AKG K 450
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I need a pair of closed, on ear headphones for the office and settled on these after researching. First thing I noticed after unboxing was that unlike my AKG K701's that are made in Austria, these are "Designed in Austria" and made in China. Extremely bass heavy with muffled mids & highs out of the box. Burned them in with a mix of music for 3 days and gave them another listen. They sounded much better but still quite an emphasis on the low end. Tried running them through a desktop headphone amp to see if it would change the sound but no luck. They are very efficient & didn't respond much to the amplification. I purchased the AKGs hoping for accurate sound like the 701's but in a portable headphone but the mids and high frequencies are WAY too laid back for my taste. If you like the sound of a good car stereo but with dual subs dominating the sound then these are your dream cans. Thought about keeping them for my son but one of the ear pieces on mine would not rotate freely and made a popping noise when turned. Since the only thing holding the ear piece on is the small plastic peg that was sticking they had to go back. As always, Crutchfield's support to the customer when the product doesn't work out, for whatever reason, is beyond comparison. I'll try the Beyerdynamic DT1350 & Pioneer SE-MJ591. Build looks great on both (but at 3x the price of these AKGs). Always better to spend more & get what you'll enjoy than settle & regret your purchase every time you use it.
Pros: Look great. Very nice carrying case. Adapters and different length cables included. For on ear cans these are very comfortable and make a nice seal on the ear to block out sound. No sound leakage (no one around you will hear them at all).
Cons: Sound quality. Build quality where ear piece connects to head band.