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AKG M220 Semi-Open Studio Headphones

AKG M220 Semi-Open Studio Headphones

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is it possible to send in a defective pair for replacement/repair? Mine came in a few days ago and had significant distortion on the left side out of the box.
To be honest I got these specifically to mod out of curiosity. I haven't modded anything yet but I'm used to much more expensive gear, so here's my perspective on them. Fairly neutral, bass rollof could be a little lower but overall pretty good for $50. Excellent treble for price range, good extention without sibilance, and not tiring. midrange is good, not perfect, but it's smooth and full sounding. Imaging is kinda meh, I played some video games with them and I found it hard to distinguish exactly where sounds were coming from, it wasn't bad by any means, and far better than others in the price range. Soundstage Is on the intimate side, better than most headphones in this price range but still sounds like it's coming from the speaker just next to your ear, it just doesn't have the width. Comfort - Needs pads. Pads aren't bad but too shallow and my ear touches the inside foam against the driver, not uncomfortable but could've been improved with slightly thicker pads, I'm going to find some velour ones and try them out. Build is not the best, it uses mostly good materials but I dont know how long the plastic slider is going to last. Overall I give it an 8 out of 10, deductions are for cable, (not the length, it just kinks easily) the build, and the comfort.
Also if you're looking for cheap headphone stands, get some AmazonBasics yoga blocks 2 for $9.99 with free shipping. They work great.
Arrived today! First impressions, the most noticeable negative about these headphones are the pads. My head doesn't quite max out the band, but it comes pretty close. The leather pads and fit were just uncomfortable enough I decided to swap them out. I'm using the memory foam/microfiber pads from my Corsair Vengeance 1500 which happen to fit perfectly.
I plugged them into my Schitt Fulla 2 and tried to be objective. My daily driver is the AKG 7xx so that's what I'm comparing to. Going directly from one set to the other, its clear that the M220 is missing some of the soundstage of the 7xx. There's definitely less clarity in the mids and the bass seems to lose some life to the smaller soundstage. That said, the listening experience is very pleasant and smooth. The reproduction seems pretty neutral.
My K7xx flexes its muscles with a much larger soundstage, more comfortable fit, and more clarity across the board. Is it 4 times the quality? I don't think so. I would be happy with the M220s as a my daily driver if need be. They're much better headphones than I expected for $50. The biggest drawbacks are definitely the ear pads and the resistance. These fair a similar fate to my K7xx without an amp. My phone (Nexus 6p) has just enough juice to drive them to a nice volume, but nothing more. The Schitt Fulla 2 definitely brings out the best in them, and their best is way better than I expected!
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Whoa I just got a notification that my headphones shipped.... I thought the estimated ship date was the 25? So did they ship early, or did they just post a tracking number way early, before they even have them to ship out?
Comparison to K240 ?
LoggleO_O
The 240 is a color change from the 220 and meant more as a "special edition" Same drivers, same earcups, same everything. Which color do you like?
lshriver
Not true. The M220 are more refined, relaxing with a perfectly smooth high without fatigue. So there is no problem with the rage of the 8-10 kHz range. The rest of the changes are traces or nonexistent.
Anyone tried the brainwavz velour pads on their m220?
Does anyone know where to get cheap velour pads for these? I bought some off of some random website and they were too small and fake velour.
Maxtreem
Hi All,
if anybody from Europe is interrested in this headphones. I have one pair from winter drop for sale. I used them not more then 2-3 months. I did my own upgrade with new velour pads which made a great pair of headphone in this price range and made them much more comfortable and sealed. Whith the new pads I used them just few time, so they are like new. Great for home use.
In case of interrest please email me on marek.lichtner@gmail.com. Pictures are with original pads and then upgraded velur.
Marek
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marek.light
That's really cool, do have a link to the velour pads? Also were they a drop in replacement, or were mods required? I'd consider buying yours but I'm in America and I already got these on the drop (impulse purchase, I wanted to see what these were about and eventually mod them for fun)
lshriver
Hi Ishriver, yeah I bought them for same reason, just to try them out. My initial intese was pads for my Beyerdynamic T70p, but the pads were just too big for them, so I tried them for these AKG and it works perferct together. I bought them from eBay, so will be easy to get your own. Here is the link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261642089129
33$ For shiping to Greece is way to much !!!
NikosKard
Yeah, shipping to Australia used to be $18 on previous drops, now it's shot up to $32.
I guess it must be the new lead boxes they're shipping them in to protect the headphones from the fall-out of North Korean nuclear missiles...
Damn you, damn you to hell Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un!
This price isn't a deal at all.
CamoGeko
It's like 15 bucks cheaper than Amazon. Dunno where they get the 159 MSRP crap from. For a massdrop item it isn't very 'drop' per say.
Same price as all the local and online stores, except with longer shipping times...? Not sure what I'm missing here. That $159 MSRP doesn't mean anything when I can walk a couple blocks away and pick them up for $54....
wow severely disappointed with the sound quality of these
How are this headphones compared to the Akg K612? Are them viable for music production?
BigSome
These are the same as the K240, so objectively speaking, the K612 Pro should be better for music production, although the K612 Pro is significantly harder to drive.
I thought Massdrop don't charge until the drop ends? I joined the drop yesterday and my credit card has already had the funds removed although it says "pending". I then cancelled the drop last night but the funds have not been returned.
They don't charge you, but they put a hold on the funds to make sure that you have enough so they have an accurate idea of who can buy, make sure they have enough money in the bank account yada yada. When the drop ends it should change from pending to withdrawal and they will actually take the money.
If anyone has trouble with bass response on these, I did find that the bass was pretty thin out of the box but it opened up a lot (about 6-9dB) after a couple weeks of normal use.
