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Headphone Recommendation?

Postby twotoedsloth » Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:56 pm

Greetings,

My AKG K240 DF headphones died last night, it wasn't the cable, as I resoldered it this morning and the right side still doesn't work. I've been relying on these headphones for the better part of 20 years, so I'm at a loss as to what to buy.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I primarily record classical and Jazz music, on occasion I also record ethnomusicology events (Taiko, Klezmer, Gospel Choir, African drumming, Indian classical music et cetera).

Budget is about $200-$300, but that can be stretched as my thinking is that if I get 15 years out of the phones, it is a worthy expenditure.

Many thanks,

Peter
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:58 pm

They still make the K240 studio version, as well as as newer (and more expensive MkII model).

But if you like the AKG sound and fit, then I'd suggest the K702 at the top of your budget or, if you can stretch the budget a little more, the K712. Lots of fans of both of those around here, including me.

I'll let others thrown in suggestions for alternatives to AKG, but with that sort of budget you have a lot of options.
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby twotoedsloth » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:28 pm

Hello again, and thanks for your reply.

Is there such a thing as a "family sound"? I was very happy with the K240DF, I bought them in my first year of university since I couldn't afford decent monitor speakers, and I was very familiar with how the sound would translate to other headphones, or speakers.

At $99 the K240 Studio headphones seem too good to be true. The K240 Mk II is more in the ballpark I was expecting at $219. Unfortunately the K702 at $599 and the K712 at $749 are a bit out of my price range, but if it is worth it I can live off of ramen noodles for the next month or so...

Is anyone familiar with the Sennheiser HD600? It is an open back design and at $400 that's near the top of my budget.

How would you rate the KRK KNS 8400. Quite affordable at $199? If they have a sound similar with the KRK V series speakers that would be great. I use V8-2s as my monitors at home, and V6-2s (with a Tannoy sub) here at work.

Many thanks,

Peter
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:54 pm

The HD600s are really great, as are the 650s -- very honest, precise, detailed and neutral headphones -- but you may perceive them as a little anaemic compared to the AKGs and they sit differently on the head/ears. I have a pair of HD650s and they are great at what they do, but personally I find the AKGs more comfortable and more translatable references for my ears.

I can't comment on the KRKs I'm afraid as I've never used them.

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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Trevor Johnson » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:55 pm

the K702 at $599 and the K712 at $749

That seems very expensive to me: in the UK the 712s can be bought from a bricks and mortar source, that I use, for £185 and the 702s for £109.

I have used the HD600s for some years and would work on the material you work with. The HD650s I also use in another location, but to me, they are slightly less 'neutral' especially for classical music.
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby twotoedsloth » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:04 pm

Hmm,

You can get the K702s for less than $200? I have a British friend who's coming over to visit me in April, maybe I should get him to bring a pair over with him. I could buy a pair of closed back phones for $200 and get the K702s in addition, all still within my budget.

Food for thought... thanks.
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Trevor Johnson » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:33 pm

From Gear4music, based in York, but with a large online shop, the AKG 702 are in stock for £114 inc VAT.
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:41 pm

I bought a pair of K702 factory refurbs for (IIRC) £80. Scan have them for £69 at the moment, definitely worth a email to see if they'd ship overseas.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/b-stockakg-k702-open-back-over-ear-headphones-black-manufacturer-refurbished-with-warranty
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby twotoedsloth » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:18 pm

Well, I was in a jam, so I bought the K240 mk IIs, as they are similar to what I am used to.

I am going to get a pair of 702s, my friend from the UK will bring them with him when he comes here.

Many thanks everyone, especially Sam and Trevor for the links to UK retailers.

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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:44 pm

Scan are especially worth supporting as Peter Kane, their high tech music guy is a regular contributor on here.
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby The Elf » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:02 pm

I have both the Sennheiser 650 and the AKG K702/712. I'd take either of the AKGs over the 650s. Although the 650s sound 'good' they don't, to me, sound 'natural'. This is one of those dancing on a pin things...
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Re: Headphone Recommendation?

Postby mammy » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:08 pm

Ollo Audio S4 headphone.I use it .Very clear and flat sound.
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