Pros: Self-adjusting headband, mute switch when taken off, great comfort, removable cord and earpads, supurb mids and highs, great image, honest sound
Cons: Little thight on my head, some more bass would be wecome.
This AKG came into my possesion "accidently". During a rondom internet search I came across this headphone, that were to be sold for €75. I did an offer of €60 and the guy accepted. I went to his place and took it home were I did an immidiate comperisement with my Beyerdynamic DT770 pro in the same pricerange. This one gave the DT770 a run for his money !
Comfort: The AKG is second hand, I think it's originally sold around 2004 somewhere. By sitting in the box for years (according to the seller), the earpads were out of shape, so I 've put new velvet earpads on it. I like the feel of velvet more than the fake leather. Wear comfort is great, just put it on and that's it. Sits well, doesn't move. It's even the only headphones that doesn't sound different when you press the cups against your head, because the clamp-force is perfect.
Sound: I allready had a Beyerdynamic DT770 pro 80 ohm, so I could easily compare the both of them. The K271 studio sounded different, more direct. It has stunning mids and nice, clear highs. Image is nicely inside my head, as I want it. The bass in somewhat absent, but still everything is noticeable. Compared to the Beyerdynamic the AKG is even more honest. I listened to it on my laptop directly and through a simple headphone amp. The sound is always great !
Build: It's a well build headphone which can be twisted to use one earcup, the self-adjusting headband is a long-term-proven AKG feature that has no flaws. But a really fantastic feature is the mute-switch. Whenever you take off the headphones, the release of the headband presses a tiny switch that mutes all sound from the drivers, so there's no sound-pollution in the studio. I like that feature a lot ! Singers tend to take off the HP without realizing the technician has to clean the tracks afterwards.
Conclusion: In just one week this AKG K271 studio has pushed the BD DT770 from the top spot. Even more so, I'm going to sell the Beyerdynamic and keep this AKG. This AKG K271 studio serves my pupose perfectly and I see no need in keeping 4 headphones around when I can get some good money for them.