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Great review on the 712 Pro in the new issue of Sound&Vision magazine by Steve Guttenberg.He states in the article that the driver was reworked to produce more bass. Awarded S&V Top Pick Award.
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Just got my pair today. Compared to my 7 bump K701s, I can definitely agree with the more lower end opinions. I'll have to give it a few more days, but from what I'm hearing now, I do feel they've improved on the K701s finally after all these years.

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I've been browsing this thread and I too have recently picked up a pair of the K712s. I've have been considering a new amp and I see that people claim that these are somewhat finicky to drive. I currently own an Aune T1 and a JDS Labs O2+ODAC combo.

 

I don't have a lot of time on these yet, but both of these work fairly well. Having said that, I'm still planning on an upgrade (I use the word upgrade loosely here). I was looking at Schiit A2/Lyr or maybe an Audio-GD. Maybe a Project Ember. I, and unfortunately my wallet, is on the loosing side here, like to experiment.

 

Just curious to see how you've achieved some sense of synergy. At least through your ears.

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If you are not receiving "synergy" then either the sound signature is not your thing or your reference material is not geared towards the K712 Pro.

 

Here are a few tracks that I really enjoy with mine.  Give them a listen.  The K712 Pro really does not do well with heavy rock, but just about everything else sounds great as long as it is recorded well.

 

List:

 

Armik:  Casa de Amor, Flames
Marcus Miller:  Renaissance, Detroit
Peter Murphy:  Love Hysteria, Time Has Got Nothing To Do With I
T.H.White:  The Private Spotlight, Separations
The Doors:  Essential Rarities, Queen Of The Highway

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I've been browsing this thread and I too have recently picked up a pair of the K712s. I've have been considering a new amp and I see that people claim that these are somewhat finicky to drive. I currently own an Aune T1 and a JDS Labs O2+ODAC combo.

I don't have a lot of time on these yet, but both of these work fairly well. Having said that, I'm still planning on an upgrade (I use the word upgrade loosely here). I was looking at Schiit A2/Lyr or maybe an Audio-GD. Maybe a Project Ember. I, and unfortunately my wallet, is on the loosing side here, like to experiment.

Just curious to see how you've achieved some sense of synergy. At least through your ears.

The O2 should be more than adequate for anything except maybe electrostatics. If you're interested in tube distortion, there are numerous plugins and programs that can simulate it for a much smaller time and money investment.
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I've been browsing this thread and I too have recently picked up a pair of the K712s. I've have been considering a new amp and I see that people claim that these are somewhat finicky to drive. I currently own an Aune T1 and a JDS Labs O2+ODAC combo.

 

I don't have a lot of time on these yet, but both of these work fairly well. Having said that, I'm still planning on an upgrade (I use the word upgrade loosely here). I was looking at Schiit A2/Lyr or maybe an Audio-GD. Maybe a Project Ember. I, and unfortunately my wallet, is on the loosing side here, like to experiment.

 

Just curious to see how you've achieved some sense of synergy. At least through your ears.

Not a fan of the O2 with this particular can. Both the A2 and Lyr are very nice, though. I prefer the Lyr with this particular signature. No experience with anything Audio-GD.

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A quick question for anyone who knows: what size is the K712 driver? 45mm like K702 or something larger?

 

I'm sure it's been commented on, but it's easy to get lost in this thread. Thanks much.

Same size as all the drivers have been since the K701. 45mm.

 

 

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Same size as all the drivers have been since the K701. 45mm.

Do we know if it's a new driver or a retuned version of the old one?

 

Also - maybe these items were in the thread earlier and I missed it, but -

 

1. A better question might be is the reflex circle tape on these drivers or removed?

 

2. The ear pads are no longer asymmetric.  Were they that way on the Annie?  They're not on the Q's or the original K701's.

 

IMHO, those two things can have as much effect as a driver change. 

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Also - maybe these items were in the thread earlier and I missed it, but -

 

1. A better question might be is the reflex circle tape on these drivers or removed?

 

2. The ear pads are no longer asymmetric.  Were they that way on the Annie?  They're not on the Q's or the original K701's.

 

IMHO, those two things can have as much effect as a driver change. 


The tape is still there.

 

The pads are flat and made of memory foam but people have swapped them with pads on the K712 and Q701 and they say the two headphones sound a bit different. The annies have flat memory foam pads as well but not quite as deep as the K712 pads.


Edited by kman1211 - 3/12/14 at 8:43pm
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Also - maybe these items were in the thread earlier and I missed it, but -

 

1. A better question might be is the reflex circle tape on these drivers or removed?

 

2. The ear pads are no longer asymmetric.  Were they that way on the Annie?  They're not on the Q's or the original K701's.

 

IMHO, those two things can have as much effect as a driver change. 


The tape is still there.

 

The pads are flat and made of memory foam but people have swapped them with pads on the K712 and Q701 and they say the two headphones sound a bit different. The annies have flat memory foam pads as well but not quite as deep as the K712 pads.


Hmm ... I can state with some certainty that the original K701's sound mighty different if you get the pads mis-oriented.

 

I haven't heard the Annies.  Do they sound the same as the K712?  My impression was that it was more or less the same headphone - just that the K712 was the "permanent production" version.  If so, then it's the pads.  If not, then maybe they did re-tune the drivers.

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Hmm ... I can state with some certainty that the original K701's sound mighty different if you get the pads mis-oriented.

 

I haven't heard the Annies.  Do they sound the same as the K712?  My impression was that it was more or less the same headphone - just that the K712 was the "permanent production" version.  If so, then it's the pads.  If not, then maybe they did re-tune the drivers.


No the Annies and K712 sound different. They are similar but not the same. The Annies are basically Q701s or newer K702s with better matched drivers, different looks and flat memory foam pads. The K712s are Annies with a different color scheme, slightly different pads, and differently tuned drivers.

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Hmm ... I can state with some certainty that the original K701's sound mighty different if you get the pads mis-oriented.

 

I haven't heard the Annies.  Do they sound the same as the K712?  My impression was that it was more or less the same headphone - just that the K712 was the "permanent production" version.  If so, then it's the pads.  If not, then maybe they did re-tune the drivers.


No the Annies and K712 sound different. They are similar but not the same. The Annies are basically Q701s or newer K702s with better matched drivers, different looks and flat memory foam pads. The K712s are Annies with a different color scheme, slightly different pads, and differently tuned drivers.


OK - thanks!

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OK - thanks!


No problem. The K712 is basically the production version of the Annies, but they seem to of done some final tweaks to the design that changed it up a bit.

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Sorry, not in this house. The Anniversaries are most definitely NOT the 712 in sound. The 712 is on a whole different level of SQ. The Anniversaries are akin in SQ to the Q models.
The only AKG I don't own yet is the 812.
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Sorry, not in this house. The Anniversaries are most definitely NOT the 712 in sound. The 712 is on a whole different level of SQ. The Anniversaries are akin in SQ to the Q models.
The only AKG I don't own yet is the 812.


I know they sound different and I did say that, I know the drivers are different. What I get the feeling the Annies were more of an earlier stage of development of the K712. So you own the K601, K612, K1000, K240, K340, K501, etc?


Edited by kman1211 - 3/12/14 at 9:13pm
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Sorry, not in this house. The Anniversaries are most definitely NOT the 712 in sound. The 712 is on a whole different level of SQ. The Anniversaries are akin in SQ to the Q models.
The only AKG I don't own yet is the 812.
Not my experience at all. I've had both side by side and they were so extremely similar that I returned the K712 and kept the K702.65. If there is a difference, and it's dubious there is, it's insignificant at best.
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