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post #301 of 978

Qualia pads? HD800 Chambers? 1.5 Tesla magnets and five years of research? Not really the cool tech I was looking for but I guess I can buy it. Maybe a nice combination of all of these things can have some nice results. But then again I've heard of other companies studying how the ear works. Sony does this too I think. I guess we'll know soon enough. I think I would be more impressed if they had used a new kind of material for the diaphram or a one-of-a-kind magnetic structure, but that's just me I guess.


Edited by M-13 - 10/11/13 at 7:43pm
post #302 of 978

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http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/harman-researchers-make-important-headway-understanding-headphone-response

 

 new compensation curve for the HRTF research.


Edited by nick n - 10/11/13 at 8:08pm
post #303 of 978

I wrote AKG reganding this set and I got this reply

 

Dear Rodrigo,

 

Thank you for your interest in the K812. We’re excited too and look forward to the 1st reviews.

However the Pre-Launch Event in London on 9th and 10th is limited to press and distributors.

The K812 will be available approximately from the mid of November. At that time also local distributors will have access to test samples.

 

Best Regards

Philipp Schuster

 

post #304 of 978
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

I think people confuse efficiency with scalability all too often.  There are only a select few headphones that are hard to drive.

I applaud the efficiency...just a question of sources and being able to scale.

 

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Originally Posted by JWahl View Post
 

I think what he means is not everyone has a $3k-$4K or more full system budget.  So if your budget is $2k, it could be wise to spend the $1500 (hopefully less though) on the easy to drive flagship and the other $500 on an affordable, yet transparent setup vs a $1500 setup driving an HD650, for instance.

Please read my comments above. Heck, if these are the real deal, I'll gladly pick up a pair.

 

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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

I've spent 12 years at Head-Fi. When people are wowed right off the bat, I know what's coming later on.

 

So true...so true.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 10/11/13 at 8:32pm
post #305 of 978

Its price is certainly up there with top headphones.  

post #306 of 978

I asked RazorDogAudio (an authorized AKG dealer) if they were aware of the K812 and had an ETA on it's availability.

 

"Yes, very aware. Will be in stock in 2-3 weeks"

 

No word on their K812 price yet:

 

"Pricing not available yet so I don't know. I will have discounts as always!"

post #307 of 978

I don't think it will be a show grabber at all. It simply doesn't have anything really outstanding quality on its own compared to other flagships out there, if you rip out each "quality" out on their own (e.g imaging, treble, bass impact) the K812 isn't really one of the utmost top performing headphone. But the way that it has everything above average, that is the great thing about it.

 

A hard to flaw sound signature isn't always a good thing in terms of attention grabbing, especially when in a noisy environment with very limited head time and music choice. The great efficiency and low impedance also mean pairing of the usual tube amps and other high power headphone amps a problem for people with such existing system. The same way that many Audio Technica sounds horrible out of some other highly praised amp for the more popular high impedance headphones.

post #308 of 978
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Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post
 

I don't think it will be a show grabber at all. It simply doesn't have anything really outstanding quality on its own compared to other flagships out there, if you rip out each "quality" out on their own (e.g imaging, treble, bass impact) the K812 isn't really one of the utmost top performing headphone. But the way that it has everything above average, that is the great thing about it.

 

 

This is often what I've read about the Shure SRH1840 in its price range. Is the K812 the SRH1840 of the high end?

post #309 of 978
Hmm, sounds like jack of all trades kind.
post #310 of 978
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Hmm, sounds like jack of all trades kind.


Yes, very much so IMO.

post #311 of 978

Nomax, a K812 headfi loan program in E.U will be great, the guys will love it! :k701smile:

post #312 of 978

You cant ask that from ghost:-)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Acix View Post
 

Nomax, a K812 headfi loan program in E.U will be great, the guys will love it! :k701smile:

post #313 of 978

I guess, the next show AKG going to join, will be in Las Vegas 7-10 January next year, so, until then, it will be not that huge attention from general consumer and press, however, who knows what they will show there as well.

post #314 of 978

The event was basically meant not for the random passer by / end user. Professionals and headfiers are not random - that's why I think three others from here listened to them as well. For me, I've been living/studying/working in central london, so when I heard that there's going to be a major headphone opening right here, I just had to hear it I guess. Normally these kind of events are in Japan, USA, Germany, USA (again..) - I've moaned loads over the years on how nothing in the way of headphone events / demoing facilities are available in the UK, but now there's a real decent amount (like the meet next week) which is great news. 

 

If I were in your lots position and I was to read the first impression review by me, I would treat it with a fair amount of skepticism too. That's just the way it goes I guess where a review of a headphone heard by very few being strongly positive may just need a bit of calming down in reality. I've experienced this happen before plenty of times and it'll just continue as it's, well, part of the nature of this hobby.  When it's released it'll be tested out for much longer on more advanced and ranging systems to really determine its true colours. 

 

I wouldn't be surprised if the seasoned HD800 listener, with the ideal rig, hears this AKG as being lower in sound quality. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes the opposite opinion either. It's just obviously too early to decide. You've read my impressions on what I think and take it for what it's worth to you - they're first impressions and there's a real possibility I may think of it differently when I own them.

post #315 of 978

I'm in love with the professional design of these headphones. Industrial design always has a place in my aspergerous heart

 

less bull*hit, more robust! go agk!


Edited by Headzone - 10/12/13 at 5:06am
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