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post #4006 of 4693

1. HD 600

2. HD 598

3. Denon AH-D1001

post #4007 of 4693

1 - TH900 Lawton mods

2 - D7000 Lawton mods

3 - D2000 Lawton mods and Martin Custom cocobolo cups

4 - D600/Pro900

5 - Q40/X1

post #4008 of 4693

Damn it, my IEM are my best earphones/headphones again since I bought the Shure SE846. Now I need to buy new headphones probably? (AKG K812 perhaps? )

 

1. Shure SE846

2. Shure SRH 1840

3. Shure SE535

4. AKG K240

5. B&W P5

6. Shure SE215

7. Apple EarBuds (iPhone 5S version)

post #4009 of 4693

I love my VK-1, HD424 and Q40 equally depending on what genre I happen to be listening to at the time. However, the VK-1 is definitely first place.

post #4010 of 4693
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

Damn it, my IEM are my best earphones/headphones again since I bought the Shure SE846. Now I need to buy new headphones probably? (AKG K812 perhaps? )

 

1. Shure SE846

2. Shure SRH 1840

3. Shure SE535

4. AKG K240

5. B&W P5

6. Shure SE215

7. Apple EarBuds (iPhone 5S version)

Might wanna stay away from the K812. Knowing AKG they're probably going to release a revision of it that tries to "fix" what their customers don't like about it (a'la K712). I'd go with a Q701 for now.

 

If you want to be spendy, the HD800 is basically a direct upgrade to the Qs, but its that "extra 1% of performance" situation and the HD800 requires a monster amp (read: more $$$) while the Q701 should sound good out of mostly anything.


Edited by takato14 - 3/29/14 at 1:15pm
post #4011 of 4693
New version of the ol' list.
 
1) Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI
2) VMODA M100 w/ XL Pads
3) Audio Technica ATH-A700X
4) FutureSonic Atrio MG7
5) Monster DNA on-ear
6) Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80
7) Klipsch S4
8) Beats Mixr
9) Monster NTunes
10) Shure SRH840
post #4012 of 4693
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Might wanna stay away from the K812. Knowing AKG they're probably going to release a revision of it that tries to "fix" what their customers don't like about it (a'la K712). I'd go with a Q701 for now.

 

If you want to be spendy, the HD800 is basically a direct upgrade to the Qs, but its that "extra 1% of performance" situation and the HD800 requires a monster amp (read: more $$$) while the Q701 should sound good out of mostly anything.


I've heard both the K812 and HD 800. The HD 800 doesn't necessarily need a monster amp, it needs good synergy. Although like any good headphone a monster amp with a great dac will bring out it's full potential. I found the K812 very good and I thought it sounded better than the HD 800 when both had their full potential brought out. The HD 800 and K812 definitely like different amps though. The Q701, etc. is the point of diminishing returns, but headphones such as the K812, HD 800, etc. are noticeably more refined and it becomes more obvious the better the system.


Edited by kman1211 - 3/29/14 at 1:28pm
post #4013 of 4693
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post


I've heard both the K812 and HD 800. The HD 800 doesn't necessarily need a monster amp, it needs good synergy. Although like any good headphone a monster amp with a great dac will bring out it's full potential. I found the K812 very good and I thought it sounded better than the HD 800 when both had their full potential brought out. The HD 800 and K812 definitely like different amps though. The Q701, etc. is the point of diminishing returns, but headphones such as the K812, HD 800, etc. are noticeably more refined and it becomes more obvious the better the system.

It depends if the goal is analysis or more casual listening. For the former, HD800; for the latter, HD600. (I haven't heard K812 yet and don't especially enjoy K70x.) Nowadays, in my early middle age, I want to relax and enjoy myself. So I prefer something more rolled off.
post #4014 of 4693
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


It depends if the goal is analysis or more casual listening. For the former, HD800; for the latter, HD600. (I haven't heard K812 yet and don't especially enjoy K70x.) Nowadays, in my early middle age, I want to relax and enjoy myself. So I prefer something more rolled off.


That is true. The K812 mixes both analysis and casual listening very well. The HD 800 is definitely noticeably brighter than the K812, although I wouldn't say the K812 is rolled off.

post #4015 of 4693
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Might wanna stay away from the K812. Knowing AKG they're probably going to release a revision of it that tries to "fix" what their customers don't like about it (a'la K712). I'd go with a Q701 for now.

 

If you want to be spendy, the HD800 is basically a direct upgrade to the Qs, but its that "extra 1% of performance" situation and the HD800 requires a monster amp (read: more $$$) while the Q701 should sound good out of mostly anything.

I'm staying away from the AKG K812 until they either drop the price or come with a fixed version. I can wait since these Shure SE846 sound so good :)

post #4016 of 4693
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

I'm staying away from the AKG K812 until they either drop the price or come with a fixed version. I can wait since these Shure SE846 sound so good :)


Innerfidelity gave the K812 a bad review but gave the K7** + Q701 series great reviews.


Edited by troymadison - 3/29/14 at 2:05pm
post #4017 of 4693
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Innerfidelity gave the K812 a bad review but gave the K7** + Q701 series great reviews.

Well, that's only one very knowledgeable person's opinion. See also Blackmore's review in the high end forum. I can't say I'm over-fond of K70x and its variants. In general, I think the old firms did their best work ten or more years ago.
post #4018 of 4693

1) HD650

2) SE535

3) SE215

4) E2C 

 

Not too much experience here. 

post #4019 of 4693
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


Well, that's only one very knowledgeable person's opinion. See also Blackmore's review in the high end forum. I can't say I'm over-fond of K70x and its variants. In general, I think the old firms did their best work ten or more years ago.

 

Headphonics also had some troubles with the K 812, see http://headfonics.com/2014/02/the-k812-by-akg/2/

post #4020 of 4693
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Originally Posted by Tiemen View Post

 

Headphonics also had some troubles with the K 812, see http://headfonics.com/2014/02/the-k812-by-akg/2/

 

Opinion will probably always be split on those, like T1 and Abyss (amongst others). Clearly, K812 isn't destined for the near universal admiration of HD800. But that's where personal preference and listening experience comes in. I'll listen and decide for myself. If the other flagships are anything to go by, I probably won't care about it either way and will continue buying vintage gear by the same firms.

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