Excellent flat and detailed response, Very comfortanble
600 ohm impedance makes use with portables difficult
After spending 4 years in recording studios I came to favor the AKG headsets for both their comfort and reference quality flat repsonse. The best pair I could afford was the K240s and I've never been disappointed. In fact, I have purchase three pair in the last 14 years. ... Read full review
After spending 4 years in recording studios I came to favor the AKG headsets for both their comfort and reference quality flat repsonse. The best pair I could afford was the K240s and I've never been disappointed. In fact, I have purchase three pair in the last 14 years. The only pair the "died" were the ones that I used through my college years. Currenlty I have one for listening downstairs and another for mixing on my 16 trak digital recorder upstairs. Durability in my opinion is excellent, especially given their weight.
I love the fact that the flat and accurate sound of these headphones is so musical and easy to listen to over long periods of time. The "over the ear" design of the cans is amongst the most comfortable I've ever seen and eaily beats anything I've seen from Grado. They feel very light and effortlessly autoadjust to the shape of my head when worn.
The AKG sound has beomce my personal reference standard for all other devices. I don't believe you will achieve a better sound for the same price point (~$100). Many times I've considered buying a pair of Grados but have no compelling reason to compromise comfort for an assumably equal sound.
Obviously everything has a downside and the AKG's are impedance. At 600 ohms, most portable devices just don't have the voltage available to drive these units. I fell in love with these at a time before iPods were the craze. Having paired these with several portable units including the newet Apple products (iPod Classic), it is obvious that the portable devices alone can not support the AKGs. Adding a secondary headphone amplifier such as the Headroom Total Airhead (~$100) or Emmeline's Hornet ($270) overcomes the impedance issue and provides an audiophile quality amplifier ciruit capable of delivering satisfying sound.
Given the option of using uncomfortable Grados or having an additional device, I have choosen the AKGs and Total Airhead amp for my personal listening. The outcome is very musical indead with comfort that is second to none. Remember AKG never intended to target the home market. They needed products that professional sound engineers could wear for 8 hours a day and rely on for reference quality sound. As such, their marketing has never resorted to the viral marketing methods of Grado and hence their sucess is largely unknown. It is beyond me why anyone would pay $100 for an uncomfortable pair of cans when they could buy the AKG 240s instead. Hype I guess. Please listen for yourself. Everyone's ears will tell a different tale.