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AKG K52 Closed Back Headphones
16 July 2016
Got these AKG K52 headphones today.. Very good so far. Have used them for a few hours and they sound good. Don't really believe the notion about having to burn headphones in. I think it is a bit of a myth. These sound great right out of the box.
Sound is well balanced and the stereo image pretty wide. I got these as a replacement for some AKG 44s because the elastic on the self adjusting band came loose but I really liked the self adjusting system on those ones and these ones have the same one. I was unfortunate with that happening on my other headphones, after about 4 months use, considered, just a bit if bad luck, hopefully these ones won't suffer from the same issue.
I saw some reviews elsewhere, There are not many, at this time as these are fairly new on the market. One said they had a weak bass response or that they sounded boxy Don't know what they are talking about.. I haven't found that at all.
The frequency range of these phones according to the AKG site, is 18hz - 20,000khz As the adult human ear can only hear 20 hz to around 18,000 hz which gradually reduces as you age. For reference. The bottom note on a full sized 88 note piano is 27.5 hz the top note is 4,186 Hz.
These cover a perfectly adequate spectrum. I think the stereo image sounds a shade wider than the K44s did and they are even more comfortable to wear
Top range is not too bright or harsh. Mid range is clearly represented. Bass is rich and detailed, without being over emphasised just like the K44s were. The top band on these K52s is made of metal instead of plastic like the K 44s and they have replaceable earpads, which the earlier model didn't have. Though no instructions come in the box to tell you how to do so but the fact that they have them, gives the impression, they expect these headphones to last a fair while. Have to look on YouTube to find for a video on how to do it, if I need to.
The cable is 2.5 metres or 8ft 2 inches long and build quality, very reasonable at this price under £30.
Tried various types of music through them, including some of my own and. all the detail was represented. As I played each instrument on these tracks, I would have noticed if sounds were muffled or missing.
These I bought to use on my Nexus 10 tablet and they are fairly loud. I have to make sure not to have the volume up all the way.
I compared these to my old Audio Technica ATH M30 headphones which I use on my computer upstairs, the AKG52s have much more bass response than those do and probably slightly less treble, that impression was born about when I checked the frequency response quoted for each of them the K52s quoting 18hz - 20,000khz and the M30s quoting 20hz - 20,000khz. The bass difference, is very noticeable between these two, the treble sounding smoother and less harsh on the K52s, though both are quoting the same figure for that top frequency range. Sound isolation very good much better than the ATH M30s, though to be fair, they are getting on a bit...
All in all very pleased with them at this budget price.. Just hope the self adjusting band holds up this time.
See my AKG K44 review for that story... The AKG52s have similarities to those but I actually think they sound a bit better, seem a better quality build too, let's hope time proves me correct.