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AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone   

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The AKG circumaural M 80 MkII headphones have an adjustable headband, leatherette earpads, and a single-sided cable. An 18Hz-20kHz frequency response...Read More

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The AKG circumaural M 80 MkII headphones have an adjustable headband, leatherette earpads, and a single-sided cable. An 18Hz-20kHz frequency response offers deep bass and sparkling transients “ great for tracking. These headphones offer good quality sound at a very reasonable price. Buying multiple headphone sets for tracking can really stress a studio budget. You can hand these out to band members in your studio without apology, and without breaking your bank.

Affordable studio quality headphones.

FEATURES
  • Semi-open circumaural design
  • 1.57 driver
  • Adjustable headband
  • Leatherette earpads
  • Single-sided cable

At this price, you can outfit your studio easily. Order today.

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AKGM80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone
 
4.1

(based on 209 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (153)
  • Good audio (139)
  • Easy to use (103)
  • Durable (52)
  • Versatile (47)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (20)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Limited functions (5)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (120)
  • Amateur recording (96)
  • Professional recording (30)
  • Outdoor events / games (24)
  • Performances (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (107), Professional musician (59), Novice (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most comfortable I'lve ever used

I love these phones. I have many sets of phones, all good quality. Why do I have so many? Because I was looking for some phones that I could wear for more than...Read complete review

I love these phones. I have many sets of phones, all good quality. Why do I have so many? Because I was looking for some phones that I could wear for more than a couple songs before it felt like my head was being crushed. I am a musician, and I practice many hours per day, so I need something I can wear for that time in comfort. These are the lightest phones I have ever used (of professional quality, that is), and really suit my needs. They are also "circumaural", meaning they go around your ears, instead of sitting on them. This is important if you don't like the feeling of having your ears crushed, or that the phones are somehow too small for you. I play bass, and run my bass through my system so I can play with the MP3's or CD's, and I need phones that reproduce the sound and don't distort, and these sound great. You need to give these a try, and you will never go back to your old cans.
You can look at the specs, but these feature 40mm drivers and a frequency range that goes down to 18Hz, so they can reproduce the important (to me, a bass player) low frequencies. They do not do this at the expense of the highs, however, and do not sound "boomy" or like the low frequencies have been artificially boosted. They are just well-balanced and lifelike. The main feature I like is their light weight. See more on this below, but that puts them head and shoulders above anything else I've used. Another small thing is that the cord is straight, not coiled. For some uses this may be sub-optimal, but for me it is perfect because, due to the location of my computer, the coiled cord is constantly pulling on the phones and getting in the way of my left arm, which I need to play my bass. So, the slight inconvenience of having the cord be a bit untidy is overshadowed by the relief from the irritation of a coiled cord.
I don't really know what makes a headphone durable, because I use them at home and don't have a problem with any of them. You can't make them out of cast iron to be durable and have them remain lightweight. They seem like they would hold up well, but you have to take care of them. If you sit on them repeatedly, I'm sure they will show it!
I got them for an incredible sale price, so that was a no-brainer. At their normal price, they compete with other phones that also have good sound and good construction. For me, their light weight would be their strong point. My rating reflects the normal price; for what I paid they are a 10+++

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

you get what you pay for

You get what you pay for with these headphones. If you are expecting to pay this price and get some top notch studio headphones, look elsewhere. These things are very comfortable to wear...Read complete review

You get what you pay for with these headphones. If you are expecting to pay this price and get some top notch studio headphones, look elsewhere. These things are very comfortable to wear and have some nice build features, they seem to be holding up physically, but the sound quality is poor. I use them for an extra set of cans in my studio for things like a guitar player listening to mix playback or a metronome; they work great for that. They will NOT work for you if you want an accurate sound response for mixing tracks. Might be ok for listening to music on your mp3 player or something if you don't care about having a thin sound that lacks almost all low end.

