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AKG K52 Headphones

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Lightweight, comfortable phones for tracking and listening.

The AKG K52 over-ear, closed-back headphones provide the perfect combination of sound quality, comfort and durability. Professional drivers deliver solid bass, well-defined mids and clear highs so you can hear exactly what’s happening. The self-adjusting headband provides a personalized fit, ensuring comfort during marathon sessions. With a lightweight yet durable design, high-quality components and replaceable earpads, K52 is built to last.

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  • Professional-quality drivers for solid bass and clear highs
  • Over-ear design and lightweight construction provide exceptional comfort for long sessions
  • Closed-back design eliminates audio bleed and maintains privacy
  • Single-sided cable for ease of use

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AKGK52 Headphones
 
3.9

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (27)
  • Good value (22)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Great sound (15)
  • Good bass (9)

Cons

  • Poor sound (5)

Best Uses

  • Home audio (18)
  • With my computer (16)
  • Music (15)
  • Relaxing (7)
  • Portable devices (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (10), Audiophile (7)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good product

I needed a new set of headphones for my recording setup. My Son has a full recording studio but I record some demos here at the house before Taking up time in the full...Read complete review

I needed a new set of headphones for my recording setup. My Son has a full recording studio but I record some demos here at the house before Taking up time in the full studio. These are great for mixing and have good external sound reduction. There is good balance from left to right and a good mix of bass, middle and treble. They are light weight and fit around the ear with comfort. New model from AKG so the price was low which makes them a great bargain as well. My Son has sets that are three times the cost and are marginally better than these but to me do not justify the cost.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Shouldn't have the AKG name on them

I own several other pairs of AKG headphones and thought these would be like the rest. I had a pair of K 44 that finally bit the dust after 4 years of use and...Read complete review

I own several other pairs of AKG headphones and thought these would be like the rest. I had a pair of K 44 that finally bit the dust after 4 years of use and wanted to replace them. The K 44 is a great pair of budget phones. Just nothing to complain about. Great sound. Good bass. Just great budget phones. These are not. They will not get very loud and the bass is terrible. They also seem to overload easily with signal. I would recommend against getting them. The M 80 Mk II are much better and more like the K 44. I also own the K 701 and I think the M80 Mk II is as good as the K 44. I would steer away from the K 52..

I will use them for video conferencing, but not for much else.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

worth the minimal price

By beans

from Maine

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Value
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music

    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

    very lightweight and comfortable. Good isolation. Forward sounding mids. Lacks bass. Clear highs. Plenty of volume. Good for tracking, NOT mixing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Meh.

    By Mark in the

    from Tucson, Arizona

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

        Sound is OK, not great. Low sensitivity, so it eats up a lot of power without producing a lot of sound. A good choice to give to kids that don't have enough sense not to listen at full volume, because full volume on these is a lot quieter than most headphones, for any given device. Head band and ear cups are comfortable and seem durable. Cord is not replaceable/removable. These were an OK value at their sale price... If I had paid the regular selling price I would be pretty unhappy with them. Closed-back headphones are where it's at for recording in order to prevent bleed, but unless you have a powerful headphone amp, these may not be loud enough for some recording situations. Unless they are on a great sale, there are better headphones out there at their price point.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good product

        By Jim

        from Florida

        About Me Gear Head

        See all my reviews

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • With My Computer

          Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

          I needed a new set of headphones for my recording setup. My Son has a full recording studio but I record some demos here at the house before Taking up time in the full studio. These are great for mixing and have good external sound reduction. There is good balance from left to right and a good mix of bass, middle and treble. They are light weight and fit around the ear with comfort. New model from AKG so the price was low which makes them a great bargain as well. My Son has sets that are three times the cost and are marginally better than these but to me do not justify the cost.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Shouldn't have the AKG name on them

          By Jim, the Runner

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Audiophile

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Poor Sound
          • Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • With My Computer

          Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

          I own several other pairs of AKG headphones and thought these would be like the rest. I had a pair of K 44 that finally bit the dust after 4 years of use and wanted to replace them. The K 44 is a great pair of budget phones. Just nothing to complain about. Great sound. Good bass. Just great budget phones. These are not. They will not get very loud and the bass is terrible. They also seem to overload easily with signal. I would recommend against getting them. The M 80 Mk II are much better and more like the K 44. I also own the K 701 and I think the M80 Mk II is as good as the K 44. I would steer away from the K 52..

          I will use them for video conferencing, but not for much else.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Clean sound

          By drsamurai

          from Bradenton, FL

          About Me Audiophile

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          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music

            Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

            These headphones are full cover (completely encompassing the ear) so I don't imagine they would be a good headphone to use for working out or jogging or the like. But the sound quality is quiet good for the price and the weight is light so fatigue doesn't set in too quickly.

            A good frequency response so you can do some decent critical mix listening in a pinch.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Quality for Price

            By T

            from Ohio

            About Me Producer/Recording Artist/ Audio Engineer

            Pros

            • Good Bass
            • Good SoundStaging
            • Good Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Cord Too Long For Casual Use
            • Flimsy Construction
            • Unattractive Design

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Tracking

            Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

            I had to replace my audio technicia's SJ55's. Those were great for being non-studio monitor headphones and I still managed to get decent mixes outside the studio...The k52's do a slightly better but only if you have enough gain to drive the headphones..I recommend running them through a preamp or an audio interface because it does sound a bit lacking with poor drivers...I would describe the sound as sort saturated in the low-end (not in a bad way) but the bass does knock and the sub is able to be heard. You can distinguish the difference between each instrument and hear the delays, reverbs clearly...Vocals also shine through the mix .The Frequency response is mostly flat..These are best used for tracking and a little bit of mixing outside of the studio but it's not forgiving..If A song is mixed poorly it will show...I've used much more expensive headphones before and these are good for what the are intended to do.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very comfortable, no adjustment needed, it adjusts to you.

