March 27, 2017

AKG and Sennheiser have been the most renowned headphone brands, among Music enthusiasts as well as aficionados. Priced almost similarly, the AKG- K240 Studio and the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro are professional headphones. and if you are looking for budget studio monitoring headphones, this is great point to start at. 

The offerings come from names which have earned a legendary reputation in the recent past. AKG and Sennheiser, both have added numerous titles into their bag for some of the best headphones in the market. 

Both the Headphones come with great features and will appeal to people with different preferences. Here is a detailed description that will help you make the right choice.

CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The AKG K240 Studio offers bright and airy neutral sound. The old-school charm paired with the semi-open design makes it perfect for professional use. 

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro comes with serious studio monitoring features. Your search should begin with this modern classic, if you are looking for budget studio headphones"

-Raghav Somani

AKG K240 Studio


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BALANCED AUDIO, OVER-EAR RETRO DESIGNED HEADPHONES

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro


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MONITORING HEADPHONES WITH SUPERIOR BASS

 


DESIGN: AKG K240 Studio VS Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

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The AKG K240 Studio sits in the line AKG's professional line of headphones. One look at these Over-ears and you will be quick to notice, their design reeks 'retro'. Hands down, they also look modern and sophisticated and the same time. The headphones are likely to make you feel nostalgic, Where the earcups flaunt a look of those large 80's era ear cans, you are likely to feel nostalgic.  

Although built from heavy plastic, the earcups feel more than duable. The Black and gold accents lend these a nice old-school charm. The headband is made from a leather strap that can be self-adjusted. The metal frame above the headband only adds to the durability of these Over-ears. 

AKG has ensured that its branding is loud and clear. 'AKG' in gold is delicately printed on the headband, while, the logo is attached on the earcups. 

These Semi-open designed Over-ears, give you the best of both worlds. 
OLD SCHOOL CHARM VS SIMPLE BLACK UNFRILLY DESIGN 
It comes with no doubt that the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is designed solely keeping in mind studio monitoring. With its no-frill design, these Over-ears are not the prettiest looking pair out there, however, for its purpose, it’s a decent design.

Just like the AKG K240 Studio, the HD 280 Pro too is engineered from plastic. However, when we mean plastic, we mean extremely durable plastic. The black finished plastic does not come as shoddy and is subtle in a matte finish. 

A much need design quirk for studio cans, the earcups are swivel mounted. Thus, the fit is secure, as they adjust automatically to the shape of your head.

Unlike the AKG K240 Studio, the HD 280 Pro are closed-back. Although there is some sound leakage at blasting volume, the sound dos not heavily bleed like open-back pairs.
COMFORT: AKG K240 Studio VS Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

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The AKG K240 Studio headphones give you the best fit. The earpads simply cover your ears, without adding too much of pressure or clamping very hard. The self-adjusting leather headband gently sits a top your head, without feeling too heavy. 

The noise isolation is among the best in this price.

A great feature, the K240 Studio comes with a detachable one-sided cable. The plug-in configuration makescable adjustments and/or replacements easier down the road. It also cuts down on snarls, which can degrade signal quality and consequently sound quality over time.
AKG'S DETACHABLE CABLE VS SENNHEISER'S COILED CABLE
Comfort is a key strength of these Over-ears. Sennheiser is well aware about the fact that you will sport these for long hours at the studio. This ergonomic design enables it to be fitted properly on your ears. The plastic built aids in making these extremely lightweight. 

The headphones are heavily padded, from the earups to the headband. It does an admirable job of keeping long-term sessions more or less fatigue-free. However, a small complaint would be the pleather that is used to cover the padding. They do get sweaty after long hours and there is minor discomfort from the headband. 

The seal achieved is a good one and as a result, the noise isolation is very good, if not the best. 

Good thing, the HD 280 Pro employs a coiled cable. The thick cable terminated in a 3.5mm connection. In an era where detachable cables are a design norm, we wish the HD 280 too came with one, moreover since it is the major culprit that causes your headphones to die off. 

The AKG K240 Studio and the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro comes with a 1/4 inch screw in adaptor for larger headphone jacks. However, Carrying cases would be a much needed add-on.

SOUND: AKG K240 Studio VS Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

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The AKG 240 Studio invariably gives you genuine space and air that makes for a more realistic audio experience. The On-ears lend the most neutral sound. We love how the audio sounds uncoloured and isn't biased towards a particular tone.

Moreover, these Over-ears strike the perfect balance between a conventional closed-back design and a high-end open-back design. The Semi-open back design ensures an airy audio experience, without suppressing the bass. 

The bass is robust and forward and is delivered without being spiked or exaggerated. To put in more precisely, the lows are well articulated with a solid grip. The high frequencies are natural, with tremendous air. And above all, the mids go with perfect sync. It feels organic, with just enough weight. The sense of balance is astounding.

Effortlessly balanced, every texture, nuance and inflection are brought to the forefront in ways fewheadphones can do.

SONIC TONAL BALANCE VS EXTREMELY PUNCHY EXTRA BASS

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro boasts of a sound signature that is specifically designed for studio monitoring and application. The headphones do not sound magical, but thy are not supposed to right?  The headphone can drive your music with impeccable power, that being said, it does largely depend upon your audio source.

The HD 280 Pro, to a great extent is bass driven. It packs with it plenty of low-end. This being said, the sound is not weirdly pumped up with added nic-nacs.These Over-ears come with a very wide frequency. With more classical genres's, the audio sounds a little flat, and not the way you would like. It does not add its own sparkle like any other consumer targeted headphone would. Modern and Hip-hop tracks sound more than excellent. Vocals shine, front-and-center, and the entire mix feels in focus.

 A point that has to be mentioned, the HD 280 Pro does not distort at any frequency. You can blindly trust this pair if you are looking to mixing your own sound, everything is conveyed with much detail and accuracy. 


Summary


AKG K240 Studio

  • Balanced Airy Audio
  • Over-Ear
  • Semi-Open Design
  • Detachable Cable
  • Two-Years Manufacturer's Warranty
Sennheiser - HD 280 Pro 

  • Excellent Lower-end Reproduction
  • Over-Ear
  • Closed-Back Design
  • Coiled Cable
  • Two-Years Manufacturer's Warranty

OUR VERDICT

To put in simple terms, AKG K240 Studio has a sound signature that is perfectly balanced. Moreover, it gives you the best of both worlds with its semi-open design.

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro delivers a clean, articulate audio performance across the entire frequency range. A serious budget headphone for studio monitoring and recording.


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