AKG K72 Review

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AKG K72 Review

The AKG K72 is a new over-ear headphone without the unnecessary frills and accouterments of more costly options. What the K72 does have is one heck of a sound, paired with a low low price of just $49. Despite my preference for in-ear headphones, the simple fact that these cost so little while sounding so good has me contemplating the idea of buying one for myself.

AKG K72 Review

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AKG K72 Review

The K72 is packaged simply, mimicking the headphones themselves. There’s a simple cardboard box, holding a bubble-wrap sleeve with the ‘phones inside. The only included accessory is a 1/4” stereo adapter plug that screws onto the end of the cable.

The cable itself is long – 3m (9.8 ft) – the perfect size for studio applications.

And with a frequency range of 16-20,000 hertz, as well as a simple yet capable design, this was obviously made for the studio.

The sound is detailed and rich. For $49, I was amazed at how good these sounded – there’s still a bit of compression and the bass and highs could be a little more detailed. But these “improvements” would push the headphone away from it’s economical price point, as well as it’s almost-neutral sound. Instead, the K72 can be considered an easier-to-drive alternative to the Audio Technica M20x, another closed-back studio monitor at the same price, but without the AKG’s 32 ohm impedance.

If you’re seeking a studio monitor on the cheap and want the best you can get for $49, this headphone is worth a listen. If you have a larger budget, you can peruse other models from Audio Technica or AKG, but the general philosophy will remain the same: simple build, good drivers, and great sound.

Those hunting in the same price range, but preferring a bassier sound, could also consider the AKG K67 DJ headphone. While sporting the same price, it offers a low end with just a bit more OOMPH.

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