AKG K518 High-Performance Closed-Back Foldable DJ Headphones - Black/Neon Red
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- Unique 3D-axis folding mechanism for ease of handling and user comfort
- Closed-back earphones: isolating ear cups reduce ambient noise
- Extremely rugged
- High SPL capability
- Legendary AKG sound quality
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Closed-back DJ headphones designed for those who want to add style and portability to their jams.
Whether you're a pro DJ or an amateur, there's one thing that's certain: You've got to look the part. But it's equally important that your cans don't skimp on sound. The AKG K518 headphones - identical to the K518 DJ headphones that we designed in cooperation with pro DJs - feature a closed-back design that isolates your music from outside noise - ideal for large, loud clubs.
Compact, extremely portable and available in different finishes, they offer a 3D-Axis folding mechanism that allows for easy transportation. Built to endure busy clubs and your on-the-go lifestyle, the K518 feature a rugged design that is prepared to stand the tests of toil and time. A carrying pouch is also included to ensure extra safety.
Made to work with practically every portable audio device, such as your iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, tablet and laptop, these versatile cans also come with a 6.3-millimetre (1/4-inch) jack adapter, which extends their usage to professional equipment and many home theatre receivers. The AKG K518 headphones are sure to add a touch of flair to your personal ensemble and an improvement in sound to your standard, run-of-the-mill cans.
Legendary AKG sound
For more than 65 years, artists and engineers have relied on our revered headphone and microphone technology in the studios and on the stage. Make no mistake, the K518 have AKG quality through and through. The moment you put them on, you'll experience what you've been missing.
Keep your music inside your ears, and keep loud club noise at bay. The AKG K518 feature a closed-back design, like the headphones that musicians use when tracking vocals - ideal for those who want a sense of isolation from outside noise.
Unique 3D-Axis folding mechanism
Fold your headphones flat and take them with you. The K518 3D-Axis folding mechanism is great for those who want to bring great sound wherever they go.
High-SPL capability for maximum realism
In loud venues, it's important that you hear your music more than your applause. The AKG K518 feature high-SPL (sound-pressure level) capability, which provides maximum clarity and realism at loud volumes without distortion.
Carrying pouch included
Transporting your K518 comes easy. The headphones' included pouch is small and made to work with your headphones' slim, foldable form factor.
AKG K518 High-Performance Closed-Back Foldable DJ Headphones
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The sound is slightly leaning to the confined instead of open, but not as bad as some AKG's I heard. These are not free of the commercial/consumer sound tampering though. The bass is extremely heavy at times, but they dig down deeper than any headphones I've yet to try. At times you might want a break, but the speed and timing is there as well.
Coming from my Roland RH50 (THE most relaxing natural headphones I've ever heard) headphones to the AKG's you'll get a feeling that the EQ has been seriously tampered with, but no more than your average Sennheiser or Ultrasone's.
Even with that said, I would encourage all with in the sound of my voice to buy them, now! Bar the slight comfort issue, I would pick them above my much-loved Sennheiser HD212 headphones.
Recommended? Oh, absolutely!
I've had a good succession of mid-range headphones, these feel like they'll last me a while, unlike others. The cable is well fixed and protected (though it *could* be better) and they've got a nice metal strip with the AKG logo emblazoned on the headband. I'm not exactly careful with my things, I don't feel I need to be precious while handling these. (and for the price a replacement, though not ideal, wont break the bank)
They have a wide frequency response, though they can get slightly muddy in the low-mids, they reveal sonic details that are generally lost on most headphones, making for a great listening experience. For any DJs or Producers out there, these are *okay* for rough work if you're constricted on the amount of noise you can make or you're on the go (I've used them on long-haul train journeys). They're by no means a replacement for "mixing" headphones or monitors, but they give a good representation of what you're doing without it sounding stupendously different in the studio.
Design & Comfort:
Visually they're nice, not overstated and tacky like more. . . widely known brands, nice and covert as they should be. They're predominantly matte, with a "Y" shape over the cups that's glossy.
Some people might find them uncomfortable they are quite small and rather tight on the head, I have fairly small ears so it doesn't bother me much, however I do wear glasses and it can get painful where my the top of my ear is "between a rock and a hard place" as it were. The cable is also so long that I've had to tie it up, but I find that its better to have more cable than less anyway, since there will be a time I'll need the longer cable. The ear cups themselves are nicely padded and block out most outer sound so they don't need to be loud to be heard over traffic (though, plugged into my laptop or into a headphone amp with the provided 6.3mm adapter, they do get uncomfortably loud without distorting).
You're always going to find something better or worse, for the price I feel that they're built well and as far as I'm concerned they sound lovely; definitely competitors to other headphones in the price bracket being more portable, sturdy and well designed. As my first pair of AKGs, I'm certainly impressed.
- Understated design
- Even and detailed sound
- Could be uncomfortable after long periods of use
- Cable could be too long for personal audio
- Jack might be prone to damage
These headphones have good isolation. When music isn't being played your environment will sound quieter but once music starts playing at a moderate volume, everything (except the bus' engine) shuts up and you can focus on and enjoy your music.
In my opinion these headphones are stylish but modest, They look good but the design doesnt scream "STARE AT ME!!!" so you are less likely to be targeted by thieves.
The only negatives so far is the comfort. I can wear these for about 3 hours before my ears get sore and if you have a large head that time will be even less because of the clamping force on the headphones, And the headband could do with a little more padding but you get what you pay for.
So overall these headphones look good, sound good and feel good after you stretch them out a bit. I would definitely recommend them but not for rock or classical music.
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