These are great headphones, probably some of the best open backs you can get for the price. I've had them about 10 months now and they're holding up well. I put on beyerdynamic EDT770 velour pads and an aftermarket 1.5m cable and I use them every day. They do benefit from an amp when used with mobile devices, they can sometimes sound a bit congested on busy tracks without it. I use the Topping NX2 when I use these with my iDevices. My 2009 MacBook Pro seems to handle them well enough without an amp though.
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Cool, they look good.
TempuraSwindler
Nice man. Those look dope!
I use these headphone in Splatoon and they're pretty good for the price.
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Sugar_Free
lmao I luv it!
33$ shipping to my country? should be half of that tops..
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should be here the same, i honestly don't get it
shocky
I agree... This is really crazy man.
hi , I only have a master card ,does that mean I can not join the drop. I tried to buy but option was not there.
newbee
You can use a MasterCard if you go through Paypal I believe
Excellent headphones, much better and less expensive than Beats. Recording studio staples.
For anyone that's interested, Im working on a Bluetooth adapter that attaches to the headphones through the audio port. No cables or nothing and you can swap it for the normal cable without difficulty. The housing isn't quite ready but it should be available soon on amazon. Tell me if your interested so I know if I should make finishing it a priority.
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Magister_Ludi
update: my dog might have gotten excited and basically destroyed my 3d printer, so as of right now im not going to be able to produce any, sorry to anyone who is as impatient as i am. also, if you really want something that will do the job, you could get a bluetooth adapter and throw an xlr adapter onto that. hope it helps
Magister_Ludi
also, I'm not sure about pricing, I'm thinking somewhere under 50, probably around 30-40 range
How would these compare to B&W P3s?
Would it be worthwhile to upgrade the cable?
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That's kind of what I was thinking. That plastic XLR connector doesn't look overly sturdy either.
Nothingsense
I agree. I bet it would work for a while, but I feel one accident or careless movement and it would break. Considering the price of the headphones, you can't expect the greatest build quality.
Anyone try these with Dekoni Sheepskin Ear Pads? I was looking at Fostex T50's with Dekoni Pads, but this route would be a lot cheaper after buying the pads (I'm a comfort freak), and will be a lot easier to drive.
Build quality: Junk
Pros: * Sound is amazing (I'm not an audiophile though). Well... at least while it has any sound at all of course. * Self adjusting style is really cool.
Cons: * The band does not allow your skin to breath, so you constantly have sweaty mug :D * The socket where the cable connects to the headphone is junk though. After just a week of very gentle use at work it started having troubles - where a channel or sometimes both randomly loose connection and I have to touch it to restore sound. Since I can't sit without turning my head now and again, this is a constant source of frustration. * UPDATE: with time it loses sound more and more often and not only in one channel either.
Wouldn't recommend.
AlexCzar
Very weird, I got mine 6 months ago and it still works perfectly fine. It might be your unit or the cable that's the problem
tepp
In my dictionary that's bad QC. You're lucky :)
How do these compare to AKG K 240? Very similar specs, are they essentially the same but different color?
BeerCanChicken
Everything I've seen says they're basically the K240 with different colors.
Really wanna know how those compare to Superlux HD668B in terms of sound quality.
AlexaBlack
I'm right there with you, the left ear my Superlux HD 668B just went out and I'm looking for a replacement
AlexaBlack
i got k240mk2 (if what they say is true about m220 are k240 in different color) and 668b, and both switched to velour pads They are different even though they look identical. 1) k240 sounds more in your face, while 668b are futher 2) k240 has better bass and mid range responds while 668b has higher highs 3) k240 has softer clamps Are k240 an upgrade? no. they just sound different
Can someone tell me of these ship to Canada, and if yes what the shipping cost is? Lately on most drops the shipping info doesn't appear for me anymore. Not sure why, any tips/suggestions would be appreciated :)
Joey0
yes, for me it is $23.50 US in canada, so it is 31,64$ CAN. So the total is 98,94$
JonhD
Cool thx bud, i just need to know if it's even available for shipping to Canada.
@B.Hutch is this a website update where if it's not available for shipping to your country you won't see any shipping details?
Why it says free shipping and then I got to pay for the shipping?
JonhD
do you live outside the US?
Samtell
yes... Thanks for the tip
Good headphone without needing an amp; Nice sound quality that doesn't cut off outside noise (so I can hear when my dog is messing with stuff); ...and a plastic-y feeling construction. That said, the price is right for a product like this. I'd look into replacing the ear cups as soon as you can since the leatherette feels pretty much like plastic. I bought this as a gift for a high school grad to take to college.
awsumsawz
Any suggestions on reasonably priced upgrades to the pads? I've seen suggestions for some that cost $30, but this seems a little crazy for $50 headphones.
pterosaur
if you dont mind trying aliexpress and search for "velvet ear pad cushion for k 240" it ranges from USD5-10 a pair. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-Pair-Black-Color-Velvet-Replacement-Earpad-Ear-Pad-Cushion-for-AKG-K-240-Studio-Headphones/32754888378.html?spm=2114.13010308.0.0.TAAuPg
Wait- Can I use these without an amp or not? If there is a 3.5mm cable shouldn't I just be able to plug it in my pc?
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I will probably keep my iphone 4 now instead of just throwing it out, I had no idea! Will be a good portable spotify machine I guess. Thanks for the info!
smallbit
Yeah! The 4 was pretty boss :) Don't get me wrong, I have several external amps that make things better (dynamic and lively, better instrument separation and clarity), but purely for volume the only headphone so far that the iPhone couldn't produce "enough" volume for was headphones based on the Fostex T50RP.