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post #1276 of 1289
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Originally Posted by DW75 View Post
 

I am super impressed with the K612 Pro thus far. They are amazing for music, and also for gaming. I played some Star Wars: Jedi Academy last night. The detail, soundstage, and imaging were very nice. I have to admit that using dual lightsabers while enjoying these headphones was pretty fantastic. After that, I jumped into Battlefiled 3. I was accused of cheating as I was able to hear the footsteps of enemies even at a distance, and was aware of their exact location well in advance. I have to admit that I am now curious to hear the K712 Pro. I am wondering what sound improvements it will offer.


They are fantastic for both music and gaming. The K712 offers a deeper and fuller bass, has stronger dynamics, somewhat bigger soundstage, more precise imaging, less grain, smoother sound but also more texture, and more refinement. Its a bit darker overall though more energetic in the mid treble. It's a bit better in about every way with a different sound signature but it's superiority doesn't truly come to light until better systems.


Edited by kman1211 - 9/25/14 at 9:43pm
post #1277 of 1289
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Originally Posted by Liu Junyuan View Post

I wish AKG would make a headphone in the 600-900 dollar range to compete with the HE-500 and 560. I'm not able to afford the 812.
It would only end up being a marketing exercise.
He500 is better than the k812 evil_smiley.gif
post #1278 of 1289
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post


Welcome to the AKG club. I always thought AKGs were quite special sounding from when I heard my first AKG the K240 Studio. Nothing quite sounds like an AKG. What makes them unique to me is that every song, album, and artist and any change to gear is like a whole new experience with them, this makes it so I can never get bored of them. The only time I get bored of an AKG is when I upgrade to a better AKG.
I know right?
post #1279 of 1289
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Originally Posted by DW75 View Post

I am super impressed with the K612 Pro thus far. They are amazing for music, and also for gaming. I played some Star Wars: Jedi Academy last night. The detail, soundstage, and imaging were very nice. I have to admit that using dual lightsabers while enjoying these headphones was pretty fantastic. After that, I jumped into Battlefiled 3. I was accused of cheating as I was able to hear the footsteps of enemies even at a distance, and was aware of their exact location well in advance. I have to admit that I am now curious to hear the K712 Pro. I am wondering what sound improvements it will offer.
lol. My friend and I were playing BF-BC2, and he thought I was hacking because I knew exactly when a guy enters the house i was sniping from. I got 9 kills on the same 2 guys who kept walking up the stairs, expecting me to be looking out the window sniping each time, but I heard them and waited with my rifle aimed at the stairs. My friend is like: HOW DID YOU KNOW THEY WERE THERE? I call hacks. I couldn't hear that on my razers!... And that's just with a K240 lol.
Edited by DisCHORDDubstep - 9/26/14 at 10:26am
post #1280 of 1289

I liked my Beyerdynamic DT100 for gaming, shot many times someone through the wall in CS:GO just hearing one mistake step in some direction. But all the weapons sounded like *****, because you could hear all texture/detail/harshness with them and no bass..

 

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Welcome to the AKG club. I always thought AKGs were quite special sounding from when I heard my first AKG the K240 Studio

That would sound bad since every studio headphone manufacturers goal is to create a headphone that is transparent. K240 is the best or one of the best headphones in musicality at their price range though. 

post #1281 of 1289

Hello...I've been jumping on the forum occasionally when searching for info on headphones, and now I decided to finally make an account because I hope you guys can help me out with something.

 

I am not what one might call "an audiophile"...I have Presonus HD7 (a.k.a. Superlux 681) and Sony XB700 headphones, and my sound source is Xonar DG on my PC (all my music is 320 kbps MP3s, haven't been getting them FLAC, dunno why). So, not much experience with higher grade stuff...

So far, Presonus have been working out for me (though, the trebble is harsh, even to my untrained ear), Xonar is potent enough to drive them well, and I pull out the Sony when I lie down in bed for listening sessions (they are so damn comfy!)...I mostly use HD7 because I got bored with omnipresent bass of XB700.

 

Anyway, i recently gor a pair of K280s in pretty good condition. I heard some good things about them, so I decided to give them a try. Now, my first impression is kinda mixed bag...while the soundstage is damn great, they sound...weird. I know that's because of their dual driver setup, but they sound muddy to me and I feel like much of the sound seems cut off...bass shows the hints of being much punchier and better defined than Presonus' but often I feel like lots of it doesn't even reach me. All in all, it's much different listening experience than what I'm used to...

Don't get me wrong, K280s are very usable on my poor-a** setup, but I feel as I'm not doing them justice. Even though they are rated at only 75 Ohms, I think they really need an amp in order to sound right...I don't think Xonar DG works very well here.

 

And this is where you come in...can you tell me more about K280 (compared to Presonus HD7), and recommend me a cheap amp (or an amp/DAC) for driving them, untill I get something better? Also, I listen to wide variety of music...from slower metal (doom) to faster (black), through Muse, Tori Amos, some electronica, dubstep, to Byzanthine chants (heh), and I do some/lots of gaming. How good of an all-rounder K280 are?

 

By the way, I live in Eastern Europe (Serbia), so pricing and availability might/will be an issue...but, eh. Oh, I saw some adds today for FiiO E7 (50€) and E11 (60€), both new...will they do the trick with K280, and, if they will, which one should I get (in regards to Xonar DG)?

