The K81 DJ is pair of closed back, on-ear headphone. The DJ designation of these headphones will give you an idea that they have a lot of bass, which is definitely the case. However, this is balanced out by mids and highs that, while not forward, are able to provide detail and clarity to the music. These headphones are compact in size, making them a great option for on the go use.
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Pro Is fun to listen to thanks to its full bass and adequate mids and highs
The bass is the hallmark of these headphones' sound signature. Despite the compact size. the bass is full, has great impact, deep extension yet is not loose. The bass also has a natural quality to it that makes these headphones great for music that is performed using real instruments. The mids are slightly recessed, but also have a natural tone. The highs are the most recessed or rolled-off, but the detail and airiness of the music is not totally absent. This quality helps to give the sound a smoother and potentially more pleasing tonality to these headphones' sound.
Pro Feels high quality thanks to the top notch materials used and solid build
These headphones have a nice solid feel and heft to it, and inspire confidence that these will last you quite a while. The build is primarily comprised of plastic but these materials do not feel cheap at all. Aside from feeling sturdy, the plastics have a smooth rubber coating which makes them feel premium to the touch. Also, these headphones’ headband is made out of aluminum which are significantly durable than headphones with an all plastic headband.
Pro These headphones can be worn for some time with little to no pain or discomfort
Users can wear these headphones without much hassle. The clamping force is not too much at all, so not a lot of pressure will be applied on the ears. Also, these headphones have thick ear pads with ample pleather padding on the surface. This combination provides adequate cushioning between the headphone drivers and the user’s ears.
Pro Easy to bring on the go because of the foldable ear cups
These headphones can easily be stuffed inside a bag and used on the go. While these headphones are already quite compact, the ear cups can be folded into the head band to reduce their size even further.
Pro Can be used in a variety of ways as the ear cups can swivel facing outwards
These headphones can be used “DJ style”, wherein only one ear cup is in contact with the ear. The cups have a smooth swivel action so they can be rotated to face outwards. A user can choose to hold one ear cup up to his or her ear while flipping switches or turning knobs on the mix board with the other hand.
Pro Can easily fit a wide range of head sizes thanks to its headband adjustments
The fit of these headphones can be adjusted with ease. The aluminum headband itself has some good flex. Combined with the sliding mechanism of the ear cups, these headphones can be adjusted to fit a wide range of head sizes. Also notable are the numbered steps on each side of the headband. This allows users to easily position the ear cups to their preferred heights every time these will be used.
Con Highs may be too recessed for some
Some users may find the highs to be too little with these headphones. People who like sparkly highs and utmost clarity may not find these headphones to be fun to listen to.
Con Can still be uncomfortable for some users due to the on-ear design
While the ear pads of these headphones are thick and give a lot of cushioning, some may still find this to be uncomfortable. Being on-ear, some pressure is applied onto the ears while wearing these headphones, so people who are sensitive to this may still feel some discomfort, especially when worn for hours straight without breaks.
Con Fairly long cable can be fiddly to deal with as it is non-detachable
These headphones' cables can get tangled quite easily and can be quite difficult to organize. These headphones's cable is 2.5m which is fairly long. Since this cable is non-detachable, this may cause some problems with regular home use or when taking these headphones on the go.