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AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference Class Premium Headphones

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  • Open back design
  • Patented varimotion diaphragm
  • High performance neodynium magnets
  • 99.99% oxygen-free, single-sided cable
The AKG Q701 reference-class premium headphones represent a momentous partnership with AKG and one of the most accomplished musicians of the 20th century: Quincy Jones an American icon whose productions include the best-selling album (Thriller) and single ("We Are the World") of all time. Quincy has received an unprecedented 79 GRAMMY nominations and 27 GRAMMY awards, more than any other living artist. It stands to reason that the headphones he puts his name to must be nothing but the very bestand the Q701s are the most accurate and responsive headphones AKG has ever produced. 


Detailed parameters
Color Black
Headphones Specifications
Frequency Range
Impedance 62 Ohms
Interface Type Φ3.5mm stereo plug
Sensitivity 105dB
Maximum load power
Sound pressure
Line length (to be filled) 3.5MM
Linear (must fill) Y
Audio interface (to be filled) 1.0MM


Black headphone cable,
3.5 turn 6.5 mm adapter,
Instructions in English


Packing List

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D. Lennox "music fan"
Jun 15, 2013 5:57:22 PM
I purchased these here several months ago. I have listened to them extensively since and I have found that the new Q 701 is indeed the new Reference Headphone in the AKG 700 series line. I listen to these phones using a dedicated headphone amplifier, (the Schiit Lyr Hybrid tube amp), and I source them with my NAD C 565BEE CD player. This combo really brings out the best in my music collection.The Q701 delivers in spades. Bass is deep and full without being hyped up. The treble is smooth yet extremely detailed. Vocals just soar and sing. The soundstage is wide and deep, with good height also. The sound is laid out in front of you with each instrument clearly defined. I have played all kinds of music on these and they sound fantastic with any well recorded CD. Classical music is especially good, as is acoustic jazz. Rock, blues and country all sound good. Overall I would describe these headphones as smooth and natural sounding. They are open backed phones so sound does leak into the room. These phones require a good headphone amp to bring out their best qualities, but when amped well they punch far beyond their price point for excellent sound quality. Highly recommended.
Andrew R Rosenberg
Jun 15, 2013 5:56:44 PM
You will definitely never misplace these as they practically glow (think almost highlighter green)! As other reviewers have stated, this is not a headphone to use with low rate MP3 files. If there are artifacts in your recording, or you just have a poorly mixed recording, these headphones will make that pretty apparent. The fit and finish is quite good, and wearer comfort is good with the combination of overall light weight and cushy velour ear pads. The reviewer who claimed this was like strapping two soft bagels to your head, nailed the size reference. You will not be bringing these on your commute. The self-adjusting head band does everything it is supposed to and holds nicely.

I only have a few hours on these running (mostly) lossless through my Icon HD, but they already sound quite good. The highs, mids and lows all come through very realistically and balanced. I find these really excel for jazz, vocals, live, and acoustic music. I would disagree with those that say these lack bass. I found the tones to be very well reproduced and true. Even listening to very bass heavy music was better than I thought it would be, but I would still use my other closed headphones for that.