 

Thanks in advance :)

post #1282 of 1289

Just keep the Zonar and buy another pair of headphones or somme more music.

post #1283 of 1289

Happy to join the club with my K702. Upgrade from a pair of ath 500's. Fell in love from the first chord. I got the custom cables taken care of.

Any suggestions on a DIY amp that works well with these? Beginner is ok, advanced is possible. Inexpensive would be nice.

post #1284 of 1289
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Originally Posted by KingOfThorns View Post

Hello...I've been jumping on the forum occasionally when searching for info on headphones, and now I decided to finally make an account because I hope you guys can help me out with something.

I am not what one might call "an audiophile"...I have Presonus HD7 (a.k.a. Superlux 681) and Sony XB700 headphones, and my sound source is Xonar DG on my PC (all my music is 320 kbps MP3s, haven't been getting them FLAC, dunno why). So, not much experience with higher grade stuff...
So far, Presonus have been working out for me (though, the trebble is harsh, even to my untrained ear), Xonar is potent enough to drive them well, and I pull out the Sony when I lie down in bed for listening sessions (they are so damn comfy!)...I mostly use HD7 because I got bored with omnipresent bass of XB700.

Anyway, i recently gor a pair of K280s in pretty good condition. I heard some good things about them, so I decided to give them a try. Now, my first impression is kinda mixed bag...while the soundstage is damn great, they sound...weird. I know that's because of their dual driver setup, but they sound muddy to me and I feel like much of the sound seems cut off...bass shows the hints of being much punchier and better defined than Presonus' but often I feel like lots of it doesn't even reach me. All in all, it's much different listening experience than what I'm used to...
Don't get me wrong, K280s are very usable on my poor-a** setup, but I feel as I'm not doing them justice. Even though they are rated at only 75 Ohms, I think they really need an amp in order to sound right...I don't think Xonar DG works very well here.

And this is where you come in...can you tell me more about K280 (compared to Presonus HD7), and recommend me a cheap amp (or an amp/DAC) for driving them, untill I get something better? Also, I listen to wide variety of music...from slower metal (doom) to faster (black), through Muse, Tori Amos, some electronica, dubstep, to Byzanthine chants (heh), and I do some/lots of gaming. How good of an all-rounder K280 are?

By the way, I live in Eastern Europe (Serbia), so pricing and availability might/will be an issue...but, eh. Oh, I saw some adds today for FiiO E7 (50€) and E11 (60€), both new...will they do the trick with K280, and, if they will, which one should I get (in regards to Xonar DG)?

Thanks in advance smily_headphones1.gif
ask one of the three reviewers here about the cans... http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k280 and, if driving them is anywhere near as hard as the Sextett, then you are going to need a desktop amplifier.
Edited by DisCHORDDubstep - 9/29/14 at 4:13pm
post #1285 of 1289
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Originally Posted by DisCHORDDubstep View Post


ask one of the three reviewers here about the cans... http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k280 and, if driving them is anywhere near as hard as the Sextett, then you are going to need a desktop amplifier.

Well, they don't seem to be active, they were last online last year, save one...

One of them mentioned K280 is not hard to drive, except for portables...dunno if he meant portable sources, like MP3 players and mobile phones, or portable amps. I'll presume it's the former, in which case FiiO E7 should do the trick. But, just in case, is there a cheap desktop amp you can recommend?

post #1286 of 1289
@ 75 ohm, the 280's are going to need a powerful amp to drive them to anywhere near their potential. Especially AKG. Even a portable amp (ex. E17) isn't really enough. Plug those babies into something with real juice and you will see why.
post #1287 of 1289
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Originally Posted by KingOfThorns View Post

Well, they don't seem to be active, they were last online last year, save one...
One of them mentioned K280 is not hard to drive, except for portables...dunno if he meant portable sources, like MP3 players and mobile phones, or portable amps. I'll presume it's the former, in which case FiiO E7 should do the trick. But, just in case, is there a cheap desktop amp you can recommend?
By "cheap" like... 100$? Maybe Schiit Vali?
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Originally Posted by jeffrocc View Post

@ 75 ohm, the 280's are going to need a powerful amp to drive them to anywhere near their potential. Especially AKG. Even a portable amp (ex. E17) isn't really enough. Plug those babies into something with real juice and you will see why.
this^
post #1288 of 1289

Ok, thank you for your sugestions. Can you tell me more about the sound of K280s?

post #1289 of 1289

I have to say that I am really enjoying the K612 Pro. Music and gaming on these headphones are just great. The pads are now starting to break in as well. Out of the box, I found that the pads made my skin itch a little bit around my ears. That seems to have stopped now. I must have about 30 hours on the headphones at this point. They seem to be nicely burned in now. I noticed the most significant sound change happened at around 8-12 hours of use. I honestly don't see why some people claim that "burn in is a myth". I have very good hearing, and I can say without any doubt that burn in is a reality. At around 8 hours to 12 hours, the bass and treble both smoothed out on my K612 Pro. I could actually hear the difference. I installed Amnesia: The Dark Descent last night. I have not played that horror game in at least a year. The sounds in that game on a good pair of headphones are awesome, and also terrifying. Anyone who loves horror should definitely check it out. :beyersmile:

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