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The AKG K 242 HD are award winning high definition studio headphones among 3 others in AKG's HD line up.

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great sound - an upgrade over most supra-aural headphones

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comfortable - lightweight and forms to users' heads

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pivoting cups move in all directions to form the best fit against users' ears

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construction - feels well made and durable

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lets noise in - doesn't create a true seal against users' ears

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sounds best when connected to additional equipment

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not nearly as comfortable for people who wear glasses

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made mostly of plastic - not as elegant as other pairs

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The AKG K 242 HD are award winning high definition studio headphones among 3 others in AKG's HD line up. This model uses around the ear, gimbal-suspended headphones that feature a semi-open design, making them ideal for any application that required totally uncolored sound. Extra large speakers with Varimotion diaphragms give these headphones high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range and high-sound pressure levels. This high-efficiency output with wide dynamic range make this perfect for mobile environments, although the open design may disturb other people if used in a public area. The ultra-soft velvet ear pads and self adjusting headband make these a comfortable for long periods of time. High quality hardware such as gold-plated contacts and a single-sided 99.99% oxygen free cable deliver pure sound transmission, with a frequency response of 15Hz-25kHz. A 3.5mm to 6.3mm (1/8" to 1/4") adapter is included.

  • Headphones weight without cable (g): 240
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW, dB/V): 91, 104
  • Audio bandwidth (Hz to kHz): 15-25
  • Max. input power (mW): 200
  • Rated impedance (ohms): 55
  • Convertible jack plug (1/8" to 1/4") 
  • Replaceable ear pads 
  • Patented self-adjusting headband 
  • Unbreakable metal arches 
  • 99.99% oxygen-free cable (length in m): 3
  • Single-sided cable 
  • Hard gold-plated jack plug and contacts 
  • Patented Varimotion diaphragms 
  • Semi-open, dynamic headphones 
  • NdFe magnets 
  • Suited for (SA)CD, DVD(A), DAT 
  • Best for MP3, CD, MD and PC/laptops
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