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AKG releases K175, K245, K275 foldable studio headphones

AKG releases K175, K245, K275 foldable studio headphones

AKG has three new pairs of headphones aimed at musicians and audio professionals, but also ideal for anyone who wants a closed-back, over-ear headphone with a durable, foldable design. And who, presumably, prefers the accurate, transparent sound normally aspired to by 'studio' headphones and speakers. 

There are three new models; the AKG K175 (£109/$129), K245 (£129/$149) and K275 (£149/$169). All three feature a three-axis, all-metal hinge - all critical parts of the design are said to be metal - which allows them to be folded-up. They have a "self-adjusting" headband, floating ear cups with foam ear pads, and a replaceable cable.

The K275 and K245 models feature large, 50mm transducers for greater low-frequency extension. The K275 are a closed-back design, while the K245 are open-back, and they offer slightly different frequency ranges as a result. The closed-back K175 earphones meanwhile use 40mm transducers, have a higher sensitivity and a slightly narrower claimed frequency range.

Having been in the pipeline for some time, we can only assume AKG's testing regimen, which includes "extreme drop tests" and "an 80,000-bend-cycle test" for the cable, slowed things down a touch. Maybe the $8 billion acquisition of AKG's parent company, Harman International, by Samsung, also caused the company to take stock. Nevertheless, all three pairs of AKG headphones are on sale now.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.