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AKG K 242 HD High-Definition Headphones

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Pros: Comfort, looks great sound for the money

Cons: Not for iPods, bass can get bloated with poor amp matching

 

Got these 2nd hand (but NOT yet burned in) for the wife to have at work because of comfort, looks and presumed audio quality. It filled my expectations except they were harder to drive than I thought. An iPod can bring it to moderate levels. My laptop slightly less, but my wifes laptop (hp business type) brought them to louder levels than I found safe, for me and the headphones. 

 

They are driven to medium volume by an iPod or the headphone out of my laptop. If that is your primary use, get something else. I tried it on several amps. Woo WA2 OTL tube, Creek 5350SE integrated known for having a nice headphone out), Cary SLI-80 tube integrated, Pro-Ject Headbox mk2 and the cheap tiny Muse mini usb dac. I compared it to the HD650. Also I tried it with iPod and two laptops.  

 

First - I always preferred the HD650. But the 242 were no slouch. The have more bass than the 650, and the bass can get bloated sometimes when paired with the wrong amp. They are quite upfront. Nice detail, nice soundstage. Warmer than the HD650, which has more air and separation. 

 

With regards to amps - the Cary SLI-80 made them sing. But then Headbox did very well with them. The Creek wasn't a good mach beacuse of bloated bass, the WA2 had the same problem sometimes. This is probably because of impedance issues (I'm no expert). The guy I bought it from, however, thought it sounded swell from the Creek (which he also happens to own) To my surprise, the WA2 volume had to be cranked up to levels I never have used before. 

 

The biggest surprise was the little USB-powered $25 Muse Usb Mini Dac which attatched only to the computer with the usb cable drove them satisfactory and volume as high as I prefer it, and slightly higher also. If you are in not very noisy surroundings this will do just fine.  

 

Don't get this for an iPod, but they sound great when amped. The Project Headbox is a fine match, and if you want a usb powered dac/amp solution there are many alternatives (Fiio??) and even a $25 piece makes them sound good :)  I must also point out that headphones I have reviewed were not burned in at tehpoint of this review - they should get better after a while. Most headphones tend to "open up" after 50 hours or so :) Keep in mind that I didn't compare the 242's to similarly priced headphones. They seem to be worth the money and offers amazing comfort. 

AKG K 242 HD High-Definition Headphones
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The AKG K 242 HD high performance headphone is a must have when you desire the best personal listening experience from nearly any audio device. Deisgned to deliver the ultimate in AKG performance - high-output sound and the widest, distortion free frequency response - they are the ultimate high-performance upgrade for critical listening in today's high definition world. With an on-ear, semi open design that sits comfortably on the ear with ultrasoft velvet ear pads, the K 142 HD headphones deliver sparkling high frequencies, richer mid-range and the deepest bass from an AKG headphone. Their ultra-efficient design and 99.9% oxygen-free, single-sided, detachable cable means you have the purest sound transmission possible. Add gold plated contacts and plugs for the best connection and you have AKG's best listening experience possible.

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BindingElectronics
BrandAKG
EAN0885038021155
FeatureGold plated contacts and plugs ensures the best connection
LabelAKG
List Price$299.95
ManufacturerAKG
ModelK 242HD
MPNK 242HD
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameHEADPHONES
PublisherAKG
StudioAKG
TitleAKG K 242 HD High-Definition Headphones
UPC885038021155
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