AKG K-240 Studio

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Worth it
07.01.2016
There are quite a few good qualities in these headphones with only minor drawbacks.

I tend to listen to high-definition music, 320 kbps and the likes.
What initially struck me when listening to music through these headphones is the quality. After owning cheap 15euro headphones for so long, I immediately noticed a huge increase in clarity, especially in the low-frequency spectrum.
These speakers have higher impedance than some and this causes them to be slightly less-loud, but they are still perfectly capable of drowning out any background noise, such as a TV or radio playing.
These headphones are also semi-open, meaning their sound-insulation isnt very high. This can be seen as good or bad, as you may not want others hearing your music, but it also means I can speak to others while the speakers are still on my ears

For comfort, I didnt give a fifth star for some minor reasons.
First, the removable audio jack extrudes quite a long way out of the bottom of the speaker, and sometimes snags on the collar of my coat. I dont mind this too much as having a removable jack at all is great for me, but still this is worth noting.
Secondly, the material used to form the speaker pads, while soft and easy on the skin, is leathery, meaning that if i wear the phones for a long duration, they will leave sweat-marks on the skin.

The rest of the build quality is very satisfactory, with self-adjusting headband and a good flexible, agile feel to the product as a whole- these will probably last a long time. These headphones are also very light, meaning they dont leave that annoying headphone-hair indent on my head when using them for hours.

So to sum up, Very good quality sound, Very comfortable (usually), durable.
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Simon C, 20.12.2018
I'm not convinced !
I'm using headphones out of a Guitar amp. Up till now been using some cheap JBL branded headphones from the supermarket ! Thought I'd treat myself and purchase something a little more "grown up". My first and immediate impression was that the AKG's just seem "dead" in comparison. I'm sure they lack something around the 3/4 mid to high frequency, clarity, presence, life, whatever you want to call it.
Playing P90 or single coil Tele guitars, the old JBL'S sound alive and portray the character of those pickups. I put on the AKG's and it's like listening through cotton wool. I even give the pickup height a tweak on the treble side and / or push the EQ on the amp.

Sound is very subjective, which sound is right. Which speaker is correctly rendering what you've actually got at source, short of actually measuring with laboratory equipment. So maybe the AKG's are technically "faithful". They are nicely made and fairly comfortable, appear to be of a quality. But as I sit here and revue my Thomann purchases, I have listened through the same classical piano cd via headphones old and new and the old are a lot more dynamic and enjoyable to my hearing - I don't believe the JBL's have any "onboard" processing / enhancement.

The AKG's are okay. Are they good ? - I have no idea.
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Excellent value for money
VladTheInstaller, 24.09.2017
I use these headphones for pretty much everything from monitoring, tracking, and listening to music outdoors and it does a very good job in all situations. The semi-open construction is useful for being able to hear traffic while in urban areas, which is usually difficult with closed-back designs. Unfortunately, that means there is not much rejection when tracking loud instruments like drums or a miked guitar cabinet in the same room.

The sound quality is great, but not as crystal clear as my AKG K-702 but these AKG K-240s are a fraction of the cost. The character is nice and clear but doesn't have an anaemic or over-present bottom end; The bass and low mids sound pretty good to my ears.

The construction is actually a lot tougher than it would appear, but beware that AKG headphones sometimes have a problem with wires popping loose inside the housing. Repairing this issue requires opening your headphones and re-soldering the loose wire. This has happened on 2 of the 3 AKG headphones I own. Also, the soft, plastic ear pads harden over time and need replacing. That being said, these are some of the hardest wearing headphones I've ever owned.

I highly recommend them to anyone looking for great value headphones that will serve them for years with the minimum hassle.
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Very good.
koftis, 24.04.2019
You can trust them to configure the frequency to sound your songs correctly on all playback systems but for the volume levels in the final mix it's better to use somes speakers.
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Incredible Value
Feeky B, 27.12.2018
These headphones have an astounding frequency range and I've been using them for producing for about 3 years now. They're quite comfortable however after extended periods of use the leather can make you sweat a little.

