Ha, If I were AKG I'd keep the msrp what it is and let the comparisons between the other flagships roll in for some time, then when it comes out allow a low street price, like around $900-1000 perhaps. You see It seems to be like almost as good as hd800 from the limited comparisons, then for $900 many would buy it, epecially as it is easier to drive as well.
For 900USD, I would seriously consider them if the FR really is as neutral as some claim... On the other hand, quite many also state that there is certain midbass emphasis which makes them sound in between HD800 and TH900 = that would be an instant dealbreaker for me. This is supported (at least for me) by the fact that many people consider neutral what actually is bass-emphasised (like K712 Pro).
For 1500USD? Not a chance because of:
1) leather pads (leather pads, seriously?)
2) no true balanced mode possible
3) no 1/4 cable
4) Inferior soundstage dimensionality in comparison to HD800...? We'll see.
Edited by emertxe - 10/26/13 at 7:27am