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Is the K702 worth a purchase?
Absolutely. This open-backed, mid-fi audiophile headphone is nearly perfect in every way: The mid-range is incredibly neutral aside from a tastefully done 2kHz bump, the treble is crisp and sparkles without sounding essy or sibilant in the slightest, and the bass is incredibly articulate and detailed.
Real bass heads know what bass is. Choosy bass heads choose K702. It’s good you like!
At around $200-250, it’s an easy purchase and a headphone that you won’t be selling or replacing anytime soon, if ever. Like the HD600, I plan on keeping mine around for the long haul.
Let’s take a look at 5 reasons you should consider adding one to your collection right away.
It’s comfortable and built very well. The velour padding is a tad stiffer than a Beyer or even a K612 but still doesn’t need an adjustment of any kind. I can wear one on my head almost indefinitely, no matter the session duration. AKG K612 vs. K702 | Is There A Difference?
The clamp force is almost perfect, and the headphone is very sturdy despite being incredibly light. It’s not quite as light as a K240, but the cups are deeper and you won’t have issues with the driver hitting your ears and causing discomfort.
Furthermore, the efficiency of the hammock style adjustment ensures you’ll always get a perfect fit. The headband, while not padded, improved on the original Austrian-made bumps on the underside – a complaint amongst a plethora of different users. This time around, there are no bumps and you won’t even notice it on your head most of the time.
Lastly, the Mini-XLR cable is detachable and can be used with an adapter for gaming with the Boom Pro.
Speaking of, it’s great for gaming.
You’ll be able to pinpoint sounds with precision accuracy, and directional cues are on point like mom’s meatloaf. You hungry?
This is perhaps the best Soundstage on any headphone that I’ve personally heard out of over 100 at the time of this video. What is Soundstage? [Detailed Explanation] It provides the most out of your head experience and works incredibly well for subtle details in Film, something I was astonished by in watching an old favorite like Reservoir Dogs.
The background ambiance, detail, and subtlety previously unheard will start to come through with startling clarity, to the point of you ripping off the headphones in a panic.
The K702 does an incredible job at giving off the illusion that things are happening above and below, behind you, as well as to the right and left. Imaging is also noteworthy, as sounds tend to be separated more effectively than a closed-back, or even a good open back like the HD600. Related:AKG K702 vs. Sennheiser HD600 [Definitive Guide]
I can’t count how many times I thought a sound was coming from the gravel below on the first floor of my apartment, only to rewind and find out it came from the movie.
This helps to create an immersive experience with a DAC like the Creative SoundBlasterX G6 and Scout Mode, one of my favorite combos for really analyzing the ins and outs of sound design in movies and games.
Does well with most genres.
I wouldn’t try and push this headphone too hard, but it will present 99% of genres with ease and care. In fact, I’m reaching for a K702 the majority of the time because it just does so well with a wide variety of music types and styles.
It enables me to keep 1 headphone on my head and not have a desire to switch because I may want to listen to a specific genre: Indie Pop, or Rock, or Rap, or Classical, or Jazz, or Ambient, (insert genre here). I can use it with any genre I want and it’s going to sound fantastic regardless.
It’s great for mixing and reference work
Because of its open nature, I can easily pinpoint flaws in a recording with a K702. Most producers and engineers understand the vast importance of the mid-range in a mix-down. It’s perhaps the single most crucial element to get right.
The K702 is perfect because it raises the mids just enough to where you can easily hear whether or not a vocal or instrument sounds correct within the composition.
A headphone like the K612, while appearing technically more proficient from a measurement standpoint, really isn’t when you’re trying to hear what’s really going on. It’s just not quite revealing enough for studio work.
I may reach for a 612 when I’m watching film more often than a 702, but I wouldn’t choose it first for mixing or even casual listening. It just tends to sound a bit too warm and to me, it isn’t quite as enjoyable, lively, or snappy as the 702. In other words, it can sound a bit dull and clammy at times – as if there’s a thin veil of blanky covering the spectrum.
The K702 sounds almost as good as a Planar
This is something I’ve talked a lot about with many people over the last year or so. One of the main reasons I recommend it so much is because of its phenomenal sense of Timbre; the portrayal of vocals and instruments as they might sound in real life vs. the way they sound through a device. What is Timbre? The tonal quality of the sound itself, its sense of color and life, and the quality of a particular instrument or vocal inflection – a characteristic of the 702 that tends to make it stand out from the crowd.
Given a song that was recorded, mixed, and mastered really well, it can sound so realistic that you might actually think for a split second that it’s playing in front of you, or behind you, or to your right or left.
The K702 is perhaps the best at replicating this rich, natural, true to life, and incredibly intimate aspect of the listening experience that most headphones sorely lack.
There’s no mistaking that distinction when you hear it. The 702 really highlights these amazing qualities in music by bringing them to the forefront and putting them on display, while also saturating them just right.
The analogy I would use is a raw photograph vs. one calibrated with just the right amount of brightness and contrast, giving it that crisp, professional look while at the same time not overdoing it; like your mom’s meatloaf on a bad day.
The 702 is similar.
It sometimes feels as though an artist like Sufjan Stevens is playing live rather than through a conversion process.
Technically speaking, the K702 is one of the most capable headphones to ever hit the market, and still remains relevant after many years despite a barrage of other products constantly flooding the scene.
It’s a headphone that tends to mimic the effect of a speaker setup better than most other headphones, mid-fi or otherwise.
Is it as good as a planar magnetic?
It’s eerily close to matching the tonal qualities of one, that’s for sure. What is a Planar Magnetic Driver? In comparing the 702’s Timbre to something like a DEVA, Sundara, 400i, etc. the difference is there, but it’s very very small. If it were a race, it would definitely be a photo finish.
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