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AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White)

B&H # AKQ701W Mfr # 2458Z00250
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Patented Varimotion Diaphragms
  • Flat-Wire Voice Coils
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Open-Back Design
  • Adjustable Leather Headband
  • 3D-Form Ear Cushions
  • Single-Sided 99.99% OFC Cable
  • Professional 1/4" Plug
  • Individually Tested and Serialized

The Q701 stereo headphones, part of the Quincy Jones Signature Line from AKG, provide reference-quality sound in a comfortable and stylish package. Designed to provide the ultimate sonic experience, the headphones use patented Varimotion 2-layer diaphragms with flat-wire voice coils and neodymium magnets to provide rich, immersive sound with exceptional accuracy. The open-back design provides an airy, spacious quality that adds to the accuracy and realism of the audio.

In addition to providing terrific sound, the headphones also provide terrific comfort thanks to the adjustable genuine leather headband and unique 3D-form ear cushions. The headband and cushions work together to provide a snug and stable fit that won't cause fatigue, even during long listening sessions. The single-sided detachable cable resists tangles and has a 99.99% oxygen-free copper construction to provide a clear signal path for sonic integrity. The 1/4" plug lets you connect to mixers, consoles, and other pro-level audio gear. Each set of Q701 headphones is individually tested and serialized to ensure quality.

Patented Varimotion 2-layer diaphragms with flat-wire voice coils and neodymium magnets provide rich, immersive sound with exceptional accuracy
Open-back design provides an airy, spacious quality that adds to the accuracy and realism of the audio
The adjustable genuine leather headband and unique 3D-form ear cushions work together to provide a comfortable fit that won't cause fatigue, even during long listening sessions
Single-sided detachable cable resists tangles and has a 99.99% oxygen-free copper construction to provide a clear signal path for sonic integrity
The 1/4" plug lets you connect to mixers, consoles, and other pro-level audio gear
Each set of Q701 headphones is individually tested and serialized to ensure quality
AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White)
  • 3m Cable
  • 6m Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AKGQ701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White)
     
    4.4

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (26)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Comfortable (23)
    • Stylish (18)
    • Good value (15)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (3)
    • Uncomfortable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home audio (24)
    • Music (20)
    • Relaxing (15)
    • With my computer (15)
    • Portable devices (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (17), Gear head (10), Experienced (5), Novice (4)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (4), Working out (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    keeper. Excellent for mixing.

    been using these on my FG about a month and mix downs with these. play back on my cheap computer monitors Just exactly what I hear on my FG.

    My mixes is...Read complete review

    been using these on my FG about a month and mix downs with these. play back on my cheap computer monitors Just exactly what I hear on my FG.

    My mixes is much better now. No hearing fatigue. So far I've been using it on my Fantom G for strait 6 hours @ nights and never gets tired of it. In fact, I only stop cause the day is breaking or when I need to use the rest room. It is my go to choice for listening to my mixes.
    Its not even exceed the hrs that require breaking in like the K701's but it sound like it may not need that much hours but will wait and see.
    I only ran white noise for about 6 hours so far. Maybe when I reach that 60hrs then I will find out. but so far am happy with it.

    I got these after my Shure SH840 got stolen so, I would say that the difference beside one is close-back and the other semi-open is that I had to check twice on my SH840 when playing back on cheap computer monitors but Q701, I already know how it will sound on my cheap computer monitors.
    This Q701 is a great buy/additional to my start up home studio.
    looking forward to add some more Headphones soon.
    Highly recommended for going over your mixes/mix-downs and tweaking even voices too. well, you know what you want and I know you need these too.
    Make sure you know what your getting cause its only 250mw.
    If you want loudness, then I would suggest you go for a much higher mw.
    meant for mixing not blasting.
    Headphone amps are great to use on these otherwise know your volume. :D

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Incredibly uncomfortable.

    Bumps in the headphone band make this THE most uncomfortable headphone I've had the displeasure of wearing.

    Bumps in the headphone band make this THE most uncomfortable headphone I've had the displeasure of wearing.

    Reviewed by 43 customers

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    5.0

    Great Headphones

    By HearTheSound

    from NY,NY

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

        I use these for music listening and they are a great improvement from the HD280's I used for years. They have a very clear and balanced sound. I highly recommend them.

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        5.0

        Amazing Comfy Reference Headphones

        By TMS

        from LA

        Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

        I'm loving this comfortable reference headphones. They slip on your head and automatically adjust to fit.

        The sound is impeccable with a well-rounded a out of frequencies. (Do note that these are open eared and omit a healthy amount of sound that might bleed into the mic when recording with them on.)

        Comes with two sets of cables.
        Great design.

