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Akg k81dj/518dj.
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Thanks for that, although a bit too pricey. So sennheiser don't have a similar product with a closed design? I may as well have to start saving up if that's the case.
eh250's.

what kind of music do you listen to, what to listen to?
or do you just want better soundstange with a closed back headphone.
whats your price range
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For a wide variety of music (more concerned about highs and mids though), a budget of ~$100 and keeping the amount of noise that leaks in/out low.
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Keep an eye out for deals on the ATH-A700 this holiday season, I got mine last year from Newegg for $118 +s/h.
    
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K81DJ review:

The BEST closed can at its price range bar none

First impressions
Heavy, tough build quality, very very nice. The 3D-Axis folding system works like a charm, although not as nicely as the system Ultrasone uses on their DJ1-Pros. Generally, a pair of durable cans all-around that can take abuse, although it's main weak point is the plastic swivel.

Past that, there's a concern of the headband. AKG should rename these as K-Headclamp-DJs. Literally clamps your head like there's no tomorrow. Before wearing them, take the time to stretch it out between some books or speakers and use a hairdryer to soften up the plastic/metal while on the books/speakers. This will effectively 'lock-in' the desired/fixed shape. Aside from the headband issue, the cans are fairly comfortable. Pads are made from supple pleather with some medium density foam behind it.

Other than the headclamp, there aren't really glaring comfort problems, except some form of padding could be installed on the headband as it is a bit uncomfortable to have the headband sink into your head.

Onto the cables and the jack. The K81DJs come with a 1/4" to 1/8" screw-on adapter that screws onto the non-removable 1/8" mini-jack (which has threading around the plug area). This creates a better contact path between the adapter and the plug, and also prevents the adapter from accidetally falling out---pretty nifty. The cables on the other hand aren't nifty at all. They get the job done, but are so long! I'd have to say around the 3 meter range...but that's expected from a DJ can, as DJs move around a large platform quite often.

Sound


Right off the bat, it's quite obvious that these are very bassy cans. It's not 'bad' bass per se, just that it's very overwhelming and can dorwn out the other frequencies. This can be remedied somewhat by removing the thick foam circle protecting the driver cover from damage. It tames the bass down quite a bit and allows the mids and highs to shine through. Soundstage is also fairly wide, although not as wide as it can be. Highs suffer a bit, but I suspect it'll improve as I continue to burn them in (currently at 45 hours or so). Imaging is also pretty decent, living up to AKG standards, so it's a decent can to play CS with (the bass gives CS quite a noticeable oomph). It's also a closed can, thus no sound leaks out---perfect for late night gaming session.

Modability

So far, the only mod I've don is remove the foam covers. The cans have a high-modding potential, as it's easy to gain access to the drivers and wires, thus recabling is a breeze (I'll recable them as well....probably with 28AWG SPC and some Switch craft plugs). Other than recabling, there's also a blu-tak mod, where you take the covers off the DJs and line the inside with a thin layer of blu-tak or modeling clay. This supposedly improves the sound, although not everyone thinks so.

Cost and misc. info

These can be picked up quite cheaply on the secondary market (around $40) like Head-Fi, and are a fantastic bargain. Just so people don't get confused, these are NOT the K181DJs---those are different and cost more. However, this IS the same as the K518Dj...just has silver accents, whereas on the K518 the accents are blacked out.

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Edited by cyberspyder - 10/31/08 at 3:03pm
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Hmmmm Can't find where to buy it. I can afford pricier cans that should be comfortable without attaching foam and using hair dryers on it.
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Hmmmm Can't find where to buy it. I can afford pricier cans that should be comfortable without attaching foam and using hair dryers on it.
Try looking for K518DJs. The hairdryer is just a personal preference. If you like tighter cans that won't fall off your ears, then they're fine the way it came in.
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anyone know if the buy.com denon d2000s are legit?
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this thread defiantly needs to be stickied, I bought a set of HD201's from Amazon for 23.95 with one day shipping and I am amazed at the quality of these headphones, I thought my skullcandies were pretty good but these are a new level, I am hearing things in my music I have never heard and gaming with them is like playing the game for the first time, you hear things and can notice the little things, in Crysis I can tell where the Koreans are without even seeing them on my HUD, just listening to the footsteps. Once again, thanks for the guide and please have a mod sticky this
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