All that matters in the long run is that we put a pair of headphones on our head and enjoy what comes out of them. Having said that though, $1.5K is a big investment for many people so I'm interested in opinions I feel I can trust, at least to the extent you can trust such opinions, before getting excited.
I loved my K701s up to the day they were destroyed by an amp malfunction. If the current LCD-2s weren't so clearly superior in terms of detail retrieval I would have bought another pair, but I'm a big low level detail nut so it's hard for me to step back down when I find a new highwater mark in that area.
This especially. Ultimately it boils down to individual taste, though there is a certain performance expectation at such a high price. I also first stepped from a K701 to LCD-2 (Rev 1) As soon I heard the T1, I sold the LCD-2 and bought them instead. I've since also owned the HE-6 which I liked even more, and AD2000X which is fun but closer to the T1. And finally the HD800 which I preferred to all of them. I've found the comfort and soundstage presentation of planars just don't do it for me. If the K812 manages to be more natural than HD800 and T1 while still maintaining good soundstage and bass presence, I'll be happy. In the meantime, I just pulled the trigger on a pair of K712 to hold me over until tax refund season.
I don't think Nomax is really that extreme. Sure, in English he sounds like little, shouting kid. So it was hard to believe him. But in German he was like normal, reasonable person.
Anyway, as far as I can understand small jack in K812, then I have no idea who thought that headphone stand would be brilliant "gift". If I would like one, I would buy one. Maybe it is because AKG do not believe K812 will sell well with this price and they are trying to add something?
Yes, it seems people don't take into account the language barrier and how mis-translations can often be comical even though the original source is perfectly reasonable. There was a whole website dedicated to the comical mis-translations of Japanese into English, or "Engrish" as it's called.