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Arctis 5 Edition. Arctis 7P Wireless. Arctis 1 Wireless. Arctis Pro Wireless. I did hear the k for a passing moment while visiting Japan of all places and it did have more bass. The k while iconic is a very different and difficult headphone to get to sound right.
Meaning it takes a boatload of power before it starts to get close to sounding right. I really loved the AKG k with Opeth. Though most of the time even driving it optimally with the Woo Audio 5LE is was still bass shy. Acoustic guitar and vocals were amazing as well as Dead Can Dance was simply an event. Much of the time though headphones can be a stepping stone to future ideas about sound signature.
What they learn about is really themselves and what they would eventually like or love. My top favorite IEM is very much tuned to sound like the k, though more bass.
In fact after reading the way the Noble Encore was described in reviews, I could relate to how the detail would relate with my Metal listening needs If you could I would suggest geting a demo of some style before a purchase of the k or k Last edited: May 6, Redcarmoose said:.
For those who know both, I have jus a few simple questions: - AKG on the website clearly says the has replaceable earpads, but no information about this on the Are the earpads on also easily replaceable, just like the ones turn them around to detach or are a little more tricky to replace?
On the other hand, I also read that the has a little more bass and the graphs on rtings show that So, what's the veredict? Pros : Detail, Soundstage. Cons : thin, bumps on leather headband. This model in particular, is a full size studio headphone, with an open ended design.
These headphones, aside from their physical appeal in design and comfort, have clean and flat sound that is appreciated by most listeners. The overal tonality of the headphone, besides its noted detail and depth, is flat and balanced. A flat frequency response is great for the average audiophile, but for the more average consumer, a little boring.
They are also notoriously difficult to drive, and are very detailed. The sound is slightly warm, compared to the average headphone as well. The highs are very percise and clear without being harsh or grating on the ears. The highs are only augmented by the soundstage. Mids: The mids on the 's are slightly off.
They sound thin compared to most other headphones of their level, despite the amazing detail that they contain. The thinness may be attributed to the slight bump that is shown on the frequency response chart of the 's. Lows: The bass on the 's is very tight. It is controled, precise and have deep extention. The only thing lacking on the bass is it's impact.
The bass also has great soundstage, which makes it great for movies. The replacable earpads are soft and comfortable, and the suspention design of the headband makes them customizable to every head. The headband is leather however, and has been noted to be uncomfortable at first. Its wide soundstage and astounting detail at its price make it a contender for as a great headphone. However, the thinness of the mids brings it down.
Pros : They are great for some genres of music. Cons : They are not great for some genres of music. View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment AKG k Headphones A Ten Year Review Retrospective Review by Redcarmoose A revolutionary flat wire voice coil optimizes the "coil fill factor," improving efficiency and enhancing HF accuracy A two-layer diaphragm with AKG's patented Varimotion design virtually eliminates distortion and delivers exceptional imaging.
A high-performance neodymium magnet structure complements the flat wire voice coil for frequency response of 10 Hz to AKG k headphones are both loved and hated at Head-Fi.
They offer a super big head-stage and do acoustic guitar and vocals in a sublime fashion. They are enjoyed by folks into Classical Music and Opera. They seem to be missing some of the bass energy needed for Pop or Rock. At any extent they are notoriously hard to drive, in consequence many noobs not getting a clue as to what the ks truly are and what they are not.
One key is using amplifier volume to change and control the personality of the individual listening experience. There is no other headphone whose personality can be changed more or altered by select use of specific volume levels in regard to the target mood of the music. In brief, the personality of this particular headphone is very dependent on chosen volume levels. Truly revolutionary, they were actually ear speakers which had movable or angle adjustable transducers angled towards the listeners ears at an area a couple inches in front.
They offered the complete opposite of headphone cup-color or resonance as you can see by the picture they were just drivers hanging in the air. Their claim to fame is that they just don't have a cup chamber to hold standing sound waves to reverberate and tone the sound response. No solid material to gain and hold sonic resonance or echo. No worry about air port flow or even end weight issues. The Ks could fully fold which meant that they could be perfectly parallel to your ears or folded out in front.
So your speakers virtual were in front or at both sides of your ears. The whole idea was to get the sound to become more laid back. The AKG designers were actually trying to get away from the intense aggressive sound of headphones and tried to get relaxed speaker in a room vibe.
Still at high volumes our ks do become aggressive and intense for headphones but mostly due to the treble personality. At lower volumes they can actually start to replicate that laid back feeling of their older brother the Ks. Funny though most don't really think about how much volume level adjustment effects the personal character of the ks.
They are always providing the same response at different volumes to a point, but the over all effect is completely different. You have an almost ambient room response style at lower volumes and a bright intense listening experience at high volume.
My experience with the Ks was that they were lightning fast and are able to handle music changes in milliseconds. Another wild thing was for the first time that I can recall headphones were now authentically presenting a musical experience as you were in a room facing two forward toed-in loudspeakers. The difference was when you moved your head the speakers moved along too, always keeping you in the sweet spot.
The Novelty Factor: Hearing the Ks driven by a powerful amp allows the headphone listener to achieve a unique, almost home speaker headphone experience.
Also many buyers found that they needed a new amp too. I heard them out of a big overpowered tube amp and thought they were interesting but thought they didn't have enough bass for my liking. Still I wish I could have spent a day with them as to spend an hour was not enough time to get a grip on really what they were about.
