AKG Acoustics K240
Manufacturer: Harman Part number: K240S
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- Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 8 reviews
- The Studio version of these classic hi-fi stereo headphones uses XXL speakers with Varimotion diaphragms for higher sensitivity, a wider dynamic range, and higher sound levels. Other features include semi-open earphones, a solid bass range, clear highs, and excellent comfort. It also connects to portable equipment (CD players, DAT recorders, notebook computers, etc.)
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The best headphone I've ever owned. My reference.
by ajcorson on September 21, 2007
Pros: Excellent flat and detailed response, Very comfortanble
Cons: 600 ohm impedance makes use with portables difficult
Summary: After spending 4 years in recording studios I came to favor the AKG headsets for both their comfort and reference quality flat repsonse. The best pair I could afford was ...
Summary: After spending 4 years in recording studios I came to favor the AKG headsets for both their comfort and reference quality flat repsonse. The best pair I could afford was the K240s and I've never been disappointed. In fact, I have purchase three pair in the last 14 years. The only pair the "died" were the ones that I used through my college years. Currenlty I have one for listening downstairs and another for mixing on my 16 trak digital recorder upstairs. Durability in my opinion is excellent, especially given their weight.
I love the fact that the flat and accurate sound of these headphones is so musical and easy to listen to over long periods of time. The "over the ear" design of the cans is amongst the most comfortable I've ever seen and eaily beats anything I've seen from Grado. They feel very light and effortlessly autoadjust to the shape of my head when worn.
The AKG sound has beomce my personal reference standard for all other devices. I don't believe you will achieve a better sound for the same price point (~$100). Many times I've considered buying a pair of Grados but have no compelling reason to compromise comfort for an assumably equal sound.
Obviously everything has a downside and the AKG's are impedance. At 600 ohms, most portable devices just don't have the voltage available to drive these units. I fell in love with these at a time before iPods were the craze. Having paired these with several portable units including the newet Apple products (iPod Classic), it is obvious that the portable devices alone can not support the AKGs. Adding a secondary headphone amplifier such as the Headroom Total Airhead (~$100) or Emmeline's Hornet ($270) overcomes the impedance issue and provides an audiophile quality amplifier ciruit capable of delivering satisfying sound.
Given the option of using uncomfortable Grados or having an additional device, I have choosen the AKGs and Total Airhead amp for my personal listening. The outcome is very musical indead with comfort that is second to none. Remember AKG never intended to target the home market. They needed products that professional sound engineers could wear for 8 hours a day and rely on for reference quality sound. As such, their marketing has never resorted to the viral marketing methods of Grado and hence their sucess is largely unknown. It is beyond me why anyone would pay $100 for an uncomfortable pair of cans when they could buy the AKG 240s instead. Hype I guess. Please listen for yourself. Everyone's ears will tell a different tale.
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perfect, i love em, and you should get them
by airkohn on July 27, 2006
Pros: very acurate studio headphones with accurate bass and trebl so you don't have over pumped anyhting
Cons: not good for monitoring on location shooting
Summary: Amazng, comfortable headphones that are somewhat open-backed allowing room sound to come in. I wouldn't use them if you're doing a shoot to moniitor levels, because you wwont ...
Summary: Amazng, comfortable headphones that are somewhat open-backed allowing room sound to come in. I wouldn't use them if you're doing a shoot to moniitor levels, because you wwont be able to hear over other things, like the actor on set.
Great for studio monitoring.
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by wobble on July 30, 2008
Pros: Large diameter cans to cover whole ear, light weight w comfort!
Cons: Is there a con?
Summary: I have had my K240 studio, 55 ohm, for 3 days and are not even broken in. Wow!! For $105.00 complete, I cannot be happier. To receive the true ...
Summary: I have had my K240 studio, 55 ohm, for 3 days and are not even broken in. Wow!! For $105.00 complete, I cannot be happier. To receive the true meaning of these Austrian semi open head phones, go to www.king.org, 98.1FM, Seattle, WA Classical Music. I would expect over time, this K240 will only get better! Enough said for my $105.00. Since this model has been discontinued, it will become harder to find. Listen to true piano music where the true test of Cans is determined! These lower end AKG K240's will NOT disappoint!
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Fantastic, classic studio-quality headphones
by tubacdk on June 21, 2011
Pros: The SOUND!!
