AKG K 601

I’ve spent the last few months listening to my music, playing games and watching movies using a pair of AKG K 601 headphones. Although these headphones were launched a few years ago, they are still in the £150+ price bracket, a testament to its quality or are you just paying for the name?

Some of you may not know who AKG are, so here’s a little background info on where they come from. AKG was founded in 1947 and has always focused on a no-comprimise audio experience.

In 1994, AKG was became a part of Harman Internal Industries, famous for the Harman Kardon range of audio products. Artists of the past and present use AKG technology, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones and Kanye West. So that’s AKG for you, a brand that has been working away at its products for over half a century. A technology-focused business that has a long heritage in the design and manufacture of audio products.

One of the first things you notice about the K 601s is the design of the headband. Rather than adopting the typical plastic extender design, the AKGs automatically adjust to the size of your head. The results are instant and the comfortable fit from the first time you put them on is immediately noticeable. The lightweight design makes them ideal for wearing them for long duration’s without your head getting tired as I experienced with heavier models.

The grey design with silver and stainless steel trim add a touch of elegance, quality and sophistication to the design. Your ears are enveloped by the grey ear muffs which helps to insulate noise from getting in and sound from getting out.

With a 3-metre cable, you shouldn’t be caught out by any distance issues. It was long enough for me to relax on the couch whilst my laptop stayed on the desk.

AKG has gone with an open-back design for the headphones. If you’re not familiar with open-back design, they are headphones that allow sound out the back of the ear cup. This results in a more natural sound being produced since it allows the headphones to naturally ‘breathe’ from both sides. The downside is that anyone near you will be able to hear what you’re listening to and you won’t get the insulation from environment noise.

Sound quality in general from the K 601s is phenomenal. In comparison, the Sennheiser wireless headphones I was using before these sounded muddy. Whether it’s listening to music or watching an action film, the K 601s were a delight to use and I can’t recommend them enough. They’re the best in-home headphones that I’ve ever used and further reinforces my preference to these large chunky styled headphones as opposed to the in-ear type.

Bass and treble tones felt natural and at the right level. One downside to these headphones is that they’re power-hungry so using them with your iPod won’t necessarily deliver the kind of volumes you might want for those with a penchant to loud music. For general listening however, they should provide more than enough volume. A plug adapter is included for adapting the set to work with 3.5 mm jacks. Remove the adapter and you can plug in to high-end stereo systems for the best in-class personal listening.

If you’re looking for a premium set of headphones, then look no further than a pair of these K 601s. AKG has redefined the best in personal listening.

2008-11-19 Onwah Tsang

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  • dontbah8ter says:

    Been looking for a pair of recommended speakers…think this might be one of my xmas prezzies this year.

    Posted on 22nd November 2008

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