Summary: Very disappointed with the quality of the audio overall for what is a five star What HiFi Reviewed product. Although there's plenty of bass, mid-range and reasonable detail, but the top end sounded very muddy and even muffled spoiling a wide range of music that I tried - so much so that I thought there must be a fault - but another pair were just as bad. Definitely one to audition before buying if you can.
Summary: One word "overrated". Needed to replace my broken Audio Technica ATH-ES55 and was steered towards these AKG because of their price and positive reviews. In terms of portable on ears they are a good package but the sound just isn't good enough, the bass is too overpowering with mids and treble sounding a little dull, I've now sent them back and managed to source another pair of ES55 for £49 from Richer sounds and my ears are now being treated to far more of what the...
Summary: I realise that this is an entirely subjective affair, and that many will think I'm plain silly in my opinion, but for me these phones are a case of added bass coming at the expense of mid-range and treble. As a mostly classical listener, I found the higher ranges somewhat lacking in clarity and crispness. I found this to be the case even with baroque music performed on period instruments where you expect a lightness of sound.
Summary: I bought these on the basis of the reviews here and the Which Best Buy recommendation. To be quite honest I am not sure why so many people think these are great. The build quality isn't particularly special, especially the inline remote and the leads feel cheap and the inline remote doesn't work on mine anyway so I guess I'll just have to use the cable that doesn't have it.
Summary: Maybe my expectations were to high but I'm really disappointed with the sound quality of this item. I use Sound magic E10 in ear earphones to listen to my mp3 player which gives a really good sound. I wanted some on ear headphones as they're easier to wear when you're out and about and you need to keep taking them on and off. As these were £125 until quite recently and were WhatHifi award winners I thought they would be a step up. Far from it. The E10's are far superior.
Summary: Read all the reviews, read the What Hi Fi review and thought these a guaranteed good buy, especially as they were in the Black Friday sale. Then at christmas i received the B&W P3s, which i admit cost a lot more cash but are a work of art. So my comparison of these is versus the P3s and some old earbuds - i held off from using these till after christmas. Build wise they are great, nice design, detachable cable, fold up into a good design travel case.
Summary: Given all the positive press that these received, I expected big things but I've been left underwhelmed. Bass is quite decent & punchy and the treble has started to open up a bit over a few hours but the mids are pretty awful in my opinion; they sound recessed and get swamped. This is especially true of more complex tracks where they seem to get completely overwhelmed. Am seriously considering returning.
Well designed portable headphones but poor sound quality
Neil Calvert "Gadget Man", Amazon
27 September 2013
Summary: Since my original review, I have returned the headphones. I just couldn't get on with the sound quality, which is muffled and when driven hard, harsh! How on earth What HIFI managed to make this an award winning set of headphones is beyond me! My old Sennheiser PX200 headphones remain the best solution for now and I've even managed to get some replacement ear pads, which have revitalised them.