AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference Edition - Black

Special Edition Premium Class Reference Over-the-Ear Headphones (Q 701B)


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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

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.

Headband 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
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.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi

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.
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.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

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.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
62 ohms
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
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 - 39800 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference Edition Headphones
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Secondary Cable
Paperwork included with the product.
User manual
Warranty/Registration card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



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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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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South Africa

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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AKG is my favorite headphone brand. Always comfortable and natural sound.
Sean A on May 4, 2015
I have heard these from a friend who owns a pair. I really liked them, especially with a headphone amplifier. Owning many different headphones, these will make a great addition to my collection. The price from Sonic Electronix is unbeatable.

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