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AKG Acoustics K-240 Semi Open Studio Headphones Reviews

Seidhepriest

Wonderful headphones for a musician or sound engineer, and anyone who loves music.

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Pros: Custom-tailored frequency response contasts notes better, meaning, they're easier to play in. Which is why they're often used for playing synths. Also very useful for sniping dirt in samples and fine-tuning mixes.

Cons: Awful stock cable.

AKG K-240 Studio are at least the 4th (really 5th or 6th?) iteration of K-240 design, which started with the K-240 Sextett in the 1970s, themselves a circumaural version of supra K-140. The basic idea behind the "Sextett" design is that the main diaphragm drives six passive radiators, which enhance ambience and spatial imaging. Now, while this is a very good idea for headphones in an era when most headphone amps were powerful enough to drive 1200-ohm and even 2400-ohm headphones, unfortunately modern amps have not been able to keep up and thus the K-240 and K-271 have a reputation of being power hogs. Really modern device (cell phones', pocket players', netbooks'...) headphone outputs...
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ericpeters

No nonsense classic, excellent sound quality

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Pros: Perfect sound, nice fit, comfortable.

Cons: Not really a fashion item.

A complete no brainer: if used at home probably the best headphone you can buy for this money, they fit comfortable and have excellent sound. There are better sounding headphones out there but you have to reach much deeper in your wallet.  They are not suited for travelers in my opinion.
GREQ

Power hungry but rewarding

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Pros: Price performance ratio,

Cons: Not as good as the older versions, needs good amping.

Ok, so I only spent 3 euros on these at a flea market. The catch was that the original stereo plug had been replaced and botched (all the cables were in the wrong place), so I had to re-solder them. After 10 minutes they were good as new(ish).    The sound is mostly neutral, mostly natural but quite analytical. It the bass rolls off a little early. Some sounds may have a slight 'plastic' quality to the timbre though.   Soundstage is pleasing with fairly good instrument separation. If these didn't require amping they'd be a lot more popular as a starter headphone.
Tequilasunriser

Don't be quick to judge.

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Pros: Great soundstage, price, and comfort. Rock rocks with these cans.

Cons: Elastic headband adjusters, pleather. Loves burn-in like a fat kid loves cake.

  I got a free $75 giftcard for Walmart and decided to use it online to get the best headphones they have since there's nothing else I really want from Wally World.   The best pair happened to be these K240s.   The K240s are the type of headphones that really appreciate a good burn-in. I see it almost as a test of worthiness.   Previously I wasn't the type to do burn-in as my Sennys didn't really benefit from it and it always seemed like superstition anyway. Upon my initial listening tests of the K240s I was rudely introduced to what many term "recessed mids", and underwhelming bass. I immediately felt that I needed to list these on eBay and rinse away...
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