"Impressive sound and depth for a closed design. Easily powered 'enough' by an iPod. Definately thin on the low end."
a customer from Comcast.net, zzounds.com
2 November 2011
Summary: I bought these for the office. I may use these for gaming. Im a bit disappointed in the bass but I expected that going in - and purposely selected them for that reason (though it was a bit less than I expected) and because they are closed. Im not listening to these at ear bleed levels at work and if I use them for gaming, it will cut down on background noises (explosions) to help locate targets which is desirable.
Summary: Comfortable and accurate. I've tracked all day with these, and been the better off for it. I have yet to find anything I don't like about these headphones. My other pair of older K240M's seldom get used anymore, though due to the semi-open back of those, they are still more useful for general listening purposes. There's less sound leakage with these, and the build in switch that turns them off is very helpful.
Summary: When visiting recording studios in Europe or looking at the sales ranking of Germany's largest online store for musicians, the AKG 271 appears as the most popular studio headphone, well ahead of any competition. That isn't head-fi's major target group, but one should reconsider why and what for we use headphones. We want to listen to music in compromised environments, i.e.
Pros: neutral, comfortable, closed, cheaply replaceable cables and earpads