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AKG Pro Audio K175 On-Ear, Closed-Back, Lightweight, Foldable Studio Headphones
|Brand||AKG Pro Audio|
|Headphones Form Factor||On-ear, closed back, foldable|
|Item Weight||0.24 Kilograms|
About this item
- Legendary AKG studio performance and comfort with an on-ear, closed-back design
- Large 40mm transducers for greater low-frequency extension as well as best-in-class frequency response for unrivaled clarity and detail
- Superior sensitivity and low impedance provide maximum output with a braod range of playback devices.
- Foldable, ergonomic design allows you to take studio-quality sound with you - fitting right into your backpack or computer bag.
- Headband self-adjusts for a perfect fit everytime and slow-retention foam ear pads ensure a comfortable, secure fit that also maximizes acoustic isolation
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From the manufacturer
K175 On-Ear, Closed-Back, Foldable Studio Headphones
Legendary AKG Studio sound and comfort with On-ear, closed back design. Best in class frequency response for unrivaled clarity and detail.
Legendary AKG Sonic Performance
Building on a 70-year legacy of continual design innovation, AKG delivers unmatched sound quality and comfort in this new family of Foldable Studio Headphones. The new K175 represents the culmination of decades of refinement—from the transducers, to the porting, to the fit and finish.
You Can Take Headphones Out of the Studio…
…but you can’t take the studio out of these headphones. Now it’s even more convenient to take studio-quality sound with you. With the K175, it’s almost as if you were sitting in front of a pair of great reference monitors—transparent, defined, and uncolored. Their superior sensitivity and low impedance offer maximum output before distortion, so you can use them even when playing music on lower-powered mobile devices.
You’ve Never Heard Bass Like This
When you’re serious about editing and mixing your music, you’re looking for more than thumping bass in your headphones, you need nuanced low frequencies. The K175 offers 40mm transducers—the largest in their class—to create greater low-frequency extension and detailed bass reproduction. This makes it easy to define each and every instrument you’re hearing.
Built to Last
After decades of the strictest product standards and most rigorous of testing regimens, quality has become synonymous with the AKG name - and these headphones are no exception. From intensive driver stress tests to an 80,000 bend cycle for cables and even an exaggerated drop test we put our headphone designs through the gauntlet, so you can count on them for years to come! All of the critical pieces are metal, including the hinge, guaranteeing they last through heavy use. Additionally the cable is replaceable further extending the life of your investment.
Take the Studio With You
With a completely foldable design made possible through an innovative three axis hinge the K175 can easily be collapsed. This means they are great for transporting in tight places like travel bags. The design minimizes the exposure to damage that comes with the demanding mobile lifestyles of musicians, producers and audio engineers.
Make Music in Comfort
No more tugging and pulling to adjust the fit of your headphones. The AKG 175 are the first foldable, studio-quality headphones in their classes to offer a self adjusting headband, floating ear cups and an innovative three axis hinge to provide you with an instant, all over perfect fit with every use. And they don't just fit well, they feel good. AKG Headphones have become a trusted studio ally over the years for their ability to be worn fatigue free for hours on sessions due to their light weight and comfortable slow retention foam ear pads.
The AKG Legacy - Inspiring Greatness for Decades
For more than 65 years, AKG has helped create the iconic sounds of some of the world’s most well known recording artists, engineers and producers. Our designers and engineers have made it their life’s passion to find new ways to deliver breakthrough experiences for artists of all levels. Whether in the studio or on stage, when you wear AKG headphones, you’re seconds away from creating history.
