AKG K702 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm
AKG K702 Picture
5.2
Mixed Usage
8.0
Neutral Sound
4.0
Commute/Travel
5.1
Sports/Fitness
4.8
Office
4.6
Wireless Gaming
6.6
Wired Gaming
1.7
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Open-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The AKG K702 are great, comfortable headphones for critical listening but are mediocre for everyday casual use. Their open design doesn't block any noise and leaks enough to be distracting. They're not made for commuting or to use at the gym but are ideal for appreciating high-quality audio in a quiet environment.

Our Verdict

5.2 Mixed Usage

These headphones are not designed for everyday, casual use. They're best used for critical listening in private.

Pros
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Comfortable design.
Cons
  • Open-back design, they leak a lot.
  • No ambient noise isolation, by design.
  • Big and bulky headphones.
8.0 Neutral Sound

Excellent sound quality for neutral listening. The K702 are comfortable and reproduce tracks with great fidelity. Bass mids and treble are well balanced, and the well-designed, large and open earcups give these headphones a spacious soundstage. They will sound great with high-res audio and an amp.

4.0 Commute/Travel

They purposely don't block any ambient noise, which is not ideal for the level of noise on a busy commute.

5.1 Sports/Fitness

Not designed for sports. Too unstable and cumbersome for use while doing any strenuous physical activity.

4.8 Office

Not designed for office use, unless you work in an isolated environment.

6.6 Wired Gaming
1.7 Phone Calls
  • 5.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.0 Commute/Travel
  • 5.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 4.8 Office
  • 4.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.6 Wired Gaming
  • 1.7 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/11/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  6. Update 3/1/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The AKG K702 share the same style and build as the AKG K701 and AKG K712 PRO. They have two-tone navy blue and silver color scheme and an old-school retro design that will work for some. The open back ear cups are large and circular and covered in a suede-like padding that gives the headphones a premium appeal. However, they pretty big and bulky for everyday use.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.65 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The AKG 702 are very comfortable headphones. The large ear cups easily fit around most ears, and the headband design does not put much pressure on the head. They might be a little too large and bulky for some listeners, but they deliver a comfortable listening experience that does not cause soreness even on long listening sessions.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No
7.1
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4 C
5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.27 "
W 7.28 "
H 4.33 "
Volume 253.74 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The AKG K702 like the AKG K712 PRO are big and bulky headphones that are not portable. They do not fold up into a more compact format, and the ear cups do not lay flat to take less space either. The retro headband design is also quite large and results in a headphone that's cumbersome to carry around, and that will only fit in a backpack. There is also no case or pouch, which is disappointing.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.5
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is decent for the AKG K702. They have dense ear cups, and their headband design is flexible enough to handle an above average amount of physical stress. However, the headband has a lot of moving parts for the adjustable padding. These are potential weak points where the headphones could get damaged through wear and tear.

5.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are not tight enough and will easily fall your head if used while running. They're not designed for sports and only stay in place during casual listening sessions. The ear cups will sway and slip off you ears, even during mild physical activity. Also, the detachable cable locks into the ear cups and will pull the headphones off your head before disconnecting if ever it's hooked on something.

Design
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Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • AKG K702 Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-4.24 db
Treble Amount
0.02 db
7.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.46 dB
Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
64.42 Hz
Low-Bass
-6.13 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.54 dB
High-Bass
2.03 dB
9.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.32 dB
Low-Mid
1.46 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.43 dB
High-Mid
0.87 dB
6.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.24 dB
Low-Treble
2.85 dB
Mid-Treble
3.75 dB
High-Treble
-5.79 dB
7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.84 db
Dips
0.83 db
9.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.29
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.49
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.62
8.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.74 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.38 dB
PRTF Distance
12.42 dB
Openness
9.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
8.2
0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.067
WHD @ 100
0.110
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
No Microphone
Isolation
2.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-4.96 dB
Bass
-0.25 dB
Mid
-0.41 dB
Treble
-14.01 dB

Poor isolaton. Due to their open-back design, these headphones don't offer any isolation below 1KHz. Above 1KHz, there is a 3dB/Octave roll-off present, which won't be effective in blocking outside noise.

2.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
60.55 dB

Poor leakage. Although these headphones are quite loud and leak a lot, the profile of the leakage is narrower that most open headphones we have measured. The roll-off in the leakage above 4KHz is rather uncharacteristic of most open headphones.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 9.8 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

Compared to other headphones

See our recommendations for the best headphones for music, the best over-ear headphones, and the best headphones for studio.

AKG K701
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AKG K702 are slightly better headphones than the AKG K701, but overall are very similar. The K702 have a detachable cable that is easily replaceable if damaged, which makes them a bit more durable and better-built, but that’s about it. Most people won’t hear a difference between those two models.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO
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Amazon.com

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and the AKG K702 are both great headphones for critical listeners and have very little difference in performance. Sound-wise, the AKG might lack a bit of sub-bass when compared to the Beyerdynamic and could sound a bit sharper on higher frequencies. On the other hand, the AKG don't feel as tight as the Beyerdynamic, which is more comfortable for long listening sessions. However, the AKG are well-built but don’t feel as durable since they don’t have a full metal frame like the Beyerdynamic. The AKG are also a bit more open-sounding, and they come with a very long and detachable cable while the Beyerdynamic have a short, coiled cable.

AKG K712 PRO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AKG K712 PRO and the AKG K702 are almost identical save for a few differences in design and frequency response. The K702 get a bit more bass but also sound brighter - unfortunately, to the point of sounding a bit sharp. The K712 will sound less harsh to most people, but their soundstage isn't as impressive.

Beyerdynamic DT 880
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AKG K702 and the Beyerdynamic DT 880 are both great audiophile headphones if you like a neutral sound. They have fairly similar sound profiles, although the AKG adds a bit of extra emphasis to the clarity and detail of vocals and instruments, while the Beyerdynamic emphasize more of the sibilance range.

AKG Q701
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AKG Q701 are basically the same headphones as the AKG K702, but with slightly better sound performance. However, the Q701 are more expensive for such a marginal difference. The Q701 have bumps on the headband and come with an extra 20-foot cable. Another small difference is that Q701 comes with a Quincy Jones line logo on the earcups that close the cups, but that doesn't seem to make any noticeable difference in our measurements.

Sennheiser HD 600
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sennheiser HD 600 and the AKG K702 are both open-back, over-ear headphones that are similarly suited for critical listening. While the Sennheiser have slightly less low-bass than the AKG, they have a better-balanced treble range and are more stable on the head. At the same time, the AKG are more comfortable and have a wider soundstage that's perceived as coming from in front rather than from inside the listener's head.

Philips SHP9500
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AKG K702 and the Philips SHP9500 are both great audiophile headphones if you like a neutral sound. Their sound profiles are fairly similar overall, but the AKG sound even brighter. They can sound a bit too harsh and piercing for some people though, so the Philips are a better option if you prefer a smoother sound, without losing much detail. The Philips are also more comfortable for long listening sessions, although the AKG feel more durable.

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