AKG K518DJ

Rating:
4/5,
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  1. GregButcher
    King of the portable 50-s pricerange
    Written by GregButcher
    Published Dec 30, 2013
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Very good overall sound, excellent value, durable
    Cons - Too much clamping force, cable tangling
    Hello everyone ill try to keep banther to a minimum, but excuses in advance [​IMG]
     
    I've purchased these cans about 2.5 years ago, to be exact the LE version in yellow with the short cable for 50euros. It comes with a pouch and small-to-big jack adapter. Ive made keywords Bold-Italic to be a bit easier for you to find them. Also if i say something totally inaccurate/stupid please forgive and disregard it.
     
    Sound:
    Recently i had the opportunity to try out different headphones like the Sennheiser momentum(on ear and over ear as well) the Denon ah-d600 and others. I have to say i was really surprised, the sound easily matches top shelf performance, though i have to admit that it lacks details of the sound that you hear with an expensive one, but i'd say for the price it has nothing to be ashamed of.
    I usually listen to EDM, but from time to time i pull out som Metal, metalcore, and classic rock, so the range goes from A-Z. 
    Overall the cans have a sliight V-shaped sound, mids are a bit recessed so its not optimal for listening to classic rock or similar music with more midrange freqs. I wouldnt say its bad, but you can feel it lacks a bit. Bass is really good,AND accurate it has enough punch to it and presence, but not at all overwhelming. It always puts out as much bass as it is needed. Mids as i said are a bit lacking if youre more into vocal music or classic rock you might have to consider something else. Highs are excellent, really sparkly and crystal clear, its a joy to listen to them. Even really highs are not fatiguing at all.
    Overall its really good i cannot complain.
     
    Noise-isolation:
    Because of the over ear design it gives a really good seal. If you're listening to music on it you will NOT hear any normal volume sound(eg.: talking, cars.) I lived in Budapest for some time and when i used it on the metro line, even with those ****ty noisy russian trams, it barely came over it.
     
    Design:
    Not much to say about it, either you like the look of it or not. Its not flashy, but it isnt ugly either, I like it.
     
    Build:
    Even though it looks like its made out of plastic, it is really well built and is sturdy. Like i said i had them for more than 2 years now, and apart from a bit of wear on the paint(bc i didnt carry it in its bag, just threw it in my backpack). Also the band has a metal insert which makes it even better. Overall It feels well built, never felt like i have to be wary like its made out of glass. One of my earpads' leather cover just started to crack but that was because of my use of it, the one i used properly held up still, so 
    Weak Point i can say really is the cable. If you have a low price and you dont compromise on sound, you WILL have to somewhere.The end of the jack just where it leaves the "rubbery bendy" part cracked up for me fully. 1, its a straight jack so you have to be careful with it if you use it with a phone in your pants pocket like i did, if it gets bent a lot, it will break. I got a 5€ Neutrik fully metal angled jack cable and re-soldered it on it, really sturdy hadnt had a problem with it since. Also it gets tangled up all the time, i got to the point where there is always a bit of twist in mines...Also The LE has a 0.6m cable so you might have issues if you put your phone/player in your jeans pocket. Im a small guy i dont have issues with that but keep it in mind.
     
    Comfort:
    As you might have read reviews about it: Its really bad from the beginning, and in time it will break in but even now the clamping force can make my head ache after extended use. The stock earpads are pretty hard as well and with the clamp, brand new it will destroy your after an hour or less. It will get better over time, the pads will soften up and you'll get used to it eventually, but its its pretty bad that i had to give my ears a 5-10 minutes of rest from time to time. Also the headpand doesnt have any padding at all, so by the time your ears get crushed, the top of your head will ache as well, tho its lightweight it will still hurt a bit. Luckily heat wasnt an issue even in the hot summer.
     
    Conclusion:
    End of the line, its a really good pair of headphones for the price, with overall sound quality, its a good all-rounder. Where it doesnt compromise on sound-to-price it has to on the cable, and the comfort. I learnt to live with it(you can get used to it), and i love it. Also if you're a bit of a DIY person you can make them even better.
     
    Recommend: Yes
    Would i buy it again: Probably
    1. Bagobones
      Nice review! I have had a pair for years.. And Oslo is full of them. Same thing happend to me with the plug. I got a shop to fix it for no money, and that was like 3 years ago.. Still working to this day..
       
