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AKG K271 MKII Circumaural Studio Headphone £89 from Amazon
AKG K271 MKII Circumaural Studio Headphone £89 from Amazon

AKG K271 MKII Circumaural Studio Headphone £89 from Amazon

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The K271 MKII combines the benefits of AKG’s circumaural design for extreme comfort and a closed-back design for maximum isolation from ambient noise.

Decent for the price.
Scan do have them for a few pence cheaper if you can get free delivery and one other shop had them for £69 earlier but when I ordered a pair they cancelled and increased the price to 89.

I think this is the cheapest they have been and they come with spare velour ear cups and a straight and coiled cable.

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Heat added and the cheapest price so far:
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Great price, but ugly (imho)

AlexHaden

Great price, but ugly (imho)



They're headphones not a fashion accessory.

AlexHaden

Great price, but ugly (imho)


you can't see them when they're on your head

niceguyrichy

you can't see them when they're on your head

What if you look in the mirror(_;)

morrig

What if you look in the mirror(_;)



You see ugly face?

Different target audience. Beats are for clueless youngsters to listen to their phones with whereas AKG etc is for audiophiles and recorders.

rev6

They're headphones not a fashion accessory.



depends who's buying them.
The sheep buy the over rated ones.

favvers

depends who's buying them.The sheep buy the over rated ones.



If you're referring to the ones we're all think you are, then to be fair, calling them "over-rated" is a compliment...

This or V-Moda M-100?

I own them. Bought 2nd hand few years ago for £80.
Best gear I've ever had. Yes, ugly but what a 'WoW' factor coming from 'mass produced' ****.
They are rather on neutral side which I personally prefer more than a bassy ones.

Heat added. Seem like a great pair for the price

very good bought them 6 months ago on a amazon deal for £50( you need a portable amp if using these with mp3 player/phone)then they come alive.

Sure this isn't cheap for these seems the normal price iirc.

What are these like?, I have the AKG K272HD but find them a bit "Empty" I prefer my Senheiser HD595's.

RustySpoons

What are these like?, I have the AKG K272HD but find them a bit "Empty" I … What are these like?, I have the AKG K272HD but find them a bit "Empty" I prefer my Senheiser HD595's.



What do you mean by "empty"?

rev6

What do you mean by "empty"?



Nice sparkly top end, but 0 bass and I don't even like bassy headphones. Bit distant sounding?

RustySpoons

Nice sparkly top end, but 0 bass and I don't even like bassy headphones. … Nice sparkly top end, but 0 bass and I don't even like bassy headphones. Bit distant sounding?



What do you use to power them? Looks like they'll need a bit of power to make them shine. I guess you could try messing with an EQ to better them to your taste.

rev6

What do you use to power them? Looks like they'll need a bit of power to … What do you use to power them? Looks like they'll need a bit of power to make them shine. I guess you could try messing with an EQ to better them to your taste.



Naim XS 2 (Latest model) Amplifier and Arcam Dac, the headphone stage is supposed to be pretty good, though I might try a headphone amp.

I know run in could be nonsense, but mine are new so may get better. If I push hard on the pads they sound a bit better so think my head is too small or the pads need softening up lol.

Are these an upgrade on the K272? I have been looking at DT770's, HD600/HD650's, but there is no where local to try a set, no shops seem to sell headphones! i'm curious to know what Grado sound like as well.

No idea why but my multiple pairs of Senheiser PX100 II's sound great for the money, tend to use those often.
Edited by: "RustySpoons" 7th Jan 2015

RustySpoons

Naim XS 2 (Latest model) Amplifier and Arcam Dac, the headphone stage is … Naim XS 2 (Latest model) Amplifier and Arcam Dac, the headphone stage is supposed to be pretty good, though I might try a headphone amp.I know run in could be nonsense, but mine are new so may get better. If I push hard on the pads they sound a bit better so think my head is too small or the pads need softening up lol.Are these an upgrade on the K272? I have been looking at DT770's, HD600/HD650's, but there is no where local to try a set, no shops seem to sell headphones! i'm curious to know what Grado sound like as well.



About burn in. Mostly said for speakers, It's true that over time drivers loosen up and are more free to move and sure during this process the bottom end could improve.
I don't think these are an upgrade to yours.

Heard good things about these: amazon.co.uk/BRA…XXM
I'm personally looking at those above or the K702's, or If I'm feeling generous, the Q701's.

rev6

About burn in. Mostly said for speakers, It's true that over time drivers … About burn in. Mostly said for speakers, It's true that over time drivers loosen up and are more free to move and sure during this process the bottom end could improve.I don't think these are an upgrade to yours.Heard good things about these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BRAINWAVZ-HM5-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B006MA9XXM#customerReviewsI'm personally looking at those above or the K702's, or If I'm feeling generous, the Q701's.



Now those K702's look nice, I do prefer open back phones. Are the Q701 a fancier version?

RustySpoons

Now those K702's look nice, I do prefer open back phones. Are the Q701 a … Now those K702's look nice, I do prefer open back phones. Are the Q701 a fancier version?



The K701/2's and the Q701 are supposed to have the same drivers but conflicting opinions on the sound quality.

rev6

The K701/2's and the Q701 are supposed to have the same drivers but … The K701/2's and the Q701 are supposed to have the same drivers but conflicting opinions on the sound quality.



Sounds like the HD555/HD595! Same drivers, bit of tape stuck inside on 555.

RustySpoons

Sounds like the HD555/HD595! Same drivers, bit of tape stuck inside on … Sounds like the HD555/HD595! Same drivers, bit of tape stuck inside on 555.



Yeah, same thing. I guess it's how it's tuned or the Q701's may suffer from a placebo effect.

Do you use the PX100's more on portable devices?

rev6

Yeah, same thing. I guess it's how it's tuned or the Q701's may suffer … Yeah, same thing. I guess it's how it's tuned or the Q701's may suffer from a placebo effect.Do you use the PX100's more on portable devices?



Tend to use the PX100's on the PC, they are so comfy and sound really decent given the cost, I have used them on my phone and they are easy to drive.

RustySpoons

Tend to use the PX100's on the PC, they are so comfy and sound really … Tend to use the PX100's on the PC, they are so comfy and sound really decent given the cost, I have used them on my phone and they are easy to drive.



Another thing about burn in. Hook your AKG's up to a device (portable or not) make sure it has power and run a mixture of music through it over a few days at a decent volume (not too loud).
Edited by: "rev6" 7th Jan 2015

I bought these a week or two back at this price - hadn't seen the deal posted here. I noticed Scan selling them slightly cheaper, but thought I'd opt for Amazon.

They're excellent headphones for the money - I bought them due to recommendations from another place, and pretty much solely for use playing a digital piano.

I've been thoroughly delighted with them - especially coming with a velour set of ear pads, which are just that bit more pleasant after wearing them for a couple of hours.

As has been reported, the sound response seems quite equal across the range - if you're looking for headphones with lots of bass, I'd suggest these are probably not for you, but if you're looking for an even and accurate representation of sound, I think they're brilliant on a budget.
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