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|Item Dimensions||1.00 x 1.00 x 1.00 inches||—||3.00 x 3.00 x 3.00 inches||8.80 x 9.20 x 4.30 inches||3.54 x 8.07 x 8.46 inches|
|Special Features||On-Ear, Foldable||Foldable, Microphone, Adjustable headband, Lightweight, DJ Style||Foldable, Closed-Back||DJ-Style||Lightweight|
The AKG Foldable Studio Headphones Line is built on a legacy of 70 years of quality, and features our latest transducer and acoustic technologies. As a result, the family delivers unparalleled audio performance for musicians, engineers, and producers who need superior accuracy from reliable headphones that stand up to today's mobile lifestyle. The on-ear, closed back AKG K175 are perfect for live monitoring and mix applications. Just pick them up and you’ll immediately find the roadworthy design takes away the worry of damage while traveling. Try them on and you’ll realize they still provide the superior studio quality sound you expect from AKG. And you’ll never get tired of wearing AKG Foldable Studio Headphones because their ergonomic design provides a comfortable fit—even during long sessions. As the gold standard of professional-quality sound with over one million studio headphones sold, AKG knows what it takes to build world-class headphones—high-quality, durable parts working together to match amazing sonic performance with optimal fit and comfort.
From the Manufacturer
The on-ear, closed back AKG K175 are perfect for live monitoring and mix applications. Just pick them up and you'll immediately find the roadworthy design takes away the worry of damage while traveling. Try them on and you'll realize they still provide the superior studio quality sound you expect from AKG. And you'll never get tired of wearing AKG Foldable STudio Headphones because their ergonomic design provides a comfortable fit - even during long sessions.
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It seems that the AKG took a whole list of complaints of older designs and tried to rectified all of them, while keeping the somewhat bright-ish AKG signature sound. (If you're actually looking for a truly neutral-sounding set of headphones, it is rumored that Bigfoot has the only pair in existence. But you'll have to find Bigfoot first.) Anyway, the suspension has been upgraded with a stiffer pre-formed head strap, riding on steel strips--addressing the reality of the K240/K701 generation with their flappy head straps, which concentrated all the weight of the set on a small area at the peak of the skull, instead of conforming to wearer's head--and infamous for plastic strap guides, with often broke. AKG has also addressed the angle of the ear cups, without having slanted, one-off ear pads that are impossible replace--instead allowing for rotation. (Which makes them fit in slimmer headphone cases, too.) AKG include the mini-XLR connector as well. And they come with vinyl ear cups, instead of nasty velour. The new design also has zero exposed wires, which makes them pretty much oaf-proof headphones. (Seriously--look at all the headphone reviews on Amazon..."one side stopped working"..."no sound after using it for a week", etc. Cause: tiny 800-gauge wires tangled around oafish fingers.)
However...the sound quality on the bass end was a little bit of a disappointment. The K240 has rolled off bass, but what it reproduced was pretty flat. I could listen for hours at a time and not be fatigued. Not so with these AKG K245s, which have a bass bump. The old K240s were sold as "semi-open", but I could definitely hear what was going on in the room. The K245s don't seem open air at all. If fact, they sound like a closed-back set without insulation inside. However putting them on table with the ear cups face-down confirms that they are in fact open back.
The big flaw is that they're tiny. The K55X series were huge, loud, bright and bass-y. The K545 was the more compact version of those. My ears didn't quite fit inside without tucking a little. The K245s are even smaller--much like an inbetween-ish on-ear set. I can't imagine an averaged sized male could wear these comfortable. The suspension is likewise sized for a child. When i wear the headphones, the suspension is maxed out, and the headphones slowly retract, eventually slipped off the bottoms of my ears. I can wear them only for a few minutes.
My summary as is follows:
Redesigned to eliminate all the design flaws of the K240/K5XX/K7XX series. Tougher for work day use. Nylon (?) signal cable much tougher than the PVC insulated ones that used to chemically break down, become brittle and rip open. Good, airy AKG sound with lots of detail. Super cheap. Sub-$90 price tag! Comes with bag. (Really is a dust cover, not a portable case.)
Protein leather/vinyl leather ear pads are thin and tear quickly. (Don't poke with fingernails, etc. Order spares now, before they stop making them.) Somewhat bassy.
