That islave comment makes me chuckle because it makes no sense. Headphones can be easy to drive and perform incredibly well. MA900, X1, LCD2, Annies, and D7000, all sound really, really good even off cellphones.
This TOTL headphone and equipment matching being a criteria sounds like audio snobbery. Maybe part of the fun for you, but having a need to match a headphone to an amp shouldn't be necessary. There should be headphones that pair well with whatever you want to pair it up with. The LCD2 isn't known as an amp slut for nothing. It really does pair up well with basically anything. Does that make it a lesser headphone? That's ridiculous.
Now I doubt the K812 is the savior of audio michaelxray is making it out to be, but judging by the improvements AKG has done with the Annie and the K712 to make them well balanced and not as picky as the older 70x line, is a definite right step for AKG. If the 812 is a top tier refinement over the Annie and K712 sound, then I'm absolutely all for it.
Not many headphones out there that can be catagorized as high end jack of all trades AND not finicky with what you hook them up to.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/6/13 at 9:07am