The K240’s may sound a bit underwhelming when you first try them out. I have to admit they don’t sound too impressive coming straight out of a laptop, but they do come through louder with my Samsung Galaxy S5.
The important thing to note is that these cans are very genre specific. They are undoubtedly mid-range oriented, which isn’t a bad thing at all! The mids in my estimation are slightly forward, which makes stuff like guitars and vocals really shine on certain tracks.
The treble isn’t recessed nor is it too bright. I would position it somewhere in the middle. There is a nice sparkle to certain tracks, but it never gets out of line.
The bass is what some people will predictably have a problem with, which is understandable. The 240’s are very bass lean, but I will say that it’s very textured and nuanced. It’s not a deep bass by any stretch, but you will likely come to appreciate it after a spell with these babies. It’s just pleasant and never gets in the way which is a welcome change for me since I’m kind of a bass head. 😛
These puppies however really shine with some sort of amplification. In fact I would argue that they need an amp or an audio interface to shine. Running them through my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and throwing on the album “Grow” by Chon, and they just sing like you wouldn’t believe.
I would say overall this is a headphone that will definitely grow on you if you decide to let it.
Even sound. No frequency overpowering another, though the mids are a hare forward to my ears.
Good for mixing.
Nice sparkle to the treble, which knows it’s place.
Industry staple. Been around for decades.
Kind of fragile and lightweight. These things have been known to breakdown over time, especially since they are mostly made in China now.
Mini USB plug was a pain to get out. I was just fiddling with it to test it out and I felt like I was about to break it.
The ear-pads are kind of meh. They feel pretty cheap and I have to adjust them more often than I would like. They also leave a sweat/residue from my ears/head/hair. Maybe I’m just really dirty? 😉
Needs an amp to shine in my eyes. I would say if you have a good audio interface don’t worry about an amp. But if you don’t, then invest in a decent amp.
The K240’s aren’t without their flaws. It’s kind of a headphone that grows on you. There’s a certain charm about these that’s hard to put your finger on. There’s so much history and quality behind the 240; it’s one of the most respected studio headphones in history, and I can see why. The sound is simply impeccable in most regards. Yes, it’s sort of a specialty set, but with what it’s meant for it really shines.
At the price you pay for these, there really isn’t any reason not to try them out. If you’re looking for a great set of open back studio headphones for mixing, you really can’t go wrong with an entry level set like this. They have been around for decades and remain a staple in the producers tool bag.