AKG K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones Review & Video

Review Summary:

The smallest and cheapest of three pairs of headphones in the AKG / Tïesto partnership, the K67s are nonetheless smart, good sounding and practical, only really let down by the fixed rather than detachable cable. Overall a decent performer for the price.

K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones
  • K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones
  • Rating: 4
  • Manufacturer: AKG
  • Price: $79
  • Reviewed by:
  • On June 24, 2013
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014
AKG Tïesto K67

With hardly a sign that trance superstar Tiesto has been anywhere near them, the AKG K67s are a pretty understated and good-looking headphone.

Review: AKG K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones

Full AKG K67 Tiesto DJ Headphones Review: When superstar DJ Tïesto put his name to a range of headphones from respected Austrian manufacturer AKG, it was obviously going to be worth us taking a look, and we've got the K67s here today for a review, these being the cheapest of the three models. Priced at US$79, they're not exactly "cheap", but it's a reasonable amount to pay for a half-decent pair of DJ headphones. But are they actually half decent? Let's take a closer look...

First impressions

Package in consumer-style cardboard-with-a-window, the headphones come with no bag at all, which isn't necessarily a big deal (those flimsy after-thought cloth bags you often get with headphones tend to get put by the wayside and offer no real protection anyway), but it does underline the "made to a budget" nature of them.

On unboxing, it's clear that although they're named "Tïesto", you'd have to be told that to work it out - nowhere does his name appear on them, and there's a small Jesus-pose bird logo on them that may or may not be something to do with his branding, but nothing at all cheesy or blatant. In fact, they look really rather nice; they're understated in silver and black, with some dotted-pattern decal on the sides of the headband to offer a bit of relief from the black plastic, and "AKG" subtly in three places. A big "L"/"R" inside the earcups shows you instantly the right way to put them on.

The headband is lined with leatherette, and is in three parts, the middle piece being rubberised, the two side pieces plastic, with a slight amount of "give" where they join, to aid the fit. It's impossible to work out how good the hinges are, without actually breaking the headphones, so no news on that - watch online for durability reports. The earcups adjust to the size of your head in a pretty standard way, a plastic/metal fitting pulling in and out of a sheath on either side.

K67 detail

The headphones fold up small into their own headband, the cups being capable of sitting one across the other to make them even smaller.

The deep earcups are joined to the headband at the back of your head, with only one rather than two points of contact between each earcup and the headband, which nonetheless seems sturdy enough. However, unlike some models, there is little vertical "give" in their pivoting; they move horizontally through 100 degrees, but when you're wearing them, vertically the earcups don't move much at all, meaning they won't naturally "tuck in" to your neck when dangling around it like some designs will.

The earcups themselves are chunky, quite heavy, and made of good quality black and silver plastic, with deep artificial leather padding and a bit of weight to them (presumably the 40mm drivers). They look and feel quite pleasing, only let down by the fact that the thin, straight cable is wired permanently into (one of) the ear cups; a detachable cable even at this price would definitely be preferable, not least because it would give the DJ the choice of replacing it with a coiled cable should he or she wish. Of course, the cable comes with the now-standard 1/8" to 1/4" adaptor.

Due to a pivoted join that lets you fold the earcups up into the headband, the K67s actually fold up very small, which means they should tuck easily enough into any nook or cranny (or your coat pocket) for easy enough transportation.

In use

These are "on ear" rather than "over ear" headphones, meaning they sit on top of your whole ear, relying on pressure to isolate you from the outside world. Whether you prefer on ear to over ear is personal preference, but in this case, as in most cases, it means that they are quite tight, so they wouldn't be perfect for long-term listening. That said, the thickness of the padding means they at least at first, they're comfortable enough. Remember, they are meant for DJing, not extended classical music sessions on the sofa. In that classic "headphones round neck" in-between-mixes DJ position, they're pretty comfortable, with nothing to dig into your chin, but as touched on above they would be more comfortable if the earcups could "fall away" rather than be locked rigid to the headband.

So to the all-important sound quality. I listened to a bit of rock and a bit of thumping house on them, and they sound pretty damned good. Bass is decent, mids and highs clear and natural, and soundstaging excellent, possibly due to the drivers being held a little further away from the ears than with some models. Volume-wise, they seem about the same as average for the driver size, that is to say plenty loud enough for most DJ gear and most DJing situations. If you're half deaf and playing superclubs, you may want to look higher up the range!

Conclusion

These are a pretty high quality headphone for your money. They look good, fold up nice and small, sound convincing, and of course the combination of a superstar DJ and a well-known brand isn't going to do them any harm in the marketplace either. Overall, isolation was only average, and some may bemoan the lack of a little slip case, or more importantly the lack of a detachable cable, but really, for the price they seem about right. They certainly don't seem "cheap", something added to by their decent weight - heavy enough to feel substantial, not so heavy as to be less comfortable than a lighter pair.

Barring any issues with durability around the pivot joint or the fixed cable, the AKG/Tïesto K67s get our recommendation.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

The smallest and cheapest of three pairs of headphones in the AKG / Tïesto partnership, the K67s are nonetheless smart, good sounding and practical, only really let down by the fixed rather than detachable cable. Overall a decent performer for the price.

K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones
  • K67 Tïesto DJ Headphones
  • Rating: 4
  • Manufacturer: AKG
  • Price: $79
  • Reviewed by:
  • On June 24, 2013
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014

Video review

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Comments

  1. Your a role model Phil! Nothing cheesy about the headphones, what about the fact tiesto is marketed with them. What’s next? Aviici pro model motorized turn tables with a key lock feature to make everyone one of your songs stuck in a high electronic chime. Lol.
    Just razzin! The feed should keep to the quality and cool products! :)

    • What I mean is that they don’t have Tiesto’s name emblazoned all over them. As to their quality, I think I cover that honestly and objectively too. I don’t really care how something is marketed to be honest, just how good it is for the money.

  2. Fair enough Phil. Style plays a big roll in Djing though..

  3. 8 years ago Got a pair of cheapo cans for 12e. Cable snipped twice with case closing accidents. Bit of lekky tape and back working again. Have 4 pairs ranging in price up to 150e. I keep going back to my 12e ones for gigs. Estimated over 500 gigs. Love em.

  4. Mark Quest says:

    Headphones look good, nothing overly flashy or in your face which is always a good thing IMO.. Headband pattern is pretty stylish & I like how the branding is kept at a minimum with just a small “AKG” & the Tiesto logo.. It’ll be interesting to see the reviews on the higher end models, considering how reputable AKG as manufacturers are & also considering Tiesto is putting his name on them also. Regardless if you’re the worlds biggest sell-out or not, surely you wouldn’t put your profession & reputation in dis-repute by endorsing a crappy product. At the very least you’d want to make sure the next “tiesto wanna-be” is satisfied with his purchase & will continue to support & emulate his idol. Anyway, I digress. It seems people nowadays just take any opportunity they can to hate on anybody else who is making money. From where I’m sitting it looks more like jealousy first, politics second lol

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