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AKG K240 Sextett--Grado'd AKG?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jon l, Jun 15, 2007.
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  1. DisCHORDDubstep
    Decided to try out the hair band elastics mod... Also there is some radiator porn.
    Jeez I still can't believe I paid 45$.

  2. Armaegis
    That' cheap. I paid $200 for my NOS years ago.
  3. Tuco1965
    I paid about $100 to 120 for new in the late 70's.  Kinda foggy on exact price.  [​IMG]
  4. DisCHORDDubstep
    100$ adjusted for inflation is around 350$ today... :xf_eek:
  5. Tuco1965
    Just about everything electronic from that era cost more than today, after price adjustments.
  6. doc elvis
    nice thread! i have to read a lot about my heradphones!  [​IMG]
  7. RUMAY408

    Make sure to amp those 600 ohm HP's really well, my own personal experience, the Bellari HA540 headphone amp just didn't do it,
    If you can pick up a used ALO MKll (for portable) or better yet a vintage receiver (70's) with an HP out go for it.
  8. doc elvis
    obviously i got the sextett cans here, i was never sure which agk k240 it is...
    im driving them with a fiio x1 plus a zigis cmoy (the black one, not the altoid´s).
    great... simply a great sound... best i ever heard.
    had a few sennis and still got a dt990 (old 1st version).
    got shure se215, ue sf3, ue sf5 and heard a few more.
    but none of them can beat the akg´s.
    (bought on a flea market a few years ago for €2,00!)

    (i already uploaded this pic at the hifi-forum a while ago - i will make newer ones soon)
  9. troymadison
    I could use an early production sextett to complete my collection
  10. vid
    I've never heard an AKG, old or new, that could best the original 990.
    Though I may have some preference towards the signature of the K 250, the 990 are by far the better headphone technically (problems with the K 250 extend to other phones from that era, including the sextett). AKG always had trouble controlling the treble, while the old 990 achieve a beautifully smooth decay in the upper range.
  11. troymadison

    I thought the old 990 is too dark sounding. To each their own I guess.
  12. vid
    Massive variance in the physical properties of the outer ear from person to person relating to the treble region guarantees that virtually any response reaching someone's eardrum as neutral will be recessed or emphasized at another's eardrum, without consideration of personal preference.
    What the original 990 do is a perfect conformance to a standard diffuse field curve in the treble. Works for some ears but not for others. AKG implemented the same curve with at least the LP sextett, but added a large emphasis around 5 kHz that works better for some listeners I guess. On the other hand, ear shape doesn't save the sextett from the massive treble ringing that characterizes most AKG phones from then, and it seems AKG struggled to fix it.
  13. troymadison

    Maybe that's why I never liked a Grado headphone due to the sizzling upper frequencies? Maybe that's why I thought the HD650 definitively had a veil? The AKG K501 and K701 I issues with higher frequencies. The K1000 only sounds right to me with the drivers out all the way or close to it otherwise I find them too bright. The sextett seemed balanced as it was.
  14. doc elvis
    you mean these annoying trebles that makes my ears bleed?
  15. vid
    I'd say there's something wrong with your 990 if its treble makes your ears bleed but that of the sextett doesn't, but hard to say without measurements. The worst offense in this case is using modern pads, but can't tell from the picture what you got.
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