AKG K 404 Foldable Mini Headphone with Carrying Pouch
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Description for AKG K 404 Foldable Mini Headphone with Carrying Pouch
The AKG K404BLK foldable mini headphones deliver exceptional audio balance with powerful bass, which makes them the ideal choice for any kind of music and their 3D-Axis folding mechanism makes them compact enough to take with you anywhere.
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So, I will not do that, and will give these headphones 4 stars as an absolute measure. Not to confuse people I will say it is only because a more expensive will be better.
So, I will say here - these are great headphones. Sound quality, clarity are much much better than acceptable, I was trying the AKG headphones of other model costing $85-$100, and the only difference was just slightly better sound isolation. If you use these (K404) at the highest volume, people around you may be able to hear your music. And that means, that headphones loose a little of sound energy supplied. However, the great news is that one doesn't have to listen at the highers volumes. These headphones sound great at all ranges in a volume. Great at 10% of the full volume and doesn't kill your hearing.
Additionally - very lightweight and at the same time sturdily made, so you don't have to be constantly on alert that you would break them. For my purpose and for my purpose only, I found that the cord is extremely long for listening to pocket player. For those who use them at home this is NOT a limitation, but if you use headphones at home, you would probably go for a different model - more like studio monitors.
In summary - Great headphones. They occupy the space of portable headphones and prove much better - 1) You don't put the piece in your ear - hygiene reasons. 2) Small ear-buds give direct sound, which hurt hearing in a long run - these are around ear, so work rather like a small speakers near your ears. Still a danger to hearing as all headphones, but less than ear buds.
A lot of reviewers made a comment about how small the band was...I noticed that when I opened them and thought...OMG I have a small head, but there's NO WAY I can put these on! Then I figured out how they adjust. For fun, I handed them to my husband who has a rather large head and told him to try them on. He told me I was crazy, then when I showed him how they work...which they pretty much self-adjust...he was very happy and is planning on buying some for himself...and yes, they fit him well, and they fit me too.
I can't believe the sound on these things! First, they do mask a good bit of the bus sound, though not all...that wouldn't be good anyway. If someone spoke to me and these let no other noise through, I'd be in trouble. The sound they produce is awesome. I've never had a pair of portable headphones that sound like these. I actually hear music, good music. They have decent bass, though nothing like what you'd find in a big pair of DJ headphones...but could you really wear those during your commute? I expected some tinniness, but that isn't present. They're also very clear, no noise that isn't supposed to be there.
When you look at them, or at least when I did, it looks like they're not that sturdy. It's been awhile since I saw quality headphones with a metal band. So at first I was very gentle with them. But after awhile, I realized I could do the same things with them as any other pair of folding headphones.
My one issue with these is the cord. Often I end up putting them away in a hurry, and when I do, that cable tangles up like spaghetti. Even if I take a few extra seconds to try to put them neatly in the pouch, they still end up a mess next time I pull them out. A single-cable design would have made them much better in that regard. As irritating as that can be sometimes, it doesn't take away a star...because these things are just amazing.
So in conclusion, if you're looking for something sturdy that sounds good and is pretty good at blocking loud noises, then these are for you.
These are the first I've had where the cord is grey instead of black. It is a thicker cord than before but other than that they are what you would expect.
The metal headband is very minimalist. I like it, but I don't have much hair to get caught in it. If you wear them enough you can still buy replacement earpad covers fairly cheaply.
I like the sound of AKG headphones. Closed-back ones like these are a basey, but much less so than many of the other brands out there.