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post #1081 of 1234
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

K142 is ON-EAR

K240 is OVER-EAR

The difference in comfort is quite big. The K240 you could wear all day. The K142 you couldn't.

Yep, the K142 feel like a soft pillow at first, but after 2 hours your ears will start to really hurt, almost like someone sandpapering your ear skin. 

 

K242HD is the consumer equivalent of K240, while K142HD is an on-ear design. 

post #1082 of 1234

While I probably qualified for Team AKG since getting my K141 Monitors back in college in 1990 or so, I recently got a beaten up pair of MP Sextetts for less than $30 off ebay and am enjoying them a lot after applying some loving care... so count me in.

post #1083 of 1234
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Originally Posted by jring View Post
 

While I probably qualified for Team AKG since getting my K141 Monitors back in college in 1990 or so, I recently got a beaten up pair of MP Sextetts for less than $30 off ebay and am enjoying them a lot after applying some loving care... so count me in.

 

here's another one with sextetts, but LP in my case. bought them today for 50€, plugged them into my my lyr 20min ago and started with the first thing currently in my playlist - adele's rollin in the deep in this case.

 

ho! ly! schiit!!

 

this thing is obviously made for female voices. adele feels incredibly alive, so does tarja turunen (with nightwish and solo). chvrches' recover also sounds marvelous.

besides, it seems to be a bass heavy version, in comparison to my q701 that is however. never thought that a 30 year old akg can would be a treat for (moderate) bass heads :basshead:

 

i can only say that i already love these cans. now i have to fix the rubber band so it stays on my ears without me holding it :)

post #1084 of 1234

This is sort of a check-in and mod project update I guess , still technically Team AKG. :beerchug:Improved? Up to you to decide.

 

Had some K140 600 ohm vintage , and could not figure out the rattling on each ear it drove me nuts, even went in and carefully applied fatmat all over inside. Then I decided to use the drivers in a project since i thought it was some uncurable housing rattle. Turns out the half a$$ed glue securing the driver in it's housing had cracked from age. Really anyone who has a K140 needs to check this. See the two lame brown spots in the pictures where the grey and black meet? Yeah that's all they used for glue.

 

Anyhow all sealed up now and the drivers are in the new Staxtett SR-140  ( A Stax SR-40 shell  configured for single entry cabling from original double entry )

 

  • liberated K140 drivers are secured to baffles with 3M carbon fiber carpet tape rings
  • resealed entire driver to housing seam with crazy glue, yes that part that was rattling around :o
  • added in coiled single entry cable and Neutrik Rean plug
  • stuffed 0.2 grams per side of Twaron Angel Hair Acoustic Filler in the driver housing gap between grey driver and outer ring. There are 4 slotted vents there in the front side but only in the secure black housing nothing integral to the driver itself and this is where I am picking up the awesome Angel Hair effects from. You can manage some incredible dimensionality with that stuff in the right proportions and specific application.

 

Barely managed to put the black mesh rears on after because the drivers stuck up a little too high.

Had to use Methylene Chloride with a needle applicator bottle to remelt and reinforce a crack on the left side at cable entry area.

 

These are a dream, gorgeous wide open sound with really decent bass levels still = I wonder if it even changed honestly  this is surprising!!! Forgot how difficult they are to drive.

 

 Another thing I should mention is that the Stax SR-40 shell here has a great level of clamping force. It's just barely enough without adding too much pressure, almost the same as the AKG K141 which was not bad from memory.. The cups are slightly angled also mainly for fit, and these newer pads ( unsure what they were for ) are perfect.

Been on my head for half hour and just got lost and forgot what I had on..This is a good sign.

 

^ view of earside mesh

 

 

 

Hope I didn't bore you. It is the only Staxtett in existence though :bigsmile_face: 

I have to figure out the badges now.  Maybe Letraset on top of silver decals then topped with a clear. ( did I just date myself there= Letratset lol )

 

 

OH YEAH these are good. Things simply appearing all over the place. I am melting now

Next step is to try out the newer easier to drive ones in some interesting new housing.

 

EDIT: Those stock housings were definitely holding these drivers back. It's unreal.


Edited by nick n - 12/9/13 at 2:40am
post #1085 of 1234

^ nice project! i hope you din't have to sacrifice a working pair of sr-40s for this :p

 

btw: added k260 to my collection. i have yet to do more extensive listening, but i might have found myself a new piano king.

post #1086 of 1234
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Originally Posted by ampair View Post
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this thing is obviously made for female voices. adele feels incredibly alive, so does tarja turunen (with nightwish and solo). chvrches' recover also sounds marvelous.

besides, it seems to be a bass heavy version, in comparison to my q701 that is however. never thought that a 30 year old akg can would be a treat for (moderate) bass heads :basshead:

...

 

In my opinion it really shines with everything vocal and all kinds of string instruments...

 

As for bass - I haven't heard EP and LP but the one who used to own them all (among others in a cabinet full of vintage AKG phones) said that it's EP > MP > LP in bass prominence...

 

So if you need moar bass, collect 'em all ;-)

post #1087 of 1234
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

This is sort of a check-in and mod project update I guess , still technically Team AKG. :beerchug:Improved? Up to you to decide.

