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What I will bring you in this quick comparison
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Similarities & Differences
- Both have the hammock headband adjustment, which auto adjusts to the size of your head without you having to fiddle with anything.
- Both are Circumaural and fit over your ear.
- Both are Closed back. Closed back vs. Open back headphones.
- Both have replaceable ear-pads.
- Neither have detachable cables.
- Both headphones excel best in an isolated studio environment. However, since both are closed, they can be used on the go as a casual headphone without disturbing others as well.
- Both have very good Soundstage for a closed back. What is Soundstage?
- Both terminate in a 3.5mm jack and come with a 1/4″ adapter.
- Both will work fairly well with all genres.
- Neither will need a headphone amp to sound their best. How to choose a headphone amp!
- Bass. Both have a similar bass according to graphs. I found the K52’s to be fairly tight, balanced and well defined without having too much roll off like the K240 Studio. However, neither are a bass heads headphone specifically. Learn more: AKG K240 Studio Review.
- Driver. The drivers are different on both. What is a headphone driver? The K92’s driver has a small hole in the front and a vent hole in the back while the K52’s does not. Taping off that vent hole results in a considerably better sound. It improves the mid-range in that it’s not as harsh, but also results in a loss of treble detail. That said, both have 40mm drivers.
- Treble. The treble on the K52 is less harsh/sibilant than the K92. The K92’s has a pretty rough peak at around 5-7kHz. What does Sibilant mean?
- Mid-range. The mid-range on the K92 isn’t as prominent, and vocals/instruments do suffer as a result. The K52’s is a bit more forward in this regard. I found them to be very revealing, crisp, and accurate.
Aside from that, these are markedly similar headphones with an almost identical frequency response. While I enjoyed the sound of the K52, I think there are better options around this price range.
In this price range there are a few open backed options to consider:
- The AKG K240. Fantastic mid-range, great overall clarity, good comfort factor, but build is questionable.
- The Samson SR850. Same as above, with a bit more solid of a build.
- The Sennheiser HD558. Same as above, with pristine comfort and a pretty good build. Better than both of the above mentioned.
- Grado SR80e. More of a fun listen, with added bass emphasis and an alarmingly revealing character. Build is questionable but will suffice, and comfort is good (the 80e’s have the S cushions). Learn more: The best Grado headphones!
- The Philips SHP9500. The best out of the lot. A bit bulkier, but feels extremely solid in your hand, with some small features that make it stand out: Right and Left indicators on the outside of the vent in big block letters, and the headband adjustment features a window for easy matching on both sides. Sound is near impeccable, and comparable to an HD600. In fact, it may be better than the Gold Standard.
Looking for a closed back?
As for a closed back, the K52 is pretty good (gets mixed reviews) but there’s something better on the horizon: The Sony MDR V6. This is my go to entry level closed back, and for good reason. It’s stood the test of time (made in the 80’s), and has a remarkable sound signature in addition to being very comfortable and durable. While the K52 may feel a bit flimsy in the hand, the V6 certainly does not. Many folks complained about the K52’s long and cumbersome cable. With the V6, you’re getting a fairly compact coiled version, and it does fantastic in studio as well as on the go. Interested in learning more about the V6?
Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this AKG K52 vs. K92 comparison.
What do you think about these? The 9500? V6? Let me know!!
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