The balance between the different frequencies is brilliant and unlike many of today's commercial consumer and even some studio headphones - the bass response isn't overpowering. Everything has it's own space in a well made mix while wearing these. Once I got them I put on Bitches Brew by Miles Davis because of how intricate the mix is (3 pianos, 2 hard panned left and right, one down the centre, 2 drummers hard panned left and right plus the normal jazz setup) and I was blown away. It totally changed my perception of the album.

These are brilliant for listening, for producing, mixing, sound design, and anything else that requires hi fidelity sound. They are pretty much noiseless on their own which gives the sound clarity as opposed to being drowned out by a hiss or high pitched ringing in the case of noise cancelling headphones. Beware however, they don't have great isolation or volume because they are open backed. I highly recommend these.
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Handle with care!
Akibaidisto, 13.12.2018
Sound quality is perfect! No coloration whatsoever. Very comfortable, been using them for 2, 3h straight, with no fatigue to the ears or head, but beware that the fit is auto, you cannot adjust it as you please.
I do have concernes about the quality of the materials. I'm quite afraid I will break them if I'm not extremely careful taking them off.
I'm glad with the purchase, but wouldn't buy them again due to the fragile touch and feeling. Sound is great though, very clear.
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PinupB, 13.08.2018
I use this pair of headphones as an all purpose kind of phones, the sound is clear and balanced, and honestly I like it very much, I've been using them for a year and the built quality is good i'm not a very careful guy with my equipment and they have resisted very well.
They are semi open headphones and if you like to listen music with a little bit of volume, the person next to you will be listening too because they bleed a lot.
I don't know why but the earpads, and the headband get very hot on our head after a 30m of use and on warm days they will make you sweat.
The Sound is good the built quality too but they are not very comfortable because of how hot they get in your head.
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Gorgeous, even if not *completely& neutral.
Con_E, 23.11.2017
I use these headphones every day, both for composing, mixing & tracking. I can wear them all day every day for weeks and weeks without any sort of fatigue, either from a sonic perspective, or from the physical weight / shape of the headphones.

The sound reproduction is absolutely dreamy, and it makes listening and writing an absolute joy -- as almost everything sounds good! Everything is also crystal clear, without ever being harsh or unrealistic.

My only critique is that in the very low-end (say, sub 120Hz) they are perhaps too smooth, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of how this frequency range will translate to other listening environments.

If you are looking for bass-heavy headphones, try something else, but if you are looking for headphones that make your work a dream, and encourage confidence when writing / composing, & recording -- then i haven't heard better than these :)
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AKG K-240 Studio
dondi, 12.12.2018
This headphones are pretty robust and very comfortable, but the sound is not so good, especially the low end. AKG K-240 mkII are little expensive but they are much much better sounding headphones.
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i use every day
toma022, 27.11.2018
clear sound
full confort
i will buy a same again
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Good But Needs Improvements
riosoliveira, 28.02.2018
Sounds great into a iphone or a laptop and it doesn't need any amplification. So it works very well just for listening to music. Giving you favorite tracks a pleasent sound and a fresh start.
I would consider buying a smaller helix cable to use as a alternative but i think the one that comes with the 240 is good for the recording process.
They are comfortable and look nice.
I feel i will use them for many years to come.
A down side - They need to improve on the quality of materials ,construction and details !
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Just Great!
Dusko, 05.05.2018
These are very comfortable phones! Sound great! Very detailed sound, one can hear all instruments very well! Even though they are flat response I sure can listen to music with them. I prefer to hear all the details rather than having to listen to boosted stuff as on HiFi phones. Very happy and can recommend. If these are good for Ry Cooder they are certainly good for me too!
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Use them all the time
pidah, 08.01.2018
Very nice for vocalists and other people who rely on intonation. Because of the design you hear quite a bit of "you" while the spill is not too bad.
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Recommended purchase!
05.01.2017
First time when i tried out this headset i suprised.
I have never thought that for that price this headphones will be soo good.
It has warm lows and understoodable mids to, only the highs dont came through like th previouses.
Even so the the high freq.-s nice too.

