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Sounds great... for you AND others!
on 8 December 2012
I am a big fan of AKG, having previously used a pair of K702's, tested K701's and previously owning a pair of Q701's until they were unfortunately stolen. I wanted an entry-level pair for "kicking around" in... Something I could happily use when out & about or doing a little commuting, but something I wouldn't be devastated by if they were to break on me.
The packaging was simple but looked good and as first impressions go, I was feeling quite good about my new purchase. These headphones look good - at the price point the styling is fantastic and comfort wise I was impressed too. The adjustable headband seemed strange but it works well... It's resistant enough to ensure a snug bit and prevent them moving much, but not enough to add discomfort to the top of your head that can often result in nausea. So far, so good.
Build quality is of concern... It feels very plastic and in a bad way. The plastic 'headband arcs' feel very flimsy and have a fair bit of give in them. Holding the headphones in your hand and moving them about doesn't fill me with confidence that these will stand the test of time.
Sound quality... Brilliant. I didn't expect much for £40 but these do sound great. Sound feels very airy with a decent sound stage. There was a little too much bass for my liking (I feel the label of 'powerful bass' is a little over-exuberant... it was a bit too much for my music but I don't consider these all that bass-heavy) which was easily sorted by changing some EQ settings. I got it sounding how I wanted and was happy, but the sound bleed from these cans are ridiculous. For closed-back I was expecting some isolating properties (they are headphones so I need to be realistic, but even my Dre. Beats are amazing in comparison). At medium volume anyone within about 10 feet can hear the music as if it was coming from some low-power speakers, and it's not just a muffled sound either... you can make out the lyrics and hear every beat.
These are not good if you are anywhere near people because at any kind of volume they will hear what you hear. Don't be *that* person everyone hates because they can hear you playing Skrillex / Aqua / Spice Girls / Etc etc. If you need a cheap pair for home listening where there's nobody else around then I suppose these will be pretty good.
TL:DR mode (comparing with other headphones in price bracket)
Build quality: 5/10
Sound quality: 8/10
Sound isolation: 1/10 (never heard worse isolation from headphones before)
Submitting these for a refund / exchange within 24 hours of receiving them