The AKG K371 Headphones are very well-balanced over-ear wired headphones. They have an incredibly accurate sound reproduction that’s well-suited for a wide range of music genres and content. Unfortunately, they have a very unstable fit, and will likely fall off your ears with even a fairly small amount of head movement. They’re comfortable, though, and feel fairly well-made with a premium look thanks to their faux leather finish on the headband. Overall, if you want a pair of headphones for listening to music at home, these are a good choice. Now, let’s Travelsyear.com review.
AKG K371 Headphones Review
Design & Build Quality
The AKG K371 Headphones are wired over-ear headphones with a fairly retro look with some modern elements. They have a similar look to the Sennheiser Momentum 3, except with more plastic and less metal. The headphones are all matte-black, with a faux-lather finish on the headband and synthetic leather padding on the ear cups.
The AKG K371 are comfortable over-ear headphones. They have plush ear cups with thick, soft padding and they don’t squeeze too tightly on your head, so you’re able to wear them for long listening sessions without feeling too fatigued. That said, if you have large ears, they can touch the drivers inside the ear cups, and become uncomfortable over time.
The build quality of the AKG K371 is alright. While they’re mainly made of plastic, there are some touches of metal and synthetic leather that make them feel a bit more premium. The wire going from the ear cups to the headband is purposely exposed and stretches to its limit when the headband is extended, which is concerning.
AKG’s reference sound signature is extremely accurate through the 200Hz-1.5kHz range, which is where nearly all the fundamentals of your music fall. This is a generally great frequency response for a pair of 50mm dynamic drivers and will reproduce heavy metal, rap, and acoustic music with great accuracy.
The frequency response chart illustrates ever-so-slight sub-bass emphasis and mid-bass de-emphasis. While these abnormalities appear wonky, they work well together: you’re able to register unusually low notes that might otherwise escape your auditory perception while avoiding bass-to-midrange auditory masking. In other words, bass notes are heard clearly without degradation to instruments and vocals. The crests and valleys in the treble range (cyan) are strategic as well and mitigate distracting resonances within the ear canal. We’ve observed similar frequency responses from various Sennheiser products, too.
Isolation is just okay as the earpads aren’t very dense and a clamping force is rather light. However, the return on this shortcoming is an uncommonly good comfort. It’s easy to keep these headphones on all day. However, you may hear some external noise, which could degrade sound quality unless you’re in a quiet place. This also means others may hear what you’re listening to or editing. Fortunately, the ear pads are removable, so if this really bothers you, pick up a pair of third-party ear pads.
Listening to UPSAHL’s song ” Drugs ” via Tidal HiFi sounds great with the K371: bass notes are easily recognizable while her vocals remain clear during each verse. More impressive, vocals remain distinct during the din of the outro. Skip ahead to 2:30, UPSAHL echoes the word “drugs” an octave higher than her usual pitch. This is hard to discern with bass-heavy headsets like Beats but comes through surprisingly clearly with the K371 even when surrounded by synth noises, a kick drum, and her own lead vocals.
These headphones aren’t without their weaknesses, though, because clarity isn’t as pronounced as you’d expect from more affordable open-back headphones like the Grado SR80e. However, an open-back build can’t effectively be used on the go as these can. If you’re looking for pristine audio reproduction and don’t mind the limitations of open-back headphones, you may want to look into something like the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro, Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee, or Monoprice Monolith 565.
These headphones have a detachable audio cable and come with three different cables: a 4-foot straight cable, a 10-foot straight cable, and a coiled cable. The input on the headphones is a Mini XLR, but the included cables all adapt to a standard 1/8″ plug on the other end.
In conclusion, The AKG K371 Headphones has a well-balanced and neutral sound profile. Their bass and mid ranges are both remarkably accurate, and their treble range only has a few minor peaks and dips which likely won’t be audible to most people. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most consistent between reseats on your head, as their ear cups are prone to leaving gaps. This means that you may notice different bass and treble response depending on the fit you achieve, and those with glasses will likely have a hard time getting a proper seal.