Too tiny for normal-sized humans. Suspension is way too tight as a result.
Considering that they cost $100, the are far better closed back cans (considering cost ratio) than the Cascade's which cost $800. Not as premium of course, but overall, a better closed back headphone. They are also better (considering cost ratio) than the Aeon-2 and those coast $800. Again, lacking the premium feel and touches, but the K275's just sound great and considering their price-point, you simply can't go wrong.
Sound quality is subjective and definitely source dependent. The overall voice of the K245 works well for my upper mid sensitive hearing. Female vocals come through clean without the harshness I find in many cans. The upper end is well defined with no sense of sizzle. Now the BASS! These cans are capable of producing sub bass like no other "open back" cans I've owned. After experimenting with different dac/amp combinations my unscientific observations are the K245's don't require a lot of smoothing. Simple solid state devices I use work very well. A syrupy dac or tube amp isn't required to enjoy these. I have detected some bloated bass using some tube/dac combos. Still not bad enough to make listening markedly less enjoyable. I'm listening to Gary Moore's box set as I type this. These perform well with this genre. (Electric Blues)
The K245 fit is comfortable enough. The pads size reminds me of the Audio Technica M series, more of an on ear while being much softer.
The coiled cable isn't my preferred choice, but it seems of usable length and good quality. The connector canside is a 3 pin on the left side only. I prefer one or either side over double sided connectors.
Construction appears to be excellent especially in the sub $100 price range. The ear cups swivel 180 degrees and are foldable for storage.
For me these are well worth their cost. I've spent a lot more for lesser performing cans.
Now using optical out through a $65 Fosi Audio DAC headphone amp, holy crap, what have I been missing? These headphones now sound 10 times better! Wow!
But wait, tried the Beyerdynamic DT990 pros through this setup.......uh.....it is like someone pulled the cotton out of my ears!
Top reviews from other countries
Overall decent.. but VERY uncomfortable and sound a bit "narrow". Would use my k240 mkII anytime.
1. They're flat, neutral. Although the mid-bass bump is higher than other AKG headphones I've had (K550, K267 & others), it can thump hard, but does not bleed Beats-style into other frequencies. Treble is there; it's clear; but it doesn't "shine" or "sparkle". Zero sibilance. Mids are weighty, "in your head". The only thing that might sound recessed depending on your preference is subbass; it's there; it's just not boosted to the point your head vibrates.
2. They're small on the inside. While very comfortable, my average-sized ears barely fit within the circumference of the cups. Without headphones, my ears don't stick out too far from my head; but they're borderline touching the drivers. Beware if your ears are on the taller side; or if they stick out of your head more than average. The headband mechanism is supremely comfortable. Zero top-of-head aches.
3. Easy to drive. They'll sound impressively good straight out of an iPod Touch. Pair with a more powerful output... and they may or may not sound better. The sound signature generally remains the same, but with a Dragonfly Red for example, the stage, depth and instrument separation increase, on the other hand the upper mids and low treble earn a strange frosty digital glaze compared to the more natural tone straight out of an iPod or Sony Walkman. Other amps have similar subtle differences. I often prefer the more "in your head" sound produced by a less powerful source. Your millage may vary as the expression goes.
4. Microphonics. The coiled cable is pretty heavy and thick, but in its short/coiled state, it's a good length if you're sitting close to your source, or your source is in your pocket. Unfortunately, the bundled AKG cable suffers from some microphonics (cable rubbing against clothing, neck, or itself). I tried an aftermarket third party replacement cable, and it was worse. Next step: to find a cable with no microphonics.
5. Construction seems solid. I don't know if these are built solidly enough to last years of professional use, either in a pro or home studio. But they seem sturdy enough to last long for home/personal listening use.
6. Versatile. I ran them through a set of various genres (orchestral, baroque, opera, rap, heavy metal, pop, tejano, reggaeton, flamenco, classic rock). Everything plays well. Voices are forward enough for lyrics to be clear; bass is thumpy enough to enjoy. The individual instrument voices are natural; trumpets for example sound full, not pinched nor nasal.
