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Professional hi-fi stereo headphones designed for critical listening.

The latest version of the AKG K-44 MKII features Varimotion technology and XXL transducers. Specially designed for home recording and project studios these affordable headphones are ideal for countless applications. The AKG K-44 MKII headphones are circumaural with closed-backs and are versatile performers with pure bass and clear highs. Easy cleaning leatherette ear pads and gimble suspension with a self-adjusting headband promise easy wearing comfort. AKG K-44 MKII headphones have a 3.5/6.3mm stereo adapter to suit the professional and semi-professional alike.

FEATURES
  • Semi-closed back, circumaural design
  • Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit
  • Patented Varimotion speakers
SPECIFICATIONS

K 44 Headphones

  • Audio bandwidth: 18Hz to 20.000Hz
    Efficiency: 115 dB SPL/V
    Max. input power: 200 mW
    Rated impedance: 32 ohms
    Weight without cable: 190 g (6.7 oz)
    Cable: 2.5 m (8 ft.)
    Finish: Grey
    Stereo adapter 3.5/6.3 mm, (1/8" to 1/4")
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AKGK 44 Headphones
 
4.1

(based on 115 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (73)
  • Good value (72)
  • Lightweight (62)
  • Great sound (50)
  • Good bass (31)

Cons

  • Unattractive design (8)
  • Flimsy construction (5)
  • Poor sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Music (53)
  • Home audio (45)
  • With my computer (39)
  • Portable devices (29)
  • Relaxing (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (28), Gear head (26), Musician (6), School (5), Professional musician (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Headphones for a Good Price

I used to own a pair of Bose on-ear headphones, which were definitely the nicest headphones I've ever owned... Then they wound up broken, but I'll spare you the details. Needless to...Read complete review

I used to own a pair of Bose on-ear headphones, which were definitely the nicest headphones I've ever owned... Then they wound up broken, but I'll spare you the details. Needless to say, I was in the market for a new pair. However, I wasn't up for spending the large chunk of dough that I did on those Bose headphones again.

So originally, on recommendation of a couple friends, I went over to the local deparment store and bought a pair of Skull Candy headphones for ~$40. A terrible decision, as they were some of the worst sounding headphones I've heard in a while--rivaling something like a free pair you'd get bundled along with with a knockoff Walkman. So, I returned those pretty quickly, and almost wound up swapping them for similarly priced pair of Sony headphones but talked myself out of it--reason being, I made the assumption that all these cheap headphones would sound like garbage. So next, I decided to check here, almost resigned to the fact that I needed to spend way more than I originally intended to. Did some browsing, and wound up with these (yes, another cheap pair of headphones). I was enticed by the good reviews, and plus they were included in one of those sales... errr "sales"... that MF typically has.

As soon as I heard them, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I had almost assumed I was going to get burned a third time (especially after seeing how cheap they look and feel in real life), so hearing for myself that they were actually good headphones was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Fast forward, and I've owned these for a few months now, and I'll go ahead and say that I'm pretty satisfied with them.

Since I'm just a regular dude, I use these headphones for just about everything. They come along with me for listening to my iPod, for watching movies on my laptop, plugging into my guitar amp, using them for my amateur recording and mixing at home... pretty much everything. And they're up to the task.

On the plus side, they sound pretty decent. Obviously these aren't premium headphones we're talking about, but for the price you pay, the clarity and range is decent. The bass isn't as full as I'd like, but it's most definitely there. They're also lightweight, pretty comfortable, and adjust to my head well. If I wear them for too long, say over an hour or two, my ears start to hurt a little bit, but I take that as a sign that I need to get up and do something else anyway.

With the good, there is some bad though. The one thing I absolutely hate (and I repeat, HATE) about these headphones is the little textured pattern of dots on the outside of them. For one, they're sort of ugly, but that's not the big problem. A lot of the time, when removing the headphones, or just re-adjusting them, I accidentally hit or drag a nail across them while reaching for the headphones. This results in a noise loud enough to almost blow your eardrums out depending on how hard you hit them. At the very least it makes your ear hurt like hell. The fact that I would have to consider putting tape over them, or even sanding them down in a desperate attempt to fix that (I won't) is just stupid. It's an awful design choice.

