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I returned my AT M50s. The highs were just far too exaggerated without enough mids for my taste. I understand how some people might like them, but I really couldn't enjoy the experience. 

 

I currently have DT770s that I am using. I like them unamped from my MacBook and iPod, and really like them when they are hooked up to my amp to listen to vinyl. That being said, I started looking at some AKG K240s. How do these compare to the DT770s aside from being more efficient when unamped? Comfort is a major concern for me, but so is sound. Like I said, I really disliked the sound from the M50s, and found them to be rather uncomfortable.

 

I need something more balanced, which I feel like the DT770s are. They have crisp highs, but not so crisp and exaggerated that it hurts my ears. I listen to a lot of acoustic music, but do like grunge, general rock, and occasionally rap. Having good seperation is crucial as well as having clear vocals. I will be running the cans unamped unless I am at home, so they should be able to be driven by a MacBook or iPod until I can afford to buy a portable amp. It would be nice to save $100 if the AKGs are comparable to the DT770s. Thanks in advance for the help!

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The K 240s are not more efficient at all. They have much lower sensitivity than the DT 770.

 

If you find the sound signature of the DT 770s balanced then you might not like the K 240. They're quite opposite. The DT 770 has somewhat boomy bass and recessed mids while the K 240 has very retro bass that doesn't handle volume well and all of the sound is focused in the lower mids. Treble is very rolled off.

 

I like both, but they have essentially nothing in common.

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... And, one is open the other is closed, one has dollar store plastic ear pads the other has plush velour ear pads, one has very strong clamp the other literally sits on your head and falls off if you lean backwards, etc.

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For listening to acoustic music, which do you recommend? My favorite digital albums are Alice in Chains unplugged, Nirvana unplugged, and Neil Young unplugged. I also listen to a lot of Dylan and Floyd. I have a substantial vinyl collection that I listen to, in which case the headphones would be amp'ed. Otherwise, I am running them through the Macbook or iPod unamped. I will purchase an amp in the future, but it isn't in my budget yet. 

 

My major complaint when listening to the AT M50s is that the hi-hats and snare drums were painfully sharp to listen to, which I don't want in a new headphone. Vocals were also more recessed than with the DT770s in my opinion. The DT770s don't have that problem with the highs, but I do notice that the mids are a bit recessed. 

 

As for comfort, I wouldn't expect the AKG's to be as comfy as the Beyers, but do they come close?


Edited by CirrusPilot - 10/5/12 at 10:52am
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I have both the dt770 pro and the k242hd, they sound completely different. the dt770 has stronger bass but the k242hd soundstage is much bigger with a better intruments separation.. I like them both but mostly use the k242hd for it's comfort (you won't feel like you wearing any headphone)

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The normal K 240 has very cheap ear pads but the headphone itself is quite comfortable.

 

I love Pink Floyd on the K 240s with an amp, but I don't like to listen to them with no amp. I believe their sensitivity is rated around 91 db, they're harder to drive than much higher ohms headphones.

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Originally Posted by CirrusPilot View Post

I returned my AT M50s. The highs were just far too exaggerated without enough mids for my taste. I understand how some people might like them, but I really couldn't enjoy the experience. 

 

I currently have DT770s that I am using. I like them unamped from my MacBook and iPod, and really like them when they are hooked up to my amp to listen to vinyl. That being said, I started looking at some AKG K240s. How do these compare to the DT770s aside from being more efficient when unamped? Comfort is a major concern for me, but so is sound. Like I said, I really disliked the sound from the M50s, and found them to be rather uncomfortable.

 

I need something more balanced, which I feel like the DT770s are. They have crisp highs, but not so crisp and exaggerated that it hurts my ears. I listen to a lot of acoustic music, but do like grunge, general rock, and occasionally rap. Having good seperation is crucial as well as having clear vocals. I will be running the cans unamped unless I am at home, so they should be able to be driven by a MacBook or iPod until I can afford to buy a portable amp. It would be nice to save $100 if the AKGs are comparable to the DT770s. Thanks in advance for the help!

If you already own the DT770 Pro (80-Ohm? or 250-Ohm?) but you also want to get the AKG K240s

So how would buying the AKG K240s save you $100?

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