Comfort with no adjustment required.
Cons: If you drop them, maybe 1 in 4 times the ear pad cushions can come off; they're a little awkward to put back on.
Summary: These have been my main headphones for over ten years. They create an acoustical space like no other headphones I've experienced. The sound is clean, balanced and warm. I ...
Summary: These have been my main headphones for over ten years. They create an acoustical space like no other headphones I've experienced. The sound is clean, balanced and warm. I will often wear them for hours without taking them off and I forget they're there; they're that comfortable. These have been the main headphones for many recording studios for many years with good reason.It's worth noting that the springy headband is automatically adjustable to pretty much any size head. I have a big head and all I do is put them on. My kids like to wear them too, and my 5-year-old can wear them, no adjustment required, and they don't fall off.
Updated on Jun 21, 2011
Great Crisp Sound
by iedrza on November 11, 2010
Pros: Crisp, Clean Sound. Vey comfortable. Made in Austria. Price.
Cons: Availability. Parts
Summary: I, dont prentend to be an expert on Headphones but I do Know a few things and I really love these haedphones. If your looking for headphones with really powerful ...
Summary: I, dont prentend to be an expert on Headphones but I do Know a few things and I really love these haedphones. If your looking for headphones with really powerful bass and don't care about accuracy don't get these headphones. For good headphones with good powerful base go with the Dennon Hp-1000, trust me. These create a very realistic and accurate sond, that are very comfortable to wear. If you say these don't look as good, that doesn't really matter because headphones are made for listening not for fasion. These are much better than the Beats by Dre, and compete with many pricer headphones. If you really enjoy music do yourself a favor and buy these amazing headohines.
The BEST headphones I have ever tried!
by Kabirz on November 25, 2009
Pros: Light, amazing balance, loud, great bass, comfy and just plain awesome!
Cons: sound leakage
Summary: I own a pair of Bose Around Ear headphones and i thought those were good, and still do. Then, i picked up the AKG K 420's and i was ...
Summary: I own a pair of Bose Around Ear headphones and i thought those were good, and still do. Then, i picked up the AKG K 420's and i was blown away! i have tried headphones that are double this price and these headphones are amazing. I would HIGHLY reccomend these headphones!
Fantastic headphones (in a quiet room)
by SUCKITCROSBY on November 12, 2009
Pros: I love the sound of these headphones. They articulate sound beautifully because of the semi-open design. The ear pads are comfortable and big enough for my big ears. I have a large head and they fit well.
Cons: There is one minor flaw in the design of the headphones: the same semi-open design that makes them sound so great also lets in a lot of outside noise.
Summary: I love these headphones for personal audio and silent guitar practice. I have recorded with them, though recording with headphones is never a good idea (you almost always go overboard ...
Summary: I love these headphones for personal audio and silent guitar practice. I have recorded with them, though recording with headphones is never a good idea (you almost always go overboard on the bass), and they performed admirably. They bring out all the nuances of recorded music even at lower volumes. If you are looking for loud headphones, these are not the ones for you, and coupled with the fact that they do not isolate noise well due to the semi-open design, they do not perform well in loud environments. I used these once out of necessity for a DJ gig and, needless to say, they did not work out very well. That being said, however, these are my primary headphones for all other applications. They sound wonderful, they are comfy, and the price was right. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone for any application but DJing or other high ambient noise environments.
Worth Their Weight In Gold (records)
by Lespaul82 on January 18, 2009
Pros: I bought mine in 1986. They just started to have connection problems as of Jan. '09.
You'll have a tough time blowing these and they can stand up to any 5 year old's abuse (let alone careless musicians). They don't work well underwater! LOL
Cons: The price has gone up since the 80s, but even at twice the price, you can't go wrong. I'm buying another pair tomorrow....'nuff said?
Summary: The balance and response are perfect! They hold lots of bass and crispy highs. You can turn these suckers up till your ears bleed. The isolation is not the best ...
Summary: The balance and response are perfect! They hold lots of bass and crispy highs. You can turn these suckers up till your ears bleed. The isolation is not the best I've EVER heard, but quite satisfactory for recording or keeping your spouse happy.
I've taken these to studios and had engineers prefer them over the best cans they had.
The AKG 240s don't color the sound much and the overall quality is unmatched for the price. I can't understand how anyone could buy another brand after hearing these. They're THAT GOOD!