AKG K 272 HD High-Definition Headphones

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The AKG K 272 HD high performance headphone is the headphone to have when you desire the best personal listening experience from nearly any audio device. Deisgned to deliver the ultimate in AKG performance - high-output sound and the widest, distortion free frequency response - they are the designed for the highest, distortion free output possible, making them a perfect companion for a professional DJ. With an on-ear, closed back design that sits comfortably on the ear with ultrasoft velvet ear pads, the K 272 HD headphones deliver sparkling high frequencies, richer mid-range and tight, deep bass. Their ultra-efficient design and 99.9% oxygen-free, single-sided, detachable cable means you have the purest sound transmission possible. Add gold plated contacts and plugs for the best connection and you have AKG's best listening experience possible.

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Pros: Comfortable, good isolation
Cons: Sound quality is unacceptable
Are this supposed to be Hifi? 
I got these from work when I asked for sound canceling phones. No these are not that, although pretty good on isolation. But what disappoints me most is that there simply isn't any low frequencies. Rock and heavy metal sounds just awfully blant. They lack detail too. Using them with a Porta Corda III USB.
Maybe I am spoiled with my HD800 phones at phone, but I would expect more. I just can't use them or my old HD650 in an open office space. Need to find some better closed phones it seems.
Pure crap, don't buy these!
Then the topic "review details" is completely misleading and wrong.
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Dobrescu George
Dude, they are great headphones. 
They need more power to sound their best. 
I had bought the same pair of headphones, and did return them because they did not have enough bass for me, but the sound is crystal clear, soundstage is good-great, everything comes in vivid, and there is no veil. 
I would never call them bad, they are one of the greatest headphone ever made. 
Just, either they need a LOT of power to have great bass, or they are made for people with other tastes (like classical). 
More power?  So you suggest buying an amp that costs several times more than the phones? I use porta corda III at work, if that isn't enough then something is wrong. Putting it straight to the headphone plug in the laptop makes the sound even worse.
I think I need to test them with my Corda Symphony .2 at home to see if that changes stuff.
Pros: Great Soundtstage,light and comfortable fit
Cons: Bad sound,no mids no bas no claps,some high tweets and thats all
I tested these headphones with few songs, on my ibasso dx50 and can say that these offer a disturbing sound & nothing close to High Fidelity,i personally use a pair a pair of Supelux HD-330 and they are much better than akg 272.
The sound for AKG is heard like coming from 10 meters long tubes attached to your ears on one side an on the other end a one way baffle speaker of good quality.
A review based on a few songs, HOW INFORMATIVE...
I had AKG K272 mk. 2 which are similar to the HD versions in specification at least. I don;t recall them being too bassy and the mid-range was good and the treble wasn't so defined that it became sibilant. After the burn-in period and your ears get use to their clamp on the head I thought they reasonable for what I paid for them.
To be fair, they are never going to be ideal with pre-mastered music however at least as a reference source they will give good isolation when used to record with.
Pros: clarity, bass, comfort, fairly sparkly highs
Cons: overpaid for them since im in canada, soundstage
Awesome pair of headphones for rock and techno music!
I originally went down to a local audio store to audition a pair of grado 225is when these caught my eye. After almost an hour of going back and forth between the two pairs i finally decided to go with the akgs. If properly driven their clarity and definition is great, however the soundstage is fairly small since they are closed.
I'm not hugely versed in hifi audio equipment but i'll try and describe their characteristics as best as i can.
Highs: Fairly sparkly, some great detail on cymbal crashes and despite being closed they sound fairly airy on these depending on the song. Otherwise not too pronounced, definitely not a bright headphone.
Mids: Not very agressive, but still well presented, some good clarity in them although far less bite than a pair of grados.
Lows: While auditioning these at the store i found they had just the right amount of bass, but since ive gotten them home they seem to emphasize lower notes a lot more. although something i think these headphones really do well is that even though they can produce a fair bit of thump, i can still hear the bass player actually playing the notes which i really like.
Overall i think these are a great mid-fi pair of headphones, they are very easy to listen to and are quite clear. I'm really enjoying them so far and can't wait to spend some more time with them.
I apologize if this isnt a very detailed review, im not the best reviewer :)
turns out i had a loudness setting turned on that was causing increased bloated bass, mids and highs are so much more upfront now and bass is significantly reduced, now i see why it has a bass light reputation here.
Apparently my receiver likes to veil mids as well, plugged them into the headphone out on my computer just out of curiosity and the mids were back! The sound of these headphones keeps on changing for me as i discover flaws in my setup haha
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Hey up dscythe,
You've had a couple of months with them now,,, how are you finding them??
And a big question from me, how are they for sound leakage? I know they are closed (although I can't tell if they are technically semi-open or not) so should be ok, but are you using them in an office or anything that may over hear sound leakage??
Thanks very much for your help.


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