AKG K92 closed back headphones £35.95 @ Amazon
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Same great headphones as previous deals but now even lower price- £35.95 inc delivery. Available next day on Prime.
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Yup don't need them, don't need them, must resist.... Brought! ****
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Yup don't need them, don't need them, must resist.... Brought! ****



Bought*
Thunderbug

Best of 2016 in What Hifi magazine. Received top marks, reviewed at £50. … Best of 2016 in What Hifi magazine. Received top marks, reviewed at £50. These are a nice home set for the money. As you mentioned, Amazon have them at the best price I can see at the moment.



What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.
dxx

What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering … What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.



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Best of 2016 in What Hifi magazine. Received top marks, reviewed at £50. These are a nice home set for the money. As you mentioned, Amazon have them at the best price I can see at the moment.
Just grabbed a set. Well spotted and many THANKS!

Edited by: "supermancam" 22nd Apr 2017
Yup don't need them, don't need them, must resist.... Brought! ****
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slamukdeals

Yup don't need them, don't need them, must resist.... Brought! ****



Bought*
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I bought them for like £32 on eBay, There new and its from a company

I received mine today, they sound great when you listen to songs it sounds like the music is coming from different areas, my old headphones were flat sounding
Thunderbug

Best of 2016 in What Hifi magazine. Received top marks, reviewed at £50. … Best of 2016 in What Hifi magazine. Received top marks, reviewed at £50. These are a nice home set for the money. As you mentioned, Amazon have them at the best price I can see at the moment.



What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.
dxx

What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering … What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.



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dxx

What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering … What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.



damn, you're right. What a bunch of ****, talking about 'thin and brittle' sound quality for a HDMI cable. 'Audio experts' that don't comprehend the difference between digital and analogue?
shushhsub

I bought them for like £32 on eBay, There new and its from a companyI … I bought them for like £32 on eBay, There new and its from a companyI received mine today, they sound great when you listen to songs it sounds like the music is coming from different areas, my old headphones were flat sounding



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Lot's of grammar police on this thread.
Perhaps hifi buffs and **** retentives go together like a horse and carriage...
jamgin

Lot's of grammar police on this thread.Perhaps hifi buffs and **** … Lot's of grammar police on this thread.Perhaps hifi buffs and **** retentives go together like a horse and carriage...


They're sorely outnumbered by grammar criminals. You should be given a sentence, you wouldn't manage to construct one yourself.

dxx

What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering … What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.


You go drop that mike, girlfriend!
jamgin

Lot's of grammar police on this thread.Perhaps hifi buffs and **** … Lot's of grammar police on this thread.Perhaps hifi buffs and **** retentives go together like a horse and carriage...



Why the apostrophe?
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Thunderbug

You go drop that mike, girlfriend!


Going with the trend on this thread, *mic :P
dxx

What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering … What Hi-Fi is the publication which praises HDMI cables for offering deeper blacks, richer colours, and better lines of dialogue over an sweetened soundstage. You must surely know that they're not to be trusted for impartial or valid advice.



It's called Audiophilia, it should be a crime.
hass123

Going with the trend on this thread, *mic :P


Actually mike is a perfectly acceptable abbreviation of microphone :;)
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For those that have received their deliveries: What do you think about the sound quality?
More objective than What HiFi ----- Head-Fi user reviews....

head-fi.org/t/7…/15
rudey_98

For those that have received their deliveries: What do you think about … For those that have received their deliveries: What do you think about the sound quality?



Not a great first impression. I have been listening to different types of music all morning with my favourite music listening pair Klipsch Reference One. The AKG got delivered I immediately plugged them in...almost everything in comparison was flat/uninspiring and cloudy - movie soundtracks it faired okay. More emphasis on mids then highs, very little of that warm sounding (or even punchy) bass on most tracks.

The soundstage is much, much better, it's just the sound...it....doesn't have much life.

I will give it a go through my PCs Sound Card and Watch a movie (which it will probably fair better at - and my main intended use for them) with it later....but so far I'm disappointed. I usually listen to Head-Fi user comments...I wish I heeded their concerns.

For what it's worth I've never felt the need to burn in a pair of headphones...this is the first set that has me wondering if I need to. I'm also fussy when it comes to headphones.

I paid £37 for them, which is about right, I just expect much more from the praise they've been getting.

