I'm new to head-fi, though I've been reading through forums for a couple of years. The advice has been most helpful.
As the thread title suggests, my AKG K271 Mk IIs were stolen a couple of months ago, and I'm in need of replacing them. I thoroughly enjoyed the K271s, for the following reasons:
- Reasonably flat frequency response (uncoloured sound)
- Good build quality
- Excellent isolation
- Works well with variety of sources, e.g. iPhone, professional audio desks, etc
- Detachable cord
I use these cans in a variety of situations. They are used for commuting (trains, buses, walking), connected directly to my iPhone, for listening to music at home when others are around (cconnected to my Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 headphone output), for listening to backing tracks while playing drums or piano (the excellent isolation without excessive clamping force was good here), for use in a live sound production environment ('acoustic' acts and bands), and for mixing (not professionally, but obviously I do enjoy a good final result).
I didn't find the bass in these phones to be too light-on, as many have suggested, as it was tight and controlled. It was, however, a little hard to hear when in a noisy environment. Headphones with a little more low end, but still with tighness and control would be desirable.
So, the bottom line: Should I buy another pair of K271 Mk IIs (I originally paid $AU315, but I can now get them for $AU170 [I understand they are now made in China, not Austria like my last pair]), or something else? I am strongly considering the Shure SRH940, though I don't like its aesthetic properites as much as the AKG. The SRH940s are presently around $300 here, which is around what I paid last time, but a lot more than what I could pay for a replacement set of K271s.
Does anyone have any comment on these two models, regarding sound quality (and tonal response), noise isolation, build quality and durability, and source fussiness?
Also, any other suggestions in a similar price range? Must be full-size, closed back, and preferable have a flat and accurate tonal response. I listen to a very wide range of music (rock, electronic, jazz, classical, acoustic, etc).
Ive been turned off the ATH-M50 and some of the Beyer models (DT-150, 250, 770) by a few posts I've seen here, but you're more than welcome to convince me otherwise.
Thanks in advance :)