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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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Affordable studio quality headphones.

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.

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 181 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (129)
  • Good audio (118)
  • Easy to use (87)
  • Durable (43)
  • Versatile (40)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (17)
  • Limited functions (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Bulky/heavy (3)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (104)
  • Amateur recording (83)
  • Professional recording (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (21)
  • Performances (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (92), Professional musician (50), Novice (24)

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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3.0

Good for the money

By Picky Mixer

from Metropolis, IL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good bass response
  • Good For The Price
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Build Materials
  • Lack Of Definition

Best Uses

  • Bass Guitarist
  • Practice sessions

Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

Good for the price for sure. If you don't have much money and need "ok," then you'll be fine. The bass response is pretty good and tight. They are very comfortable and light.

The problem mostly lies in the sound definition. If you are used to junk headphones this will be a step up, but they are just not detailed enough to really use them for editing, mixing, or mastering on any serious level.

I'm aware that I"m comparing them to top end gear and judging accordinly, but they make you think by the description that they an compete.. they can't. Having said that, I didn't send them back. There are some uses.. bass guitar in practice sessions may be their "home" now, for instance.

I'd rather have these than the 'dre's though for sure.. we'll all be glad when that overmarketed junk dies off.

If you're broke and need something a step up that will do decently, these are fine. if you want precision, spend a bit more and get it and be happy...

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5.0

loving them!

By VicesLikeVipers

from Sedley, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

    Well I was looking for a decent pair of headphones at a cheap price, so I looked through all the headphones under 50 and these had the best review. So far I am satisfied, the mids and highs are clear, the bass is defined and not overbearing, and the range is really impressive.

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    4.0

    Great phones for the price!

    By The master Alchemist

    from Texa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

      We began recording the praise band at the church. Most of the members are amateurs. These phones are perfect for something like this, especially for the price. I've always loved the AKG brand so I knew I couldn't go wrong using these phones in this application. As indicated though, these are NOT for serous listening or monitoring.

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      5.0

      Transparent sound

      By Ben

      from Ga

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Personal listening

      Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

      I bought these to use to track guitar & vocals on my Line 6 Pod HD 500x. I needed open back as opposed to the closed back AKG 271 I already have. I am very pleased with the sound; no excess coloration and very transparent. Now I use them to listen to Ipod & Youtube as well. I bought another pair for my wife to use with her Ipad. These are very comfortable and automatically adjust to your head.

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      5.0

      Cheap but great

      By Dj Tony Groove

      from Rochester , NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • A Great Set Of Head Phone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

        I like them !

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        5.0

        Nice Headphones

        By John

        from Northern NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Single Wire

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

          I like these headphones a lot. They are lightweight and I can wear them for hours. The frequency response is even and bass frequencies are tight and under control. These headphones are a terrific value and I would buy them again.

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          5.0

          Sweet Sound

          By Joel

          from Newton Centre, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

              This is the second one I have bought. These things are so smooth and sweet. More so than my old top-of-the-line AKG K345 self-energizing electrostatics (may not have been sold in U.S. -- at least I've never seen another pair). Of course, after 30 years they may be degraded; they sound shrill and have not much on the low end compared to these babies. Best investment I ever made. Highly recommended.

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              4.0

              Great Sound!!!

              By RD

              from West New York, NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

                Great sound!!!

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                4.0

                Great Cans!!

                By Aitch

                from Fontana, CA

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Drum Set
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

                  Got these to use with an Alesis Electronic Drum Set.
                  Makes some of the built-in pre-set drums sound awesome… like you're playing through a big PA system in an auditorium!
                  I can hammer away any time of day or night at any volume I want, and nobody can hear except me …which is a double-good thing too as I'm a sucky drummer :)
                  Really nice combination of high response and low response for the cymbals and bass drums
                  Also, Got these on sale, at a great price, so it made for an even better Deal!
                  Two Thumbs Up!

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                  1.0

                  Head phones

                  By Leo

                  from Franklin, Ohio

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphone:

                      These phones are pretty much worthless.

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