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AKG K518DJ

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Pros: Very good overall sound, excellent value, durable

Cons: Too much clamping force, cable tangling

Hello everyone ill try to keep banther to a minimum, but excuses in advance :)

 

I've purchased these cans about 2.5 years ago, to be exact the LE version in yellow with the short cable for 50euros. It comes with a pouch and small-to-big jack adapter. Ive made keywords Bold-Italic to be a bit easier for you to find them. Also if i say something totally inaccurate/stupid please forgive and disregard it.

 

Sound:

Recently i had the opportunity to try out different headphones like the Sennheiser momentum(on ear and over ear as well) the Denon ah-d600 and others. I have to say i was really surprised, the sound easily matches top shelf performance, though i have to admit that it lacks details of the sound that you hear with an expensive one, but i'd say for the price it has nothing to be ashamed of.

I usually listen to EDM, but from time to time i pull out som Metal, metalcore, and classic rock, so the range goes from A-Z. 

Overall the cans have a sliight V-shaped sound, mids are a bit recessed so its not optimal for listening to classic rock or similar music with more midrange freqs. I wouldnt say its bad, but you can feel it lacks a bit. Bass is really good,AND accurate it has enough punch to it and presence, but not at all overwhelming. It always puts out as much bass as it is needed. Mids as i said are a bit lacking if youre more into vocal music or classic rock you might have to consider something else. Highs are excellent, really sparkly and crystal clear, its a joy to listen to them. Even really highs are not fatiguing at all.

Overall its really good i cannot complain.

 

Noise-isolation:

Because of the over ear design it gives a really good seal. If you're listening to music on it you will NOT hear any normal volume sound(eg.: talking, cars.) I lived in Budapest for some time and when i used it on the metro line, even with those ****ty noisy russian trams, it barely came over it.

 

Design:

Not much to say about it, either you like the look of it or not. Its not flashy, but it isnt ugly either, I like it.

 

Build:

Even though it looks like its made out of plastic, it is really well built and is sturdy. Like i said i had them for more than 2 years now, and apart from a bit of wear on the paint(bc i didnt carry it in its bag, just threw it in my backpack). Also the band has a metal insert which makes it even better. Overall It feels well built, never felt like i have to be wary like its made out of glass. One of my earpads' leather cover just started to crack but that was because of my use of it, the one i used properly held up still, so 

Weak Point i can say really is the cable. If you have a low price and you dont compromise on sound, you WILL have to somewhere.The end of the jack just where it leaves the "rubbery bendy" part cracked up for me fully. 1, its a straight jack so you have to be careful with it if you use it with a phone in your pants pocket like i did, if it gets bent a lot, it will break. I got a 5€ Neutrik fully metal angled jack cable and re-soldered it on it, really sturdy hadnt had a problem with it since. Also it gets tangled up all the time, i got to the point where there is always a bit of twist in mines...Also The LE has a 0.6m cable so you might have issues if you put your phone/player in your jeans pocket. Im a small guy i dont have issues with that but keep it in mind.

 

Comfort:

As you might have read reviews about it: Its really bad from the beginning, and in time it will break in but even now the clamping force can make my head ache after extended use. The stock earpads are pretty hard as well and with the clamp, brand new it will destroy your after an hour or less. It will get better over time, the pads will soften up and you'll get used to it eventually, but its its pretty bad that i had to give my ears a 5-10 minutes of rest from time to time. Also the headpand doesnt have any padding at all, so by the time your ears get crushed, the top of your head will ache as well, tho its lightweight it will still hurt a bit. Luckily heat wasnt an issue even in the hot summer.

 

Conclusion:

End of the line, its a really good pair of headphones for the price, with overall sound quality, its a good all-rounder. Where it doesnt compromise on sound-to-price it has to on the cable, and the comfort. I learnt to live with it(you can get used to it), and i love it. Also if you're a bit of a DIY person you can make them even better.

 

Recommend: Yes

Would i buy it again: Probably

Posted

Pros: Excellent bass response, wonderful mids and highs; very portable

Cons: need modding

A few months ago, I got my 13 year old son the AKG K518 DJ LE, based on the listing of the K81 DJ on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame.

The sound was disappointing. Very heavy muddy bass that overwhelmed the mids. While OK for the price I got them at, this was not what I expected.

