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Differences between AKG 240's?

post #1 of 30
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I want to try out an AKG 240, but there are so many versions out there that I'm totally confused on which one to get. There's the "Sextett" one which I read are probably the best ones, but are discontinued. Then there's the 240 MK II, 240S, 240M, 240DF, etc. How's the sound between all these versions? Which one is "better"? Thanks for any advice!

post #2 of 30

There are three readily available K240's on the market today, K240 Studio, mkII and K242HD.

These three are all 55 Ohms and fairly easy to drive, they are all the same headphone more or less, they just have different color themes and bundles.

I personally think they sound boring and have boomy bass, they are by no means bad headphones, but I much prefer the DF's.

These 55 Ohms K240's are generally not thought to be as good as the vintage 600 Ohm K240's.

 

The K240 Sextett has a rather unique design and is a very musical sounding headphone, this model has a huge following for a vintage can.

K240DF is the hardest to drive of them all, it's a neutral and flat all rounder, probably best for studio work.

K240 Monitor is similar to the DF's but with more bass, some say it sounds more like the 55 Ohm K240's then the other 600 Ohm models.

post #3 of 30
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Originally Posted by Adda View Post

There are three readily available K240's on the market today, K240 Studio, mkII and K242HD.

These three are all 55 Ohms and fairly easy to drive, they are all the same headphone more or less, they just have different color themes and bundles.

I personally think they sound boring and have boomy bass, they are by no means bad headphones, but I much prefer the DF's.

These 55 Ohms K240's are generally not thought to be as good as the vintage 600 Ohm K240's.

 

The K240 Sextett has a rather unique design and is a very musical sounding headphone, this model has a huge following for a vintage can.

K240DF is the hardest to drive of them all, it's a neutral and flat all rounder, probably best for studio work.

K240 Monitor is similar to the DF's but with more bass, some say it sounds more like the 55 Ohm K240's then the other 600 Ohm models.

 

Thanks! Well I'm not looking for something too neutral, I want something more musical. I think the Sextett are the best, but too bad it'll be hard to find them anywhere now. So is the K240 Monitor supposed to be better than the K240 Studio? Or are they the same just with different ohms?

 

post #4 of 30

I don't know much about the Monitor, not many people own one and I have never heard one.

But from what I have read it doesn't suffer from boomy bass.

They are not the same as the 55 Ohm models either, they are much older and my guess is that they are brighter then the 55 Ohm ones.

Search the forum, plenty of info is available on K240's, it just has to be found and read.

 

What I can say is that the K240DF and the Sextett are the best of the K240's, which is better, is a matter of taste.


Edited by Adda - 3/21/11 at 1:54pm
post #5 of 30

Broad strokes, IMO, the Sextetts are most similar to the Mk II and Studio.  The Mk II and Studio actually seem to be the same headphone (at least right now), but the Mk II comes with an extra cable and velour pads in addition to the std "pleather" pads.  I think these 2 (or 3, depending on how you count) are the most "fun" to listen to.

 

To me, the DFs and monitors sound more alike than different.  I think the Monitors have a hair more bass than the DFs, but not enough for me, unlike the Sextetts/Studios/Mk II's which I like all a lot.

 

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Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post

Broad strokes, IMO, the Sextetts are most similar to the Mk II and Studio.  The Mk II and Studio actually seem to be the same headphone (at least right now), but the Mk II comes with an extra cable and velour pads in addition to the std "pleather" pads.  I think these 2 (or 3, depending on how you count) are the most "fun" to listen to.

 

To me, the DFs and monitors sound more alike than different.  I think the Monitors have a hair more bass than the DFs, but not enough for me, unlike the Sextetts/Studios/Mk II's which I like all a lot.

 


Yeah I think I may end up getting the Studio one. MK II is basically the same thing with extra accessories right? These 2 are probably more similar to the Sextetts as well if I can't get my hands on a Sextett.

 

post #7 of 30

Sextetts pop up in the FS forums here and on eBay with fair regularity - you'll generally a set or two a week on each site.

 

By the way, to make it more confusing for you there are three different kinds of Sextetts - EP, MP, and LP. I've only heard MP and LP but they sound drastically different, with my preference lying much towards the LP version.

