detailed sound, more detail than the K701 - but I've known from the test of the K702 and has no significance - it will show whether the stops.
Music:
Marianne Faithfull - Blazing Away
Pink Floyd - Final Cut
Phil sings Maria Ola Magnell - Malvina

Short cross-check for K501 (which I bought used) - very musical and relaxed - but a bit less detailed.
Appendix: Philips CD650 modified / amplifier WNA MKII

01. Nov. 2010
The Q701 is currently in the "Burning-in" - let running continuously unattended not my thing - after 25 hours it sounds great - with some songs, even the D7000 left with nothing - for the K701 it sounds different and fresh, clear, more details, but as I said this can and will change even more - as will be seen.

06. Nov. 2010
After 70 hours, "Burning-in"
Very detailed, almost analytical sound reproduction, bass very far down but not as dominant as the Denon AH-D7000
Stage widespread, space between the instruments and artists.

Compared to the K701, both are on the system (modified Philips CD650 / WNA MKII amplifier) is very similar and sometimes lightly different, although it seems to me to show the Q701 sometimes a touch more subtlety. I still have to recheck with the Marantz SA7001 KI / amplifier GSP Audio Solo. What surprises me very dedicated to the "old" K501 behaves so well! Almost sounds a bit more "musical" as K701/Q701 also appear if the highs a little more restrained - I noticed only the background noise of "Esther Ofarim, Esther first Album record".

Music:
Esther Ofarim, Esther first Album
Max Lässer & das Überländerorchester, Überländer - above all, track 10 jaw harp, 11 jaw harp and harp, vocals track 14
Laureena McKennitt, An Ancient Music

Appendix: Philips CD650 modified / amplifier WNA MKII

07. November in 2010 over 75 hours, "Burning-In"

EMI - Paganini, 24 Caprices, Itzhak Perlman
Track 9
Q701 a trace silkier than K701
K701 a bit harder than Q701
K501 silky

Sony, Johannes Brahms, Concerto for Violin, 0p. 77, Isaac Stern, NY Phil, Zubin Metha
Track 3
similar to above, but hardly noticeable differences

WB, Quincy Jones, Back on the Block
Track 2, Back on the Block
Here the differences between Q701 and K701 are hardly easily identified, said the trend seemed to exist more softness in Q701.
The K501 sounded restrained, not because I wanted to adjust my level settings.

Appendix: Philips CD650 modified / amplifier WNA MKII

08. & 09 Nov. 2010 (to 80 hours behind in Burning-In)
Just relax listening to music
Esther Ofarim, Ether first Album
Loreena McKennitt, An Ancient Muse
Neil Diamond, Jonathan Seagull Livinston
Kari Bremnes, Erindring
Dire Straits, Brother in Arms
All the songs sounded very detailed, balanced, deep but not over emphasized bass, silky, non-sharp highs.
Stage-wide, air between instruments, singers.

Appendix: Philips CD650 modified / amplifier WNA MKII

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10. to 14 Nov. 2010 (at the 80 hours, "Burning-In" behind her)
Just relax listening to music
Ariel Ramirez - Misa Criola (two recordings)
José Carreras - Philips
Mercedes Sosa - Decca
Q701 bass very let down but not over-emphasized; drums punchy, clear string instruments and details; deep pipes very faithfully with significant blowing sounds; singers are well displayed (especially the deep voice of Mercedes Sosa); stage widespread, plenty of room (where you would on a headphone playback can say at all), positions definite, choir spacial.
Both versions very dynamic response.

Cyminologiy - per se & Bemun (Jazz, 2CD's)
The Klematics, Live - Brother Moses Smote the Water
All three live CD's kept their character. Very detailed, assessment as above.

One of the next steps I will return to the comparisons with the K701 and also address the Denon AH-D7000.
The AKG Q701 (K701, K702) is in my opinion the best in its price range (up to 500 EUR / USD) and can certainly compete with higher-priced headphones.

System: Marantz SA 7001 KI / amplifier WNA MKII
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10. to 14 Nov. 2010 (more than 80 hours, "Burning-In" behind her)
Magic of Himalayas, Mystical Scent, www.windmusic.com.tw - XRCD
This music cannot describe with words.
With the AKG Q701 - powerful, deep bass, more neutrally, if one can say with this music at all.
With the Denon AH-D7000 - such a profound and powerful bass I have never heard with headphones before. Despite this, the mids and highs not too short. The Q701 is missing something here the pressure at the very low notes. An ideal headphones in my opinion should be exactly in between.