If you want, I'll carry on using them for the rest of the week and update on Thursday/Friday. As by then I'll need to have made my mind up on returning.
Just got mine through.
For the price you cannot complain.

But sound is quite flat as above, lacks bass.
Cable is ridiculously long.

Well packaged and looks good for the money, at this price what can you expect.
rudey_98

For those that have received their deliveries: What do you think about … For those that have received their deliveries: What do you think about the sound quality?

iAmLegendFam

Just got mine through.For the price you cannot complain.But sound is … Just got mine through.For the price you cannot complain.But sound is quite flat as above, lacks bass.Cable is ridiculously long.Well packaged and looks good for the money, at this price what can you expect.





As much as people say burn in doesn't do anything... Run them in for hours, plug them into a smartphone or something and have them repeat a mixture of music for 12+ hours. Then have another listen and see if they've loosened up a bit
rev6

As much as people say burn in doesn't do anything... Run them in for … As much as people say burn in doesn't do anything... Run them in for hours, plug them into a smartphone or something and have them repeat a mixture of music for 12+ hours. Then have another listen and see if they've loosened up a bit



Yeah I've plugged them in for some burning. I do believe it works, it's just previously, most headphones I've had out of the box I have been happy with, so never bothered with it and let it happen naturally.

We'll see how the K92 fair by the end of the week. I got them for movie listening at night, to replace my 10 year old Sennheisers of which the earpads have deteriorated - all third party pleather replacements are a poor fit (one size fits all job).

Edited by: "Shin555" 24th Apr 2017
Few points also worth noting:
- on mobile phones these sound awful, through my laptop sounds good... as other reviews say a soundcard would be ideal
- I don't like how they feel on the ear, my ear touches the inner cup which is hard.. not comfortable.

Think these will go back, gonna get the audio technica ath-m50xa, everyone knows they're the best value for sound quality
iAmLegendFam

Few points also worth noting:- on mobile phones these sound awful, … Few points also worth noting:- on mobile phones these sound awful, through my laptop sounds good... as other reviews say a soundcard would be ideal- I don't like how they feel on the ear, my ear touches the inner cup which is hard.. not comfortable.Think these will go back, gonna get the audio technica ath-m50xa, everyone knows they're the best value for sound quality



Zeos would disagree

Completely different level, they're over £100 for a start. What phone do you have?
rev6

Zeos would disagree :DCompletely different level, they're over £100 for a … Zeos would disagree :DCompletely different level, they're over £100 for a start. What phone do you have?



What is Zeos? I have an S7 edge. It sounds completely different through my laptop, especially volume wise
iAmLegendFam

What is Zeos? I have an S7 edge. It sounds completely different through … What is Zeos? I have an S7 edge. It sounds completely different through my laptop, especially volume wise



He's an audio reviewer (mostly audio).

They're an enigma to me. They have IEM specifications in regards to efficiency but aren't efficient at all. Technically the M50X would be even quieter on your phone. Unless they're an enigma too
Now £38.48 although not much more money than the original deal.
Just got mine! worth noting the come with 3.5mm audio jack aswell as the normal, great sound and amazing noise cancellation! One of the better deals I've bought
Just received mine today and I immediately noticed they're quite bulky, but comfortable. The sound?
I'm quite disappointed to say the least. The highs are quite crisp, though the lows, not so much. They simply lack depth and the warmth. I listen to lots of punchy beats and although the clarity is definitely clear, they simply lack depth and so they remove a lot of the essence from the music.
My daily driver is a 13 year old pair of Panasonic earphones, which I must although they're not as crisp as the AKG K92, they certainly have much bass and depth.
To be honest, I'm not very happy and I may well end up returning them. I suppose I expected too much from those positive reviews and thought it can't go wrong with a reputable company such as AKG. I was wrong.
Shin555

Not a great first impression. I have been listening to different types of … Not a great first impression. I have been listening to different types of music all morning with my favourite music listening pair Klipsch Reference One. The AKG got delivered I immediately plugged them in...almost everything in comparison was flat/uninspiring and cloudy - movie soundtracks it faired okay. More emphasis on mids then highs, very little of that warm sounding (or even punchy) bass on most tracks.The soundstage is much, much better, it's just the sound...it....doesn't have much life.I will give it a go through my PCs Sound Card and Watch a movie (which it will probably fair better at - and my main intended use for them) with it later....but so far I'm disappointed. I usually listen to Head-Fi user comments...I wish I heeded their concerns. For what it's worth I've never felt the need to burn in a pair of headphones...this is the first set that has me wondering if I need to. I'm also fussy when it comes to headphones.I paid £37 for them, which is about right, I just expect much more from the praise they've been getting.If you want, I'll carry on using them for the rest of the week and update on Thursday/Friday. As by then I'll need to have made my mind up on returning.


yeah how does it fair up now?
pheyshunt1

yeah how does it fair up now?