 

I've owned three K240 Monitors (600ohm) and two different MP Sextetts. The K240M is pretty balanced, leaning towards the bright side, and the Sextetts are more fun with significantly more bass. I've also owned the K340; it sounded like the MP Sextetts with less boomy bass and a sweeter treble.

post #8 of 30
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I noticed there are differences between the Sextetts as well? EP, MP, and LP? Can someone shed some light on these as well?

 

EDIT: Just read your post Aflac (you read my mind) Thanks! tongue_smile.gif

post #9 of 30
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Buying a used Sextett is more expensive than buying a new Studio. Is the Studio version as good as the Sextett or are the Sextett far better sounding? What's holding me back from the Studios is that people are saying it has "muddy" bass. I really don't like "muddy" anything. I love "punchy" bass though, like the Grados.

post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by sysfail View Post

Buying a used Sextett is more expensive than buying a new Studio. Is the Studio version as good as the Sextett or are the Sextett far better sounding? What's holding me back from the Studios is that people are saying it has "muddy" bass. I really don't like "muddy" anything. I love "punchy" bass though, like the Grados.


Used Sextetts generally go for $90-110 here on the forums - they're more expensive on eBay for some reason. There's an LP version that's been on sale for a while, I would recommend trying that out since you don't like muddy bass.

 

I forgot to mention the differences I heard between MP and LP sextetts. I've never been able to do a serious A/B comparison, but the most striking thing about the MP sextetts is that they have a little bit of a bloat to their bass, and are quite heavy-handed in its implementation. The LP version sounded more like an all-around better version of the K240M with slightly more bass, definitely punchier.

 

I've never heard the 55ohm K240s so I can't comment on that.

 

post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by Aflac View Post




Used Sextetts generally go for $90-110 here on the forums - they're more expensive on eBay for some reason. There's an LP version that's been on sale for a while, I would recommend trying that out since you don't like muddy bass.

 

I forgot to mention the differences I heard between MP and LP sextetts. I've never been able to do a serious A/B comparison, but the most striking thing about the MP sextetts is that they have a little bit of a bloat to their bass, and are quite heavy-handed in its implementation. The LP version sounded more like an all-around better version of the K240M with slightly more bass, definitely punchier.

 

I've never heard the 55ohm K240s so I can't comment on that.

 


Thanks, I am really considering those Sextetts...but it's kind of out of my price range for the money I was going to put down on an AKG. I just wanted to try out the AKG sound lol. The LP is over the ear right? Comfortable as well?

 

post #12 of 30

All K240's use pretty much the same frame, parts are even interchangeable between models.

All are over-the-ear, self adjusting, half-open headphones.

 

Edit: And are pretty comfortable.

post #13 of 30
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Thanks! It's so hard deciding! I like the Sextetts but they are just so old! I don't like my headphones to look all used and worn out. I like them fresh and clean. tongue_smile.gif I might end up getting a Studio one as they can go for cheaper as well. If I wanted to spend a lot on an AKG I'd go for the K701/K702. I just wanted to try out the sound of an AKG, and I think the Studios are a nice place to start.

post #14 of 30

Actually, I can vouch for the recent iterations of the K240(studio and MKII) as sounding very good especially when amped.  I have the studio version and while the bass can be bit much sometimes(depending on the track playing) it has definition and texture, plus with a rather sweet and smooth sounding midrange along with slightly rolled off highs, it is certainly not a bad first foray into the house of AKG.  All my opinion of course, but you count me as a K240(studio) adopter.

post #15 of 30

Personally, I don't think there are large differences between the Sextett models.  I had an LP, 2 MP's, and 2 LP's.  They all sounded very similar, except for the "magic" MP I kept, which had a much higher clamping force, and to me, better bass than all the others because of that.

 

One trick with the Studios/Mk II's, is that they really need 15-20 hrs of burn in to sound their best.  Out of the box, they are really dark with bloated bass.  But after burn in, the pair I have, the bass settled down and tightened up, while the treble developed more definition and resolution.  I hold that the Studios/Mk II's give you 90 - 95% of the Sextett, in a currently available headphone.  A very underrated headphone here, maybe specifically because of their low price ...  I personally prefer the Studio/Mk II over all of the K501/K601/K701/K702 !!

 

 

 


Edited by Kevin Brown - 3/21/11 at 3:37pm
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