Excerpt: AKG make microphones and headphones exclusively, so it's fair to expect that whatever they put out to the market is likely to be unquestionably good and perhaps not strictly following exactly the same design bible as all the others out there. There's a huge range of cans in the AKG range, but the K 181 DJ seem to get the most attention from DJs, so that's what I'm pulling apart for you here.
Excerpt: These bad-ass DJ cans from AKG offer appeal far beyond the dancefloor, with a combination of awesome sonics, solid build and supreme comfort on the old lobes. What does that all add up to?
Pros: Somewhat of a relief after hours spent listening to cold, precise noise cancellers, these normally aspirated headphones sound better than the Sennheiser PXC 450, Bose QC3 and Creative Aurvana X-Fi, although they are less suited to long-haul flights. Designed for DJs, they give excellent results with dance music but also work a treat with rock and more bombastic classical. Even more acoustic-esque, strumming- and flautistry-based music sounds by no means bad thanks to ...
Cons: There are switches on the each ear marked “Large/small club”. They don’t appear to do anything, at least when not plugged into a nightspot’s sound system. You can also switch the ‘phones to mono which, again, is not the last word in usefulness.