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AKG K52 Headphones  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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.

Features
  • 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
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.


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AKGK52 Headphones
 
4.1

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (14)
  • Good value (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (7)
  • Great sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (13)
  • Music (11)
  • With my computer (7)
  • Portable devices (5)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (8), Audiophile (6), Musician (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Starter Monitors...

First off, it's been a long time since I've purchased a proper set of Monitor headphones, this is my first pair of AKG headphones and that I'm writing this review after using them for...Read complete review

First off, it's been a long time since I've purchased a proper set of Monitor headphones, this is my first pair of AKG headphones and that I'm writing this review after using them for only a few hours.

Saw these on sale and was wanting to change how I listen to music while I'm home, figured why not? I'm a DJ and somewhat of an audiophile. I use high quality when & where I can, with 320 mp3s for mobile use. They sound fantastic when I kick the volume up loud enough for the drivers to fully kick in, it makes me glad I have 24 bit audio as standard on my computer. The big advantage to these from AKG were the supposedly low power draw so they could be used with MP3 players & cell phones without being a major drain on the battery. But given the 9 foot cord, (I'm 6'3" and the cord folded up somewhat was almost to my foot) I'd say these are great for home & studio use instead, though not DJing purposes due to the size of ear cups. The isolation is strong. I walked through a big mall the day before Valentines and couldn't even hear all the noises associated with a large group of people in a small space the day before a major holiday. They're super comfortable, but I would say try to keep activity to a minimum. The leatherette pads are probably the biggest let down of these for me personally. I noticed that even in the few hours I've owned these, I have to take them off every so often to let the pads breathe and cool down. Which from my memory of these foam leatherette pads, is normal. The sound to me is truly flat, or probably about as flat as you can get at this price point. While this can feel like bass heavy genres like Drum & Bass and Dubstep are lacking with these, I'd say they fit right where they should in terms of the sound spectrum and shouldn't be fatiguing. The Congos, bass and constant grainy hi hat in Doc Scott's Blue Skies for instance can all be present without one overriding the others, while still showcasing their intricacies inherent in Drum and Bass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Crisp , Clear mids and highs. Poor low end response.

Bought these because they were new and on sale with no reviews at the time. Figured at the price, they were worth a shot. They sound very clear and crisp however, they simply...Read complete review

Bought these because they were new and on sale with no reviews at the time. Figured at the price, they were worth a shot. They sound very clear and crisp however, they simply do not respond to low end. I don't know if maybe I got a lemon but I wasn't interested in trying another pair. I tried them through my Alesis DM6 kit with add-ons and the bass drum kick had no oomph, just attack. The subwoofer hit almost sounded like the drivers in the headphone were overloaded. I returned them and will just stick with my old K44 as those ones can handle a ton more low end.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Starter Monitors...

By The Unnamed DJ

from Denver, CO

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Flat Sounding (to me at least)
  • Good Construction
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Can be too big for some
  • Extra Long Cord

Best Uses

  • Entry Monitor headphones
  • Home use

Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

First off, it's been a long time since I've purchased a proper set of Monitor headphones, this is my first pair of AKG headphones and that I'm writing this review after using them for only a few hours.

Saw these on sale and was wanting to change how I listen to music while I'm home, figured why not? I'm a DJ and somewhat of an audiophile. I use high quality when & where I can, with 320 mp3s for mobile use. They sound fantastic when I kick the volume up loud enough for the drivers to fully kick in, it makes me glad I have 24 bit audio as standard on my computer. The big advantage to these from AKG were the supposedly low power draw so they could be used with MP3 players & cell phones without being a major drain on the battery. But given the 9 foot cord, (I'm 6'3" and the cord folded up somewhat was almost to my foot) I'd say these are great for home & studio use instead, though not DJing purposes due to the size of ear cups. The isolation is strong. I walked through a big mall the day before Valentines and couldn't even hear all the noises associated with a large group of people in a small space the day before a major holiday. They're super comfortable, but I would say try to keep activity to a minimum. The leatherette pads are probably the biggest let down of these for me personally. I noticed that even in the few hours I've owned these, I have to take them off every so often to let the pads breathe and cool down. Which from my memory of these foam leatherette pads, is normal. The sound to me is truly flat, or probably about as flat as you can get at this price point. While this can feel like bass heavy genres like Drum & Bass and Dubstep are lacking with these, I'd say they fit right where they should in terms of the sound spectrum and shouldn't be fatiguing. The Congos, bass and constant grainy hi hat in Doc Scott's Blue Skies for instance can all be present without one overriding the others, while still showcasing their intricacies inherent in Drum and Bass.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

On sale, a good buy, depending on the use

By Robert

from Ann Arbor, MI

About Me Audiophile

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good - Not Great - Sound
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • EQ to your preference, not high power handling

Best Uses

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

Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

Don't expect high power handling. The mini plug seems to less snug than my other headphones and earbuds, sometimes to the point of causing intermittent connections. The sound isolation is minimal, and the soundstage isn't open and translucent like some openback headphones. The transient response is OK, not great, but for many kinds of music you may prefer a smoother timbre. The bass seems lacking or at least linear to rolling off compared to many other monitor headsets.