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        5.0

        highly detailed sound, yet unhyped

        By Prabha

        from Santiago, Chile.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

            I use them to check mixes at work and sometimes do some editing and basic mixing at home.
            They are highly detailed and balanced in frequency response. Not flattering
            Some people may find them a little bass light, but they can reproduce even the very lowest register accurately.
            IMHO they are mixing headphones, not for leisure listening.
            Although they are made in china (unlike all other akg headphones I have) they are nicely built.

            My only complain is that the bumps in the headband are not comfortable in my big head. None of my friends that have used them complained.

            They DO REQUIRE some burn-in period of at least 50 hours.

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            5.0

            Headphone Heaven

            By Music Lover

            from New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Over-the-ear Fit

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                I asked a friend whose father is a professional audio engineer which brand he would recommend, and he said AKG.
                The Q701, which I believe is over-the-ear, not on-ear, was in my price range and is just what I was looking for: a great sound, and a comfortable, enveloping fit.
                They're big, and not for traveling, but if you want headphones at home for a great sonic experience, the AKG Q701 fits the bill perfectly.

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                1.0

                Incredibly uncomfortable.

                By tracker

                from austin

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction
                  • Poor Sound
                  • Poor Value
                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                    Bumps in the headphone band make this THE most uncomfortable headphone I've had the displeasure of wearing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    One of the best flagship headphones

                    By Jack

                    from TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Uncomfortable

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                    The AKG q701 is almost unbeatable at its price. I use a Modi as DAC and Magni as amplifier. They drive the q701 well (I am not sure if it is good enough). The sound of it is surely at a higher stage than the AKG 240 series.

                    It is light but a little tight, and you may find it a little annoying if you are a glasses wearer.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great headphones

                    By Jack in TX

                    from TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                      The AKG q701 is almost unbeatable at its price. I use a Modi as DAC and Magni as amplifier. They drive the q701 well (I am not sure if it is good enough). The sound of it is surely at a higher stage than the AKG 240 series.
                      It is light and wears comfortable too. However the one I received has broken seal labels and I don't know the reason. This maybe just coincidence in my case.
                      At last ,both the black and the white ones are made in china. So it is hard to find one that made in Austria now. If you really want, go for the K712.

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                      4.0

                      Comfort, stereo field, frequency respons

                      By Rob. T

                      from Greensboro

                      About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Frequency Response
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • Bass

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                      I use the product for mixing and general listening. The best features of the headphones are the comfort and the stereo field. It is easy to identify instruments and there placement in the stereo field. Although the frequency response is flat. The bass could be a little bit more.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Akg q701 headphones

                      By Saborthw

                      from USA

                      Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                      Great sounding headphones needs headphone amp when not using with pro audio gear. Best price on the net at BH !

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                      4.0

                      Great headphones!

                      By Robert Platinum

                      from Winston-Salem, NC

                      About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • Music
                        • Relaxing
                        • With My Computer

                        Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                        Mixing, Mastering, and enjoying music is what I do with the headphones. I'm a previous owner of the K701's. These headphones seem to be less bright in the high end in my opinion. It is easier to hear the stereo field placement of professional mixes. The headphone design is comfortable and they are non fatiguing. The frequency response is very flat which makes it easier to balance mixes with these phones. Last but not least the bass response is less pronounced than other headphones like beats for instance which isn't such a bad thing.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        As good as you can get for the price

                        By Wargasm

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                          Browsing audiophiles and headfi forums these are compared to the likes of $ studio headphones.... if they are properly amped. I got these as PC gaming headphones and the sound quality is there, but turning it up to 100% is still barely at the volume I listen to music at. I'm told you shouldn't have to go above 50-60% to achieve optimal sound quality. I definitely do not have an amp, but I'm planning to get one. My only complaint at this point, I think may be the bass. The Quincy Jones edition is supposedly better with bass compared to the standard AKG 701's. Apparently they don't have an insert inside the headphones somewhere that allows more bass. Overall, i think once they're amped they'll be awesome.

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                          5.0

                          Superb sonics at a bargain price

                          By Crustacean Roll

                          from Toronto, Canada

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                            Like all good high end audio equipment they don't hit their stride until they have been broken in. After the 7th to 8th day of continuous play these headphones sound superb.

