AKG K171 MKII Headphones

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The new AKG K 171 MKII combines closed-back ear cups with an ultra-light on-ear design. Thanks to its Varimotion XXL drivers, the K 171 MKII delivers the pristine sound quality and precise sonic detail to let you hear all your music. The K 171 MKII ...

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Pros: Audio fidelity, Lightweight, Isolation
Cons: Very tight, lacks Bass, Small for some people ; low volume
Well, I just moved from a Genius GX Cavimanus (gaming headset) to an AKG K171 MKII recently. I am using it for nearly 3 months. My main use is to listen music on PC, gaming and watch some series.
My thoughts:
The AKG K171 MKII is VERY TIGHT, especially for fat guys (like me) or / and with big head.
It have GREAT Medium, Low and Highs but lacks an punching BASS. So, bassheads, run from this headphone.
The pros comparing with the gaming headset I owned, the AKG isolates much more because it is an closed headphone, it have much more fidelity in audio distribution than any gaming headset I've owned so far and it is very lightweight.
The cons are the low volume. I configured on my Sound Blaster Recon 3D, equalized the audio, but it lacks volume compared with gaming headsets. The bass don't exist on this headphone! It is noticeable but bassheads like me will NOT like it at all. and it is VERY TIGHT. As I said, I am a fat guy and have a big head and the pressure that this headphone puts in the head is very high, making it uncomfortable for many hours gaming or listening to music.
What can I say? The headphone is very good for people who don't care about bass or don't like high volumes and don't care about the constant pression on the head (if you are a thin guy, you won't suffer / suffer less with thar problem). For people like me, who likes punching Bass, high volumes and comfortable Headphones, it is just another headphone which I bought and forgotten after a while.
Hope you enjoyed the review and sorry for my poor english grammar. I am from a country who haven't english as main language.
Pros: Audio quality, noise reduction
Cons: Comfort
Very good headphones. The sound is good. Good idea for vocal reproduction.
Pros: vocal reproduction is amazing
Cons: uncomfortable after a while
They're not hard to drive, they isolate the environment well, and they are the best phones I've heard so far.
They are lean on bass until you plug them into a good amp. I tried them with a NuForce Icon HD and they sounded so unbelievably detailed and pleasant with strong bass, clarity through the entire range, spacious sound stage, and clear yet unhard trble. I was blown away at how good these things really are.
I usually just monitor voice-over straight from the monitor port and these are fantastic in that arrangement because without an amp, they are nearly perfect in the human vocal range already.
They have two earpad types in the box and two interchangable cables in the box. I switched the pads for the velour because they're more comfortable (less heat build-up) and I like the way they sound a little better. It's subtle, but the difference is real.
I don't understand why they are as inexpensive as they are. They used to cost more... much more. I think they're worth more but I'm glad I didn't pay more. Overall, these are tough and great souding cans.
UPDATE: I posted three blog article about these in great detail at http://akgk171.wordpress.com/ 


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