I bought my wife the Harman AKG K404 portable headphones since she’s been stuck with unreliable generic IEMs for the longest time. She wanted something light and easy to bring along with her so we decided to go with the K404 because it was portable and it didn’t compromise sound quality for the sake of the form factor. We trooped over to the JBL Soundstage in Bonifacio High Street during the weekend to pick the item up. It was a very pleasant experience for us because the staff there were very attentive and explained to us a lot of things about the different kinds of headphones and their features. Anyway, as much as I wanted to get the higher end models we had a limited budget so we stuck with the 404. It retails for Php2,700.
One thing I absolutely hate about unboxing is when you need cutters just to get the product out. Lol. This was the case with the AKG K404. Maybe they wanted it really secure but man it was a pain in the ass to open.
In terms of build, the metal sliding band looks cool combined with the synthetic leather ear cups. There have been some complaints about how the headphones doesn’t seem to get a good fit but we found no problem with it.
Sound quality wise these cans were made for songs that have significant treble and focus on the mids. It also has good, fast, and whole sounding bass. If you like JPOP or KPOP songs you’ll probably love the AKG K404. ^^;
AKG K404 Specs
Input Plug: 3.5mm stereo mini (straight)
Sensitivity: 110dB/mW ? Frequency response: 15Hz ~ 23kHz
Weight: 63g (without cable)
Cable length: 1.5m
So far my wife is loving the cans! It’s a great entry level headphones to upgrade to if you’re coming from the default earphones of your iPod or iPhone. The sound quality is definitely noticeable. 🙂
Again, the AKG K404 is available in JBL Soundstage (Bonifacio High Street) for Php2,700.