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AKG K92 Closed back headphones - £37.95 Amazon
AKG K92 Closed back headphones - £37.95 Amazon

AKG K92 Closed back headphones - £37.95 Amazon

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Broke my Klipsch One headphones at the weekend and needed a replacement. These aren't listed as a Best Buy on What Hi-Fi but won the 2016 award with 5 stars. The K72s are a Best Buy because they were cheaper at the time, but both are currently the same price on Amazon at the moment.

Lowest price they've ever been according to Camel3.

Hopefully they sound good!

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darthybaby

What does closed back mean?



Closed are better for louder environments or to keep people from hearing what you're listening to. They lack soundstage in comparison but generally have better bass by design.

Open are the opposite here, they aren't good for loud environments as there's barely any isolation, and if you have someone in the room with you, they would most likely hear everything at good volumes. They usually have good soundstage and worse bass, by design.

There are semi-open or semi-closed but lets not get into that.

It's not a perfect rundown of the pro's and con's but it's the general differences. There are caveats but Google will answer those
Edited by: "rev6" 18th Apr

rev6

32 Ohms, 113 dB SPL/VLooks extremely efficient to be.


Vicks Sinex, mate, have you right in no time.

Have some canned heat. See what I did there?! (_;)

lulub9

Seem far too cheap for a 5 star rating



That didn't make sense.
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Have some canned heat. See what I did there?! (_;)

AbbaTheHorse

Have some canned heat. See what I did there?! (_;)



Awesome​

What does closed back mean?

darthybaby

What does closed back mean?



Closed are better for louder environments or to keep people from hearing what you're listening to. They lack soundstage in comparison but generally have better bass by design.

Open are the opposite here, they aren't good for loud environments as there's barely any isolation, and if you have someone in the room with you, they would most likely hear everything at good volumes. They usually have good soundstage and worse bass, by design.

There are semi-open or semi-closed but lets not get into that.

It's not a perfect rundown of the pro's and con's but it's the general differences. There are caveats but Google will answer those
Edited by: "rev6" 18th Apr

It means they are effectively sealed to outside noise. So if you are listening in public these will be better than open back, plus everyone else won't have to suffer your choice of music

Seem far too cheap for a 5 star rating

lulub9

Seem far too cheap for a 5 star rating



That didn't make sense.

darthybaby

What does closed back mean?



Means the back is closed mate

darthybaby

What does closed back mean?


Whether the back side of the speaker is sealed. Open leaks sound to everyone around but gives better quality. Closed doesn't leak so is better for offices and whatnot, in fact I'm wearing closed ones in the office now.

*edit* These or my current Sennheiser HD 215s?

Edited by: "CampGareth" 18th Apr

rev6

Closed are better for louder environments or to keep people from hearing … Closed are better for louder environments or to keep people from hearing what you're listening to. They lack soundstage in comparison but generally have better bass by design.Open are the opposite here, they aren't good for loud environments as there's barely any isolation, and if you have someone in the room with you, they would most likely hear everything at good volumes. They usually have good soundstage and worse bass, by design. There are semi-open or semi-closed but lets not get into that.It's not a perfect rundown of the pro's and con's but it's the general differences. There are caveats but Google will answer those


just to add to that closed back can become quite warm, I have the AKG k550 and they make my ears and head sweat.

paulj48

just to add to that closed back can become quite warm, I have the AKG … just to add to that closed back can become quite warm, I have the AKG k550 and they make my ears and head sweat.



Yes. With open you can get away with velour pads for comfort and breathability. You don't want to do that with closed usually as the isolation is effected.

Bought it on last promotion and it is brilliant better than my old beats. Not better than my ath m50x

Bought these recently for not much more as they appeared best in class for the money, been very please thus far. Decent clarity and no distortion at high volumes.

Not really for use with a mobile phone as they need an amp to drive them effectively...

rudey_98

Not really for use with a mobile phone as they need an amp to drive them … Not really for use with a mobile phone as they need an amp to drive them effectively...