7. Dark. They are versatile, but darker overall than I would prefer. While everything in a mix is balanced, or neutral, relative to everything else, I would prefer a little more treble and a little more subbass. I don't like playing with EQ because it always sounds fake and fatiguing (even subtractive EQ). So yes, any individual album will sound good, but this type of sound may not necessarily be to everyone's preference, if you prefer more shiny treble or head rumbling subbass. On first listen, I'm more critical; I like to listen for nuances in the recording. These headphones aren't ones to reveal the most subtle details which are more recessed in a mix.
8. Pleasing for long listening sessions. The darker sound has its advantages: it causes me less ear fatigue. I can enjoy my favourite music, out of nearly any source, and it will sound good. They're so comfortable, I can have them on for hours. The sound, being so flat/neutral/balanced and a little darker than I prefer for critical listening, doesn't assault my eardrums with excessive treble or bass. So while heavy metal tracks are less impressive in the top end, I can listen to heavy metal for much longer. Same goes for some pretty agressive pop, urban, rap mixes where the treble is so forward in the album mix that it assaults your ears; but with the AKG K275 the agressive treble mix being slightly held back, you can listen to more tracks and for longer without suffering from ear fatigue. Even Bieber's auto-tuned high-pitched whining... not that anyone should be subject to that drivel; but if you so choose to be, you'll be able to enjoy it for much longer.
9. Good isolation. Although they won't equal the better isolating headphones out there, they do a decent enough job to tone down conversations, or other extraneous noise sources. I wouldn't wear them on the bus or subway as they won't reduce enough of that noise; especially with the antennae-style headband screaming for attention; making you look like an eccentric weirdo wearing pro studio headphones in the subway.
10. No audible distortion. You'd have to drive these to extremely unsafe volume levels to introduce distortion (yes, once again Beyerdynamic, I'm looking right at you and your terrible drivers). At extremely loud volumes (the kind that really you MUST not expose yourself to), they remain perfectly coherent and well-balanced. So for those rare times when you really want to enjoy a tune and choose to risk your hearing by blasting it loudly; rest assured you'll be able to do so; and enjoy every second of it.
Overall, from a purely home-listening perspective, I can live with these. They don't have the treble sparkle of the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 32 ohm for example, but neither do they have the carved out distant mids. They don't have the head-quaking lower bass of the fellow AKG K371, but they pound pretty hard. They don't have the widest or deepest earcups, but for most average ear/head shapes, they're going to be extremely comfortable for long hours. The cable is a tad annoying (microphonics), but it uses a standard XLR connector; aftermarket cables are readily available. They're better for pop, latin or urban music; they're not the best for heavy metal or classical, but they do a pretty good job with all genres and offer a one-stop shop for those of us who often switch from one genre to the next.
I've spent obscene amounts of money on headphones in the past decade, and few have been this consistent and generally satisfying. Many were great, but had that one caveat that would ruin them. Despite their faults, the AKG K275 are pretty good headphones. If I could only have one pair of headphones, I would be happy with these.
Son + précis et moins aigu que mes Lyxpro HAS-30 qui ont aussi des drivers de 50mm
J'adore leur son (pas en V, je crois, mais je ne suis pas un pro)
Très très beaux
utilisation : ampli de salon (avec fil tressé de 9 pieds aftermarket) , ordi (fil torsadé d'origine)
Les coussin sont de bonne qualité, épaisseur ok pour mes petites oreilles, confortable, cuir (je crois)
Contras: el tamaño del auricular es “on ear” la oreja no cabe del todo dentro. Esto unido a que aprietan, los hace incómodos para escuchas prolongadas. El siguiente modelo de la gama, AKG K245, tiene un diseño over ear, (rodea la oreja) y tiene una respuesta de frecuencia más amplia.