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AKG K240 MKII Professional Semi-Open Over-Ear Studio Headphones
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- 15Hz - 25000Hz frequency bandwidth
- 55 Ohms, 104 dB SPL/V
- Semi-open over-ear design
- Patended Varimotion 30mm XXL transducer for great dynamic range
- 3m straight cable and 5m coiled cable, with 3.5mm to 6mm adapter
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|Item Dimensions||22.35 x 23.37 x 10.92 cm||20.32 x 20.32 x 12.19 cm||15.24 x 23.37 x 15.24 cm||22.35 x 23.37 x 10.92 cm||29.21 x 23.88 x 16.51 cm||11.3 x 19.9 x 21.2 cm|
|Item Weight||0.66 kg||476 grams||0.91 kg||240 grams||235 grams||0.82 kg|
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The K240 MKII professional over-ear, semi-open headphones are a long-time standard in studios, in orchestras and on stages around the world. Its advanced Varimotion 30 mm XXL transducers deliver solid low end, accurate mids and crystal-clear highs. The semi-open design provides the airiness of open headphones with the powerful bass response of closed designs. For more than three decades, professional engineers and musicians have made the K240 the most widely used headphones in studios and at live consoles around the world.
1 x AKG K240MKII headphones; 1 x 3.5mm to 6mm adapter; 1 x EK300 cable; 1 x EK500 cable
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INSPIRING GREATNESS FOR DECADES
For more than 65 years, AKG has helped create the iconic sounds of some of the world’s most well known recording artists, engineers and producers. Our designers and engineers have made it their life’s passion to find new ways to deliver breakthrough experiences for artists of all levels. Whether in the studio or on stage, when you wear AKG headphones, you’re seconds away from creating history.
AKG K240 MKII
for precision listening, mixing and mastering
The K240 MKII professional over-ear, semi-open headphones are a long-time standard in studios, in orchestras and on stages around the world. Its advanced Varimotion 30 mm XXL transducers deliver solid low end, accurate mids and crystal-clear highs. The semi-open design provides the airiness of open headphones with the powerful bass response of closed designs.
For more than three decades, professional engineers and musicians have made the K240 the most widely used headphones in studios and at live consoles around the world.
Over-ear design for comfort during long work sessions
- Semi-open technology for solid bass and airy highs
- Patented Varimotion 30 mm XXL transducer for accurate signal transfer and great dynamic range
- Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit
- The choice of professionals around the world stage and studio standard for more than two decades
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When people suggest the AKG K240s have weaknesses I suggest they do not, they are made for studio use to reveal weaknesses in the recording chain. In my experience of Stax,Audeze, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic et etc the AKG 240s are THE ONLY headphone I have used that do not have inherent weaknesses, but purely reveals them. Considering the thousands of pounds I have spent/auditioned on headphones their cost is truly remarkable.
They don't have bass - any headphone that extends to 15hz has more bass depth than humans can hear. I have recordings electronic keyboard tracks with 20 hz basslines, the lowest humans or CD can do and these are clearly audible on my system as are 20hz tones.
You may not have a system that can reproduce these, you may not like the "correct" bass levels studio headphones give, but they clearly do have deepbass if not in any exaggerated amount.
They have too much treble - well not if you go to concerts and listen to live cymbals they don't. You may have a system that does not reproduce treble perfectly, but if you do the K240s reproduce it perfectly.
So I would say blame your equipment, blame your recordings, blame your ears, but don't blame your K240s. Are they totally perfect headphones ? No. The original cushions are too uncomfortable for long sessions, but £25 Beyerdynamic 990 pads cure that. The original cable is not up to standard, but you can buy a Van Damme OFC pro cable with neutrik plugs for £30. Does this make it perfect? Well in 40 years of serious listening it is as close as anything I've heard comes if partnered to the best equipment. And for a total of £125 for
headphones, pads & cable that makes it an absolute bargain when it surpasses everything I've owned/heard at ten times the cost & more.
So save your money on mega price headphones and spend it on a great front end & amplification. You will not be disappointed.
