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AKG K271 MKII Headphones Reviews


The Reasonable Choice


Pros: neutral, comfortable, closed, cheaply replaceable cables and earpads

Cons: bulky, non-folding, slightly bass shy

When visiting recording studios in Europe or looking at the sales ranking of Germany's largest online store for musicians, the AKG 271 appears as the most popular studio headphone, well ahead of any competition. That isn't head-fi's major target group, but one should reconsider why and what for we use headphones. We want to listen to music in compromised environments, i.e. with neighbours behind thin walls or even with other people present in the same room, commuting or travelling with restricted luggage. Many of us spend more time listening to music under these conditions than at home in their designated listening room with multi-kilo-buck source gear and loudspeakers.  ...
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Good for Vocalist and Instrument Monitoring


Pros: Rugged, Two different pairs of earpads, Detachable cable, Two different cable lengths, Auto-mute feature, Good isolation

Cons: Bass-shy, Small soundstage, Bulky

I originally ordered a K240, but due to them being out of stock, I was shipped a K271 MkII instead. Needless to say, I saved a lot of money on this pair. These were my daily drivers for about four years. I used them for my computer as well as for monitoring my electric guitar. I was surprised at all the accessories that were included: One pair of velour pads, one pair of pleather pads, one 3m cable, one coiled 5m cable, and the customary 3.5mm to 6.3mm jack adapter. They also have a clever feature that auto-mutes the headphones when you take them off (this can be disabled easily if needed.) Now that I have a new pair of daily drivers, I just cannot go back to the K271's unusual sound...
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Generally great sounding closed cans, with a couple of issues


Pros: Great clarity & sound stage (esp. for closed), great tone on guitar / electric keys, bass is very detailed and punchy

Cons: biggest issue is boxiness in the upper-mids, minor issue - bass is not BOOMing, its mostly the upper bass that you can hear (100+ Hz)

Read a number of reviews on this pair of headphones before buying, and was quite surprised that no one mentioned the boxy band ( maybe somewhere around 3.5 - 5k ?? ) of upper mids.     some songs are pretty effected by it, others not so much.  It sounds like someone really pumped the EQ around a band of frequencies and phased the sh*t out of it.     However, for songs that are not effected by this the overall clarity of sound - especially for a closed-ear set of headphones - is great.  I have a pair of sr60s & Sennheiser HD598s and these are definitely still in the same ballpark of quality as those two.       For some songs though,...
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A great niche headphone, just not for me.


Pros: Deep, tight fast bass, classic akg mids, clear highs, detailed, comfortable, great soundstage for a closed, retro design, plenty of accesories

Cons: Bass anemic, doesn't play well with bass boosters and/or loud volumes, not very exciting, needs an amp to even get bass at all

I wanted to love these, and I kinda did, but only for classical and jazz.  Everything else though was boring to listen to and can sometimes get a bit bright. Also still has that closed sound, but then again it's a closed can. I know I know, it's more for tracking rather than for entertainment. But there are still some stuff to love about the sound. If you only listen to jazz and classical and need isolation, these are pretty good and do deserve the praise some people give it. But if you want something more well rounded, then you should look elsewhere, like I have.
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