AKG K 340 headphones review: AKG K 340 headphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The AKG K 340 earphones sound more open than most in-ear models, and their overall sound quality is solid. The package includes handy extras such as an inline volume control and a hard-shelled carrying case.

The Bad The AKG K 340 headphones feel cheap for the price, and the large aperture might prove uncomfortable for some users. Their bass can be muddy and overpowering when listening to rock songs.

The Bottom Line Thanks to their uncharacteristically open sound, the AKG K 390s are a fine set of earphones for the price; however, there are better buys that provide improved audio and a more comfortable fit.

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AKG has been in the business of making audio equipment for more than 60 years, so it was only a matter of time before the company tackled the portable music market. In the expanding line of AKG's earbud-style headphones, you'll find the $120 K 340 earphones. The set offers surprisingly open sound for an in-ear model, but comfort and potential durability issues may be a turn-off for some people. We're still inclined to recommend the cheaper Klipsch Image S4 headphones first, but if inline volume controls is a compelling feature for you, the K 340s might prove tempting.

The design of the AKG K 340 earphones is a bit of a disappointment. Its foremost issue comfort. While the earpieces are rather small overall, the apertures are some of the largest we've encountered. Their considerable girth tends to put pressure on the inside of smaller ears, and the three sizes of silicone ear tips included in the package do not alleviate the issue. The other problem is that the cable descending from each earbud is exceptionally thin--perhaps one of the thinnest we've seen--that raises some concern for its durability. This combined with the plastic earpieces also makes the K 340s feel cheaper than their $120 price tag implies. The style is nothing to write home about, either. Though the earphones are not ugly by any means, they are just dull.

On the plus side, AKG does include a handy inline volume slider, as well as a nice hard-sided carrying case for storing and transporting the headphones. We're also pleased to note the flexible, reinforced housing around the gold-plated straight-plug as this will help prevent breakage in that area. The cord measures an ample 40 inches overall in length, but it's worth mentioning that you get a fair amount of noise from the cable bouncing or rubbing against the front of your body--something to consider if you're thinking of using the K 340s during active pursuits.

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AKG K 340 (Fudge)

Part Number: K340BRN
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color brown
    champagne
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-bud
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm