AKG K518 LE Folding Headphones
After I returned that expensive Bluetooth headphone to AKG, they lent me another one which is for general-purpose — the AKG K 518 Limited Edition folding headphones.
The AKG K518 has a strikingly similar design and form factor (ear-cup) as the previous K830 I used a couple weeks back.
It’s got that elegant but somewhat funky design with the use of bright color bands in the ear cups. I actually prefer ear-cups like these over in-ear buds as they are more comfortable. It’s relatively small, light and has a bit of plastic-y feel to it although on the more high-quality and solid end.
The 3D-axis folding design allows the headband to collapse and be folded neatly when stowed away. The soft ear pads are comfortable to use but I noticed it tends to clamp down into the earlobes on prolonged usage.
When it comes to audio performance, expect AKG to deliver — it’s got wide dynamic range, great volume and good bass response. The headphones deliver some pretty crisp sound and just enough deep bass to my taste. The ear-cups provide enough isolation against ambient noise (it doesn’t totally block off ambient sound but just enough to give you much better appreciation of the sound coming earphones).
The cable is just 1 meter long but AKG always use hard, gold-plated jack plugs and contacts that ensures a very reliable connection with the earphones and the music player (probably helps in minimizing signal attenuation).
AKG K518 Limited Edition specs
Sensitivity (dB/mW, dB/V*): 115
Audio bandwidth : 16Hz – 24kHz
Maximum input power : 2,000mW
Rated impedance: 32ohms
The AKG K518 LE comes is a variety of colors — Red, Green, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Fuchsia and White — although the local distributor tells me they don’t have the complete line-up yet. The headphone retails just over Php5,000 in stores.