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AKG K340 Electrostatic Phones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by tdl-speakers, Mar 1, 2009.
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  1. rhythmdevils


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    That's a pretty famous combination.  The K340 and Darkvoice 336 were all the rage a few years back.  And a lot of die hard K340 fans were recommending the combo so I think it's a safe bet.  I had the 336 but not with the K340.  I'm not sure about the newer DV amps or whatever they're called now
     
     
  2. tdogzthmn
    I would like to hear the DV336 to see how it fares against the crack.
     
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  3. tdogzthmn
    I have had my K340s for about two weeks and I have been greatly impressed. The amount of detail and clarity immediately grabbed my attention. They seem to make music sound effortless compared to the k400 which I also have high regards of. The background of tracks is very black and music seems to just snap into focus. Soundstage is not as spacious as the k400 but keeps appropriate to the track. I will admit they are a tad heavier than I'd like but over all the construction is good.
     
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  4. solidsnake
    I found these at my grandpa's place today. Don't know much about electrostats, probably don't have an amp powerful enough to drive em' [​IMG]. Just wondering, how much are these worth nowadays?
     
  5. Anaxilus


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    Wow, lucky bastard.  Some say the 2nd best sounding AKG ever after the K1000.
     
  6. wht

     
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    Not really much in dollar terms but in SQ terms, IMO, at the very least, comparable to, if not better than, the current next-to-top-of-the-range headphones of many manufacturers, including AKG.
     
     
  7. rhythmdevils
    What do you mean how much are they worth? You should be thinking about how they sound!!!!!
     
  8. solidsnake


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    But all I have is a portable SS amp and some Cambridge receiver! [​IMG]
     
  9. rhythmdevils
    how do they sound with the D4?
     
  10. kool bubba ice
    They are IMO.. But really need you to build a system around them like the K1000, & to a lesser degree the 650, which scale very well with better upstream components.
     
    Just another vintage marvel in the same vein as the 240 Sextett/K141/DT48/DT480/HP1/2.. & to many hardcore AKG fans, the 400/500..
     
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  11. Skylab Contributor
    Did you try the Cambridge receiver?  It might work well.
     
  12. tdogzthmn
    After moving between the K340, K400 and K240 M I have noticed that what sets the K340 apart from the other dynamic cans is that the K340's ability to make music sound effortless and clean.  I could also liken it to listening in a vacuum which is physically impossible but there seems to be less air surrounding the instruments which creates more texture and edge detail.  What puts me off about the K340 is that they compress the soundstage more than I would like.  Also they have very poor ergonomics and are too heavy and not very comfortable on the ears.  I am now very curious to hear the K340 compared to some stax and what qualities they share.
     
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  13. ourfpshero
    i have had a few vintage stax- sr3 and sr40. the sr40 has a smile shaped eq curve, the sr3 is big and airy sounding (and from the 60s!) but doesnt do bass as well as the k340. the k340 has a better balance but loses airiness and detail.
     
    i'm on the fence as to whether i like the 340 over my fave akg, the k240m 600ohm. very different sounding. both like a very strong amp
     
  14. rhythmdevils


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    How are the pads on your K340?  They need new pads.  I also find that there is a design flaw in the joint that holds the cups to the headband which keeps it from swiveling far enough to match the angle of my head.  So the bottom of the pads don't meet my head below my ears, and there's too much presure on the tops of the pads.  This makes it uncomfortable and sloppy loose, and also totally ruins the sound because it doesn't make a seal.  Which is why I never listened to the K340 until now.  I sort of rhemedied this by using some of those self-adhesive door insulating foam strips- a very thick one, cut a short strip about an inch and put it in the bottom of the pad to make it thicker there.  Works well cause it sticks to the screen.  But I can't help but think it would be better if the drivers weren't angling down, but were allowed to swivel directly at my ears. 
     
  15. solidsnake

     
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    I'll give it a shot when I go over this weekend.
     
     
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