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by Jay Garrett

31st March, 2019


AKG has announced the UK availability of a trio of K-series foldable studio headphones - the K175, K245 and the K275.

The K175 is a closed-back design with 40mm drivers, the K245 is a semi-open design with 50mm drivers, and the K275 is a closed-back design with 50mm drivers.

AKG K175

As a musician on-the-go, I know there are many tools to help us on the road; from compact audio interfaces for recording ideas to lightweight and portable amplifiers; however, there are not so many folding studio-grade headphones out there.

Enter AKG's new range of gig bag-friendly studio cans. Designed for everyone, including musicians and audio professionals, the AKG K275, K245, and K175 are the first headphones in their class offering a foldable design. Now we can have unmatched sound quality as well as portability.

The new headphones feature an innovative three-axis all-metal hinge that enables them to fit into tight spaces such as a travel bag or guitar case where other studio headphones won’t fit.

Director, Recording Solutions at HARMAN Professional Solutions, Peter Chaikin, told StereoNET:

Musicians, producers and engineers need durable, high-quality studio headphones that can keep up with the demands of today’s mobile lifestyle. The new AKG K275, K245, and K175 foldable studio headphones are designed to be used where other studio headphones can’t, offering unmatched sound quality for mixing, monitoring and creating music, and the durability you need for years on the road. AKG foldable studio headphones are the first headphones in their class with a foldable design.

AKG Portable Studio Headphones

AKG K245

The K275 and K245 models feature largest-in-class 50mm transducers, providing greater low-frequency extension and detailed bass reproduction; whereas, the K175 uses an on-ear design with largest-in-class, 40mm transducers.

All three models boast superb clarity and detail, making it easier to create mixes that translate well across different playback systems.

Additionally, the trio feature best-in-class sensitivity and low impedance. The result of which is maximum output before distortion, even when playing music from lower-powered mobile devices.

AKG K275

Long-lasting comfort is supplied by a self-adjusting headband and floating ear cups. The slow-retention foam ear pads provide a comfortable, secure fit that ensures optimal bass extension and prevents sound from leaking out into the surrounding environment - handy when sharing a hotel room or trying to grab some practice time in the back of the van/bus.

AKG K275 and K175 feature a closed-back design for live recording and monitoring, while K245 features a semi-open design that is well-suited for editing and mixing.

All critical parts of the design are metal, including the hinge. An extensive product testing regimen, including extreme drop tests, an 80,000-bend-cycle test for cables and a rigorous driver stress test, ensures that the headphones will last through heavy use - even by drummers. Finally, the cable is replaceable to maximise value and investment.

Price and availability

The AKG K175 has an RRP of £109 and the AKG K245 sports a £129 RRP. The RRP for the AKG K275 is £149. All are available now.


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Jay Garrett

StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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