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                            5.0

                            I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN

                            By OLDSCHOOL ALAN

                            from CLEVELAND,OHIO

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good audio
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                              IAM ENJOYING MY SET OF THE Q701 HEADPHONES I LIKE THE QUALITY OF COMFORT AND THE AMAZING SOUND THAT COMES FROM THEM THE FIT IS GREAT AS WELLAND THEY ARE MADE OF GOOD QUALITY IF TAKING REAL GOOD CARE OF THEY WILL LAST FOR YEARS AN GIVE GREAT SERVICE I AM GIVING THESE HEADPHONES A FIVE STAR RATING FOR OVERALL PERFORMANCE I AM RECOMENDING THEM TO ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TRY THEM OUT I CHOOSE THESE OVER BEATS ANY DAY DO'NT LOOK FOR FASHION LOOK FOR QUALITY IN PERFORMANCE

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                              2.0

                              Slow

                              By Max

                              from Bellevue, WA

                              Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                              The shipment speed is almost the lowest. This product is quite expensive and small. Therefore should be delivered faster than 2 weeks.

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                              5.0

                              Nice set of cans

                              By Pete the K-man

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Bass
                              • Good Value
                              • Great Sound
                              • Lightweight
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • Music
                                • Portable Devices
                                • Relaxing

                                Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                                The reason I got these was because I wanted a pair of headphones that were lightweight, and could wear for a long period of time without any discomfort. I have a pair of Beyer DT 770 Pro's and the Beyer's have a little fuller low end, but they are closed-back and heavier, and they make my ears sweat after listening to them for a relatively short period of time. The AKG's have a little less bass but it is not a deal breaker. They are much more comfortable than the Beyer's and you could literally fall asleep with them on. So based on the level of comfort and sound quality, I give this 5 stars.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Cans!

                                By Audio Al

                                from Castle Rock, CO

                                Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                                I find these headphones very comfortable due to the very large area inside of the ear cups, so my ears never touch the pads and the material on the pads, these are the first open design headphones I have owned and I don't think I'll ever look back at the closed design again. I like the material on the cups superior to the vinyl, naugahyde, etc. that are used on a lot of other phones, great for extended listening sessions without getting perspiration buildup from vinyl types of materials. Smooth, clean audio quality of the mid's and high frequencies, the low frequencies are realistic to me, as opposed to the hyped subwoofer preferences of our times. These phones come with 2 cords, one 10' and one 20', nice option for use in difference listening situations. I use these phones for listening to a variety of genres of music from symphonic, big band's with lots of horns and lots of rock and I use them when playing with my electronic drums. Light weight, comfortable and superb audio quality, I'm a happy camper!

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                                3.0

                                Alright, I guess.

                                By Florida Guy

                                from Florida

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Bulky/Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                                These are not that great in my honest opinion. I have several headsets beside this: AKG 271 MKII, Pioneer HDJ2000, and Beats Mxr. The Quincy one seems no better than the 271 AKGs. The Quincy one is elephant ears big and quarky to behold upon the head. I'm just not that impressed, though I have only had them for two weeks. Maybe they will grow on me in appreciation.

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                                  5.0

                                  sound without distortion

                                  By creebeast

                                  from Tucson, AZ

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Green):

                                    I was really looking for headphones to compliment my amazing closed back headphones. These are so free of distortion and reverberation i can cleanly mix my music and review my freinds. If you plan on using these for just casual music you will really want higher quality music. I had to re-rip most my CDs to 320kbps rather than the 192 that has alway worked. These are definitely not headphones for travel or anywhere but a quiet room. You can hear other sounds around you without any difficulty and people around you can here your sounds.

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic Audiophile Experience!

                                    By Caro

                                    from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reference Headphones

                                    Cons

                                    • Made in China
                                    • Slightly Incomfortable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High-end Listening
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (Black):

                                    These headphone are truly stunning. Everything sounds great to my ears. The bass is amazing. Deep, tight and clean. Powered by my headphone tube amp, it's the perfect match. I noticed that the sound is better day after day. The only cons, they become slightly incomfortable after a few hours of listening and they are made in China instead of Austria. Otherwise, i am really happy with this product. Fully worth every penny!

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                                    4.0

                                    Great pair of cans

                                    By Ames the Hooligan

                                    from New York City

                                    About Me Audiophile, College Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy Construction
                                    • Unattractive Design

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Audio
                                    • Music
                                    • Relaxing
                                    • With My Computer

                                    Comments about Q701 Quincy Jones Signature On-Ear Reference Headphones (White):

                                    These headphones aren't for everybody, but if you give them a shot they can probably amaze you. Best for smoky jazz and classical, they feature a wide soundstage, and warm middle tones. Even when I listen to hip-hop, I hear such dynamic and variation in the spoken word- amazing! Not for bass lovers!
                                    The build is comfortable, but they feel a bit on the cheap end- I wish there were more metal parts rather than plastic. On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet that the driver and other internal parts are all top notch. An excellent pair of headphones for casual listeners, professionals, and audiophiles alike.

                                    • Primary Use:
                                    • Listening to iPod
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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