 

Had some K140 600 ohm vintage , and could not figure out the rattling on each ear it drove me nuts, even went in and carefully applied fatmat all over inside. Then I decided to use the drivers in a project since i thought it was some uncurable housing rattle. Turns out the half a$$ed glue securing the driver in it's housing had cracked from age. Really anyone who has a K140 needs to check this. See the two lame brown spots in the pictures where the grey and black meet? Yeah that's all they used for glue.

 

Anyhow all sealed up now and the drivers are in the new Staxtett SR-140  ( A Stax SR-40 shell  configured for single entry cabling from original double entry )

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

  • liberated K140 drivers are secured to baffles with 3M carbon fiber carpet tape rings
  • resealed entire driver to housing seam with crazy glue, yes that part that was rattling around :o
  • added in coiled single entry cable and Neutrik Rean plug
  • stuffed 0.2 grams per side of Twaron Angel Hair Acoustic Filler in the driver housing gap between grey driver and outer ring. There are 4 slotted vents there in the front side but only in the secure black housing nothing integral to the driver itself and this is where I am picking up the awesome Angel Hair effects from. You can manage some incredible dimensionality with that stuff in the right proportions and specific application.

 

Barely managed to put the black mesh rears on after because the drivers stuck up a little too high.

Had to use Methylene Chloride with a needle applicator bottle to remelt and reinforce a crack on the left side at cable entry area.

 

These are a dream, gorgeous wide open sound with really decent bass levels still = I wonder if it even changed honestly  this is surprising!!! Forgot how difficult they are to drive.

 

 Another thing I should mention is that the Stax SR-40 shell here has a great level of clamping force. It's just barely enough without adding too much pressure, almost the same as the AKG K141 which was not bad from memory.. The cups are slightly angled also mainly for fit, and these newer pads ( unsure what they were for ) are perfect.

Been on my head for half hour and just got lost and forgot what I had on..This is a good sign.

 

^ view of earside mesh

 

 

 

Hope I didn't bore you. It is the only Staxtett in existence though :bigsmile_face: 

I have to figure out the badges now.  Maybe Letraset on top of silver decals then topped with a clear. ( did I just date myself there= Letratset lol )

 

 

OH YEAH these are good. Things simply appearing all over the place. I am melting now

Next step is to try out the newer easier to drive ones in some interesting new housing.

 

EDIT: Those stock housings were definitely holding these drivers back. It's unreal.

 

 

Wow - awesome mods (and great pics) NIck! Not only do they look great, but what a nice bonus that they sound amazing as well. Kudos!

:beerchug:

post #1088 of 1234

Sorry for being a downer, but I don't really get the name 'Staxtett' as the K140 didn't use the Sextett driver.

post #1089 of 1234

what would you call it?:bigsmile_face: 

post #1090 of 1234
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

what would you call it?:bigsmile_face: 

well played. :p

post #1091 of 1234

I have no clue about what to call it now!

I purposely ignored that fact before in the interest of making it easy...

Now it's gonna bother me lol

*shh everybody keep moving along nothing to see here *:ph34r: 

 

Oh I have seen the K140 wireless around a few times, but imagine it is probably somewhat lacking. Anybody hear anything about that?


Edited by nick n - 12/10/13 at 12:21am
post #1092 of 1234
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Originally Posted by jring View Post
 

 

In my opinion it really shines with everything vocal and all kinds of string instruments...

 

As for bass - I haven't heard EP and LP but the one who used to own them all (among others in a cabinet full of vintage AKG phones) said that it's EP > MP > LP in bass prominence...

 

So if you need moar bass, collect 'em all ;-)

 

damn. i knew there was a catch coming along.

stupid acquisitiveness. stupid head-fi :rolleyes:

 

but, at a closer look mine might actually be an MP version, there's some kind of color fading on the passive radiators. gotta take it apart (for cleaning, anyhow) and see what's real.

post #1093 of 1234
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

what would you call it?:bigsmile_face: 

 

STAX.KG SRK-140?

post #1094 of 1234

This thread is partially to blame for me buying way more AKG headphones than I could ever listen too, so I'll be darned if it doesn't help me sell some of them back :smile:

 

Just posted in the FS section are my K550, K240 Sextett MP, K280, K141 (silver), K240 Studio. I hope they find a home with someone who can appreciate them fully!

 

On a separate note, I acquired a pair of bass heavy K340s and have been completely blown away. It's got the bass and mids I know and love from the Sextett (albeit more controlled bass) but with a crystal clear treble that really breathes life into everything I pump through them. Incredible headphones!

post #1095 of 1234
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Originally Posted by westermac View Post

This thread is partially to blame for me buying way more AKG headphones than I could ever listen too, so I'll be darned if it doesn't help me sell some of them back " src="http://files.head-fi.org/images/smilies/smile.gif" />



 



Just posted in the FS section are my K550, K240 Sextett MP, K280, K141 (silver), K240 Studio. I hope they find a home with someone who can appreciate them fully!



 



On a separate note, I acquired a pair of bass heavy K340s and have been completely blown away. It's got the bass and mids I know and love from the Sextett (albeit more controlled bass) but with a crystal clear treble that really breathes life into everything I pump through them. Incredible headphones!


 



So you are trying to murder my wallet eh? You are the devil :-P
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