- Jan 21, 2007
I know, even as a brand new member on this site, that the debate for what portable headphones are best has been nearly beaten to death. So, with a heavy heart I renew that argument...
I have seen very few reviews on these cans (ATH-SJ5) since they are pretty new and hard to find. I did, however, find some for a very nice price ($50) and I am trying to decide whether to go for these, or to be a trendwhore
I have a problem with AKG, and the review I found reinforced my view: these headphones, at least at the sub $100 range, are not very comfortable. I'm wearing a pair of k27is at this very moment and even after stretching the headband etc I still find them uncomfortable after 45-60m of use. Here's the review
(Reviewer gave 5/5 rating)
[size=xx-small]I bought these to compare to my AKG K81DJ. I got them just before AC started carrying them, and I must say, they are absolutely FANTASTIC for the price. Very nice clear, detailed bass, with some only very slightly rolled off highs. They seem to have the signature AT tipped upper mids, which a bonus in my book. The mids seem a bit more recessed than those of the K81DJ, but in my opinion it helps to add to their very good soundstaging.
They are much more comfortable than the K81, with a much less aggressive grip on the head. The cord is just the right length for portable use, which is my main usage for these cans.
So the verdict in comparison with the K81DJ: The SJ5 has a comparable sound with an overall better balance. The bass is tight, controlled, and detailed. The highs are a bit more extended as well.
K81 Killer? YES![/size]
So, that should answer my question right? Well, it doesn't. I typically like to read about 3 reviews before I buy a new pair of cans, or a new anything that I'm going to spend some money on and time using. One last thing: the cord on the k81DJ is said to be loooong while the cord on the SJ5s is supposedly nice and short.
Comments, criticisms, deep, philosophical answers to lifes.. err.. nevermind.