This AKG's are not expensive compared to sound quality they give. I use them for mixing, video editing, background music listening and dedicated music listening. I plug them on my Smartphone to listen to the radio station, iPod, PC, TV... They give similar quality sound out of any source (even from smartphone which is rather lower quality, and I rarely listened it, before this AKG's. It's OK for radio stations though).
CONS: The actual built quality is very fine, but they look like a cheap clone of some premium product. Much cheaper consumer phones I have looks more premium than these. But this is pure aesthetic opinion. Who looks at them while in darkened studio :)
PROS (just some of it): I praise mostly the flat response throughout whole spectrum. This is only headphone I have which do not need EQ adjustment.
I like how easy and 'polite' sound this headphone produce. I mean they make smooth and pleasant sound even with MP3's, and I like to listen very complex music through them, which I would never on lower quality phones.
They are comfortable! I'm prone to headache because of headphones, if they are not over ear and big enough. AKG provide vinyl and velour ear pads. I could not decide which are more comfortable. I ended using vinyl on one side and velour on other. I can't tell the difference. Even after long time sweat is on both side. Maybe a drop less on velour side. But I do not sweat much under these. Opposite to other phones I have. It means great spare ear pads already included :)
Cable: There are two of them. Again good. I can change connection on headphone rather than on hard to reach PC output when I work on a PC. Other twisted cable I use for all other uses, because it is shorter. Cable is bulky and heavy compared to consumer products, a bit hard too. But I believe it will last long. But I can always buy new one, since phones have XLR mini connector.
Self adaptive overhead strap is comfortable. I'm bald and very sensitive on top of my head. Most other phones gives me pain after hour or so. I often forget them on while working on PC, even after I'm done with what I listened.
Great product and even Amazon delivery was faster than estimate.
EDIT: After 4 months of usage I must take ONE STAR away from my initial review due to wearing comfort. I do not sweat under either of pads, but head and ears becomes so worm under and I'm prone to get headacke after a while. This is more prominent with vinyl pads. Pads are rather hard and unpleasant on skin. Under ears where no hair grows they soon stick to skin. While velour pads gives me better feel on skin and they worm up inside less, they also have smaller inside diameter (they are thicker padded) which means that they are not all around the ears but presses on my ears at edges which starts to hurt me after while. Workaround is to move them around a bit to "catch" ears inside pads. But that makes another problem: Velour part of pads are heat-glued together with plastic inner part where seams would be in vinyl pads, in the middle of inside diameter. That "seam" is quite hard with sharp edges, so sometimes it hurts me. I wish pads would be made out of better quality or even leather (I would buy upgrade pads if I knew they were better quality).
Other negative is very heavy and sturdy coiled cable, because much of the weight is concentrated on short lenght. Coiled part begins 60 cm after headphone, which is just fine if you sit at the table. Than all weight lays on the table. But soon as you move coiled part falls down and than all weight is on one side of head. I tend to change cable depend on usage. While straight cable is soft and light, coiled one is hard, sturdy and heavy. Probably good for some rough enviroment, but for calm studio work I wish lighter and more flexible cable (as straight is). I still rather use coiled one, because is shorter.
Using this hard cable becomes a problem if connected to some portable device (iPod or smarthpone), because its heavier than device and device tends to fall from desk if cable fells on my knees while seating.
Maybe I'm picky but I found myself that I do not use this phones as much as I thought. Often I use "regular" HiFi phones of I do not mix, because they are more comfortable.
PS: some claims that this phones are hard to drive. That is correct to some level. Fore professional gear there is no problem. But if connected on PC internal sound card, sound will not be powerfull. I own Brainwawz AP001 headphone amplifier. That make whole difference on PC output. And not so much difference in iPod. So it depends on device output. But connecting headphones to good source is revarding.
My Honest experience was: The sound was certainly very very flat and would be great for recording. But so flat the bass is just not really there? I get the need for reference headphones as been recording professionally for decades. But I must be missing something?
The deal breaker was the feel on my head. I'm 6ft 3 and though more comfortable than others, after 30 mins the back of my head and ears were just getting to hot and pressurised for comfort. My conclusion is that for some large cans will be fine but for others they just will be an ordeal.
But I'm sure many will like them and hope I'm just in the minority.
Lastly you can't easily just plug them into your iPhone as the volume is so low, so really only for recording via an audio interface etc
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