Listening to a variety of music sources, the best sound without EQ was on YouTube Music. Some other digital sources seemed to be lacking bass and the mids-highs were not quite as articulate as my current favorite $50-$70 headphones - Philips SHP9500.

Here's how I would rank my most recent auditioning of headphones:

1. Philips SHP9500s - good full spectrum sound, good transient response, low distortion-coloration of sound, spacious listening experience, slightly bright for some music, ideal for most acoustic and high quality recordings. Very pleasant and articulate sound.
2. Samson SR850 - Equally good sound, a bit warmer with emphasis on the mids and bass or at least no treble boost, but not so much as to color the sound overtly. Very pleasant listening experience.
3. AKG 52 - Close to the SR850, but with less warmth and clarity. And less bass energy.
4. Koss UR40 - Good sound, lacking some bass, and lacking some mid-high articulation
5. Philips SHP2600/27 - Good sound, lacking some clarity with high volumes and complex music.
6. Koss UR20 - Slightly colored sound, lacking some clarity at high volume and complex music, bass emphasis with low-end rolloff. Actually suitable for some older or poorer recordings of pop and rock music.

Keep in mind, the price paid ranges from $10 (Koss UR20, Philips SHP2600/27) to $30-50 (Samson SR850, Philips SHP9500s, open box or flash sale).

None of these headphones are bad.

SHP9500s and SR850 are my two favorites for comfort and sound quality.

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

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really good for inexpensive head phones!

By John

from San Antonio

About Me Audiophile, Guitar player, Recording musician

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • For guitar practice
    • Home Audio
    • Jamming on guitar with bothering anyone
    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Use with guitar headphone amp.
    • With My Computer

    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

    I mainly bought these for playing thru a plug-in guitar headphone amp. I was surprised at the sound quality. Very good for such inexpensive headphones. Listening to music I was impressed. Compares to high end headphones. Lots of bass and clear highs. Can go really loud with distorting. Smooth frequency response and fairly flat. I have other professional headphones that cost 5 times as much and the difference is very minimal. For the price these are awesome. Comfortable, light weight and just sound good. Decent isolation, but not great. Overall, for the price, an excellent buy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy these headphones again.

    By Steve

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about K52 Headphones:

    These headphones are very good. They sound great and they are comfortable. The cushions fit around the ears instead of laying on them. That feature and the self adjusting headband makes them comfortable for wearing hours at a time. They have a rich and detailed sound, I have no complaints at all with the sound quality, it's exceptional. I think you could pay a lot more for headphones that are this fantastic.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Pop

    from Arkansas

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about K52 Headphones:

    The headphones are great. I use them for CD
    review & music practice. No problems. Great
    price. I would recommend them.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Accurate low end mix. Very satisfied.

    By Dj SuperSport

    from Twin Cities, MN

    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

    Not Over bassed. You can accurately hear the tones of the low end providing great mixing at a excellent price. A lot of people may not be aware that AKG's quality and audio reproduction has out ranked trending greats like Beats.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good value.

    By Steven

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about K52 Headphones:

    Excellent performance for an entry level headphone.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Certainly worth the price. I would buy again.

    By Midnight Jammer

    from Dallas / Fort Worth

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about K52 Headphones:

    Great for late night practice. Certainly worth the price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I needed a good pair of headphones

    By Roman

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

    I needed a good pair of headphones to listen to my creations in a digital audio workstation. I tried many, most of them gave very average audio reproduction including a pair costing $400 retail. I assume they exceed the average detectable human hearing range of about 20-20,000Hz so they can reproduce just about anything input to them. Even if you like fat bass they won't disappoint, they just won't shake you out of your tree if that's what you like. If you're listening to well engineered audio the bass is tight, the mids expressive and the highs nice and crisp. Build quality is solid and dependable but certainly not heavy. Mostly designed for indoor use they are comfortable for 30 min durations and possibly longer if you use the colder pleather earcups. The headband is self adjusting to all but small adult heads.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for the price.

    By Some Guy

    from Ohio

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about AKG K52 Headphones:

      These are meant to have a flat sound for mixing purposes. If you're looking for something to listen to music through on a casual level, these aren't for you.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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