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Upgrade from AKG K240S - recommendations needed.

post #1 of 3
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Hello folks, I'd need someone to help me out here.

 

Basically I've been using my K240S for a long time, now I'm looking for an upgrade to them.

Apparently I'm a very tough customer, I've owned a few other, more high-end headphones over the time, yet I always reverted back to the AKGs.

I can't really describe what I specifically like, maybe my impressions from other headphones can help

 

- Beyerdynamic DT880 600Ohm: Sent them back after a short while, they sounded dull, lifeless and boring to my ears.Clamped my head in a way that I couldn't listen with them on very long.

- Audio-Technica W1000X: Great sound, very warm, a little mushier than the K240. Also just as comfortable. Ultimately not worth the extra expense for me, since the K240 still sounded a little better.

- AKG K550: Major disappointment, sounded shrill, tinny and compressed. Absolutely not my type of headphones, I guess.

- AKG K701: Could only test them for a really short time, so my impressions may not be spot on. A little warmer than the K240, also a little more detail. Would be my first choice for an upgrade up to now but there's not that much difference in sound to justify spending the money.

- Westone 4: Fantastic in-ears, I regret having sold them up to now. Incredible detail and a sound signature that just sounded completely right to my ears. A headphone sounding like the W4 would actually be the thing I'm hoping for.

 

Important factors:

- Comfort: I can't use headphones that clamp too tightly, I'm extremely sensitive to headaches.

- Compatibility with sources: I mainly use a rockboxed Ipod Classic 5G into an O2 via a Fiio LOD.

- Price: ideally not more than €300 (I'm of course open to used headphones)

- ideally (but not necessarily) detachable cable.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 3

It's interesting that you're one of the few people who think the K701 sounds warm. If you like a warmer sound, and also liked the K701, then you should check out the K612... it's not that much more expensive than the K240S in Europe, comfort is top-notch, and it should run great from your O2.

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Thanks for the suggestion - I'm definitely gonna try the K612 as soon as possible!

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