AKG K 701 vs. AKG K240STUDIO vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT: And Our Winner Is…

Between the AKG K 701, AKG K240STUDIO, and Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT; Which one is the best?

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. Three highly popular headphones side-by-side facing off. While each pair has its standard ups and downs, they also have their own unique benefits. Depending on what you’re looking for in a pair of headphones will determine which of these might be the best choice for you. After extensive research, personal experience, and reviews; We formulated an in-depth comparison between each one. May the battle commence!  

But first…

What Makes A Pair Of Headphones Good?

  1. Sound Quality: How good the overall audio quality of music, phone calls, or video.
  2. Comfort: The ability to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, or ear pain.
  3. Build Quality: The overall durability and longevity. Able to withstand harsh conditions for extended periods of time.
  4. Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling: If any at all, how well the active noise cancelling or noise isolating abilities are.
  5. Battery Life: How long the battery life of the pair of headphones is at a full charge.
  6. Added Features: A few examples of added features headphones offer can be Bluetooth capabilities, built-in AI assistant, headphone controls, built-in microphone for phone calls, flexibility, rotatable ear cups, etc.

We compared and contrasted each of these factors for the AKG K 701, AKG K240STUDIO, & Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

Sound Quality

Especially for music listeners, the overall quality of sound is a massive factor in finding your perfect pair of headphones. There are various factors that impact a pair of headphones’ sound quality.

AKG K 701
The AKG K 701 has a tremendous flat sound for the price. Something I highly appreciate is their ability to register the lower frequencies so accurately. You will be able to hear the detailed nuances in a very clear way with these headphones. Sound engineers, mixers, gamers, and audiophiles love these for the price. Even listening to lower quality recordings sounds better with them. Overall, I give it a 9.3 for sound quality.

AKG K240STUDIO
The sound quality is very clear and detailed. It provides a flat sound that is great for mixing audio. The AKG K240STUDIO does not overcompensate the bass end. Instead, the clear mids and highs offer more detail and brightness to the sound. In many cases, these headphones bring out some overlooked features in songs that are generally missed. Keep in mind; the previous AKG K 701 is a more professional and costly pair for mixing with a flat response. However, these headphones are an excellent choice for mixers on a budget.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica’s 45mm drivers produce exceptional sound quality while wired. Unfortunately, in wireless Bluetooth mode, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT does not sound as good. However, in wireless mode, the quality of sound is still good. Many claim they are unable to tell the difference while audiophiles and musicians say there is a difference in sound. Overall, I give them a 9.4 for sound quality while wired.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has the best sound quality, but the AKG K 701 has the flattest response.

Comfort

The ability for headphones to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, pressure, or ear pain. Considering many people use headphones for commute, air travel, or work; Comfort is a vital factor.

AKG K 701
In terms of comfort, these headphones are pretty good after broken in. Unfortunately, the break-in time is a bit longer than I would like. Afterward, they are great. The earpads are soft, and it fits nice and snug. However, the headband is the only thing that many people have a slight issue with considering the bumps. You are easily able to wear these for extended periods until you need a break. Overall, I give the comfort an 8.2 out of 10.

AKG K240STUDIO
These headphones were much comfier than I was expecting. They can be worn for periods of 3-4 hours without fatigue. The pads are made of thick leatherette, which is slightly firmer than I prefer. However, they are pretty comfortable for the price.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones are relatively comfortable. However, in my experience, they become a bit uncomfortable after a few hours. Many others claim otherwise. It just depends on personal preference and your head/ear type.

Overall, the AKG K240STUDIO is the most comfortable of the three.

Build Quality

What good are your amazingly sounding headphones if they break in a few months? The overall durability and longevity are crucial for any investment you make. Especially for those who need headphones for commute, it’s important they’re able to withstand vigorous traveling conditions consistently.

AKG K 701
Made of robust plastic and a few metal parts, they have a good build quality. It doesn’t feel as tough as most headphones in this price range. However, they hold up exceptionally well for the overwhelming majority of users. Overall, I give the build an 8 out of 10.

AKG K240STUDIO
These headphones have a slightly better build quality than their price. Nothing too amazing, but not bad at all. The headband is adjustable, which definitely comes in handy. Overall, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the build with a solid 7.5 out of 10.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
The design and build quality of these headphones is superb. They are robust and tough while remaining lightweight. The materials used are much more robust than the vast majority of headphones in this price range. Overall, you will be more than satisfied with the build.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has the best build quality.

Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling

Don’t be confused between active noise cancelling and noise isolation headphones. They are both entirely different. Noise-cancelling technology is very unique. Unlike noise-isolating headphones, noise-cancelling headphones do not eradicate outside noise by physical insulation. Within the ear cups, they have a mini microphone that picks up the outside environmental noise. It then triggers a frequency entirely opposite to the outside ambient noise. Thus, canceling out most outside ambient sound.

AKG K 701
These headphones provide little to no noise isolation. At high volumes, they leak a bit of audio.

AKG K240STUDIO
These headphones are semi-open back. They provide no noise isolation. The music bleed is extremely high, as well. If you don’t want people to hear what you’re listening to, we don’t recommend these headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones do not provide active noise-cancelling. However, they have decent passive noise-isolation. They are not the best, but they are not too bad, either. Overall, I give them a 5.5 out of 10 for noise isolation.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT provides the best noise isolation.

Battery Life

Battery life is an overlooked subject when speaking about over-ear headphones. Obviously, the only headphones that have a battery life are those which are wireless. Many headphones on the market do not have wireless capabilities. But for those who do, a more extended battery-life becomes a convenient factor.

AKG K 701
These headphones do not have wireless capabilities. They must be plugged in via wire.

AKG K240STUDIO
These headphones do not have wireless capabilities. They must be plugged in via wire.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones provide a staggering 40-hour battery life.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is the only pair with wireless abilities and has a phenomenal battery life of 40 hours.

Added Features/Summary

Here we summarize each pair of headphones and talk about some of the added features.

AKG K 701
These headphones do not have wireless abilities, a built-in mic, Bluetooth, etc. Overall, if you’re looking for the flattest response for mixing, DJing, etc.; These are the headphones for you!

AKG K240STUDIO
Like the previous pair, these headphones do not have wireless abilities, a built-in mic, Bluetooth, etc. Overall, if you’re looking for great sounding open-back headphones with a decent build in the $60 range, these are a great choice. They also have a flat sound response, as well.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones give you the option to go wireless via Bluetooth 5.0. However, you still have the option to use them wired. To charge it for going wireless, you get a USB charging cable with the purchase. Added to that, the headphones also have a built-in mic for phone calls. You can also manually adjust the volume with the headphones, as well. 

Overall, with its Bluetooth and built-in mic, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has the most added features.

Similarities Between

  • All cover the ear
  • All are very popular
  • All are highly-rated and reviewed

Our Winner

Keep in mind that our opinion is not the end all be all. Like mentioned earlier, everyone has different needs, requirements, and budgets for their headphones. However, our winner is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT for a few reasons. It provides incredible sound quality, Bluetooth capabilities, incredible battery life of 40-hours, decent noise-isolation, and the best build quality of the three. We highly recommend it.

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