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AKG K 44 Headphones

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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
Leatherette ear pads and velvet ear pads
SPECIFICATIONS
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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Gamer

          By DK

          from OG NJ

          About Me College Student

          See all my reviews

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

              Bought this as a gift for my step son we had many ear buds I decided to buy some headphones I gave him a choice of 3 Sony X Tascam TH 200 X or these He liked these the best The Tascams were to flat they are really monitor headphones He liked the Sony s but at 95.00 not an option and really did like these better Light comfortable I thought they looked very flimsy but will see how they hold up over time

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Feel cheap but sound decent

              By Hobo

              from Lafayette, CA

              About Me Gear Head

              See all my reviews

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction
              • Unattractive Design
              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music
              • Portable Devices
              • Relaxing
              • With My Computer

              Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

              They feel cheap, and get a little uncomfortable after extended listening (earcups are not foam), but they sound not half-bad. Get 'em on sale and they're a good deal, especially for backup use or if your rehearsal or recording space needs a bunch of cheap headphones quick. External noise rejection isn't great, nor is comfort, but for a twenty the frequency response is pretty OK.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Comfortable at a no-brainer price

              By ANAC

              from NY, USA

              About Me Audiophile

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • With My Computer

                Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                What you get for the money (on sale) is substantial. Highlights include extreme comfort, auto-tensioning headband, long cord (adapter included). Cons are that, while comfortable, the headband does not hug your head. Being a low-cost set this is not adjustable. This simply means that these are headphones best suited for a multi-hour session with your guitar on the couch, or maybe in front of the computer. Next up, these are not monitor style headphones. They are rather bright with a bit of sibilance most of which can be corrected with a bit of EQ. Casual use is what I'm getting at. Finally, in line with the price the build quality is insubstantial. They will be fine around the house but these are not traveling cans. Overall, a solid 5 stars for the price and what they offer as long as the limitations are kept in mind.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Headphones

                By PersianPrince

                from Northridge, CA

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • With My Computer
                  • Working

                  Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                  I bought this for my uncle and he uses it at work to cut the noise and listen to his music. He's very happy with it and says it's comfortable and cool-looking!

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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great deal, got them on sale

                  By Buddy

                  from Fl.

                  About Me Gear Head

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Playing my edrums, so not to disturb others.
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                    Already two pair of the M80 headphones. I have grandkids that use these a lots. They seam to very durable and have lasted for a while now. This set, M44 were on sale, bought two pair of these also. When the time comes to replace these, yes I will buy these again.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Could be better but definitely not bad

                    By General_Klaymore

                    from Houston, Tx.

                    About Me Gear Head

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor Bass
                    • Unattractive Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • Traveling
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                    Picked these up about a week ago for an extremely good price. First let me say I am a tone obsessive guitarist and my primary purpose in purchasing these was to be able to play in the middle of the night without getting evicted from my apartment. Done. These do exactly what I needed them to do in that aspect. More pros, the cord is plenty long enough to move around some while plugged in. My biggest positive I can give here is the comfort level, having used a ton of headphones over the years these (especially the headband portion) are the most comfortable I have ever put on. They are very clear and seem to hold a decent level of volume across their range (meaning they don't cut out when the bass hits and start lacking in treble). That brings me to my cons, The bass in these things is VERY sub par. It works for what I want but if I try to play anything through my stereo system or laptop with these in the punch just isn't there. Not at all a deal breaker for me but if you are into say rap or house music you will be sorely disappointed just be forewarned. If the punch was there I would have given it 4 stars, if the overall sound quality was even better it would have got 5 stars but that in mind they also would be at least double the price. If you are looking for just a pair of headphones to use for "hobbies" these fit the bill. If you are looking for professional quality and sound for mixing and or recording, save up and do a higher grade pair. Good luck no matter what you decide.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Absolute junk

                    By Joe

                    from Maine

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                    • Cheap

                    Best Uses

                    • None

                    Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                    I bought these headphones when they were offered as the deal of the day. After only three uses there is an extreme volume drop off in the left speaker. It can barely be heard compared to the right. Don't waste your money on these, they didn't sound that good the 3 times they actually worked. Junk

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Workhorse headphones

                    By Michael Dragas

                    from Cleveland

                    About Me Gear Head

                    See all my reviews

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music

                      Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                      I bought these to give to my nephews. I've used them for years in my music classroom where I did recording projects with junior high students. I have yet to have one break. A friend also uses these in his studio and his have held up for years too. They are comfortable, sound good, and durable. The cord is a good length too. What more could you want?

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Why Not

                      By Baan Seaside

                      from Seaside CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Good Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                          My daughter needed headphones for practice time on her digital piano. Of course, she was thinking +++ headphones while I was thinking under a half. I got these and never told her the price. She thinks they are great and we are both happy!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Comfrontable Headphones

                          By Rock

                          from Winter Park

                          About Me Gear Head

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Light With Claer Sound
                          • Music
                          • Portable Devices
                          • Practicing Vocals With
                          • Working

                          Comments about AKG K 44 Headphones:

                          The K44 Headphone sets are lightweigh, thus K44 headphone are comfrontable to wear while practicing for a peroid of time. The sound is nice and clear. I got these K44 at a sale price and, so that makes for a great value. Use as an extra pair of headphones for practicing.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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