Experts say that the Austrian-engineered AKG K702 headphones offer some of the most detailed sound among under-$1,000 headphones. Some feel the Sennheiser HD 650s (*Est. $500) have a slight edge in the low end, while others argue that the AKG K702s are unmatched by even more expensive headphones. Reviewers say sound is exceptionally balanced, making them a professional-quality headset for the home enthusiast. Reviews say the K702s are comfortable and work surprisingly well with iPods and other mobile players, although as full-size headphones they're not very portable. Also, they don't come with a carrying case.
There isn't a ton of feedback for the AKG K702, but CNET and HeadRoom offer nearly unequivocal praise. User reviews at Amazon.com largely do the same.
Steve Guttenberg says sound quality on the AKG K702 is excellent, and the headphones are also very comfortable. "Build quality, fit, finish, and durability are all first-rate," he says, adding that only headphones that cost considerably more beat the K702's "near state of the art" sound. The lack of a case is his only complaint. He awards 4 out of 5 stars.
Review: AKG K 702 Open Back Dynamic Reference Headphones, Steve Guttenberg, Oct. 21, 2009
Although HeadRoom only rates headphones it sells, editors provide useful overviews based on technical testing. They're impressed with the detail of the AKG K702 headphones, and describe the K702's features in great length. In sum, these headphones are categorized as "world-class reference headphones rivaling the performance of some four-figure cans but at a fraction of the price."
Review: AKG K 702 Black, Editors of HeadRoom
Nearly 60 owners weigh in with their take on the AKG K702 headphones. Most are pleased, as indicated by their 4.6-star (out of 5) rating.
Review: AKG K702 Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com