Going back to Forget About It, the song “Maybe” has a solo bass drum that can be startlingly powerful and well-defined. On this track, some headphones deliver a rendition that sounds very like what one hears from a bass drum in a concert hall, minus the pressure in the gut. The AKGs don’t really get the rising edge of the drum “thwack” quite right and so deliver less bass power and depth than is fully realistic or technologically possible. Even so, the sound through the K702s is rewarding enough that you might not miss the sonic information that’s been left out until you hear headphones that come closer to the absolute sound. But remember this: those hypothetically more revealing headphones won’t always sound as smooth or well balanced as the K702s do.
Assuming you are looking at the K702 as a reference headphone, my comments, below, may help to place the AKGs in context with respect to higher, lower, and similarly priced headphones:
The K702s are very comfortable. The ear cups are big and the clamping force is low. The headband adjusts the earcups automatically to fit your head—a feature that worked well in our tests.
The K702s come with a ten foot cord and a phone plug/mini-plug.
Note: The K702s are relatively inefficient. This is a headphone that simply must be used with a high-quality amplifier to get the best results.
AKG’s K702 is a very well balanced headphone that delivers admirable smoothness and warmth without obvious artifacts.
AKG K702 Headphones
Accessories: mini-plug to phone plug adapter (screw on)
Weight: 8.3 oz.
Impedance: 62 ohms
AKG Acoustics US
8400 Balboa Boulevard
Northridge, CA 91329
(818) 920 3212
www.akg.com/personal (then click on AKG Pro on the bottom right)