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post #2626 of 2659
wow cyberspyder
im shocked and a little worried haha
ive been on the fs forum and it seems youve snatched up almost all the k81/518s being sold on there
bit of a collector are we?
nah i think ill stick to amazon though, the k81 is only an extra £10 free shipping and brand new
infact i think i found some k518djs for the same price
...
time to shop!
post #2627 of 2659
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawkins85 View Post
I should find out soon enough anyway...but anybody here happen to have experience with both the M-Audio Q40's and the K81/K518's and willing to share their opinion on how the two compare, particularly regarding the bass performance. My Q40's have a mind blowing bass capability but they need a second repair (or new cord this time) and I'm waiting on the K518's as a stand-in pair. I've had difficulty finding anything that have been recommended as a challenger to the Q40's regarding their grand bass performance for a while now.
X1!!!
post #2628 of 2659
Quote:
Originally Posted by AkTheRipper View Post
wow cyberspyder
im shocked and a little worried haha
ive been on the fs forum and it seems youve snatched up almost all the k81/518s being sold on there
bit of a collector are we?
nah i think ill stick to amazon though, the k81 is only an extra £10 free shipping and brand new
infact i think i found some k518djs for the same price
...
time to shop!
LOL, I only have two pairs...noone is selling them LOL.

Side note:

I believe I've confirmed the merit of burn-in for myself that it actually does work and definitely exists for headphones with dynamic drivers. I've had my pair of k81DJ's for a year and a half now with constant use at about 1200 hours, and compared to a barely used pair at about 100 hours, the sound's DEFINITELY different. Like I said above, one of the drivers on the k518's broke, so I swapped in one from my k81DJ and the difference is noticeable. The older driver has much tamer and tighter bass compared to the working k518 driver which overwhelms it. I've also noticed a volume imbalance....which annoys me so I think I'm just going to swap out the remaining k518 driver with the last spare...not waiting another 1200 hours for the volumes to equalize (if ever).

Brendan
post #2629 of 2659

Will be here on Thursday for me :D

post #2630 of 2659

Does anyone know the burn-in time for these? Pink noise or just normal music should work, right?

post #2631 of 2659
wow epic read, just read all the pages on my nokia C3 (tookquite a few days) and was impressed. Im getting these on wednesday and i cant wait, will probably recable them, take out foam and then compare to my panasonic RP-HTX7. Amazingly long thread, great read tho. You guys are amazing
post #2632 of 2659
How do these compare to the 518s? is it worth an extra $10?
post #2633 of 2659
Depends, the 518 and the 81 have slightly different sound signature. If only I still had two performing 518 drivers I could've given you a comparision.
post #2634 of 2659
hmm well maybe some one else will be able to compare, from what i hear they are both good
post #2635 of 2659

Hope people are still interested in the K518 K81.  I made some mods to my K518 headphones.  Check out this thread for a quick guide!

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/559367/akg-k518-k81-detachable-cable-mod-single-entry-guide-lots-of-pictures

 

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post #2636 of 2659

I have searched but didn't find answers to these specific "?"s...hope someone can help.

I've been interested in K81dj/518, ATH ES7 and senn HD-25-1ii.

It seems K81dj is the best bang for the buck, and i am almost 100% i want to get them.

 

here are my concerns/queries:

1. Where can one find the k81dj in BLACK ? i hate the white/silver accents. It seems the black one is only avail. in Europe? any way to get it in USA?
2. About the removal of foam inserts - is there a guide on how to do it? (really didn't read all 176 pages, I must admit. If there's one, is there a link/sticky on it?

2a; can an amateur perform that mod? I just don't know how to open them to remove the inserts, etc.

 

Thanks much in advance - I need to make a decision asap,

post #2637 of 2659

Hi nishan,

1.
AKG K81DJ = black with silver trim. long cable.
AKg K518 DJ = Black with black insert like my ones above. long cable.
AKG K518 LE = Black with coloured inserts. short cable.

I don't know about getting them in the US but stick with those names and you should get the correct colour.

2. The foam pieces literally sit ontop of the drivers.  There is no DIY involved. You take the headphones out of the box you buy them in and you can pull them out without unscrewing or taking apart anything. Don't worry about this at all as it is obvious once you are holding them in your hand.

I don't think you will regret your purchase of the AKG K518.  A good entry level headphone.  I have blue tack modded my headphones and I think they sound great. I think the HD25 sound only slightly more detailed than my modded K518s but they cost about three times more here in the UK.  so I will stick to my AKGs for just now.

Good luck.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by nishan View Post

I have searched but didn't find answers to these specific "?"s...hope someone can help.

I've been interested in K81dj/518, ATH ES7 and senn HD-25-1ii.

It seems K81dj is the best bang for the buck, and i am almost 100% i want to get them.

 

here are my concerns/queries:

1. Where can one find the k81dj in BLACK ? i hate the white/silver accents. It seems the black one is only avail. in Europe? any way to get it in USA?
2. About the removal of foam inserts - is there a guide on how to do it? (really didn't read all 176 pages, I must admit. If there's one, is there a link/sticky on it?

2a; can an amateur perform that mod? I just don't know how to open them to remove the inserts, etc.

 

Thanks much in advance - I need to make a decision asap,



 

post #2638 of 2659

Supergolf.

 

Appreciate your reply very much.

 

I did as you said and searched K518dj and all the hits were european websites :(

on the German and UK amazon sites, the black one is available even under the K81DJ name. I will be in UK in september, so I guess i can buy them there, (shipping from amazon UK too much to US), but I'd love to have them for the flight TO uk :) ... I have a few friends in UK and Germany...guess I can always ask them to buy a pair for me.

 

Thanks for explaining the foam removal, should be easy and i am hopeful now...

Going to read your link on the blue tack mod now....

 

Thanks again

post #2639 of 2659

Hi all!

 

I just joined here, but I have read alot of reviews and threads here, and now I finished reading all pages of this thread and decided to post.

I received my blue AKG K518 LE couple weeks ago. I started to read this thread after I received those, and I just have to thank you guys for some wonderful tips for these cans! Like foam removal and pushing it inwards. 

 

I guess I have sort of small head, because I can wear these for 8 hours before I feel my ears screaming mercy.

I just love these, I had AKG k404 before, pretty portable, but not as good as these. These look cooler, isolate better and the best, these even sound better! 

Using Fiio e3 with these makes the sound quite better than without an amp.

post #2640 of 2659

So how do owners think of acoustic, pop, r&b on the k518's?
IMO, the clarity and detail of the highs aren't good enough, maybe it's because I haven't burned it in long enough?
btw, i have the foam pads removed already.

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