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First Look: AKG K 702 Open Back Dynamic Reference Headphones

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First Look: AKG K 702 Open Back Dynamic Reference Headphones

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The AKG K 702 Open Back Dynamic Reference Headphones offer an ultracomfortable way to enjoy sound that is remarkably more open than most sets; they're like personal speakers for your head.

[ Music ] >>[background music] Hi, I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm going to give you a quick video tour of AKG's K 702 headphones. These new pro headphones bear a striking resemblance to the company's K 701 consumer headphones except the new model sports what AKG calls, features demanded by recording and broadcast engineers in a deluxe professional package. As you can see these headphones are rather large. The K 702's have an open back dynamic design featuring vera motion, ultra precision, 2 layer diaphragms and they're intended to be used at home plugged into an AV receiver. You can use them with an iPod but they're power hungry so you're not gonna get quite the same oomph as you'd get from a Bfe80 receiver. That said these are still one of the best sounding headphones we've ever heard with our iPod. Even after extended listening sessions of music and movies, these headphones were a pleasure to wear. The most remarkable thing about their sound is their out of head imaging. If you hate the canned sound of most headphones, the K702's will blow you away. Not only is the sound bigger but the stereo left to right positioning of voices and instruments will be more precisely focused between your ears. The imaging also extends forward and to the rear making them the most speaker like headphones we've ever heard. The clarity was extraordinarily good and never aggressive or thin. AKG's engineers have given the K702's perfect balance of resolution and smoothness. Sure at over $500 these guys are expensive. The sound is near state of the art, only better by much more expensive headphones like the soon to be released Sennheiser HD800's which go for $1400. The fact of the matter is the K702's creamy soft ear pads are so darn comfy it is easy to forget you're wearing headphones. [background music] I'm David Carnoy and those are the AKG K 702 headphones.

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