I SECOND that!
I am really close to pulling the trigger.
Edited by aethelberht - 2/20/14 at 1:31pm
The hype trains are huge for both these and the LCD-X. How do they really compare to each other?
For those who own both - would you agrre with what Steve said here:
"The Audeze LCD X headphones have a warmer and richer tonal balance than the K812s; the LCD-X's sound has more weight to it. The K812s' sound is livelier, so subtle dynamic shadings and every cymbal shimmer sounds a little different from the next. The vocals on Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" CD sound more natural on the K812s, and I was more aware of their breathing and vocal phrasing. The LCD X was less immediate and present. It's a close contest, and I'm sure some listeners will prefer the LCD X for its fuller tone, but I love the K812's clarity and wide-open sound."
This is pretty accurate. In other words, the K812 is more open, more natural, more true to the timbre, with excellent bass extension and quality, but with a bit less body and bloom. The LCD-X sounds nice and impresses right away, but I can imagine I would get bored with its bloom. FWIW, over time I always seem to prefer accurate sound over (too much) bloom. IMO the LCD3 is overall better than the LCD-X (though the X does a few things better, e.g. sounds with more body), but I think I'd still prefer the K812 over it. I am a bit biased, since the Audeze and Hifimans don't seem to make it for me - it's just a personal thing, to my ears the HD800 is better than all of them. I wanted the HD800 badly, I keep listening to them, but the treble issues kept me from buying. The K812 fixes that, and keeps enough goodies to choose it over the HD800, but it's still a tough contest since there are amps which sound good with the HD800 and it's much cheaper. In the meantime I ventured into Stax domain, and so far like the 007 Mk1 (for similar price used as a new K812) and the 009 (if money is no object) over anything else, including the K812. Diminishing returns, though. If the K812 would sell for around $1200, it could be an end of the game headphone for many. OK, since we are in the middle of a headphone revolution, waiting a bit always pays off :), but this sound will be one of the references other headphones will be measured against even years later (just like the HD800, despite its treble issues).
Sounds good. Why did you expect HD800 to sound better given how hard it can be to amp right compared to the intention behind K812 (possibly portable)?