If folks say the ks are revealing of source and amp, then the Ks are revealing to a fault. In fact they are. Every small sonic detail in the recording could be heard along with the complete character of your amp. The drivers were on hinges so you could tilt them different slight directions which would change sound-stage and tone a little.
The clue as to why I'm bringing up the AKG Ks is they are the flagship older brother before our beloved ks introduced in , exactly 10 years ago. There is an understanding that we would not have the character of the ks without the first introduction and technology developed for the Ks. If the Ks were cold, the ks were warmer, which they actually laughably are to some extent.
If the Ks had very little bass, the ks had more. Still the ks are more easy to drive and were introduced with a second generation dual layer driver technology. In short the driver has two materials which allows it to move one way in the center and another way towards the edge area.
Neither headphone keeps the music in as they are both open back with the Ks being the worlds first fully open front dynamic driver ear-speaker that I know of. The idea is there is also no cup area between your ears and the driver. Sony has also done some play with this technology as seen in the openness of both some past and current flagship designs. I was able to spend a solid year with the ks before finally getting a chance to hear the legendary Ks.
I find I like the character of the ks better. Drums are not so tizzy, and there seems to be a slight generation of cohesiveness obtained by the ks. Still if your not used to such large sound-stage the ks can be a bewildering experience on first listen. Due to the open-back design the cymbal splashes and drums end up being way, way outside in the mix. The difference is maybe comparable to seeing a landscape painting on the wall in a home, then seeing a real edge of the mountain landscape.
The musical information can be so spread out that it takes a while to get used to understanding it. Remember too, your going to have basically three styles of listeners, one likes closed small sound-stage, one likes middle size, and one loves big sound stages, myself being number three. The entertaining aspect here is that folks who like narrow sound stages will say the open ones are unnatural.
The open-folks call the closed sound stage boring and congested. If anything these conceptualizations just go on to show how this headphone business is personal to a fault. Normally the listener and his audio history are the factors which give him or her the clues as to what audio replay is right or wrong. There are rules here, but you know what they say about rules? We have small elastic threads or strings which spring load the headband onto our head.
Amazingly as the headphones age the springs get worn but for many end up being better when weaker, my experience too. Many have had issues with the bumps on the downward facing area of the headband. Again though with short hair they never bothered me. New models of this style of AKG build have removed the bumps all-together! The headphones only weight 8oz so they are more low-weight than they look. One plus-factor is that we have the cups completely surround the ears with-out touching. For a full-size around ear design I have also found ear comfort to be supreme and one of my most easy to wear headphones.
Do They Last? They really last as I purchased a pair in and another backup pair in , both which have held-up without issue. The pads which are a light gray cloth can discolor to a slight yellow with time and extended wear. The ear pads can be removed but I have never tried to wash them with soap and water. If removed there are some models with two pieces of thin foam between the driver and the thin ear cup cloth and another design with only one piece.
Taking the foam out and attempting to listen really shows how delicate these elements go to change the overall sound signature, being way too treble like and thin with the foam removed.
Overall the cups are made with a hard plastic held together buy large hoop rings which go over your head. The outside area of the cups are completely coated with air-hole panels. There is a solid 16th of an inch thick real leather headband with small "bumps" across the top facing down. I assume the ring wire holds the right signal cord wire as our cord enters the left cup only.
There is truly a simplicity of design at work here. Nothing to scratch or bend, nothing to flake-off or change over time. The cords are non-removable and enter the headphones at the driver side of the left cup. The plug end is a full size gold-plated plug but comes with a mini-jack adapter. There have been tales of the newer Harmon made China ks having a slight squeaky or creaky sound when moving slightly on your head?
Both my pairs are early Austria made and don't have that issue. Many members have taken the plunge and gone to take apart their ks and remove a small piece of tape from inside the driver units which results in a dramatic bass improvement. More on the bass in the sound quality section below. Check out the bass-port modification threads here if interested. Many have an issue with the white color. I think at the time they did look vary different due to the color and headphone size.
They are fairly large headphones despite the great low weight. Much of this cup and transducer size is imperative to getting the sound they achieve. The old saying "They look different because they are different" could not be more true than right here. A surprise for many is how much small adjustments up-down or forward and back of the drivers in relation to your center ear hole can change the sound.
I say this because most people never give it a second thought. Most just let the headphones center when put on and fail to experiment with any adjustments after. In whole, the headphones do reach a perfect place with very little fuss, moments after putting them on. The design here is revolutionary in allowing a device to almost fit itself to anyone's head, without the use of an uncomfortable clamping force.
Many believe due to our physical ear and head-shape characteristic, members hear every model of headphone in a different way with a slightly different sound quality response. The headphones really self-adjust every time you put them on with a slight angle of the divers facing slightly back-facing due to a thicker pad in back of your ear. You could also reverse the pads to have the drivers face slightly away and forward, also many members have further covered the front of the driver with felt or more foam, in an attempt to boost the lower mids and bass.
Others switch the right and left cables and flip the headphone around to have the thick part of the pads angle the driver away from your ear. All this I guess is an attempt at recoiling from the direct treble response as you find many are not satisfied using EQ as a daily tool to change a headphones sonic signature. Due to the headphones being an open-air style, you never read of anyone attempting to change the non air-tight pad to ear junction with the cloth pads.
It seems here that no effect is reached by attempting to change ear pad material. Though it is a good point to note that I have read about slightly different foam used for the ear pads, after studying the k history here at Head-Fi.
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