Chasing after a new pair of cans for mixing and monitoring duties? AKG added three new studio headphones to its K-line today – the K275, K245, and K175. The Harman-owned brand is touting these as portable versions of its high-end studio models, built to withstand travel and field work while staying affordable.
The K275 and K175 have closed-back designs, which means they are better at isolating noise than the semi-open K245. Thus, the 75s are ideal for live recording and monitoring situations, while the K245 is better geared towards editing and mixing with its more natural frequency response.
As these models are built to last, they understandably have more of a “workhorse” look to them than the K701’s premium allure. This doesn’t mean they are ugly or uncomfortable, though. AKG has made them foldable, with self-adjusting headbands and floating ear cups. This lets you throw them into a travel bag and liberally adjust them to fit your noggin’s unique proportions. Most of the elements are made of metal, and the cable is replaceable, too, so these can definitely last a while.
AKG say they subjected the new headphones to an extensive torture program with multiple drops, cable bends, and driver stress tests. You can treat these like trash and probably get away with it! Perhaps ‘German Maestro’s’ affordable and notoriously rugged headphones have finally met their equals.
Both the K275 and K245 feature 50mm transducers for greater low-frequency extension, while the K175 uses 40mm ones. The frequency response on all three is rated between 15Hz to 28KHz, and impedance stands at 32 Ohms. So you can plug these into low impedance gear typical for field work and project studios.
Price & release date
AKG will start selling the new K275, K245, and K175 studio headphones in June. Sadly, prices are yet to be announced.
More information is available here.