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Hey! Good stuff! Enjoy! smily_headphones1.gif
Thanks, I've enjoyed reading your posts.
post #1157 of 2804
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Okay. Thanks for the info. That's great news for me then. Haha. :biggrin:

 

Indeed! The HM-901 is quite something else - if you can look past the retro styling and you can get past any expectation iDevice UI. The dual Sabre DAC chip works wonders. Battery life might be an issue though - 5 to 6 hours on the minibox. However, you can just have a spare battery with you. :)

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Thanks, I've enjoyed reading your posts.

 

You are too kind, Macbob713. Let us know, during your extended listening over the weekend, if the second time is sweeter. :)

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You are too kind, Macbob713. Let us know, during your extended listening over the weekend, if the second time is sweeter. smily_headphones1.gif
Will do.
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Oh well ;p Strange then, I really didn't like it. Dad thought it got potential but agreed that it did not sound as good as it should been.

 

The amp you listened to (in the corridor) was one of those cheap (probably) six (or eight?) multi output amps that drove K812 and some other AKG cans. If I remember correctly the source was an iPad. Probably no external DAC. I borrowed them and tried them with Bakoon HPA-21, and it sounded softer and "fuller" with this amp (and the Lindemann USB DAC). Of course since HPA-21 is a current drive amp the sound was "eq'd" according to the impedance curve, so they got a slight boost around 100 Hz, but since the hump in the impedance curve is quite wide it didn't alter the sound that much IMO, except for adding some high bass/low mids. The sound of HD800 is altered more by the current drive (making them sound "planar-ish"). K812 is a little bit brighter than neutral and lacks the dynamic bass from planars, as already stated. However I kind of fell in love with K812, as a "contrast" to my LCD-X, but was put off when I saw Tyll's measurements. Also they have done some things wrong: The maximized headband was a tiny bit too small for my head and you cannot use a balanced cable because of the 3-pole plug. I cannot say more without trying them at home, but if the measurements are true I guess I will get tired of them after a while if I buy them. I like the "exactness" of the sound both from LCD-X and HD800 and I believe this is due to well behaved transducers, i.e. low distorsion, low ringing etc. Of course there is more than measurements (like listening...), but buying a can that rings that much? I hope that there is something wrong with Tyll's measurements and that he will redo them.

 

BTW Androb was it you that wanted to listen to them near closing time last Sunday? I had to suddenly unplug them from HPA-21 and give them to the sales guy, I could have listened to them for 15 more minutes... :(

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The amp you listened to (in the corridor) was one of those cheap (probably) six (or eight?) multi output amps that drove K812 and some other AKG cans. If I remember correctly the source was an iPad. Probably no external DAC. I borrowed them and tried them with Bakoon HPA-21, and it sounded softer and "fuller" with this amp (and the Lindemann USB DAC). Of course since HPA-21 is a current drive amp the sound was "eq'd" according to the impedance curve, so they got a slight boost around 100 Hz, but since the hump in the impedance curve is quite wide it didn't alter the sound that much IMO, except for adding some high bass/low mids. The sound of HD800 is altered more by the current drive (making them sound "planar-ish"). K812 is a little bit brighter than neutral and lacks the dynamic bass from planars, as already stated. However I kind of fell in love with K812, as a "contrast" to my LCD-X, but was put off when I saw Tyll's measurements. Also they have done some things wrong: The maximized headband was a tiny bit too small for my head and you cannot use a balanced cable because of the 3-pole plug. I cannot say more without trying them at home, but if the measurements are true I guess I will get tired of them after a while if I buy them. I like the "exactness" of the sound both from LCD-X and HD800 and I believe this is due to well behaved transducers, i.e. low distorsion, low ringing etc. Of course there is more than measurements (like listening...), but buying a can that rings that much? I hope that there is something wrong with Tyll's measurements and that he will redo them.

 

BTW Androb was it you that wanted to listen to them near closing time last Sunday? I had to suddenly unplug them from HPA-21 and give them to the sales guy, I could have listened to them for 15 more minutes... :(

Ah ok :D Hope they sounded better on HPA-21 then :P Well no I went home after saturday :)

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Ah ok :D Hope they sounded better on HPA-21 then :P Well no I went home after saturday :)

 

OK, then you're not the guilty one... :D

 

If I remember correctly they felt less dynamic than what I'm used to (LCD-X), like you apply some slight compression and then tilt the frequency curve towards the brighter side. Like some tiny dude is holding the diaphragms back... I wonder if they where burnt-in?

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I have about 30 hours on mine now, and what macbob said applies for me too. It does sound better, sounds more refined/effortless and less brittle. Not that it was bad out of the box. It was like a home run the moment I hit play, but this is just the 2nd cherry on top.


Edited by M-13 - 2/14/14 at 5:19pm
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Just bought a K812, still on the way. Looking forward to it's sound!

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Just bought a K812, still on the way. Looking forward to it's sound!


Congrats hencaio! You will love them.

post #1166 of 2804
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Originally Posted by hencaio View Post

Just bought a K812, still on the way. Looking forward to it's sound!

Good stuff! Prepared to be wowed!
post #1167 of 2804
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

I have about 30 hours on mine now, and what macbob said applies for me too. It does sound better, sounds more refined/effortless and less brittle. Not that it was bad out of the box. It was like a home run the moment I hit play, but this is just the 2nd cherry on top.

Hey M-13 and MacBob, I'm now past 100 hours and creeping up to the 150 hour mark. What I can say is that the 812 will hold true to its early promise: what it does introduce now as part of the incremental improvement is that the details are more nuanced, the imaging more precise and the layering more clearly delineated. smily_headphones1.gif
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details are more nuanced, the imaging more precise and the layering more clearly delineated. smily_headphones1.gif

Great description Kiats! I was trying to word what I was hearing through burn-in and your description is spot on. Looks like I have something to look forward to. Haha.

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So....three people definitely like them. Any other 812 owners want to chime in? I like AKG cans but really want a general consensus before shelling out that kind of dough.

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Great description Kiats! I was trying to word what I was hearing through burn-in and your description is spot on. Looks like I have something to look forward to. Haha.

Heheh! Thanks, M-13. Yes, the burn in process seems to be very much like burnishing and polishing a work of art. The more you do, the more you see of the beauty that lies beneath. smily_headphones1.gif
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