These headphones are a decent value for the price you pay in my oppinion. These things are great spare headphones for a cheap price.
These headphones are quite comfortable. The headband is very adjustable, the ear cups are soft, and they don't weigh very much. I would have no problem wearing these for a long period of time. The single cord is a nice touch for headphones in this low price range.
These have a decent build. I have been using them for about 6 or 7 months now in my studio and they are holding up just fine. They are made completely of plastic so i don't imagine they would stand up well to a beating, but i haven't had any issues yet. The sound quality is NOT good. They are clear, but there is almost no low end at all; very thin sounding. Not good for mixing or hearing a true playback at all, but what do you expect for the price?
Decent build quality, not great sound quality, but you get what you pay for. I didn't buy these headphones and expect to be alble to mix or master tracks with them.

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2.0

Would not buy again - poor midrange and treble.

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from Chicago, Il

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Ear cups too small to fit comfortably over ears
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

    Bought as inexpensive headphones for practicing guitar at home

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    4.0

    Yes, I would purchase again.

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    from Greenville Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bass response lacking compared to other brands

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

    I bought these headphones for our church sound board operator to monitor the praise team and others mixes during the service. The price on "Stupid Deal of the Day" was the motive but even at full price it may be still a good value. I like the around-the-ear comfort. The diminished bass response may compel you to over-emphasize bass if using these to mix live sound or for recording but fine for our purposes in worship services.

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    4.0

    Overall satisfied, considering the price I paid.

    By 

    from Va

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

      I was using a pair of Sony headphones that were pretty bass heavy. These provide a much more even sound, which is beneficial for mixing. These certainly aren't the best headphones, but the sound quality is workable. I purchased these as a Stupid Deal of the Day for (pretend there's a US money symbol here. The filter wouldn't let me use one. I also couldn't use the word for US money)30, so at that price, these headphones are great. I don't think I would buy them at full price, though.

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      4.0

      Great for the price.

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      from Los Angeles

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Music Audiophile

        Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

        I bought 2 pairs. They were on sale, about half the price they usually are. I knew that I couldn't go wrong with AKG for that price. Great sound. Not reliable for professional mixing, but excellent for listening to music.

        I was just a bit disappointed with the plasticky build. There is very little padding over the head and they cannot fold to transport. This isn't a coiled cable! It comes with a 1/4 inch adapter.

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        3.0

        Good for what I use them for.

        By 

        from Jay, VT

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Sound in one side with my equipment

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

        I like how they fit a lot. Right now I'm only getting sound out of the right side, but I think that might be my equipment and the plug type vs input jack.

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        5.0

        A great product for a great price on "Stupid Deal."

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        from Sarnia, ON

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

          I use it for home studio recording. Great sound.

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          5.0

          Head & Shoulders above my expectations

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          from Philly

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Dandruff Detection
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Eight (8') Foot Cord
          • Helpful in keeping your ears warm
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile
          • Very comfortable

          Cons

          • Eight (8') Foot Cord
          • Pricey / Poor Value
          • Your ears may sweat a bit

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

          Good day! I bought 2 pairs of the M 80 (not to be confused with firecrackers) MkII for live monitoring of our rehearsals. I don't have a problem with the length of th cord - however it would have been nice if the cord length was mention in the specs of the items web page. Eight feet is the length and the cord is pliable, durable, and not cumbersome. The headwear portion is about as one size fits all as I can imagine - with yet a tailored feel. Comes with an 1/8" stereo plug so you can plug it into just about any computer, cellular device, camera, etc... (a 1/8" to 1/4" stereo adapter is attached for use with amps and recording equipment).

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          4.0

          Excellent cans, excellent price, excellent brand too

          By 

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

            Really nice set of cans, sure it's a harman company now not the original German manufacturer but their legacy isn't tarnished at all with these phones.

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            5.0

            Great buy!

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            from Lake Worth, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

                Listen to on line music.

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                4.0

                Handy and comfortable

                By 

                from Papillion Nebraska

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

                  Use when I'm working on my home computer.

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