Much better now, quite good in fact, than how they sound out of the box. I have been setting them on a burn (alternating days between pink noise and sweeping frequencies, for around 6-7 hours)...and using them in between also, so about 30-40 hours in. I plan on doing about 55 hours on noise alone and then another 10 hours or so on various music. I must stress though, these are the first set of headphones where, I have felt that I needed to try burn them in, such was my initial disappointment in them.

Everything is crisp and very detailed, they do seem to be on the brighter side (I prefer warmth), you can make out everything. The Bass is there and again detailed, it does still lack warmth but seems to be better now.

The biggest bug bear is Sub-Bass which is more of a feeling (that vibration you get) that accompanies the sound, the AKG really have to be driven hard to get that feeling. Thankfully, I can adjust the equaliser on all my devices and I can raise the lower frequencies to suit (and give a bit of warth while still having the crispness of the highs and mids) without any distortion. Which improved them massively.

On reflection, the Soundstage isn't the best, and not as good as the Sennheiser HD 485 I have (the K92 were bought to replace), but these are closed as opposed to the open Sennheisers. But they do sound similar (Sennhesiers sound slightly more warm overall) which is the reason I will be keeping the cans.

Smartphone use with Spotify (320kbps) is okay with a custom equaliser to enhance the bass. But I don't think the phone (iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7) has enough power to really drive them (so you may want to factor in the cost of an amp). They also had to be at almost full volume to get what I feel everything working (hearing everything in the tracks).

They Work as expected, plugged directly into the TV, PC and Laptop.

I would not pay RRP for them, especially as you can get some Sennheiser HD 461 for £60 (471 for £66 which sound similar to the AKG in the bass dept.).

But at the £37 I paid, they represent good value. I imagine most of the money went into the sound and not the casing, as it really is all plastic, and time will tell how long the elastic lasts; while comfortable, I'm not a big fan.

Personally I suffer from a bit of clamping after long use, but I imagine/hope that will settle down. The long cable is a point of frustration, it tangles and it has that matte rubber feel which sort of sticks, complete overkill for laptop and smartphone use.

I was expecting more, mainly by brand and review hype (no chance these are 5/5). But I have to remember the price point, so they are fair and adequate for sub £40. They feel like £50 headphones.

My biggest takeaway from this is fear of the AKG Y50BT of which I have pined over for some time now, the K92 is my first taste of the brand and I'm not wowed by them at all. I'm really hoping the Y50BT are much better.

If anyone wants to know more, I'll gladly answer.

It must also be noted, that over the week these are the only headphones I have been using. So it could be a case of getting used to them and their sound. I shall try go back to my regulars and then switch back up for a day.
Got mine today and used for about 15 minutes, I too am disappointed. I thought the sound was flat and bass is not impressive even at this price point.
However they do look pretty cool (the sides at least) and are comfortable. I mainly brought them so I can watch movies in bed so it keeps the sound inside (Haven't tested if it annoys the misses yet). I do feel like it needs time to burn in time just like my AKG K451 did, although I got the wow factor when I first heard them (Probably because one of my first dips into competitive priced headphones). Compared the sounds to the AKG K451, I feel the K451 is alot better at the moment, even the bass on the Sennheiser 201hd are better currently and they are a £15 pair of headphones.

