AKG K702 – Reference Studio Headphones
Everyone once in a while, you get to switch it up which is exactly what I’m doing with headphones again. Trying a new pair every once in awhile and this is the most recent pair gave a shot. These are the AKG K702. I promise I didn’t pick them up just because the red and black although that definitely helped pick them up because they already kind of have a great reputation. This whole case 7 series already has all great reviews and people seem to love them. People keep recommending them to me. So when they dropped on mass drop then yeah I just totally pick them up and they’re quite nice.
This run now right around 250 bucks actually recently a little less around $230 on Amazon. So they’re not cheap and they’re not shy about being reference headphones which are on the box and on the headphones themselves and in the name so that’s what you got to analyze the mass. So for all intents and purposes, these are a custom colorway of the AKG 702 and they are a very simple straightforward pair of open back reference monitors. So that means is in terms of features. There’s not a whole lot of crazy stuff going on here. I know a lot of consumer headphones like to mess around with you know Bass ports and dials and adjustable sound. These are just about as simple as it gets just a clean no frills pair of headphones. The one thing you do have going for them though is the comfort. This is one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones I’ve ever worn. The kind of feel like you can wear them for hours and not even notice you’re still wearing them which is exactly what you want with reference monitor headphones because you’ll be wearing them for a long period of time. While you work the cups are big and they go completely around a year and then the foam on the inside is this super soft like almost like a memory foam sort of hold that shape and moves slowly don’t get sweaty like a leather. It’s nice and then they’re super lightweight.
I still do like a little bit of padding on the top of most headphones. These aren’t padded but it saves weight and the mechanism for how just well they are is super simple. Just really flexible it slides freely. So no notches or anything and then the headphones can fit all types of head shapes from you know a kid’s head to a huge head whatever. So you drop it on your head and that thin leather band just kind of holds it up there and the headphones is light enough that they’re super comfortable like I said. Also that your cup foam is so thick that they prop the actual inside of the headphone completely off your ears so the inside of your cup is just kind of this empty space that the sound seems to come from. It’s more popular with bigger headphones.
So with all this talk about the comfort and no frills approach you’re probably wondering how do they sound. Well, actually that’s kind of easy. They sound like reference headphones. They’re very flat clean balanced and just a little bit warm the biggest difference you actually notice with these and most other pairs of headphones is that they are open back so sound stage is way wide and the different parts of the track sound like they’re coming from different parts of the room around you. Another thing since they’re open you’ll know what that means sound leak these leaks like a lot of sounds even more than normal which I think you know isn’t really a big deal in most situations if you’reusing these like in a studio or something but just something to keep in mind if you’re planning on bringing these to work or something.
So overall I was happy with the sound. Now whether it came from a pre-amp or my desktop or plug straight into a laptop. It always gave me that I threw a representation of my audio they might not be the most fun for music listening because they are so flat. I mean even the master Opposition have to end up the basses bumped by three decibels but even they still sound pretty flat so can escape the design and that’s basically it. So to summarize what do you getting for your money you’re getting simple headphones not a whole lot in the way features but you do get some quality materials you know some brush metal plastic up here some real leather over here and a super comfortable overall package thanks to some craft engineering and I’m thinking they’re pretty durable too. So yeah they’re maybe not great for. Typical music listening but they’re awesome for monitoring because that’s what they’re made for and at the end but they’re pretty easy to recommend. Like I said obviously very some others that do the same thing for the same price but the main advantage of these I think is their comfort so they’re worth checking out. I’m glad I found them.