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AKG K 272 HD

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AKG K272 HD are terrific consumer-level headphones that acoustically perform very close to their AKG Professional Line brethren -- but at a significantly lesser cost. Not skimping one iota on durability or build quality, the K272 HD delivers the exact same wide-open sense of soundstage image dimension and spacious depth heard in AKG's captivating high-end cans. Expect a clear precision tone preferred by demanding headphone audiophiles and pro audio specialists.

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Product Features:

  • Precision resolution and deep definition at reasonable investment
  • Superb AKG build quality and materials engineering
  • Unique gimbal headband suspension system delivers excellent wearing comfort
  • High efficiency allows use without dedicated headphone amplifier
  • Excellent 2-year AKG manufacturer's product warranty

What's In The Box:

  • 1/4" full-size stereo plug adapter
  • AKG owner's manual


The AKG K272 HD headphones sound amazingly close to the top-level Professional Line AKG models but at a fraction of their upscale investment. Importantly, the K272 HD higher efficiency and lower impedance rating allows them to partner more effectively with home stereo receivers or computer sources without necessitating the use of a dedicated headphone amplifier. The K272 HD's full-size circumaural closed-back design delivers ambient noise attenuation and listening privacy while the ingenious AKG headband earcup gimbal suspension system exerts an extremely light clamping pressure on the ears -- excellent for long comfy listening sessions on the couch or at the workdesk. The timbral presentation seems a bit silkier in the upper highs compared to their dead-accurate -- and less forgiving -- pro counterparts with a slightly 'warmer' tone across all frequencies and a bit more emphatic texture in the lows. For jazz, classical, and instrumental music fans especially, the airy timbral transparency and full musical body makes these a choice consideration. The K272 HD also does not seem to demand quite the extensive burn-in period of the K701 or K702, although it employs similar AKG-patented VariMotion flat-wound voice coils in the drivers just like the big boys. Overall, it's a musically satisfying sound full of detail and engagement and an even bigger wonder given its fine price.

The AKG K272 HD shares the self-adjusting headband construction that's become traditional with most full-size AKG headphones; you simply put the headphones on and they automatically adjust to your noggin and settle comfortably against your ears without pinching. Its a design well-suited for folks with larger heads but even ectomorphs will usually find the K272 HD well-fitting and ergonomic. The circumaural earcup dimensions are not overly bulky but will fully surround the earlobes on most wearers with beauteous velvet-padded ear cushions. The non-detachable K272 HD cord measures approximately 9.5ft and is a high-grade 99.99% OFC braid terminating to a 1/8" [3.5mm] 'mini' plug. A full-size stereo 1/4" plug adapter is handily included in the AKG packaging. The USA 2-year free manufacturer's repair or replace product warranty remains in effect only with your HeadRoom "AKG authorized dealer" purchase receipt.


  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Weight: 8.5oz (240 g) w/o cable
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 55 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 9.5ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Isolation: -12dB ~ -18dB
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Driver Type: Dynamic

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My new Iphone cans
Posted by Therinx from NYC on 2012-12-06

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Crisp, warm sound, comfy pads, long cable, durable, portable
Cons: A smidge lacking in bass, style may not appeal to all, pads can fatigue ears on long sessions

Owning 2 pairs of Grados (SR60's and SR325i's) i needed something with a little more of a closed soundstage to not annoy others when listening on my commute to and from work. After listening and researching a whole bunch of cans, these are the ones i picked. Although i little funky looking with the gimbel wired head, it does serve a purpose, as these auto adjust to fit the head they're put on.

The bass left me just a tad wanting, but once i paired it with a FiiO E6, that issue was well taken care of. That amp boosted the bass and expanded the soundstage without any discernable loss of clarity. They sounded much better, imo, than the cans i compared them to - Beats Pro (blech, but had to do give them a listen just to make a point), Sennheiser HD558 and HD598, Klipsch Ref One, and Denon AH-NC800's

They seem to be quite durable as well, as i stuff them in my shoulder bag every day and they've stood up to any bumps and bruises thrown at them.

They are also super comfy when you first put them on, but i did notice some fatigue after about an hour and a half (although i don't think i've run into a headphone that has done any better in this category).

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Good Closed Headphones
Posted by Mishalex from New York, NY on 2011-10-05

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Detailed, clean and enjoyable sound quality
Cons: Bass response is a little subdued; pricey

Having now listened to many more headphone types, I am compelled to re-evaluate this headphone. While it is a very nice, clean, slightly warm-sounding headphone, excellent for classical and jazz music, the bass is a little lacking in authority, and the upper treble register can show a little distortion at higher volumes and with certain tracks. Overall, the headphone is very good, and I would give it a higher rating, were it not for AKGs recent release of the k550s. Basically, the k550s blow these out of the water in almost every aspect (except maybe comfort, where they are both about equal). Therefore, since they are the same price, I would steer more people towards the K550, unless you prefer a headphone equalized for a lower volume bass response (as opposed to a more neutral flat-sound). In that case, I would recommend the k271 mkii, which is the same headphone as these, but with a detachable cable, and two sets of earpads (velour and pleather) included.

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VERY happy newbie audiophile
Posted by NewGuy from Ky on 2011-06-18

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: great detail, comfort, build quality
Cons: no detachable cord, bass a little light

I am a newbie to audiophile headphones, but I have been trying to pick apart subtleties in music for a while. Before these, I'd had the Monster Beats (which i quickly returned :p ) and my babies the monster turbines. (which I do still love when I want heavy bass) I got these headphones 3 days ago, and have been letting them burn in for around 25 hours, so I still expect some improvement, but already I can tell a HUGE difference. I first let them burn in with pink noise, and afterwards I listened to them and the bass was so much stronger. Earlier today I let em burn with white noise, and it equalled it out some. I LOVE these headphones. They are very very comfortable (yes I even forget I have them on) and have great detail. For now i'm running them straight off my mac, but even just that is great. I've listened to One Day More from Les Miserables and can hear all of the many voices (at once) with great clarity and still not loose hardly any detail on the strings in the background. The bass is a little light for my tastes, but that is coming from someone who is used to the Turbines, so that doesn't mean much. I've also listened to everything from (literally) Norah Jones to Mozart to The Devil Wears Prada. These are great with vocals, exposing subtle vibratos that I hadn't heard before, and display airy vocals when they're there. I would like a detachable cord, but that is easily permissible with these headphones.
AKG recommends these for iPods too, which works well for me, considering the majority of my music is from iTunes, (which I hope to change over time) and is 256kbps. These do expose poor recording quality to an extend, something I noticed with one of Norah Jones songs where I noticed a few compression issues, but overall, they aren't so picky that you can't enjoy a song thats anything less that perfect flac quality. a 256kbps audio is fine. These things are reasonably easy to drive, and are sufficiently loud on my iPhone, but do definitely glow more with a little more juice in my laptop. ( Soon, I'm hoping to order the Total BitHead.) Overall, for a new audiophile, I think these things are great. Definitely recommend. :)

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