I am happy with this purchase, lets try it out!
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Great value headphones
Cdbigman, 14.04.2019
I needed headphones for home use as my current ones were damaged.
I decided on these ones as other reviews were good. So far I am really pleased with them. They have a decent flat sound for monitoring/recording. Good long cable and very well built.
My only issue is that they don’t sit as comfortable on my head as other brands of headphones. They are lacking in adjustable features but for me it’s not a deal breaker.
this wouldn’t stop me for recommending them to you to use.
I hope this was helpful to someone.
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Good but not really what I expected
Hoodoo, 12.07.2017
I bought these headphones recently for plugging them into my audio interface and using on making psychedelic music.

What you need to know:

Long cable. You may not like it, but I love it, gives option to move around the room without needing to take them off and on all the time.

It originally comes not with the studio type jack (like guitar cables have) but with the small regular headphone jack. Fortunately, there is a qualitative adapter included. Not sure how it affects the quality though.

The quality itself is not really what I expected. I used iPhone 6 earbuds all the time, and benchmarking from them the lower frequencies are pretty weak. Too weak I'd say. Can't enjoy those groovy basslines as much I'd like to. The headphones themselves aren't too loud either, but aren't really quiet as well.

Also, remember, that they only isolate your ears partially, which maybe puts a toll on the sound quality a bit.

In general I don't feel quite content with them. I'd say you need to test them out and compare with others before buying.
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Radoslaw L., 09.09.2013
This product really meet my expectations, the sound quality is fantastic, this product is really worth every penny and i recommend it to all manual studio users and to everyone else who really want's to enjoy the perfect sound of their music
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As always with AKG, an excelent product.
Malcolm Emmanuel, 02.07.2015
The sound quality that these studio earphones provides is next to none. They are well built and comfortable to wear for prolonged periods, whether it be in studio/recording setting or just used for music listening. The adjustability of the overhead band is ideal for comfortable wearing. The mini XLR jack that allows you to detatch the cable is very useful for storage. The bass range is solid and the highs are clear. The dynamic range of these earphones is more evident when used as studio monitoring. Strongly recommended to anyone who appreciates quality but doesn't want to break the bank.
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Never expected them to be so linear
25.10.2016
I never expected to get such a great headphones for the money!

They are very linear, and the sound is very defined!


I use them for playing guitar via my kemper and when i adjust the sound on these babys it sounds great anywhere :)
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Great studio headphones
REWO Music, 21.05.2019
I have already bought several ones over the years. Excellent (flat) sound.
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excellent 'cans'
12.08.2016
Although a great fan of Beyer DT100s, I thought I would give these a try. (Used to have K140s, if I remember the reference rightly, as alternatives for studio foldback - not as bulky as DT100s.)
I have used them for setting up sessions, monitoring live recordings, mixing, - and even just listening to music! From both analogue and digital sources.
Isolation is good. Audio quality is excellent, across the frequency range.
They have become my regular 'cans'. Only limitation - a bit large to be portable.
They are comfortable, well made, and easy to use. The detachable - and therefore replaceable - lead is a good feature.
The supplied ?" to 3.5mm adapter screws on, so the lead cannot be pulled out inadvertently - good.
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Tbasss, 16.12.2018
Fantastic Headphones, clear sound, lightweight, nice look.
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Really great headphones
Drummer1692, 27.04.2019
I bought these headphones because I wanted some good "studio headphones" to track drums but I have to say that I didn't find them that good for that task. So I began using them to reference my mixes along with the studio monitors and an hi-fi stereo system, after a lot of listening on them I have to say that they are simply perfect for this task. Really happy with them!!!
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Perfect set of monitoring headphones
08.11.2014
There is a reason why these are one of the studio standards in open back designed monitoring headphones.
They are very transparent in the design and really makes is feel like the sound is in the room.
Light and comfortably designed makes them no hassle to wear for hours on end.
Would have like to get a coily cable as well as velour earpads with the set, but not surpricing that they aren't included since the low price of the headphones.

Generally very little colouring of the sound from the headphones and no or extremly little background noise.
The do ofcourse sound better with a good headphone amp but the low ohmage makes them no issue to use with laptop or mobile devices.

I will certainly be getting a closed back designed simili as well but love the sound and openesss in these.
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Great choice for guitar players
18.08.2016
Cery handy and comfortable, good sound, I use them on pc. I play guitar and I use amps sims VST.
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