Maybe my expectations are too high, but thats because the AKG K451 set them high. They were a £40 purchase and when I first tried time I got the wow factor from them.
Shin555

Much better now, quite good in fact, than how they sound out of the box. … Much better now, quite good in fact, than how they sound out of the box. I have been setting them on a burn (alternating days between pink noise and sweeping frequencies, for around 6-7 hours)...and using them in between also, so about 30-40 hours in. I plan on doing about 55 hours on noise alone and then another 10 hours or so on various music. I must stress though, these are the first set of headphones where, I have felt that I needed to try burn them in, such was my initial disappointment in them.Everything is crisp and very detailed, they do seem to be on the brighter side (I prefer warmth), you can make out everything. The Bass is there and again detailed, it does still lack warmth but seems to be better now. The biggest bug bear is Sub-Bass which is more of a feeling (that vibration you get) that accompanies the sound, the AKG really have to be driven hard to get that feeling. Thankfully, I can adjust the equaliser on all my devices and I can raise the lower frequencies to suit (and give a bit of warth while still having the crispness of the highs and mids) without any distortion. Which improved them massively.On reflection, the Soundstage isn't the best, and not as good as the Sennheiser HD 485 I have (the K92 were bought to replace), but these are closed as opposed to the open Sennheisers. But they do sound similar (Sennhesiers sound slightly more warm overall) which is the reason I will be keeping the cans.Smartphone use with Spotify (320kbps) is okay with a custom equaliser to enhance the bass. But I don't think the phone (iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7) has enough power to really drive them (so you may want to factor in the cost of an amp). They also had to be at almost full volume to get what I feel everything working (hearing everything in the tracks).They Work as expected, plugged directly into the TV, PC and Laptop.I would not pay RRP for them, especially as you can get some Sennheiser HD 461 for £60 (471 for £66 which sound similar to the AKG in the bass dept.). But at the £37 I paid, they represent good value. I imagine most of the money went into the sound and not the casing, as it really is all plastic, and time will tell how long the elastic lasts; while comfortable, I'm not a big fan. Personally I suffer from a bit of clamping after long use, but I imagine/hope that will settle down. The long cable is a point of frustration, it tangles and it has that matte rubber feel which sort of sticks, complete overkill for laptop and smartphone use. I was expecting more, mainly by brand and review hype (no chance these are 5/5). But I have to remember the price point, so they are fair and adequate for sub £40. They feel like £50 headphones.My biggest takeaway from this is fear of the AKG Y50BT of which I have pined over for some time now, the K92 is my first taste of the brand and I'm not wowed by them at all. I'm really hoping the Y50BT are much better.If anyone wants to know more, I'll gladly answer.It must also be noted, that over the week these are the only headphones I have been using. So it could be a case of getting used to them and their sound. I shall try go back to my regulars and then switch back up for a day.


Wow thanks for such an in depth answer!
pheyshunt1

Wow thanks for such an in depth answer!



No problem. It's worth noting that everyone has differing preferences when it comes to sound. I can understand the disappointment in these from some. I too still wish they had more. But the combination of getting used to them and burn in helped in my case.

I wouldn't recommend them to someone else, but I am okay with owning them. Especially for £37.

My main use for them is movies and TV shows at night, and they perform pretty well in that department. I wouldn't buy these if I wanted them for Music and I will be returning them, if so - I use my smartphone predominantly for music.

Definitely not for smartphones unless you can tweak the equaliser, incredibly flat otherwise.

But if you plan on using these with a device that has a decent sound card or TV they should fair pretty well, especially for £37 when you judge it on the clarity of sound you get - a lot can sound muddy at this price point.

I will be keeping them.
Just came back from a headphone testing session from Currys.
Tried a variety of headphones, from the cheap SkullCandy Uproar, Sony XB450, XB950, Beats Solo, Bose QuietComfort 25, 35. To be honest I've forgotten most of my experience of those already.
The first one I tried in there were the Sony XB450 (worth £20-25 online) which unfortunately only played preset music (so no testing with my smartphone) and the profile was too bassy for my taste (though they do market it as "Extra Bass" so this is expected I suppose). The XB450 definitely had the depth though and highs weren't bad at all but the muddy bass absolutely distorts and destroys the music. Tried the XB650 and XB950, this time allowed me connecting my smartphone but more or less the same, extreme bass.
I also tested the (£15) Skullcandy Uproar, which to my surprise sounded alright, though they muffled in the highs, not very cirps, but they had the mids and depth I am more preferenced to.
I tried the Beats Solo, which was very meh for the price.
Testing the Bose QuietComfort 35, and my god although they were linked to a preset selection of tracks, they sounded amazing, but yeah it's not surprising since they cost £330...
Also tried a variety of Sennheisers ranging price £100-200, and although they sounded alright, they too didn't have much depth.
My preference would be somewhere near the Sony XB450 much minus the strong bass emphasis.
Went back home to again see if my views have changed with the AKG K92, but all I hear is just bright and crisp sound, lacking depth and could do with a little pinch of more bass. They are absolutely useless for my piano, makes the ivories sound like I'm playing the triangle.

