Roll Call for Team AKG
Feb 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM Post #1,366 of 1,537

DisCHORDDubstep

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I am looking to buy the AKG K240 Studio, but I saw several review on Amazon say that they break easily. Can anyone confirm the durability of these cans?
owned them for over a year now. A few days ago a girl kicked my headphones out of my hand for whatever reason and they hit a wall. The outer plastic cover on the housing fell off, and I got a look at the thickness of the housing... Hooooly fek. These are pretty tankish in all reality.
I then snapped the plastic cover thing back into place, yelled at the girl, then carried on with my day.
 
Feb 25, 2015 at 8:44 AM Post #1,367 of 1,537

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Yeah that's not really how you do it. 

You get something like these: 

http://www.amazon.com/Goody-Ouchless-Metal-Elastics-Large/dp/B001T8W4BK/

Obviously that's a pack of 50 and from amazon - get something similar (thin, black, no metal) from a local store. 

And then actually replace the elastic. Yeah you'll need something like a tiny flathead screwdriver to pop the badges off, and a #1 philips to take the caps off, and a #2 to loose the headband from the cup so you can loop the new elastic through. 



well it works anyways and doesn't look that bad, so I dont really care much.
 
Mar 2, 2015 at 12:52 PM Post #1,368 of 1,537

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You might still want to open up your sextett, the foam that is inside of the cup is usually disintegrating and turning into a nasty gunk that can affect the sound quality (and make a mess).  You can get replacement foams, but you could just rip the old ones out and see if you can hear a difference. For me it added a bit of clarity, and a good opportunity to change the elastics. If you do open them up, be careful and have a soldering iron available in case a wire comes loose. If you're interested, here is a source for factory replacements for the shot elastics and the inner foam ring.
elastics: http://www.fullcompass.com/product/384538.html
Inner Foam Ring: http://www.fullcompass.com/product/455987.html
 
Mar 5, 2015 at 9:08 AM Post #1,370 of 1,537

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The foam ring on the inside of a K240 is there to keep the frame parts from banging together. It's nice to have and prevents some mechanical noises. Certainly clean out the cups if you have a vintage k240 and have never done so. 
 
Mar 11, 2015 at 4:02 AM Post #1,371 of 1,537

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I've got the K501 and K401 and i love them. Definitely the very best purchase i've ever made: 80 USD for K501, and  28 USD for K401 (both from aftermarket).
I use the K401 for rock, trip-hop and the K501 for classical, acoustical audiophile records. The old AKG's just rock!
 
Mar 12, 2015 at 3:47 AM Post #1,372 of 1,537

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  I've got the K501 and K401 and i love them. Definitely the very best purchase i've ever made: 80 USD for K501, and  28 USD for K401 (both from aftermarket).
I use the K401 for rock, trip-hop and the K501 for classical, acoustical audiophile records. The old AKG's just rock!

I've heard (here) that the K501's are one of the finest jewell's akg ever produced. I'd like to find out for my self soon
 
Mar 12, 2015 at 2:44 PM Post #1,373 of 1,537

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Yeah, they are good cans but don't expect punchy bass from them. The K401 has more bass impact/energy and little bit less refined highs and mids. That is the tradeoff between clarity and bass.
I love them because of the musicality, they sound like expensive audiophile speakers without subwoofer. They are tuned for strings and female vocals. I love Norah Jone's voice ...
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Mar 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM Post #1,375 of 1,537

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I have a pair of k501s and k601s. The k501 is a really well balanced headphone that just lacks a little bit of bass impact. I really like them when I'm working and I want to be surrounded by sound as opposed to pummeled by it. 
 
Mar 14, 2015 at 5:05 AM Post #1,376 of 1,537

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  I have a pair of k501s and k601s. The k501 is a really well balanced headphone that just lacks a little bit of bass impact. I really like them when I'm working and I want to be surrounded by sound as opposed to pummeled by it. 

Thus far the K612's are the most neutral headphones I've heard, I guess the K501 is a wider soundstage withe less bass compared to your K601?
 
Mar 14, 2015 at 8:28 PM Post #1,377 of 1,537

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  I have a pair of k501s and k601s. The k501 is a really well balanced headphone that just lacks a little bit of bass impact. I really like them when I'm working and I want to be surrounded by sound as opposed to pummeled by it. 

The bass impact tied well with the overall signature, it gave it the presence of airiness and soundstage. The upper midrange was a bit hard to get used to unfortunately. The K400 i own seem like a more tolerable version of the K501.
 
Mar 15, 2015 at 5:08 AM Post #1,378 of 1,537

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The sound signature is very pad condition dependent.  When i had old deformed pads, my ears were closer to the driver and the sound was harsh and boomy, the soundstage was horrible.
I simply washed the pads with my hands and i've got back the initial pad form, completely changed the sound to the initial one.
http://www.headfonia.com/what-happens-as-the-cushion-pads-ages/
 
Apr 7, 2015 at 7:02 AM Post #1,379 of 1,537

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I have a pair of vintage K340, the electrotet/dynamic hybrid. works great, but I am in need of a portable dac/amp. is anyone familiar with what would be the LEAST expensive dac/amp I could possibly afford that could run these things?
 

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