AKG K702 by Arthur Stone
It's always a pleasure to put these headphones on - they create a comfortable space in which to listen to music. These really are non-fatiguing; OK for hours of use with no discomfort although the headband was a little uncomfortable for prolonged periods (hours of use) for the first few weeks. The phones are open-backed so will bleed a little if used for tracking, but they are very cool in comparison to other headphones I've used, even in hot Summer.
The K702's use a two-layer diaphragm which is designed to aid the pistonic action of the aluminium voice coil. There is a really long mechanical 'burn-in' period - like a fine wine the K702's improve with age but that wait is worth it.
The headphones have great dynamics and soundstage; there is a small gap between speaker and ear, this gives a sense of distance and spaciousness to the audio...never cramped or claustrophobic. The replaceable foam earpads are covered in a soft velvet material which is very comfortable.
The transition from my Focal CMS40 monitors to the K702's is smooth and there is a sense of continuity between the soundstage that both produce. I can't really compare the K702's to other headphones - only earbuds and AKG K44's...reviews and comments on Gearslutz suggest that they rank amongst the best although some users comment about their 'bass lightness' but personally I find them well-balanced and true to source - I've even had to check that the main sub wasn't on. My monitoring environment is very quiet at night - just the odd owl hoot and the rustling of wind in the trees; listeners in urban environments or producers of dance-specific music might prefer a more hyped bass.
Stellar sound and comfort. Highly-recommended, but amplifier dependent. The K702's have a two-year warranty.
AKG K702 Black - Full-Size Headphones | HeadRoom Audio