The newly designed AKG legend, K271MKII combines the benefits of AKG?s circumaural design for...

AKG K271 MKII Headphones

Average User Rating:
4.25/5,
  • The newly designed AKG legend, K271MKII combines the benefits of AKG?s circumaural design for extreme comfort and a closed-back design for maximum isolation from ambient noise. Thanks to its XXL transducers, the K271MKII sounds clean, smooth and very rich. The K271MKII is the perfect choice for any application where sonic bleed could cause problems such as broadcast work. Another important feature of the K271MKII is the addition of a switch in the headband that mutes the audio just as soon as the headphones are taken off.

Recent User Reviews

  1. Trickster5596
    4.0/5,
    "Good for Vocalist and Instrument Monitoring"
    Pros - Rugged, Two different pairs of earpads, Detachable cable, Two different cable lengths, Auto-mute feature, Good isolation
    Cons - Bass-shy, Small soundstage, Bulky
    I originally ordered a K240, but due to them being out of stock, I was shipped a K271 MkII instead. Needless to say, I saved a lot of money on this pair. These were my daily drivers for about four years. I used them for my computer as well as for monitoring my electric guitar. I was surprised at all the accessories that were included: One pair of velour pads, one pair of pleather pads, one 3m cable, one coiled 5m cable, and the customary 3.5mm to 6.3mm jack adapter. They also have a clever feature that auto-mutes the headphones when you take them off (this can be disabled easily if needed.) Now that I have a new pair of daily drivers, I just cannot go back to the K271's unusual sound signature. Due to the noticeable lack of bass quantity, I wouldn't recommend these headphones for anything other than monitoring instruments and other situations that demand noise isolation.
  2. 1nfiniti
    4.0/5,
    "Generally great sounding closed cans, with a couple of issues"
    Pros - Great clarity & sound stage (esp. for closed), great tone on guitar / electric keys, bass is very detailed and punchy
    Cons - biggest issue is boxiness in the upper-mids, minor issue - bass is not BOOMing, its mostly the upper bass that you can hear (100+ Hz)
    Read a number of reviews on this pair of headphones before buying, and was quite surprised that no one mentioned the boxy band ( maybe somewhere around 3.5 - 5k ?? ) of upper mids.  
     
    some songs are pretty effected by it, others not so much.  It sounds like someone really pumped the EQ around a band of frequencies and phased the sh*t out of it.  
     
    However, for songs that are not effected by this the overall clarity of sound - especially for a closed-ear set of headphones - is great.  I have a pair of sr60s & Sennheiser HD598s and these are definitely still in the same ballpark of quality as those two.  
     
     
    For some songs though, the boxiness can really be in the forefront of whats going on and it seriously detracts from the overall sound quality.
  3. cs098
    4.0/5,
    "A great niche headphone, just not for me."
    Pros - Deep, tight fast bass, classic akg mids, clear highs, detailed, comfortable, great soundstage for a closed, retro design, plenty of accesories
    Cons - Bass anemic, doesn't play well with bass boosters and/or loud volumes, not very exciting, needs an amp to even get bass at all
    I wanted to love these, and I kinda did, but only for classical and jazz.  Everything else though was boring to listen to and can sometimes get a bit bright. Also still has that closed sound, but then again it's a closed can. I know I know, it's more for tracking rather than for entertainment. But there are still some stuff to love about the sound. If you only listen to jazz and classical and need isolation, these are pretty good and do deserve the praise some people give it. But if you want something more well rounded, then you should look elsewhere, like I have.

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