This anti-Chinese made nonsense needs to stop. The K612 as well as others have been made in China for a while now, and no one I know has had any reliability or any sort of issue with them. As someone who directly compared a K612 with an Austrian made K712, there are no build differences whatsoever, headband differences aside. One can say the K612 is better than the K712, and I wouldn't be mad at that statement.
Then theres the fact that some of the most popular headphones are made in China like Hifiman, and some of the best built dac amps are also made there (Audio GD).
Just stop it already. It's a stupid, stupid prejudice and over generalization.
Ironic enough that the K812 is Austrian made, and has a lot more issues than I've ever seen with the K612 or K702.
It isn't being anti-Chinese, I was personally mentioning the new K702 and the older K702 having different build qualities in terms of materials used. I didn't say they were cheaper because they were made in China but rather there is a difference in the older Austrian made ones and the newer Chinese made ones. There were some people noting cheaper materials and plastics with the new K702s. This lies with AKG or likely more specifically with Harman. The the K612 vs K712 build quality can't really be used in comparing the old vs new K702s. Anyways the K612 was being both made in Austria and China when they were first made and maybe they still are, it's why some higher model number K612s are made in Austria while some lower number ones were made in China. I made no mention of the reliability or sound. No build difference? I own both the K712 and K612. The K712 is better made and is made of more robust and sturdier plastics and has an overall more solid and quality feel to it than the K612, the K612 feels a bit cheap compared to the K712. The build differences are pretty obvious between the two. Sound wise I can see people preferring one over the other. Both my K612 and K712 are Austrian made. I know there is no difference between in build quality between the Austrian and Chinese made K612 as I've seen and felt both side by side and they were identical.
What I'm worried about is AKG may cheap out a bit if they switch the production of the K712 over to a different factory and country. Maybe they are just doing what happened with the K612, just dividing the production between the Austrian and Chinese factory.
Hifiman and Audio GD are not the best examples to use in regards of AKG because they are founded in China companies. I'm well aware there are many well made Chinese products. What matters isn't where it's made but how well it's made. China does have a bad reputation because a lot of really cheap products come out of China. Also there is resentment among many people because many manufacturing jobs have been switched from their home country to China and other countries.
Edited by kman1211 - 7/30/14 at 12:48pm