Despite that problem, I'm still happy with these headphones. Considering price and quality, I'd almost give these 5 stars, but that would be misleading, since they aren't perfect headphones. I won't say that these are the last headphones I'll ever own, because there's a lot of room to improve, but for the time being I'd say these headphones were an excellent desicion.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bass Player says they're too bassy? Yep.

THE GOOD:

They're comfortable, light and handle high volumes well without breaking up.

THE BAD:

I play bass and love bass frequencies. I thought perhaps the other...Read complete review

THE GOOD:

They're comfortable, light and handle high volumes well without breaking up.

THE BAD:

I play bass and love bass frequencies. I thought perhaps the other reviews claiming these headphones are too bass-heavy might be exagerated, so I gave them a shot. They were right. I hoped to use them for home recording and practicing my bass quietly. Sadly, they're just too bassy and lack any high-end definition.

I tried plugging them into my phone and they sounded equally bad when playing music. My cheap, old, department store Sony headphones sound more balanced. I'll be returning them shortly.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Headphones for a Good Price

By Chaz Diggler

from Denver, CO

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unattractive Design

Best Uses

    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

    I used to own a pair of Bose on-ear headphones, which were definitely the nicest headphones I've ever owned... Then they wound up broken, but I'll spare you the details. Needless to say, I was in the market for a new pair. However, I wasn't up for spending the large chunk of dough that I did on those Bose headphones again.

    So originally, on recommendation of a couple friends, I went over to the local deparment store and bought a pair of Skull Candy headphones for ~$40. A terrible decision, as they were some of the worst sounding headphones I've heard in a while--rivaling something like a free pair you'd get bundled along with with a knockoff Walkman. So, I returned those pretty quickly, and almost wound up swapping them for similarly priced pair of Sony headphones but talked myself out of it--reason being, I made the assumption that all these cheap headphones would sound like garbage. So next, I decided to check here, almost resigned to the fact that I needed to spend way more than I originally intended to. Did some browsing, and wound up with these (yes, another cheap pair of headphones). I was enticed by the good reviews, and plus they were included in one of those sales... errr "sales"... that MF typically has.

    As soon as I heard them, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I had almost assumed I was going to get burned a third time (especially after seeing how cheap they look and feel in real life), so hearing for myself that they were actually good headphones was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Fast forward, and I've owned these for a few months now, and I'll go ahead and say that I'm pretty satisfied with them.

    Since I'm just a regular dude, I use these headphones for just about everything. They come along with me for listening to my iPod, for watching movies on my laptop, plugging into my guitar amp, using them for my amateur recording and mixing at home... pretty much everything. And they're up to the task.

    On the plus side, they sound pretty decent. Obviously these aren't premium headphones we're talking about, but for the price you pay, the clarity and range is decent. The bass isn't as full as I'd like, but it's most definitely there. They're also lightweight, pretty comfortable, and adjust to my head well. If I wear them for too long, say over an hour or two, my ears start to hurt a little bit, but I take that as a sign that I need to get up and do something else anyway.

    With the good, there is some bad though. The one thing I absolutely hate (and I repeat, HATE) about these headphones is the little textured pattern of dots on the outside of them. For one, they're sort of ugly, but that's not the big problem. A lot of the time, when removing the headphones, or just re-adjusting them, I accidentally hit or drag a nail across them while reaching for the headphones. This results in a noise loud enough to almost blow your eardrums out depending on how hard you hit them. At the very least it makes your ear hurt like hell. The fact that I would have to consider putting tape over them, or even sanding them down in a desperate attempt to fix that (I won't) is just stupid. It's an awful design choice.

    Despite that problem, I'm still happy with these headphones. Considering price and quality, I'd almost give these 5 stars, but that would be misleading, since they aren't perfect headphones. I won't say that these are the last headphones I'll ever own, because there's a lot of room to improve, but for the time being I'd say these headphones were an excellent desicion.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound/Comfortable/Affordable

    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

    These headphones have allowed me to enjoy recording again. Before these AKG's, I had a pair of Sony Pro-Studio phones that would give me a headache within 30 minutes or so. (Due to the fit and weight not volume level) I had gotten to the point that when I would have the urge to tinker in the studio I'd think about putting on the headset and find something else to go do.
    I record through a Boss1600 using a presonus tube channel strip as a pre. So far, the AKG's have handled every tonal mix i run them through with no problem.
    These are the most comfortable, best sounding and far from the most expensive headphones I've ever owned. I've had high end Sony's & JVC's in the past and I'm set on AKG's for life now.
    Well made for the light weight and able to handle heavy duty bass with no distortion or popping.
    Worth much more than they cost!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    not bad

