The AKG 240 Series and 701 Series Headphones
Another finely-tuned group of German ears for manufacturing superb studio microphones and headphones is AKG. AKG microphones are legendary, with their top-of-the-line C414 tube mic being one of the most sought-after and sung-through microphones in all major recording studios and sessions. So you know these guys know clear, crisp amplified sound. And this sonic wisdom spills over into the AKG headphones development.
The AKG 240 and 240 MarkII have been the reference standard for recording studios for over three decades. These beautiful, totally comfortable fitting headsets provide a sound that can only be described as “exactly what the music sounds like,” or what you would here if you were right there in the studio with the singers and musicians, hearing their original takes, instead of listening to a recording through headphones.
Yet they are remarkably reasonably priced, affordable enough for anyone with a more modest home studio, home theater, or even just an avid music listener, with prices in the under-$100 to $185 range…wow! If you have the resources to splurge on the best, add another hundred bucks or so and AKG will happily oblige with their state of the art models 701 and 702 AKG Headphones, with sound levels and accuracy that will simply blow your mind!
AKG Headphones – Top-Of-The-Line
AKG K701 and Q701
For their studio-reference K701s, AKG uses a revolutionary flat-wire technology in headphones, that produces an audiophile-dream dramatic sound with every musician at their correct location with pinpoint accuracy. Extremely spacious, with brilliant highs and velvety bass – the sound of these state-of-the-art babies is simply miraculous. So much so, that they were adopted by one of the most renowned studio producers of all time, Quincy Jones. The Quincy Jones Signature Line of AKG Q701 headphones comes in three cool colors – black, white (pictured above) and the electric green you see pictured here. For the discriminating headphone listener, these come with my highest recommendation, and are definitely worth the price.
One of the design factors contributing to all of AKGs professional series headphones is their open back, allowing much freer movement of the diaphragm or transducer (the headphones’ “speaker”,) like the speakers in a large speaker cabinet. Since sound travels on air, the resulting movement through air space creates a much more deep and resonant bass reproduction.
The higher-priced 701s feature AKGs revolutionary flat-wire voice coil, that far improves the power and sound accuracy.
It’s easy for me to recommend these AKG headphones, not as a salesman but as a very satisfied owner. I have my own recording studio, and both the AKG240 and 701 have been in use in my studio for years. Even after 20+ years, the AKG 240s sound as good as they did when new.
Here’s the AKG K 240 Studio Features at a Glance:
- Dynamic headphones. Circumaural, semi-open
- Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit
- Frequency Range: 15 Hz to 25,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 91 db SPL/mW
- Power handling capability: 200 mW
- Rated impedance: 55 Ohm
- Cable: 10 ft. plug-in cable
- Stereo adapter: gold plated, screw-on 1/8″ to 1/4″ jack
- Net Weight (without cable): 8.5 oz.
And in addition to the above, here’s what you get if you jump to the AKG 701s:
- Revolutionary flat-wire voice coil technology.
- Patented AKG Varimotion ultra-precision two-layer diaphragm.
- Self-adjusting cushioned genuine-leather headband and specially shaped “3D-Form” ear pads.
- Bi-wiring, high-performance cable with 1/4″ jack plug.
- Individually tested and numbered.
You can’t go wrong with either model of these studio-standard AKG Headphones.