My last pair of headphones were old £20 worth, JVC and Panasonic, which although is over 20 years now they sounded fine... I think. Too long ago to judge compare. Haha.

As I use headphones/earphones for music, I'm going to return my AKG K92. Does anyone know if the discontinued Sony ZX300 is any good, based on my preference above? Or any other suggestions?
Edited by: "Kei1" 29th Apr 2017
Shin555

No problem. It's worth noting that everyone has differing preferences … No problem. It's worth noting that everyone has differing preferences when it comes to sound. I can understand the disappointment in these from some. I too still wish they had more. But the combination of getting used to them and burn in helped in my case.I wouldn't recommend them to someone else, but I am okay with owning them. Especially for £37.My main use for them is movies and TV shows at night, and they perform pretty well in that department. I wouldn't buy these if I wanted them for Music and I will be returning them, if so - I use my smartphone predominantly for music.Definitely not for smartphones unless you can tweak the equaliser, incredibly flat otherwise.But if you plan on using these with a device that has a decent sound card or TV they should fair pretty well, especially for £37 when you judge it on the clarity of sound you get - a lot can sound muddy at this price point.I will be keeping them.



I am in exactly the same boat, I tested the closed back no sound leakage and it is pretty good, I am still 50/50 in whether to return them as I will b mainly using them in bed watching movies.

Compared to the sennheiser hd558, Audio-Technica ATH-M50X, akg k451 these are crap for music. Not even as good as the Sony MDR-EX650AP.

These are more comparable to the sennheiser hd201. Which are cheaper so I cannot recommend the k92s.
I was disappointed with the sound out of the box but after a few hours burn in they did improve quite a bit, not enough for me to keep them though. I found they were great for a lot of music but female vocals in particular seemed very sibilant, also some tracks like Wandering Star by Portishead were a mess in the bass. I sent them back, bit the bullet and paid double for a pair of Status Audio CB-1. What a difference, the hype is well deserved for them, the best sound I've heard from anything below 200.
slamukdeals

I am in exactly the same boat, I tested the closed back no sound leakage … I am in exactly the same boat, I tested the closed back no sound leakage and it is pretty good, I am still 50/50 in whether to return them as I will b mainly using them in bed watching movies.Compared to the sennheiser hd558, Audio-Technica ATH-M50X, akg k451 these are crap for music. Not even as good as the Sony MDR-EX650AP. These are more comparable to the sennheiser hd201. Which are cheaper so I cannot recommend the k92s.



Submitted my return.

While watching movies and episodes on my laptop setup to my tastes with an equalizer they actually did sound great. There was plenty of sub bass while maintaining all the little subtle sounds, which really added to the experience. But this is only possible with an equaliser, and not everything has that. They also started to give me fatigue and headaches, which I think is the searing highs.

So I was very much on the fence with these, until I reasoned with myself, in that, if they're causing this much confliction, they're not good enough - I either love them or I don't. Which is incredibly frustrating, as they can do it all, you just have to customise the sound to suit you...which is no good if you can't access that (i.e. PlayStation) which sends the sound back into mediocracy.

Edited by: "Shin555" 4th May 2017
Shin555

Submitted my return. While watching movies and episodes on my laptop … Submitted my return. While watching movies and episodes on my laptop setup to my tastes with an equalizer they actually did sound great. There was plenty of sub bass while maintaining all the little subtle sounds, which really added to the experience. But this is only possible with an equaliser, and not everything has that. They also started to give me fatigue and headaches, which I think is the searing highs.So I was very much on the fence with these, until I reasoned with myself, in that, if they're causing this much confliction, they're not good enough - I either love them or I don't. Which is incredibly frustrating, as they can do it all, you just have to customise the sound to suit you...which is no good if you can't access that (i.e. PlayStation) which sends the sound back into mediocracy.



Same, as when I'm listening to them it feels like I'm always trying to convince myself that these are good. Really disappointed I am returning them, expected too much.
Thanks for your feedback, helped alot.
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