- Excellent built quality
- Great sound
- Comfortable fit
- Fairly expensive
- Many equally good rivals
- Review Price: £365.00
- Flat-wire voice-coil technology
- Leather headband
The design of the AKQ Q701 headphones is very similar to that of the less high-end K601 and K701, at least outwardly. That’s no bad thing; the Q701s, like their predecessors, look very stylish, even if the lime green versions aren’t perhaps the most professional-looking – the white and black options look great. The plastic construction feels as solid and durable as a polycarbonate can. Interestingly AKG claims that the Q701’s arches are unbreakable, a claim we didn’t want to risk fully putting to the test, although the Q701’s did survive being accidentally knocked off a desk a couple of times.
Definitely well-considered is the self-adjusting headband, from which the earcups are elastically suspended. The result is that as well as staying properly fitted in place no matter how you move the Q701s about on your head, with their weight evenly distributed. The band’s padding isn’t actually that soft, but it is leather-covered and distributed weight evenly. The earcups are large enough that they will completely encompass all but the mode Dumbo-like of ears, which we much prefer to the less-common alternative having the pads rest on the ear. In combination with the large earcups, the ‘suspended’ design makes the Q701s very comfortable; we had no problem wearing them for hours on end.
The AKG Q701s are definitely not headphones that you want to use in the presence of others. The open-back design means that they leak sound promiscuously, and offer next to no isolation from outside noise. Given the compromise to the openness of sound that a more isolating, closed design would have forced AKG to make, we don’t consider this a problem, but simply a sensible decision; these are not headphones intended to be worn on the daily commute.
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