AKG K 271 MK II
The widely renown AKG K271 headphone has garnered a huge reputation in recording studios and with demanding audiophile types -- and it's no wonder why. This updated AKG K271 'MK II' model continues to produce an exceptionally clear sound for a closed-back can at this price with a very well-detailed presence into the midranges and even-toned, accurate upper highs without stridency or grain. Very comfortable full-size 'around-the-ear' fit and upscale looks complete the killer package. Detachable cord.
- Classic full-size sealed-back design is extremely ergonomic and comfortable
- Detachable headphone cord allows for easy replacement or Cardas cable upgrades
- Clear musical tone with cleanly extended, dynamic highs impressive at this price
- Free 2-year AKG manufacturer's warranty
What's In The Box:
- 1pr leatherette earpads
- 1pr velvet earpads
- 3 m detachable straight cable
- 5 m detachable coiled cable
- 1/8" to 1/4" screw-on adapter
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The venerable AKG K271 headphone originally made its handsome reputation in recording studios and pro applications in the most demanding audio facilities around the world -- and it's no wonder why. This updated AKG K271S MKII model continues to deliver a smoothly refined sound with outstandingly clean extension into the upper mids & treble ranges. The sealed/closed 'circumaural' (around-the-ear) construction provides a good degree of ambient noise isolation while preventing dreaded "leakage" from the headphones into the microphone during close-mic recording or while listening in quiet quarters; its also great for listening privacy in noisy environs. The K271S is an excellent sealed-back candidate for enjoying acoustic classic jazz recordings and for guitar folk or chillaxed well-recorded music of any stripe. Chorale, string quartet and symphonic or chamber genres will also come through full and articulate with a spacious soundstage image that gives an expansive presentation of high-end reference recordings. However, the K271 MKII's well-damped bass response is probably not quite slamming or big enough for most hip-hop, funk or electronica fans, but should be awesome if heavy bass is not what you seek. Despite the larger earcup sizing, these remain fairly lightweight sealed headphones with an ergonomically comfortable fit for most users. The AKG K271 MKII's 55 Ohm impedance rating makes them game for mobile listening with an iPod sans headphone amp, although a dedicated amp will improve the clarity, timbral/tonal precision and overall musical detail resolution of this long-running model.
These classic headphones live up to the long-standing tradition of durable, comfortable headphones from Austria's powerhouse AKG Acoustics. Along with the signature 2-point suspension 'auto-fit' system of the headband, these feature a quality, easily detachable 99.99% OFC headphone cable that exits the left earcup and terminates to a gold-plated 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-plug jack. The K271 MKII cord has a 3-pin mini-XLR connection into the headphones and can be quickly owner-replaced and/or upgraded. AKG includes two 'stock' quick-detach cables in the MKII packaging; a coiled 5-Meter cord along with a 3-Meter straight cable. Both K271 MKII headphone cords terminate to a mini-plug 3.5mm jack (1/8") and a full-size 1/4"-inch screw-on adapter is handily provided. The MKII packaging also includes two sets of K271 earpads, a pair in black leather & another pair of velour fabric pads. The headphones feature a unique 'auto on/off' switch built into the headband assembly that activates whenever you take the K271 on or off your head, a nice plus for the studio or club. The AKG 2-year manufacturer's product warranty remains standard with all their headphones only when purchased from true 'AKG-authorized' dealers -- like HeadRoom! Manufactured and assembled 100% in Austria.
For dedicated AKG K271-MKII listeners, HeadRoom recommends investing in an upgraded K271 replacement headphone cord from Cardas Audio. Although not inexpensive, Cardas headphone cords are renown for improving dynamic range quickness, soundstage imaging depth and overall musical detail clarity. It's certainly a worthwhile upgrade for audiophiles looking to make their beloved AKG K271 headphones perform at the very top of their game. AKG upgrade cords are available in 10ft and 15ft lengths. The AKG Cardas cords are also compatible with Q701, K702 and K240 headphones too! Cardas AKG K271 Headphone Replacement Cord
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Weight: 8.5 oz w/o cable
- Isolation: -10dB ~ -14dB
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 55 ohms
- Detachable Cable: Yes
- Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
- Cord Type: Coiled and Straight Left-Side
- Coupler Size: Large
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Year
- Sensitivity: 104 dB SPL/V
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Posted by Alex4409 from Berlin, Germany on 2014-02-15
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable, Great Mids-highs
Cons: very lacking in bass
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Posted by Meowspergers from Houston, TX on 2013-10-31
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: great isolation; good mids, highs
Cons: initially anemic bass
I understood when I bought these cans that they were supposed to offer a "neutral" sound. That said, I was still a bit underwhelmed by how thin the bass was when I first put them on. After about two weeks or so of constant use, however, they seem to have warmed up quite a bit. A little EQ tweaking and these things can pack all the punch of a thunderbolt without any appreciable distortion.
The clarity and texture of the mids and highs are, as advertised, superb, and leave little room for disappointment at this price range. Compared to the best higher tier headphones, though, the midrange is a bit colored and muddled.
Soundstage is limited, again, compared to what the exemplars of the next higher tier of headphones are capable of producing, but still good. More specifically, vocals are very up front and placement is harder to achieve.
Isolation is about as good as you're going to get in a pair of cans.
The AKG K271 MKIIs come with two pairs of earpads: one faux leather, and one cloth. The leather ones are easier to clean, but are slightly less comfortable than the cloth ones and tend to make my ears hot. Plenty of room inside, though; you won't find your ears scuffing up against anything.
The headphones are self-adjusting, like the 240s, and easy to wear. They're less comfortable than your typical Sennheisers, but worlds more comfortable than, say, any of the electro-planar dumbbells from HifiMAN.
Look, Feel, Durability:
The build quality seems solid, and I don't anticipate having any problems. Factory cables are thick and seem quite durable; there are two in the box: one long one, and a shorter, coiled one. The included 6.35 mm jack adaptor screws onto the ends very securely. The headphones automatically switch off when you remove them, which is convenient.
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Posted by CERBUU from Bucharest, Romania on 2010-07-03
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Accurate, lovely mids, do not need amplification
Cons: Some may find bass a bit weak, it's inconsistent at times
- Are they good for games? I asked.
- They're good for everything
- Are they "ruthlessly revealing" for lossy mp3s?
- What you put in you get out: garbage-in, garbage-out...
I found these "specs" to be true.
These aren't listed anywhere as best buys or top choices, except for professional sites for studio applications, mostly because that was their intended market.
First of all, they are great for jazz and classical music and would lack in some bass-heavy genres such as techno, rap, RnB.
After getting used to the bass (which is just true and quite a change from the commercial "bloatiness" we are so surrounded with) I came to appreciate it for what it is: true.
They improve with amplification although they do not need one to sound decent. Being a bit on the cold, analytical side, they go great with tube amps such as the Little Dot MkIII I have been using. I think it's a good match, although I haven't tried any alternatives other than my laptop and a minidisc deck in DAC mode.
They come with two cables (a coiled and a straight one) and two pairs of pads (pleather and velvet). I love that they also come with a 3.5mm standard plug and with the screw-on 5.5mm adapter.
These are my favorites amongst the ones I have/had (Koss PortaPro, Grado SR-80, Beyerdynamic DT990, Yuin PK3).
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