Feeds

AKG headphones sound out US market

From cheapo buds to premium cans

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Macworld Expo At this week's Macworld Expo, audio giant Harman International announced that it would begin selling its premium-quality headphone brand, AKG, in the US consumer market.

While select products in the AKG line have been available to US-based audio professionals, the company's consumer-level 'phones have until now been unavailable to statesiders.

In a statement, Dorian Staps, director of AKG Consumer Business in Vienna, said, "We are happy to bring our advanced technology and superior headphones to U.S. consumers so that they can experience their music in its true form, and as if they were sitting in the recording studio with their favorite artist."

Seems reasonable, seeing as how many of those favorite artists have been sitting in recording studios wearing such professional AKG cans as the K 702.

Macworld Expo 2009 - AKG K 309 headphones

$16.95 will get you AKG's Juicy Orange K 309 earbuds...

The new US line will at launch include 17 models and will include ear buds, in-ear-canal earphones, multicolored mini headphones, and over-ear headphones that will include both circumaural models, which surround the ear, and supra-aural models, which sit on top of the ear.

The reasons for the multiple types of offerings are both price and taste. At the entry level, some users like the security and external-sound reduction of in-ear-canal headphones, while others prefer the convenience of standard earbuds. We've heard arguments extolling the relative comfort and bass response of both.

In the higher-end strata, arguments focus on circumaural versus supra-aural, with some preferring the initial comfort of circumaural 'phones and some the lighter weight of supra-aura units. There's general agreement, however, that vented 'phones have a more open sound than closed-back models, although the latter are better at blocking out external noises.

No matter. Whichever your preference, the new AKG line has a model for you to try.

Macworld Expo 2009 - AKG K 272 HD headphones

...or you can move 17 steps up the line to the $299.95 K 272 HD cans

There are 17 new US offerings in all, ranging from the $16.95 K 309 earbud, which comes in "cocoa brown or juicy orange" to the $299.95 on-ear, closed-back K 272 HD, a two-tone "mocha/sand" unit that is, according to Harman International, "loud and rugged; ideal for single-ear DJ use."

The K 309 has a claimed frequency response of 18Hz to 20kHz, while Harman claims the K 272 HD's response is 16Hz to 28kHz.

Considering that the upper range of the human ear's frequency response is generally considered to be in the range of 20kHz, we're assuming that the K 272 HDs will be the cans of choice for US doggie DJs. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.