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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference Edition - Black

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AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Premium Reference Edition Headphones

It should come as no surprise that the best thing released for any music lover was made with a little help from the one and only Quincy Jones. Yes, the 79 time GRAMMY nominated and 27 GRAMMY award winning producer that brought us "Thriller" and "We Are The World", The Best Selling Single OF ALL TIME, as well as the Best Selling Album of ALL TIME. So you could say that Quincy Jones knows a little something about music, and making a hit. Few would even argue if you said he knows how to make the BEST! Anyone who has ever considered themselves a music fanatic, or fancies themselves an audiophile, must indulge their well trained ears in a little bit of heaven. Or the Q701 Premium Reference Headphones. Lifelike imagery, perfectly produced separations with depth like a live sound stage, the Q 701 Headphones are a another #1 Hit! Second to none, the Q701 live up to every expectation, and more. See for yourself!

What's In The Box?
  1. AKG Q701 Premium Reference Headphones
  2. 3 Meter Detachable Cable (9.9')
  3. 6 Meter Detachable Cable (19.5')
  4. 1/4" Adapter (3.5mm to 6.3mm)
  5. Owner's Manual
  6. 2-Year Warranty Information
Product Features:
  • Special Edition Quincy Jones Signature Premium Class Reference Over-The-Ear Headphones
  • Complete open-back design
  • Voice coil with revolutionary flat-wire design
  • Varimotion patented two-layer diaphragm
  • 99.99% Oxygen-free high performance cable
  • 6.3mm Professional stereo plug
  • High-performing neodymium magnets
  • 3D-form ear pads for a precise fit
  • Genuine cushioned leather headband for extreme comfort
  • Tested and serialized individually
  • Primary Color Tone: Black with Silver Accents
  • Manufacturer Model Number: AKG Q701
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 2458Z00230
  • Country of Origin: Made In Austria
  • Quincy Jones Q701 Premium Reference Edition Headphones Are Available In:
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2-year Manufacturer's Warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Acoustic Design: Open-Back (Open-Aire)
  • Speaker:
    • Patented Varimotion 2-Layer Diaphragm
    • Flat-Wire Voice Coils
    • 45mm Driver
    • Powerful Neodymium Magnets
  • Frequency Range: 10 Hz - 39,800 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • Impedance: 62 ohm
  • Max. input power: 200mW
  • Cable: Bi-wiring, Single-Sided 99.99% Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) Wire
  • Cable Length:
    • 3 Meter (9.9 Feet)
    • 6 Meter (19.5 Feet)
  • Connector: 1/4" hard gold plated
  • Weight: 236 grams

Also Found As: AKG Q701BLK, Q 701BLK, Q701 Black, Q701 BLK, Q 701 Black, Q 701 BLK, and Q 701Black

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 39,800 Hz
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
105 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
62 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

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Labor Warranty Duration
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Detailed reference grade headphones

September 29, 2013

These headphones are extremely comfortable. I have not had any of the discomfort issues with the headband that some complain about. The audio is incredibly clear, the soundstage is immersive and detailed. The imaging is great. The frequency response is very capable, the bass isn't too bad, it is tight and punchy, but not the strongest. They are reference grade, they don't boost the bass. The mids and highs are virtually spot on, they may even be a bit bright. By far the best headphones I have ever owned.

Be warned, you will need a decent amp/DAC combo to get the best out of these. I recommend a vacuum tube amp to help balance them out.

The only possible future con I can see could be the elastics wearing out for the auto-adjustments. But only time will tell.

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AKG for the world!

November 1, 2012

Recommended for any person preferring AKG's and even newbies. A little power hungry but full of detail. Other reviews have mentioned headband heat/pressure issue over time and I have noticed it also. Moving headbang forward/back will help. No other complaints.

Have used AKG K501 and K240 MKII also. Q701 mates well with Schiit Audio LYR headphone amplfiier.

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My impressions;

September 15, 2014

A quality pair of headphones i would recommend for some audio genres (mostly classical & jazz music), although it is more than fine for other genres too.
Great sound stage, one of the, if not the best headphones for gamers (FPS sound imaging, combined with dolby&eax is superb).
It's a little thin on bass side (only if you are a basshead). I'm personally fine with the bass as it is very well defined. I did have issues with some overemphasized treble frequencies (it's about my sound perception not about the headphones) which i solved by adding a light equalization.

They do require a headphone amplifier to get to their true potential.

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