Hello to All and especially to Analogsurviver,
Of course it's very attractive for an old headphone designer like me to create a K2K based on latest technology.
On the other hand, I pesonally hate to much risk.
Risk for me are not so much in commercial terms, because I really know how to manage proper those approach.
The main risk would be to get the right acoustic setup for most of you audiophil people, so that you would be finally really satisfied and really willing to buy such a product for a premium.
The idea of paying a kind of deposit for all interested one which would be payed back of course, sound basically a quite simple model for the development investment. But how to judge the final product and not at least to fix the target ...?
F.I. and as you know, those effects like spatial (three dimensionality) listening are still not measurable... Also human has different audiophil tast (f.i. In the U. States, England and Germany those tastes are really quite different)....
To build different K2K versions would be of course also possible, but again how to judge which one should be finally build...?
Any idea of you great formum?
Glad to see your response.
Well, tastes are and will remain different. K1000 and whatever can be made today based on the idea will never be a basshead can - no matter what. I could post at least 2 musical samples that, although admittedly extreme, will K.O. K1000 and K2K and K(n+1)K ( n being number high enough for even the most stubborn to stop trying the impossible ) - in about 2 seconds. I believe what is achievable today is to make K2K to perform on pop/rock/etc at least kind of holding its own against other state of the art designs of today. Say - "surviving" the latest Yello album without falling to pieces during loud/bassy passages.
The forte of K1000 is in acoustic, particularly vocal music. Here it reigns with such superiority over anything else ( I did not hear ..... and .... and ...; but if it uses earpads - can not be better ) that it is quite scary. If K2K menages to get the Metal Grill Blues right ( please see the very thruthful assesment of K1K in
and improve on bass, I firmly believe there will be enough customers. Throw in a bit less demanding drive and perhaps a bit better/extended/more delicate high
frequency response ( too achievable given today's technology in my opinion ) - you would have to create quite a waaaaaaiiiiti.................ng list.
In case that during development shows up that various versions optimized for various music can not be united in a single version - why not build at least two, one for acoustic and another for more modern amplified music? The genres requiring orthodynamics will be out of reach of any K2K version
anyway - so if it is only one version to be built, please choose the one optimized for the acoustic, where K1K design/concept is at the strongest.
But please - do not try to decrease the demand in order to be able to produce K2K by setting the price tag out of reach of majority. It will remain a niche product, aimed at or near very top level - TBH, it is not as costly to produce as some premium electrostatic design and pricing , regardless of potential (and hopefully achieved ) sonic superiority, should reflect that. I particularly feel that many MUSICIANS, not necessirily audiophilles alone, would be interested - if given the possibility to audition K2K under proper conditions.
One suggestion - when recording in 2008 a "little known village orchestra" , sometimes reffered to as Wiener Philharmoniker, both the Dirigent and Konzermeister were amazed at the quality of the binaural recording of the rehearsal ( all I could get the permission to officially do ) , played back through K 1000. THEY SAW/HEARD AKG K1000 FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME !!!
Reffering to WP as "little known village orchestra" is of course a joke - hopefully K2K will not be such a promotional joke as K1K obviously has been, at least as far as WP is concerned; if my memory serves me well, both WP and AKG come from the same - town...!
So - how about letting all the players/conductors of the WP to buy a pair of K2K ( personalized, with first and last name engraved ) at cost, say 1/3rd of the retail price, in exchange for some really good promotion? That could go from the photo of the entire orchestra on stage wearing K2Ks to some extraordinary recordings made to show off K2Ks to the maximum of the ability.
I can not think of anything better, given the circumstances. Beats Beats by Dre in my book.