Why are you still doubting then ;) For 350$ you really can't go wrong
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Oh well, can't fault it with that, quality weighing against cost for these are definitely good!
From what I've found out so far, it seems the real difference between the K452 and K451 is that the former has a mic/one-button remote cable that works with Android phones and the latter has a mic/3-button cable that works with Apple phones. And of course only the K451 wins the prizes and appears on store shelves. This irks me, because I have an Android phone. It seems this all comes down to Apple deviating from what used to be a universal standard for the three-ring (four-pole) 3.5mm headphone connectors. Thanks a lot, Apple, now I can't use the microphone or call-answer button on my AKG 451 mic/remote cable.
EDIT: it seems the solution is simple. Buy a bi-directional CTIA (Apple standard) to OMTP (everyone else) adapter. You can Google it, or just get this: http://www.daidaatdei.com/mz/omtp-ctia-adapter-converter/97-black-silver-earphone-converter-adapter-convert-omtp-to-ctia-or-ctia-to-omtp-35mm-to-35mm-.html
Edited by itwriter - 10/12/14 at 11:13am
I eventually got an adapter. It took a long time to arrive, and it looks beautiful and sturdy. But plugging it into my Sony Experia V phone revealed that it did not make proper contact, and microphone and answer buttons still don't work. Better to just get a Samsung smartphone (S4 and upwards, I think) which properly supports the K451, I think. Won't go the Sony route again, even though its sound is better.