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post #916 of 1037
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Originally Posted by vid View Post

The Sextetts never had foam on the baffle as far as I know. If foam is mentioned in connection with the Sexes, it's usually the foam that's inside the cup. Also, metal guard? We are talking about the baffle, right?

 

The K 241 (or, at the latest, K 250) and onward came with foam on the baffle (unlike the auction pictures of naked baffles would lead one to believe), though it seems that the type of foam changed from an early version that was quite light to a later and modern version that was/is thicker.

 

Yes, excuse me for my weird wording I did mean the baffle :>. The foam was mostly just for experimenting with the sound and for comfort, I knew from the start it would probably do more harm than good but I wanted to test none the less.


Edited by Baten - 1/9/13 at 3:34pm
post #917 of 1037

I was too lazy to wait for my ebay aquarium foam to arrive so I stole some plain old black rubber hairbands and put my LPs back together - WOW!

Can this rub shoulders with a K701?  YES.  Can it do better?  ... maybe not.

 

These are SO AKG... lovely vocals, detail masters, and a thumpy, but polite, bass.  I even detect some decent bass extension into the sub.  Treble is just shy of being aggressive which is exactly what I want.  Very airy... as in a nice wide soundstage.  I wish I had a K701 here right now.  I don't know why the theme has been that the LP is bass light.. these are not bass light.  They are also not bass heavy.. they are bass perfect!

 

Will post a pic later, but I have these non-stock DIY pads so I sock-modded them.  Don't ask me what brand of sock, but they're comfy!

post #918 of 1037

I missed out on the ones I was looking at, ebay. Ill have to keep looking. I continue to look at thrift shops but I never see any stereo equipment worth more the the tag that's on it, let alone any headphones....ever. I also cant fine a shop around here that has any used audio equipment. 


Edited by loki993 - 1/15/13 at 10:47am
post #919 of 1037
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They don't sound like anything I've heard before. I would define Beyer 880's as bright and crisp, these sound totally different. Not amazingly crisp, but still detailed and definitely not muffled. The highs can get harsh with some songs but that's generally not the case. Most importantly they have an amazing sense of real space, especially with well recorded vocals and acoustics. I can totally delve into the music with my 240's, it's a lot of fun.

 

Bought a pair of DT880's (250ohm) today and I prefer them a lot more than my Sextett LP's.  Even out of the box, and not broken in.  I haven't done a ton of comparisons yet but they aren't any brighter than the 240's.  I guess it depends on the amp too, of course.

 

One thing about my LP's...I did extensive comparing against a pair of EP's which were only played a few times.  My LP just blew the EP away.  Much better bass and sound stage.  Now unless LP's are really considered better, I honestly believe these K240's are tweaked differently and it's a crap shoot on which one you get.  That may explain the varying comments in this thread.  Now to be fair my LP's were broken in more but there's no way the EP's (which were still in the original box) would have ever sounded as good.

post #920 of 1037

Question to the experts:

 

Does it make more sense to buy an entire new K240 Studio and raid it for its parts rather than order parts for a Sextett?

I see on the parts list that the elastics are the same, as are the pads, and inner foam.  I could even swap in the headband, detachable cable if I wanted to.

 

Drivers look different though.  I think I just convinced myself to do it.  Thanks!

post #921 of 1037
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Question to the experts:

 

Does it make more sense to buy an entire new K240 Studio and raid it for its parts rather than order parts for a Sextett?

I see on the parts list that the elastics are the same, as are the pads, and inner foam.  I could even swap in the headband, detachable cable if I wanted to.

 

Drivers look different though.  I think I just convinced myself to do it.  Thanks!

 

No.

 

The parts which set the Sextett and other notable K240 variations apart are the baffles and drivers.  These are no longer sold by AKG so you would have acquire them used.  

post #922 of 1037
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No.

 

The parts which set the Sextett and other notable K240 variations apart are the baffles and drivers.  These are no longer sold by AKG so you would have acquire them used.  


Sorry, should have clarified that I'm restoring a Sextett LP and needed pads, foam, headband, elastics.  Pads alone are $25. a new K240S is $61 right now...

post #923 of 1037

I say go for the new K240 for parts. You never know when the leftover pieces will be useful for something else as well. 

post #924 of 1037

Some of them are even closer to 35+ years old! My father bought a pair in 1978 and is still using them as his main headphones 35 years later!

post #925 of 1037

I just have a quick question about amping these. Is 380mw into 600 ohms enough to power these? Also are these sibilant for anyone? I'm 90% certain that mine are because my amp isn't driving them well (which will be fixed soon) but just making sure. 


Edited by RAZRr1275 - 7/5/13 at 1:01pm
post #926 of 1037

That much power is likely to deafen you. 

 

While I don't have mine anymore, I didn't find them sibilant. A bit fuzzy in the treble region perhaps, but nothing severe. 

post #927 of 1037
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That much power is likely to deafen you. 

 

While I don't have mine anymore, I didn't find them sibilant. A bit fuzzy in the treble region perhaps, but nothing severe. 

Sounds good - I'll chalk it up to bad amping then - The current amp I have only gives like 50 something mw into 600 ohms. 

post #928 of 1037
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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post

I just have a quick question about amping these. Is 380mw into 600 ohms enough to power these? Also are these sibilant for anyone? I'm 90% certain that mine are because my amp isn't driving them well (which will be fixed soon) but just making sure. 

 

I found the LP version I had more sibilant than the MP.

Trying different ear pads will help, and also putting some felt on the grill for damping.

But still, this LP was a rather sibilant headphone.

post #929 of 1037

The Sextett, as well as many other AKG dynamics from that era, suffers from massive ringing in the treble. It's part of the Sextett identity. Lower the treble and/or boost the bass with an EQ to warm up the sound.

post #930 of 1037
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Originally Posted by vid View Post

The Sextett, as well as many other AKG dynamics from that era, suffers from massive ringing in the treble. It's part of the Sextett identity. Lower the treble and/or boost the bass with an EQ to warm up the sound.

 

Raising the bass on a Sextett? eek.gif

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