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post #16 of 26

When you say well-amped, are we talking about a sound card that has an amp and matches ohms?

Or are we talking a fully  fledged desktop amp with a built-in DAC?

post #17 of 26
I never used soundcards, so I don't know about compatibility with AKG'S.
I can say that my destop amp (Talisman Audio) drives 601 very well,
but I have to turn up the volume knob to reach the same acoustic level with ny ortho
(Mad dog). Just to give a reference point.
General consensus is that AKG K/ series are rather picky with the amp as regards both quality and power
post #18 of 26

Thank you.

That's fair, though I am hopeful they will not be too hard to drive initially, as they have a fairly high decibel level and sensitivity. 

Combined with the soundcard DAC, I should at least get an idea of whether they are an improvement and enjoyable.

And then can take them to the next level with a dedicated amp.


Musok, if you do not make a decision soon, I will let you know week how the K612 goes.

post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Saraya View Post
 

Thank you.

That's fair, though I am hopeful they will not be too hard to drive initially, as they have a fairly high decibel level and sensitivity. 

Combined with the soundcard DAC, I should at least get an idea of whether they are an improvement and enjoyable.

And then can take them to the next level with a dedicated amp.


Musok, if you do not make a decision soon, I will let you know week how the K612 goes.

How much is "soon"? :P

Already made a thomann basket to get the shipment for free with the K240 studio. Though, I would like to know how the K612 drives without the amp on the onboard.

post #20 of 26

About a week or so.

post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Saraya View Post
 

About a week or so.

I guess I'll go with the K240 Studio. On my search, the normal onboard have < 60 ohm where the K612 need 120 ohm so they'll run at half the power.

post #22 of 26

I've owned both the K240 mkii and HD558. I sold the k240 and use the 558 almost everyday.

 

For me the K240 was not a very good headphone, it's bass was a bit bloated and the highs although clear were harsh and impossible to listen to for more than a few minutes I would even go to call them Shrill. Sibilance was unbearable and is ultimately why I sold them. On the good side the had beautiful smooth and full mids and were very comfortable. The only time I enjoyed using them was for vocal or guitar monitoring.

 

The 558's are very easy to listen to, they have all the bass of the 240's but it is less boomy and intrusive. The mids are a bit recessed on the 558's and the highs are laid back. I find this sound signature very pleasing for my ears. There is very little sibilance on the 558.

 

I would say that my ears are very sensitive to sibilance as I find even the ATH-M50 to have a bit too much for my taste, If you aren't bothered by sibilance and want a cheaper headphone with forward high then get the 240's, if you want a smooth laid back warm sounding headphone go for the 558's.

post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 

So... My K240 Studio just arrived. I love their sound and they're really comfortable and light. Only one thing: they get a little hot. :s

post #24 of 26

Would my Topping nx1 be powerful enough for the 612s? It is a fairly neutral amp

post #25 of 26
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Would my Topping nx1 be powerful enough for the 612s? It is a fairly neutral amp

 

I would say no, you need a little more juice for the K612s to sound powerful enough. It will sound ok with NX1, not distorted or coloured, just not loud enough. Reportedly so does NX1 work fine with the 62Ohm AKG cans, but not with the 120Ohm 601/612 which are surprisingly hard to drive.

 

HD558 or DT770 spring to mind in the same pricerange, if you don't want to invest in a more powerful amp. Or go for the more expensive AKG:s

 

But, if you have a powerful amp, 612 is a bargain. In many areas on the same level as HD600, for half the price, which is great.


Edited by xeizo - 1/31/15 at 3:31pm
post #26 of 26

Thanks, xeizo!

I decided to get the HD598 after all and am very pleased with it after a month of intensive listening; no problems with amplification there!

I tried the Beyerdynamic DT990 pro 250 Ohm for a few days but found its bass response overwhelming - strangely enough, its treble wasn't harsh or sibilant to my ears, but the mids were severely recessed. I wanted to try and listen to a "more exciting" headphone than my 598, but was very disappointed (and am not in the market for buying expensive amps to improve the 990's sound!)

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