• The k240's build quality is exceptional and its
looks, while retro, should appeal to both young and old. AKG
the flashy color schemes for its Quincy Jones line (which shares a lot
of similarities with the k240) , though for those who would rather walk
softly, the k240 should fit the bill nicely.
• The cushioning, head
strap and overall fit of the k240 makes it among the most comfortable
headphones I've ever had the pleasure of placing atop my head.
easily removable, single-cable design employed by the k240 makes
management not only easy but also ensures long-term reliably down the
line, for it rarely snarls and can be quickly replaced should something
• The k240's sound quality is phenomenal and far superior,
in my opinion, to many of the so-called studio headphones that try to
emulate it. Its sound is neutral throughout, with real air and
extension from top to bottom. Dynamics are superb, as is its ability to
sound positively spacious. Bass is real and natural, while highs sparkle
without any overt harshness. Vocals possess clarity and an organic
nature that bodes well for music playback as well as dialog tracks. Low Points
I often criticize headphones for having too short a cable. In the
instance of the k240, it may be too long. Thankfully, it doesn't become
tangled and is robust enough that you can coil it easily, but for
personal on-the-go use, it may be too much.
• Speaking of cables,
the k240 has no level of cable-oriented controls of the kind that have
become popular with headphones as of late, thanks to the proliferation
of smart phones in our culture. Be advised. Competition and Comparison
$165 retail, the k240 isn't inexpensive, but compared to its direct
competitors, it's a borderline steal. I'm talking about Monster's Beats
by Dre Pro headphones
, which at $449.95 retail should put the k240 to shame but doesn't. In
fact, I consider the k240 to be superior. I also think it outperforms
similar products from Sennheiser, as well as Audio-Technica and others.
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AKG k240 Studio headphones are nothing if not phenomenal overachievers.
They manage to be good in the studio, as well as in the home, and do so
in a way that is effortless and refined. Their sound quality is sublime
and, despite their pro audio DNA, they manage to be fashionable in an
old-school sort of way. While so many other manufacturers and headphones
may be dead set on looking the part, the AKG k240 Studio headphones are
the real McCoy - and my new personal reference.Additional Resources
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