AKG K271 Headphones
Review of the AKG K271 Studio Closed Headphones
The AKG K271 make for high fidelity sound, high quality build, high style aesthetics and higher than most, but certainly not the highest of prices.
At about $160 these may be expensive, but you are getting even more than you paid for. If featured packed gadgets are what you're after these will be hard to beat even by more expensive headphones.
AKG are a small Austrian company that's been making audio equipment since 1947.
Despite their size compared to larger manufacturers they still make some of the best quality equipment out there and without the prices outpacing the feature set.
They were acquired by Harman International Industries in 1994(makers of the Harman Kardon, JBL and other brands) they still retain their small company zest for trying to make the best product they can to compete against the mega-manufacturers.
Their belief in quality materials packaged together with good design and modularity has got them to where they are today.
The AKG K271 is a feature packed set of headphones.
From the moment you open the box that's recognizable. Included in the box are the headphones, a pair of headphone cords both 1/8" to mini XLR.
The difference between the two cords being that one is longer and straight as most typical headphone cords are, while the other is coiled for applications where a long cord would be an unnecessary nuisance.
Also included with the headphones is a 1/8" to 1/4" screw-on adapter.
The headphones themselves are made of premium materials and fairly stylish. The soft leather cups make long listening sessions a breeze.
Along with the rest of the AKG studio series of headphones these only require that the cord be plugged into one side with the other receiving power from the side which is currently connected.
The closed cans also make for a fairly isolating environment preventing sound from leaking both in and out.
The sound quality on the AKG K271 is in line with what you'd expect from a line that sells itself as studio quality. Crisp and clear sound from the lowest frequencies to the highest and without at any slump in the mid range. These shine at studio duty and it's clear to see why so many people love them.
Another cool feature these have is the automatic mute when you take them off so that you don't have to worry about sound leaking out whether you have them on or not. They best any other cans in their price category.
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No product is perfect and these are no exception to the rule.
The connectors and cables could be a tad stronger and these are far from perfect when primarily used for listening when moving about.
Unfortunately the price also puts this out of most people's budgets. Also they're not completely indestructible with enough jostling something may rip, tear or break. They can also be hard to find if you don't know where to look.
Finally, the styling although what many would consider attractive could potentially be off putting for those wanting a more retro style.
Great headphones at a great price if you're willing to spend the cash. Between the construction, included accessories, sound quality, extra features and comfort, it is hard to find faults in the AKG K271.
They're about as close as you can get to perfection for the price and form factor. At the root, headphones are designed to reproduce sound in-lieu of larger less movable speakers while sacrificing as little sound quality as possible.
These do a great job of just that; replacing cumbersome studio speakers with a nicely designed, easily movable set of headphones that don't quit on you.
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