System: Marantz SA 7001 KI / amplifier WNA MKII
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The differences are such as in the test's not worth to be blind subjective.
For more objective results would have to use at least the verdict of several people.
The sound impression of the Q701 can still change, speak thus in some Internet forums, some owners suggest of more than 100 hours for the K701.
Comparing the K701 with the K702 (last year) was noticeably after 100 hours no clear difference.

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January 2011
Malvina, Maria sings Phil Ola Magnell, Meyer Records
<http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/Maria-Pihl-Malvina/hnum/4095433>
D7000 cymbals hisses more / Q701 the hissing seems a little more contour (details)

More volume difference between a singer and the hissing of the cymbals
During Q701, the hiss seems to be quieter than the D7000
 
Upper bass
The D7000 seems a touch over-emphasized

Bass
The D7000 deeper and punchier than the Q701

Stage
D7000 closer / Q701 spacious, open, airy
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Audio Great Music V - Recordings 2000
Track 1, 3, 9
<http://www.audio.de/ratgeber/audio-titel-cd-01-09-great-music-die-2000er-372569.html>
<http://www.audio.de/ratgeber/3/5/0/7/3/8/aud_01_09_Booklet.pdf>
Q701 more difference in loudness between loud and soft passages
D7000  more low-end power
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This is one of the images with the deepest and most impressive bass
Yun-Tian He - Mystical Scent
<http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/Yun-Tian-He-Mystical-Scent/hnum/4281185>
D7000 with short blows air between the ear pads and ear

Even with the Q701 - The Q701 a little bass less pressure, but very detailed too.
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A complete list of my songs which I will use the test I put together this week as well.
A part of the list, I also published here:
http://www.stockhammer.eu/hifi/mymusic-main.php

I hear my well-known pieces of music to the smallest details that are often in the background, clatter of the valves of instruments, creak of chairs, (eg) with Pink Floyd "The Final Cut" jingle of coins, shuffling walk on pavement, etc.

Change Requests:
The current packaging may look good from outside but from unsuitable for permanent storage of the headphones. As is the case of K701 significantly more appropriate. My request to the board of K701 with the images printed by the Q701.
Since with high quality headphones, for headphones a lot of freaks want to control symmetrical - this means, the connections of the two capsules must completely separate from the plugs out to be - it would be good to prepare the headphones have that effect. In plain text instead of the 3-pin mini-XLR connector it should be a 5-pin mini-XLR connector looks like similar the AKG-K1000.
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PS: Some mistake could be in this translation from German, please let me know about!
 
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Some pics about

http://www.stockhammer.eu/hifi/AKG-Q701/
click on pics enlarge them

http://www.stockhammer.eu/hifi/AKG-Q701/Pages/1.html

Mostly I listening with my "Green" SOLO (litttle mod. with LME49720HA) and prefer it.




Edited by FritzS - 20 Sep 2011 at 5:04am
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I've read positive things about the AKG K701, K702 and Q701. Users tend to praise them for extreme clarity, large soundstage and sonic neutrality at a great price.

When I first made the step up to hi-fi headphones, I was torn between the highly regarded trio: DT880,K702 & HD600. Eventually I chose the HD600 after endlessly reading reviews on all three.
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You should look fore the K702 65th Anniversary Edition

http://www.akg.com/site/products/powerslave,id,1340,pid,1340,nodeid,2,_language,EN.html
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The only AKG headphone that I have is the K550. That's a very good closed-back headphone, although it doesn't beat the HD250II from Sennheiser. Wink I doubt I'll budge from the HD250 now. I certainly have no need to go to an open headphone anymore. The HD800 is the only one I'd consider in the future, although I can't see them being much better than the K702, from what I've read.


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Interested in the AKG K701s, is there any real difference between them and the Q701s as I have been told there isn't.......apart from the price and endorsement that isWink
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If I had to choose between K701, K702 and Q701, I would choose K702 due to its removable cable. I like the blue colour as well as the lack of a "Q". LOL
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