      Another thing that will break on them eventually is the earpads.. Seen it happen to many. Good thing is that Sennheiser hd-25 pads fit nice, are cheap, and is better than the originals...
       
      I use to love the bass in them until I heard my new AIAIAI headphones..
      Bagobones, Dec 30, 2013
  2. cel4145
    Fantastic bass with a little modding
    Written by cel4145
    Published Aug 4, 2013
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Excellent bass response, wonderful mids and highs; very portable
    Cons - need modding
    A few months ago, I got my 13 year old son the AKG K518 DJ LE, based on the listing of the K81 DJ on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame.

    The sound was disappointing. Very heavy muddy bass that overwhelmed the mids. While OK for the price I got them at, this was not what I expected.

    Then yesterday, we decided to mod the headphones. The blue tack mod is a popular mod for the AKG K518 DJs. Because I was afraid of over dampening the phones, we used blue tack sparingly and put duct tape on some of the rest of the inside cup to curb the resonance (see pic in this post).

    The results? Absolutely a world of difference. Here is what I was expecting from a headphone whose design had made it on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame. Bass impact was reduced slightly because the muddiness was gone. No longer a thumper, but a headphone with highly textured bass with very good transient response, and yet still significant bass emphasis. As a results, mids are much clearer as well.

    So if you can do the mod (and it's not hard), this is an excellent headphone for those looking for some portable headphones with some strong, but good SQ bass emphasis. Considering these can often be picked up for less than $50, they are a bargain :D
  3. powerkid
    companion
    Written by powerkid
    Published Oct 17, 2012
    3.5/5,
    Pros - portable, foldable, comfort cushion, just the right size
    Cons - frequent tangled wires, a bit too clamped
    Had it for about 2 years, can't really remember when exactly did I buy it.
    but this one gives me a lot of frission everytime I listen to music
    got me off the headphone market for about a year because of the satisfaction
    it's over ear, but just the right size for portability in my opinion
  4. thrillmetoo
    high expectations
    Written by thrillmetoo
    Published Sep 28, 2011
    3.0/5,
    Pros - isolation, highs
    Cons - everything else
    Coming from Senn PX200, I expected better highs and better bass. I was drawn towards this AKG due to recommendations on this forum.
    Well, my experiences are less enthousiatic than those of most others.
    Audio quality is 'not bad' at best, but in general there's always a honky bass covering up the rest of the music. A lot of people here praised the bass qualities, but to me, it's not real bass, it's somewhat higher up the frequency scale. It's where it's starting to honk.
    Treble is not bad, but a little tinny, even scratchy sometimes.
    Midrange is somewhat covered up by the bass, but may be the best part,
    Comfort is just bad. Too much clamping force, no soft covering for the headband.
    Cord is too long.for home use.
    As soon as my wallet approves, I'm going for the new Senn PX200-II. I auditioned them recently alongside K518DJ and the only step back will be isolation. Comfort and sound quality is better than the previous version of PX200 and certainly better than these AKG's.
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    2. Deep Funk
      The PX200 II is a real step up. One of the best headphones you can find if you need something that folds; is light and gives a very pleasing presentation of the music.
      Deep Funk, Sep 30, 2011
    3. JK1
      How does the PX200II compare to the JVC HAS650? I have the PX100. While it is good, I wouldn't pay $70 for it. I also wouldn't pay $70 for the PX200II. The JVC HAS650 is just $34. It is similar in size to PX200II, except that the HAS650 headband doesn't fold.
      How does the PX200II compare to the AKG K430?
      Randomkid, which velour earpads did you use? I am looking for velour earpads for some other headphones.
      JK1, Feb 2, 2012
    4. ostewart
      HD25-1 II velour pads, off of ebay, and they come with headband pads too.
      Im still using my K518 everyday, with the velours. Very good for the price (still havent had funds to upgrade, and these are keepers even if i upgrade)

      hope you find the pads. (mine are red, look really good with the all black K518 DJ)

      regards
      ostewart, Feb 3, 2012
  5. peaceful1
    my first close
    Written by peaceful1
    Published Oct 4, 2010
    4.0/5,
    full boss, not bad but not enough for pross