Looking for luxury headphones without the luxury price tag? Then the Austrian-engineered AKG K702 headphones are worth looking at.
Excellent sound quality. Experts say the AKG K702 headphones offer some of the most detailed sound among under-$1,000 headphones. Some feel the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones 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.
Feel as good as they sound. Reviews say the AKG K702s are comfortable. They 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.
Premium sound without the premium price tag. At current prices, the AKG K702 is a pretty good value. CNET says that only headphones that cost considerably more can beat these headphones' sound quality. Some users do raise concerns that the headphones are no longer being made in Austria, however.
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, Steve Guttenberg, April 2, 2009
More than 150 owners weigh in with their take on the AKG K702 headphones. Most are pleased, as indicated by their 4.5-star (out of 5) rating. Some users question whether the headphones will be as durable as their predecessors because they are now being made in China rather than Austria.
Review: AKG K702 Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014