            By finger_picker

            from Grant, Colorado

            About Me Gear Head

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music
              • Relaxing
              • With My Computer

              Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

              Keep it plugged into computer.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great pair for the price !!

              By JackKnife Johnny

              from Argos, Indiana

              About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                I admit , I'm a headphone junkie , so I'm always looking for "the better pair" of headphones , to use with my music recording ...... So far these are the absolute best bang for your buck !! The best way I can describe them is that they produce a "creamy" sound ..... They have really good bass , not too strong mids , which is good , and clear highs without piercing your eardrum ..... The separation is really good , and you can hear a lot of those "unintended" sounds on songs in your iTunes etc. ..... I would definitely recommend these to anyone on a budget who wants a great sounding pair of headphones ..... Don't be afraid, just buy them and u won't be sorry ...... Someday I'll have a "high-end" pair , but really , these are really really good , especially for such a great price !!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                I wouldn't buy again

                By Rader58

                from Leawood, KS

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction
                  • Poor Sound
                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                    I bought these on a whim. Then it was going to cost 30% of the purchase price to return them, so I kept them for my children to play with. They are over ear, but so uncomfortable and don't fit snugly to my head. There is no adjustment, just a flimsy elastic band on top which allows for them to fall quite easily. But most importantly, the sound is horrible. I have to crank up the volume to hear anything, and I am extremely sensitive to sound. There is hardly any low end. The audio is tinty. I realize they were cheap, but ugh, these sound awful.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Traveling
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    They're okay, but..

                    By Rythmtech

                    from Florida

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound
                      • Uncomfortable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                        These really have a very flat sound and the volume was very low. I have a small head and they pinched under my ears, very uncomfortable for any length of time.
                        I'm disappointed in AKG, I thought these would be a reflection of the quality I've always found in their microphones, no so.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Pretty Good

                        By G Ball

                        from Chicagoland

                        About Me Amateur recordist / musician

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio

                          Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                          I have other HP's but I thought I'd try these. I love AKG's for the "automatic" adjustable feature, I think other brands have adopted this but AKG is the first and one I've known of. These have large ear cushions that go completely around my ears. The sound is neutral, not a lot of anything. I mostly use HP's for practice through a mixer along with MP3's but also for recording and mixing which I have not done with these yet but I can guess they'll be fine for that too.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Exactly what i needed.

                          By slagseed

                          from indy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Bass
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                            I use these headphones in my little weird project studio.
                            Where i make and record odd noises with various sound sources.
                            These are perfect. The lows are heavy and thick, the highs are sharp and clean.
                            Considering the price, they suited what i needed perfectly.
                            Ive also used them on my ps4. I recommend these greatly for that as well.
                            All around, a great solid set. I absolutely recommend them.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Surprising for the money!

                            By Data-Bank-A

                            from Lowell, MA

                            About Me Professional Producer

                            See all my reviews

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Audio
                              • Music
                              • Recording

                              Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                              These are a great surprise for the money.
                              They are comfortable, sound great, stay on without a lot of slippage.
                              And they're pretty good at blocking out external sounds while tracking.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              As advertised

                              By Old Guy

                              from East Coast

                              About Me old guy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • With My Computer

                                Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                for use with computer

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                4.0

                                Good Value. Decent Sound and Very Comfortable.

                                By JLH

                                from Island Lake, IL

                                About Me Gear Head

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Decent Sound
                                • Good Value
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Unattractive Design

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • TV

                                Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                I was looking for a pair of headphones for late night TV viewing and did not want to spend a lot. Picked these up as they were a SDOTD. I tried these for music and also on my electronic drum kit and they fall short of my Sennheiser HD280's, but these AKG's have perfectly acceptable sound and for the price are a great bargain.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                4.0

                                Decent Sound, Great Value

                                By JLH

                                from Island Lake, IL

                                About Me Drummer

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                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Good Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                    These headphones are very comfortable and sound pretty good. They are certainly not audiophile quality, but for the price you'd be very hard pressed to find a better pair. Excellent value and would recommend if these are in your budget.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Excellent

                                    By Trebor

                                    from Nashville

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Good Value
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • With My Computer

                                      Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                      I bought these to use with my computer to practice/play guitar. Lightweight, comfortable, don't cause you to sweat. May not be the highest end quality, but perfect for working with backing tracks scrounged from the Internet.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By gblpro

                                      from Venezuela

                                      About Me Music producer

                                      See all my reviews

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Working

                                        Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                        The sound is excellent for its low price, quality, it reproduce very low frequencies well and have a great look

                                        • Primary Use:
                                        • Working out
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Wonderful Headphones - Sound Great

                                        By Midnight Jammer

                                        from Dallas/Fort Worth

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                          Great sound and very lightweight

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          3.0

                                          Great price.

                                          By ScifiSid

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Gear Head

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Value
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Cord Too Short

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

                                          The sound is ok. If I needbetter sound, I would have to pay much more.

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

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