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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. tdogzthmn
    I have listened to the K340 with new K240 pads and the change was not very noticeable.  I have also replaced the elastics which were worn, so I do have a proper seal on my ears.  Its just that the designs did a poor job of making them fit well onto the head.  All my other headphones are very comfortable and I can wear them for a good amount of time with little or no discomfort. 
     
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  2. daltonlanny
    I recently have purchased two pairs of AKG K340 headphones on Headfi.
    One pair was modded, and it sounded great, but the dynamic driver died.
    The second was a pair of NOS K340's from  a member in Austria.
    I honestly believe these are one of the bass light versions.
    I replaced the plastic screen that goes in front of the electric element with one of the modified ones, with fabric, that I removed from my modded K340's. Wow, what a difference!
    I wrote a review in the Head Gear section, if anyone is interested.
    I LOVE these headphones, and wished I would have bought a pair years ago!
     
  3. rhythmdevils
    I'm glad it worked out for you Lanny!  I had a feeling you'd like the K340 given your collection.  Nice! 
     
  4. daltonlanny
    Hi Whitney,
     
    Good news:
    I also found another pair of old K340's that I can take the dynamic drivers out of to put in the modded K340's that you traded me.
    Thanks for the kind words!
     
  5. rhythmdevils
    Great!  I know the K340 got to you working fine, but I still felt bad about that, so it's good to hear.
     
  6. daltonlanny
    Yeah, they worked really great for a few days.
    I may have fed them alittle too much power, or someone in my family may have dropped them, bumped them into something, or overloaded them by accident?
    Who knows.
    One good thing about all of this: I will have plenty of K340 spare parts laying around! lol.
     
  7. sepinho
    I was underwhelmed with the 340's performance out of my Little Dot II++, my Denon receiver and my AUNE DAC/amp combo. I considered selling it, along with my Bravo amp, which hadn't seen much use lately. Just for shots and goggles, I plugged the 340 into the Bravo. And lo and behold, the headphone had noticably more power, really punchy bass and clear mids. It sounds great now and I finally understand what the fuss was all about, so I've decided to keep both. :)
     
    I'm surprised though. I thought the Bravo was a hybrid amp, which I assumed to weak to drive this monster of a headphone properly. I haven't even tinkered with gain, the amp is at factory settings. I did switch the standard tube for an old East German one though.
     
  8. tdogzthmn
    I will likely buy a pair of K340 again.  They are too rad to go without.
     
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  9. rhythmdevils
    I know they are.  It will be hard to let go of my NOS pair but something has to go if I let the LCD-2 come in...
     
  10. cheaphifi


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    Your NOS pair is a Bass-Light or Bass-Heavy ?
     
    I'm looking for a K340 in good shape, i currently own a Mid-Bass version (grey drivers, nor red or green), and i'm looking for the two others variations of the K340 to choose which is the best to Mod...
     
  11. Roby_caste
    AFAIK, the problem is that any stock version, regardless of drivers' colour, reproduce a different sonic signature when modified and each modder give a different tuning. Most of the difference being introduced by cutting the stock plastic screens off (replacing with fabric screens) and changing the type and quantity of filler in the earcups.
     
    The basic stock sound is way different from the modded one and sometimes unpredictably so.
     
  12. Skylab Contributor


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    Very true - in fact, I debate that there are "bass heavy" or "bass light" versions of the stock K340.  I don't think there are.
     
  13. cheaphifi


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    In fact there are three versions : Bass-Light, Bass-Heavy and Mid-Bass...
     
  14. Skylab Contributor
    I would like to see something to substantiate that "fact" :D
     
  15. Roby_caste


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    My two cents: there is very scarce evidence of "facts" all over the hifi world. That do not exclude that differences among headphones of the same model are quite noticeable.  Nobody, I guess, would be able to measure those differences (there is a problem of cost, time, technical skill, etc.) and nobody will provide "facts", but still the differences can be appreciated. Not only in the vintage gear, of course.
     
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