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post #301 of 307
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

There is the problem of the name because AKG recently reused it for some earbuds, if you can believe it. They could call it K340 Tesla. Sounds very . . . current.



. . . yeah, isn't it a shame? How disrespectful to the almighty K340 .____.




@DMax99 . . .  The Superluxes are really good cans, especially for the price! In germany a 681/681-B costs about 19€.  The 681-B kinda sounds like a K240 Sextett, almsot the same. The 681 is the same but harscher highs and mooooore bass. The EVO sounds more like a philips . . . kinda like a X1 but x1 is better in every way (resolution, bass quality, soundstage etc.). The 662s sound kinda like my SHURE SRH440s but with less bass and more neutral. They are all more than woth the money <3


And the K812 . . . sad story for me xD Many people like these. I like them too . . . but not for its price. Personally i like the T1 , HD800 and even the T90 more than the K812. Soundstage is smaller on the K812 and in terms of details ~ none of them lack in details. The thing is . . . i like my k501 and k400 more than the K812. Because they also give me a bigger soundstage and detail-resolution-wise  the k812 is nothing really new for me. I have awaited way more changes from the "new flagship". Its a big update, if you come from the K7xx series. But not if you're coming from a K400/500/501. I know people will throw stones at me right now (xD) but i'm not the kind of person, who hypes something just only because its new. Especially in AKGs case. They've so dissapointed me with the K7xx series that i had lost my respect. Its not enough to change the looks . . . after so many Versions of the K701 i have awaited something bigger, more different.


The K812 is not a bad can, by no means ~ but it has to compete with his older brothers! It kinda sounds like a mix between k501, and K601/612. It has similiar magical mids like the k501 but with the amount of bass like a k601. But the soundstage . . . thats, what dissapointed me, its smaller and can't even stand a chance against the T1s or the HD800s soundstage, not even close. Sure, soundstage is not important for everyone and if you wanna use the K812 for editing / work, its maybe the best akg ever. But for listening? As a soundstage-fetishist i need the stage XD Even Sonys MA900 has a bigger stage than the K812.


The good thing on the K812 is the materials, i absolutely love the look and feel of it. metal, good leather and fine quality material, not much plastic here like the older AKGs. I hope AKG stays on that route ;D I'm just waiting for the next K812 Version, mayber that will be my cup of tea. In my opinion its not worth 1300-1500€. 600-800€ is the price tag whre i see the K812, judging by its sound. Now you can all stone me xD

Edited by Natsukawa - 3/30/14 at 4:07am
post #302 of 307

Soooo, my new boxed K340 arrived on friday and i'm absolutely stunned by them!  I think, that I won't have such an opportunity again, not in this life XD So I feel like the luckiest audiophile in the world now xD Now the veeeeery strange thing . . . is also very frightening at the same time. I had 6 K340's in total. 2 of them were too muddy and bassy, 1 was too neutral without body and bass and the rest of them were the versions I appreciate ~ with good treble, splendid instrument seperation, clarity, fascinating soundstage and good bass. Well, I sold 2 of them together with the 3 other ones I don't like to keep only one for me, because it was in very good shape. All of these good versions were in good shape. The bad soundig ones . . . were very old and used. But I removed the cotton-wool from all of them.


Now the new one, that came on friday . . . it sounds even better then my favorite Version that I have at home. Out of the box, without even removing the cotton wool or burn-in time! WTF is that? that made me curious . . . could it be . . . is it possible . . . that all K340s, no matter what driver-color-type is inside . . . sound the same? And the only reason, why they sound so different is because the electrets are wearing out in time and while doing so, they change in their sound? That could be the explanation, why all my K340's, that I didn't liked (the ones beeing muddy & too bassy, thin harsh and bassles etc.) were in bad shape and looked very used. So maybe the electrets were on low-power / slowly dying? Because all my other K340's, which signatures i liked, were all in good shape and not much used, even in the inside. So my theory isn't very unlogical. But now's time to show some pics <3 Please click on the pictures, to enlarge them.




















Edited by Natsukawa - 4/7/14 at 2:12am
post #303 of 307

Never seen that balanced out with adapter to 1/4". Very nice option. That's stock?

post #304 of 307

Yeah, it's stock and fresh out of the box. I haven't even removed the cotton wool, because it sounds so fantastic out of the box. Tomorrow I'll open it to see the insides, i'm still curious what driver-version it is. Maybe I'll remove the cotton . . . maybe not, it's perfect as it is. Hell, it sounds better than my T90  x___X 

post #305 of 307

The very few who have had the great fortune of finding a K340 in a new/mint condition have all said the same.  The wide difference in sound may all be to age and condition because in new condition they are stunning!  Enjoy and cherish them.  

post #306 of 307

It's so sad because i know . . . she'll die someday ;____;

post #307 of 307
Originally Posted by Natsukawa View Post

It's so sad because i know . . . she'll die someday ;____;


I think AKG will fix it for you; might sound a little different though.

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