32 Ohms, 113 dB SPL/V

Looks extremely efficient to be.

rev6

32 Ohms, 113 dB SPL/VLooks extremely efficient to be.


Vicks Sinex, mate, have you right in no time.

zizzles

Vicks Sinex, mate, have you right in no time.



Good to know.

Nice.. Until I walk away from my computer forgetting I have them on, not so nice then.

zizzles

Vicks Sinex, mate, have you right in no time.



Gotta admit, this made me laugh.

lulub9

Seem far too cheap for a 5 star rating


Since when does an item have to be expensive to receive a 5 star rating?

rev6

32 Ohms, 113 dB SPL/VLooks extremely efficient to be.


Yoda?

jasee

Yoda?



*Me

zizzles

Vicks Sinex, mate, have you right in no time.


https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vLMdJEO9Qfs/hqdefault.jpg

Two tickets to Dottingham blease
Edited by: "ezzer72" 18th Apr

ezzer72

Two tickets to Dottingham blease


That's Tunes not Vicks Sinex

WaftyCranker

That's Tunes not Vicks Sinex



It is indeed, but Tunes were as famous, if not more so, for 'funny voice' ads.

ezzer72

It is indeed, but Tunes were as famous, if not more so, for 'funny voice' … It is indeed, but Tunes were as famous, if not more so, for 'funny voice' ads.



Yes, but Malcolm still rocks

Course You Can Malcolm

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/m3xfYGHXzI0/hqdefault.jpg





Edited by: "WaftyCranker" 19th Apr

I have a pair, and I like them well enough. Previously had a pair of Sennheiser HD 202s - I wouldn't say they differ much in terms of sound quality or comfort. The K92's feel sturdier though.

The K92s are quite big mind, and with the gold bits, they're not very subtle. I only use mine at home, but maybe something to bear in mind in case you don't want to stand out if you're wearing them out and about...

Get the htc 10 or the lg v series phones and they would drive high impedance cans with ease.

the cable is not detachable unfortunately.

rev6

32 Ohms, 113 dB SPL/VLooks extremely efficient to be.


I got a pair of AKG Y50's with 115 db SPL/V @32 Ohms which sound good but they don't go very loud at all with my phone (has also been mentioned in reviews)

WaftyCranker

I got a pair of AKG Y50's with 115 db SPL/V @32 Ohms which sound good … I got a pair of AKG Y50's with 115 db SPL/V @32 Ohms which sound good but they don't go very loud at all with my phone (has also been mentioned in reviews)



That's really strange with those specs. Thanks though.

bloc

Get the htc 10 or the lg v series phones and they would drive high … Get the htc 10 or the lg v series phones and they would drive high impedance cans with ease.



​Do you think the HTC One M9 could drive them sufficiently?

rev6

That's really strange with those specs. Thanks though.



Don't get me wrong, they do sound good for the price (£50 at Superfi) but the volume does need to be cranked up to 80 - 90 % . May stop me going deaf I suppose

get yourself some Teufel Aureol Massive if you can get your hands on them

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/d3/00/b9/d300b9dc247ac5c113f463103be5ec01.jpg

Had them over 5 years and they are still going strong, ridiculously well made and they sound great
Edited by: "JonaldP" 19th Apr

mikejbry

It means they are effectively sealed to outside noise. So if you are … It means they are effectively sealed to outside noise. So if you are listening in public these will be better than open back, plus everyone else won't have to suffer your choice of music



These aren't as silent as other closed back headphones. Mine leak a fair amount of sound. Highly recommended though, great sound quality. I use mine in the home and the AKG 451s out and about.

I wouldn't say closed have better base, rather they have more and it can sometimes be a little overblown. TBH unless you have a reason to go with closed, I'd always pick open back. They sound much more natural.

Heat from me, I'd definitely be buying a pair if they were a little smaller and more portable. Desperately in need of a new pair before I go on holiday.

simonbrown

I wouldn't say closed have better base.



On what do you bass this opinion?

excellent! cheers!!

For anyone, like me, that was wondering (as it's not the easiest thing to find in the listing) - these come with a 3.5mm jack on the cable and a quarter-inch adaptor in the box.
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