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Also FYI - the PSB M4U1 looks ridiculous when worn. Sony looks great. But if looks don't matter get the PSB - technically better headphone.
The Q701 (and K702) seems to be enjoyed by many Headfiers.
The K550 is one of the best closed headphones out there. I love my pair. Tyll put them up on the Wall of Fame for a while.
The K3003, while perhaps overpriced, is one of the best universal IEMs.
The K702 Annie is a very good headphone. The new K712 is seems to be a hit - some members are comparing (and preferring them) to higher priced cans from the competition.
I'm very excited about the K812.
I think the Harman\AKG hate is silly. Lately, AKG models have been very competitive. They might have disappointed you...but I'm a happy camper.
All the manufacturers can disappoint in one way or another...compared to the competition.
Good for you. No sarcasm intended.
I don't hate them, I just want them to do better.
K550 was dethroned from the wall of fame very quickly because of it's size and technical inferiority to the newer closed-portable cans.
But still has the best soundstage of them all.
K3003 - you said it yourself - overpriced.
K812 - most of us are excited, but nobody is holding their breath. I'm sure you've seen many of the snide expectant comments already - but most of us really hope it will be something special.
I think most of the disappointment is driven by prior hype and expectation, but the truth is AKG have been offering exceptional value for money for a long time, and still do.
What does that have anything to do with AKG disappointing customers. Newer models are always being released. I hope DT880\990 and HD650\600 owners were not disappointed when the T1 and the HD800 were released?
Based on the cost of the previous generation of headphones, the HD800 and the T1 are also overpriced. Yeah, sure, I was disappointed when I found out how Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic priced their top of the line headphones back in 2010.
Most of the snide comments are from people who are stuck in the past. AKG has not been disappointing lately.
Harman\AKG did not release anything valuable for a wile, but I think (I hope) they've gotten their act together.
Yeh I don't mind the looks of the PSB but they don't seem to look very durable imo. Any PSB owners who say otherwise?
Who cares? They sound great.
AKG have always done some of the more natural sounding cans...no complaints here.
Not denying that, but there are fashion conscious members of headfi - how they can afford that AND be an audiophile is beyond my comprehension.
AKG K545 tested in Swedish magazine "Hifi & Musik".
Compared to AKG K551 very similiar soundwise but:
- Less weight
- Smaller earcups
- Thinner earpads
- Smaller headband gives tighter and better fit for on the move
- More portable
- A bit more bass
- Smaller soundstage with less depth
They really liked it.