NAMM 2016: AKG announces new line of headphones

AKG is today unveiling a new line of high-performance headphones at NAMM 2016.

Intended for recording musicians, producers and engineers on a budget, the new K52, K72 and K92 models deliver ‘legendary AKG sound quality, exceptional comfort and long-lasting yet lightweight construction.’

The new headphones feature large 40mm drivers that offer high sensitivity for greater output, wide frequency response for detailed sound, and low impedance for compatibility with personal music players as well as professional gear. The closed-back design features an acoustic chamber that eliminates audio bleed and preserves privacy, keeping the sound in the ears of even the most mobile listener.

An ergonomic, self-adjusting headband and over-ear design provide comfort during marathon listening sessions. All three models weigh in at only 200g – the open headband design reduces the overall weight of the product, offsetting the inclusion of large, high-quality drivers.

While the K52, K72 and K92 are designed to be affordable, they all have to undergo extreme product testing including multiple 2m drop tests, an 80,000 bend cycle test for cables and a rigorous driver stress test. The headphones’ earpads, often the first component to show signs of wear, are replaceable to maximise value and investment.

“It takes a high degree of innovation and engineering focus to deliver this level of performance at these accessible price points,” said Peter Chaikin, Recording Solutions, Harman Professional. “With the launch of the K52, K72 and K92 headphones, AKG has demonstrated its commitment and expertise in delivering value to music recording customers.

With a frequency range of 18 Hz – 20 kHz, the K52 is aimed at listeners demanding detailed sound when rehearsing and tracking. The K72, meanwhile, features an extended frequency range of 16Hz – 20kHz. Additionally, the included screw-on 6.3mm (1/4in) plug adapts the same phones to professional gear and personal music players. A longer 3m cable for pro studio applications is also provided.

The K92 (pictured) offers the same benefits as the K72 while extending the high-frequency performance to 22 kHz. It also adds a gold-plated screw-on adapter plug to prevent oxidation and maintain performance over time. These enhancements make the K92 the premium model in the range, ideal for professional recording and monitoring applications.