AKG K 142 HD

High-definition stereo headphones

  • AKG K 142 HD


  • AKG K 142 HD


Item #: 039K142HD

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Our take on the AKG K 142 HD

by Kristen Schaub

Enjoy detailed sound at home or in the studio
These headphones deliver the kind of detail you need for critical listening on a home hi-fi system or in a recording studio. They use AKG's patented Varimotion technology, which allows for greater motion of the speakers' diaphragms to produce powerful, crystal-clear sound. No matter what type of music you listen to, these 'phones will deliver sparkling highs, engaging mids, and dynamic bass.

Carefully designed inside and out
The K 142 HD comes with a self-adjusting headband and soft velvet earcup padding for a comfortable fit. The single-sided oxygen-free copper cable supports a clean signal from the source to your ears, and comes with a convertible headphone plug that works with both mini- and full-sized jacks.

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From the review Back to school with AKG headphones -- but which pair?
"I was really impressed at how well they blocked out noise — I haven't always found on-ear models to be as effective in that arena. I especially liked the 142s, because the design allows the earcup to swivel a little bit.,."

— Amanda, Crutchfield A/V Writer


  • on-the-ear, semi-open earcup design
  • self-adjusting headband and earcups comfortably conform to your head
  • ultra-soft, replaceable velvet earcup padding
  • industrial design featuring AKG's trademark ring-shaped logo
  • frequency response 18-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 101 dB
  • impedance: 55 ohms
  • 9-foot single-sided cable uses 99.99% oxygen-free copper for clean signal transmission
  • gold-plated 1/8" stereo mini jack with full-sized 1/4" adapter
  • weight: 7.9 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
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Features and Specs
Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type ---
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 18-24k Hz
Sensitivity 101 dB
Impedance 55 Ohms
Weight 7.9 ounces
Cord Length 108"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control N/A
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • On-ear high-definition headphones (9' cord attached terminated by a 1/8" mini-jack)
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • High volume warning
  • Warranty information

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Semi-Open Design: The AKG High-Definition K 142 HD headphones utilize a semi-open design, and extra-large speakers with Varimotion diaphragms for high sensitivity and wide dynamic range.

Comfortable Fit: The K 142 HDs utilize an on-ear design with ultra-soft velvet earpads for a comfortable fit. The light-weight Gimbal-suspended phones settle against ears without pinching. The self-adjusting headband comfortably conforms to your head for a perfect fit.

Single-Sided Cable: The single-sided, 99.99% oxygen-free cable provides pure sound transmission. The headphone cable is terminated by a straight 3.5mm (1/8") gold-plated connector.

1/4" Adapter: A 1/4" adapter is included to plug into your home stereo.

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4 out of 5

old school

Written By Farmer, Chicago, Illinois on Monday, June 06, 2011
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I had to replace my 31 year old head phones so i looked at my three favorite sites found the akg k 142 hd from crutchfield i read the reviews and i got a set i like how quiet they are excellent detail good bass not a bad price
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