Then yesterday, we decided to mod the headphones. The blue tack mod is a popular mod for the AKG K518 DJs. Because I was afraid of over dampening the phones, we used blue tack sparingly and put duct tape on some of the rest of the inside cup to curb the resonance (see pic in this post).

The results? Absolutely a world of difference. Here is what I was expecting from a headphone whose design had made it on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame. Bass impact was reduced slightly because the muddiness was gone. No longer a thumper, but a headphone with highly textured bass with very good transient response, and yet still significant bass emphasis. As a results, mids are much clearer as well.

So if you can do the mod (and it's not hard), this is an excellent headphone for those looking for some portable headphones with some strong, but good SQ bass emphasis. Considering these can often be picked up for less than $50, they are a bargain biggrin.gif

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Pros: portable, foldable, comfort cushion, just the right size

Cons: frequent tangled wires, a bit too clamped

Had it for about 2 years, can't really remember when exactly did I buy it.

but this one gives me a lot of frission everytime I listen to music

got me off the headphone market for about a year because of the satisfaction

it's over ear, but just the right size for portability in my opinion

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Pros: isolation, highs

Cons: everything else

Coming from Senn PX200, I expected better highs and better bass. I was drawn towards this AKG due to recommendations on this forum.

Well, my experiences are less enthousiatic than those of most others.

Audio quality is 'not bad' at best, but in general there's always a honky bass covering up the rest of the music. A lot of people here praised the bass qualities, but to me, it's not real bass, it's somewhat higher up the frequency scale. It's where it's starting to honk.

Treble is not bad, but a little tinny, even scratchy sometimes.

Midrange is somewhat covered up by the bass, but may be the best part,

Comfort is just bad. Too much clamping force, no soft covering for the headband.

Cord is too long.for home use.

As soon as my wallet approves, I'm going for the new Senn PX200-II. I auditioned them recently alongside K518DJ and the only step back will be isolation. Comfort and sound quality is better than the previous version of PX200 and certainly better than these AKG's.

Posted

Pros: Great sound Size Price Portability Build quality Looks Islation

Cons: Comfort Bass can be too much sometimes

Hello i have some AKG K518 DJ's with maybe 40 hours on them and have decided to review them. The only other cans i have to compare them to are the Panasonic RP-HTX7.

Box: the AKG's have a very nice looking box, quite simple but attractive.

Build quality: they feel very solid, the only weaks points would be the cable and the swivel joints i think.

Comfort: a lot of people have complained that they squeeze tight, but i have a small head and they fit perfect, not too much pressure.

Isolation: these isolate very well, i use them everyday on a bus full of students and they isolate very well, especially for supra aural headphones.

Sound:

Lows: they pack some serious punch in the low end, i think the quantity is just right, a little less wouldnt hurt, but i really like them. The bass is fast, not too boomy, and goes very deep. The good thing is that the lows dont veil or interfere with the other frequencys.

Mids: very sweet smooth mids, a tad recessed but nothing serious. I do love the mids on these coming from the pannys. The pannys have very recessed mids.

Highs: the highs on these cans are very nice, they never become too bright, and not a hint of silibance either. Also very smooth like the mids.

Soundstage: is alright, less than the pannys, these cans have quite an agressive presentation, quite in your face (which i love for rock)

instrument separation: is very good IMO i can tell all the different instruments from each other.

foam pads in or out? I prefer them out, the review is based on them without the foam inserts, they become more balanced with the foam out, the foam just makes everything more muddy.

Amped? They go well with the cmoy i have, opens up the soundstage and makes them more balanced, more controlled.

These work a treat with rock and electronica, they arent as good for classical. But they are a fun headphone, not for analytical listening.

Price/quality: very good bang for buck, great sound, closed design and cheap, i couldnt ask for more.

Review was using a sansa clip+ and genres from classical, to metalcore, to electronica to reggae. All at 320kbps.

Thank you for reading this review.
Fellow headfier: Oscar

 

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Great sound for small venues. The K 181 DJ’s little brother is playing it big at small clubs and private parties. Obviously, informal parties deserve the same kind of professional sound quality as large-scale events do. Semi-professional DJs need dependable equipment too. The K 518 DJ headphones fit the bill perfectly. These closed-back earphones provide optimum isolation from ambient noise and easily with stand heavy usage. Their high SPL capability ensures excellent sound quality, and their comfort level is as impressive as their powerful low end and accurate imaging. All right then, let’s party!

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