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      03.03.2004 04:37
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      The time had come to buy myself some headphones, not for me, but for the people around me, they need to sleep. So i did my usual, looked through What Hifi recommendeds and found the AKG K 105 UHF, 5 stars, best cordless they've heard, these are going to be belter. So off to Richer Sounds i went with £60 in my hands, paid, got them home, opened the box set them up, and thats where the fun ended. It took around 6-8 hours to charge, which is fair enough, so i finally got my chance to try them out. After about 2 hours of repositioning the box, my head, the slider on the side i still couldn't get a clear reception, not even a half good one. I looked at the manuel, which again wasn't up to much and it suggested turning electrical equipment off, so i did, but no joy. Doubts had started to creep into my mind, but i thought i'd give em a spin since i did travel a few miles to get them. So i walked downstairs, tilting my head to the left so the HP's would hold their reception, and as i hit the bottom step, they tunred themselves down. I had to go back upstairs turn them off, unplug them, and i'd finally get some decent volume. But still when at max they couldn't handle the level i like. Within about 10 mins after that i packed them back up and had them ready to be booted back to the shop. It a horror storey with headphones, but what dissapoints me most is that What Hifi rated them as the best they've ever heard, are they deaf? I've put my faith in them throughout my entire buying of audio equipment, and this is the only time they've let me down. If you cannot be bothered to read the above, in short... DON'T BUY THEM!! THEY ARE RUBBISH!! So i took them back and got the Bayerdynamic DT231 for £40 and they are immense, well worth every penny. If the AKG K 105 UHF are worth £60, then these are worth £2000.

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        22.06.2001 06:21
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        I live in a flat, so I can't really listen to very loud music too much... ...so, I thought I'd splash out on a reasonable set of headphones. These AKG's got an excellent score in What HiFi and they sounded extremely convenient what with being wireless. So, bought them, opened up the box, and thought "Yes, this is a high quality product." These headphones have all the nice little touches that you could ever wish for - automatic charger, batteries included (rechargable ones), all leads etc, etc, etc. So, go home, put on some loud music and walk around the flat. Great, till the music gets quieter. Then the background hum/static is clearly audible. Walk around my flat (maybe it's haunted or something?) and certain areas introduce large buzzing bees into the sound, infact some places (one, exactly opposite the transmitter about 2 meters away, clear view) you can get the sound to almost cut out altogether if you move around carefully. Another gripe; the supplied batteries last for approximately 40 minutes after being fully charged which is almost long enough to listen to a *whole* cd. Hmmm. Normal batteries seem to last for a very long time though, so must just be my supplied ones. Overall, I am disappointed, but, not enough to take them back. Wireless is INCREDIBLY useful - do the washing up, lie in bed, wander around etc while wearing headphones - very nice. But, for the money, I was expecting something of a much better sound quality, especially after reading the (short) review. If you are looking for a high quality listening experience, look elsewhere. End of Rant.

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