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AKG K81DJ Closed-Back Folding DJ Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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  • Specifically designed for use at small clubs and parties
  • 3D-Axis folding mechanism
  • High sound pressure level
  • Closed-back earphones
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Color black Black, Silver Black Black
Fit Over-Ear Circumaural Over-Ear Over-Ear
Headphones Form Factor closed-back closed-back closed-back closed-back
Dimensions 0.01 inches x 0.01 inches x 0.01 inches 4 inches x 6 inches x 4 inches 10 inches x 7.48 inches x 4.02 inches 9.84 inches x 5.51 inches x 9.45 inches
Item Weight 0.33 pounds 5 pounds 0.4 pounds Information not provided
Special Features foldable foldable lightweight foldable
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"Obviously, informal parties deserve the same kind of professional sound quality as large-scale events do. Semiprofessional DJs too need dependable equipment. The K 81 DJ fit the bill perfectly. Their closed-back earphones, for instance, provide optimum isolation from ambient noise. The K 81 DJ will take heavy usage easily, and their high SPL capability ensures excellent sound quality. Finally, their level of wearing comfort is as impressive as their powerful low end and accurate imaging. Their distinguishing features include: 3D-Axis folding mechanism for ease of handling and good user comfort. Folded down into a thin package, the k 81 dj are ready for use anytime High sound pressure level: High SPL capability for any type of event in any environment. Legendary AKG sound quality Closed-back earphones: Isolating ear cups attenuate ambient noise, keeping even quiet passages clearly audible Maximum ruggedness Detented adjustable headband "

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Item Weight 5.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer AKG
Item model number K81DJ
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3.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,146 in Electronics > Headphones > Over-Ear Headphones
#43,905 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#45,829 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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I bought these AKGs as the result of my search for a decent sealed headphone to replace my Sennheiser PX100s, which just weren't cutting it on the train. I'm amazed at the difference. These, like the Senns, have a 32 ohm impedence, so they're easy to drive with a portable player. At first blush, they reveal much more detail in the music than the PX100s do, including a more coherent and present high end. I'm hearing a lot more detail even in songs encoded in WMA format at 128kbs. The bass is controlled but does not lack. I have had AKG reference headphones in the past (240DFs). While these are not in that league, they easily sound as good as the Sennheiser 280 Pros that I've got. Better than the 280s on a portable, too, as they are easier to drive. These are smaller, supraaural headphones. Though they're not as portable as the Sennheiser PX100s, they're much easier to wear during the commute than the 280 Pros. All in all, they're a great deal for someone with a portable player. Check them out if you're looking for a good balance of portability, noise attenuation, and sonics at a reasonable price.


February 2007 Update:

The left channel started shorting out recently. I am sending these in to AKG for warranty service. It must be a weak wire -- I take good care of these headphones.
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I did a looot of research when looking for a pair of headphones to ease the transition to dorm life. My only comparison was a pair of 70s or 80s Panasonic se-30a's--good headphones, but fading. Over the course of 2 weeks I shopped here, tigerdirect, newegg, and the internet at large, with the excellent help of [...] I settled on these particular cans for a number of reasons:

1st: They had a large cult following at [...]
2nd: I could get them for $50 new on ebay
3rd: They had a reputation of being at least partially noise canceling and being a good value in general.

After using them for two months in a loud living situation, I've come to be of the following opinion:

-Excellent noise canceling when playing music-- Enough to block out the chatter of my roommate and his girlfriend, not enough to block out a train (although I've never tried). A lot of this I think has to do with quality noise saturation. Put on some high fidelity music and rock out, nothing is going to stop you.
-Excellent general listening experience-- As previously mentioned, my experience has been with apple's white earbuds, Panny se30A's, and a few bad pairs of sony buds/cheap supra-aurals. These definitely beat out the competition, allowing me to hear previously unexplored facets of my collection. A collection that includes rock, metal, jazz, inde, pop, hip-hop, country/bluegrass, and everything in between. The AKG K81DJ's handle all with grace, providing solid bass, sweet mids and passionate highs. They provide a fuller and richer experience than my Harmon Kardon Champagne's, with which, unlike many it appears, I have had no problems at all.
-No distortion at high volumes. Because I want my skull to vibrate how the artist wants it to, not how the headphones want.
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First, I want to share my audio preferences in order to put the review into perspective. I'm a drummer and I don't generally go for a flat EQ. I like to hear both bass and treble very clearly. I'm extremely sensitive to distortion and have no tolerance for muddy sound reproduction. I'm using these as portable headphones with an MP3 player (creative zen). I listen to a lot of types of music: rock, blues, hip-hop, folk, jazz, classical, and choral. I'd been using the Sennheiser PX100s (which are great headphones), but I wanted something a bit better. These AKG K 81 DJ phones are fantastic. They cost twice as much as the PX 100s, but are definitely better. The AKGs have a lot of warmth and depth of sound, are very clear, and I really like the frequency distribution. The bass is certainly present, but they are not too bassy (unlike the smaller AKG K 26 P) and have a very nice balance of highs and lows.

The only cons I can think of are that they are a little bigger than I'd like for portable headphones, but I can't give up the quality of sound so I'll just deal with that. Their fairly low impedance means they work fine with portable players, so I can still use them in that capacity.

It is true that they might be a bit tight for a large head. I have a pretty small head so this is not an issue for me. I actually jog with them and they don't slip at all.

They do seal noise in/out better than regular open headphones.

For less than $100, I've not been able to find any better, and I've purchased quite a few headphones in the past year.
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When wandering the intranets in search of a recommended pair of headphones under $100, the AKG K81DJs are one of the most often praised pairs. And for good reason. These are NOT average sounding headphones, they do not sound just "okay," and do not render music at the average clarity of similiarly priced headphones. Given even a bit of attention, you will notice distinctions in your music even pricier headphones will fail to convey.

They have a very aggressive sound (being DJ headphones I suppose), with a lot of bias toward the low end and some toward the high. The mids are usually pushed back a bit in these headphones, but I've never felt they were being sacrificed. They definately add their own flavor to the music pushed through them, but for a pair of headphones that will most likely be put into a bag and pulled back out while moving about, they are ideal. They are extremely fun to listen to in an isolated setting with a good amp, but also a joy when the bustle of traffic or voices are in the background. They do not have great isolation as they are on-ear headphones - not over-ear - but do not take much volume to drown out your surroundings. In fact I have been consistently surprised to hearing the vinyl warp or background chatter on recordings I've only ever heard on my home speaker system, and this is while riding a crowded downtown bus. Spectacular.

The pictures of these headphones usually seem a bit deceiving in that they look a bit larger than they actually are. They are large enough to sit on the ears, not around them. As such it's a bit more comfortable to wear the headband a bit further back on the top of the head to allow the cups to match the outward angle of your ears.
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