    By Nathan-IJG1O

    from IL

    See all my reviews

    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

    They are pretty good for what they are. What they are is an affordable set of headphones. They are great for tracking guitars, vocals, playing around on an electric drum kit, and such. The only downside is that they can not be used to mix/master anything. They add way to much coloration to the final mix. The nature of all headphones, if you think you are gonna be able to "learn" their sound, well be my guest but I would rather be using some monitors for that purpose and cut out the middle man. I love these headphones, for sure, but if you plan on looking for something to do mixes on, look else where.
    Comfy, not really flimsy like some say, although they are plastic. Could have included a 1/4 inch adapter.
    I have had mine for 2 years now and mine have functioned great since day one.
    Pretty decent for the price, beats paying 400+.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I got disappointement

    By Jose Mascarenhas

    from Newark, NJ

    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

    I thought I was getting a good deal on a great brand.
    It has too much bass emphasis and a real lack of clarity in the highs.
    I have 4 headphones below this price range and they are all superior.
    Do yourself a favor...skip this one.
    It looks beautiful and pretty sturd.
    Fits very comfortably.
    The 1/8 jack doesn't enter the 1/4 adapter all the way.
    Sound quality is simply bad.
    When I put it on I thought I was listening to a mono headphone with deafening bass.
    It's just a spare item in new condition to be gathering dust.

    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    AKG = No Customer Service

    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

    anHan
    Basically just headphones but if they are anything like the K-540's that I purchased and that broke on the second listen not worth it. AKG has no customer service and it will take months to find the correct department to honor the warranty. I know I'm still waiting

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    K 44 Headphones

    By shlepakoff

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Gear Head

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio

      Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

      Been using these in home studio (recording and monitoring) for over 6 months now. Very even response, decent build. Cord kinks regularly, so it takes extra care preserve its longevity. Highly recommend.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This is a nice set of headphones

      By chrisrio21

      from Las Cruces, NM

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Music

        Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

        The head phones are good sounding, clear and light weight. They are comfortable while perfoming.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Poor Customer Service

        By TeenMusician

        from Virginia

        About Me Teenager

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction
        • Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Relaxing

        Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

        These were a gift and the connection to the headphone was spotty. Sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. I tried to call Customer Service at AKG and they never returned my phone calls. I left many messages. Since I purchased the extended warranty, I tried to get a refund from Musician's Friend and they said that since it was a manufacture defect that it was not covered by the extended warranty! Don't waste your money!!

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Bass Player says they're too bassy? Yep.

        By dave(id)

        from St Paul, MN

        About Me Bass player

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Too bassy

        Best Uses

          Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

          THE GOOD:

          They're comfortable, light and handle high volumes well without breaking up.

          THE BAD:

          I play bass and love bass frequencies. I thought perhaps the other reviews claiming these headphones are too bass-heavy might be exagerated, so I gave them a shot. They were right. I hoped to use them for home recording and practicing my bass quietly. Sadly, they're just too bassy and lack any high-end definition.

          I tried plugging them into my phone and they sounded equally bad when playing music. My cheap, old, department store Sony headphones sound more balanced. I'll be returning them shortly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Caution!

          By e_scarab

          from Kentucky

          See all my reviews

          Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

          While they sound okay, because what i was hipped was not as described or ordered I cannt give them anything more than 5. I would suggest if you bought some, you check to be sure the package is clearly marked K 44MKll or you do not have the new model. This comes straight from MF and AKG.
          A word of advice: the headphones you recieve are not "mkll"s". They are the ols SUPRAAURAL(they fit "on" the ear) K 44's and not the new MKll "circumaurals" (fit completely "around" the ear) meaning they are not as specified and do not provide good isolation.
          I can only rate them a 5 because they are not as specified or as ordered. They are basically plastic but seem sturdy enough and have a design that doesn't have obvious flaws that look prone to breakage.
          For me, even though I admittedly bought them on sale, they have no real value as I ordered the MKll's as shown in the catalogue and online which are as stated previously, circumaural. The old K44's I recieved are clearly marked in three places "supraaural", and are not not circumaural so they do not provide the isolation I required. And again, what I was shipped and what MF has told me in several emails are the only model they have are the old K44 and ARE NOT K44 MKll's.

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