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 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.