AKG K245 Studio Headphones Review: Affordable Professional Studio Monitors


One of the oldest brands in the headphone industry, AKG was first founded in the 1940s in Vienna, Austria. The brand’s parent company, Harman International, was then acquired by Samsung and AKG has had a more modern identity ever since. Priced at Rs. 9,999 on Amazon, the AKG K245 are open-back, wired headphones in AKG’s range of foldable studio monitors, which also include the K175 and K275. This open-back version is touted as more suitable for long listening sessions as the open-back nature reduces listening fatigue and also doesn’t prey on the users’ ears becoming red hot over time. Let’s see how these relatively affordable, professional studio monitors fared in our tests.

Build and design

The AKG K245 is predominantly black and looks sufficiently elegant. The AKG logo is located on the back of each earcup, along with the model name and the words ‘Professional Studio Headphones’. The words are etched in white and silver and look very attractive. The ear cups are fitted with finely perforated metal, which gives the headphones an open back. It looks technically designed but doesn’t compromise on style either. They use a number of different materials in the construction: synthetic leather for the headband, plastic for the headband straps and metal for the ear cups.

The headband has a unique construction where the band moves along two straps to adapt to the heads, while the frame remains stationary throughout. As a result, the headphones are extremely easy to adjust, even when placed firmly over the user’s head, something not many headphones are capable of.

However, the headband doesn’t have the usual memory foam padding. Still, surprisingly, it doesn’t create a hot spot on the head if you wear them for extended periods of time. The ear cups, on the other hand, have soft, plush memory foam that hugs the reviewer’s ears very well, ensuring a comfortable fit. However, for larger ears, these ear cups certainly seem a little too inadequate. If you have larger ears, you may feel a little cramped when wearing these headphones.

The headphones are also extremely flexible and malleable. The ear cups can be folded inwards for some extra portability. They also rotate 180 degrees, ensuring the cups lie flat on a table or on your chest when not in use. Plus, we pulled the ear cups apart and they have a significant amount of flex without the signs of creaking.

The product comes with a coiled cable with a mini XLR plug that connects to the headphones and a gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack on the other end. The cable stretches quite a bit and avoids tangling like the plague, but it does feel a bit bulky.


The AKG K245 has large 50mm transducers and definitely leans more towards the bass and lows than the mids and trebles. The bass response, while exaggerated, is not muddy or boomy. Instead, the bass notes are reproduced with precision. Despite the punchy bass response, they do a good job of not masking the midrange.

The sound profile is not as neutral as traditional studio monitors, but the frequencies generally sound fairly balanced. The mids are quite detailed and tracks like Shine On by means of Pink Floyd sound pristine. The intricacies in the mid-range instruments and the vocals are well maintained. However, the higher mids can peak a bit at times, which is odd as the treble here is rather bland.

The treble on these headphones is their only major weakness. This frequency range lacks the drive and enthusiasm, causing highs such as Around the world by means of Kings of Leon sounds gloomy and faint.

The soundstage, as expected from open-back studio monitors, is quite wide and also has a decent height. The headphones have an airy auditory quality that makes tracks sound pleasant, regardless of genres. The imaging is very accurate and can also be heard in busy songs such as: Selkies by means of Between the buried and me

As an open-back it is understandable that the passive isolation of this is sorely lacking. These headphones are not intended for everyday riders and using them while commuting is not recommended at all as the outside noises will definitely hinder your listening experience. Fortunately, the leakage is extremely controlled for open-back headphones, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your desk mates too much.

bottom line

The AKG K245 open-back studio monitors are quite competent headphones and also come with a relatively affordable price tag. They look aesthetically pleasing and professional, but the fit may be a bit tight for those with larger ears. The sound quality isn’t neutral, it’s bass boosted for sure, but this nature doesn’t hamper the mids as expected. However, the highs are moderate. Overall, these headphones are quite good for sound professionals as they are usually sonically accurate and do not tire the user even with extended use.


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