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I own the K812 Pro now for three months and it is definitly a amazing headphone in the top class with no tizzy sound. In my opinion the best dynamic headphone on the market and no chance for HD-800 and T1. But I think the AKG is not for everyone to many different impressions with unkown reasons and to many different signal chains. My recommendation is hear it and then decide, it is definitly a must hear for a headphone enthusiast!

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Originally Posted by nemomec View Post

I own the K812 Pro now for three months and it is definitly a amazing headphone in the top class with no tizzy sound. In my opinion the best dynamic headphone on the market and no chance for HD-800 and T1. But I think the AKG is not for everyone to many different impressions with unkown reasons and to many different signal chains. My recommendation is hear it and then decide, it is definitly a must hear for a headphone enthusiast!

Hear hear!
post #1803 of 2895
heard it and not convinced that it's the best dynamic can on the market or that it spanks the hd800. but seeing that i'm on the lookout for a high end open can i'll be giving both another listen.
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heard it and not convinced that it's the best dynamic can on the market or that it spanks the hd800. but seeing that i'm on the lookout for a high end open can i'll be giving both another listen.

I think it will depend on your preferences of music and which can's presentation works best for you.
post #1805 of 2895
maybe but if the k812 has a distortion problem that the hd800 doesn't then that's gotta be a factor as well
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maybe but if the k812 has a distortion problem that the hd800 doesn't then that's gotta be a factor as well

That be true. Of course, both the T1 and HD800 have attracted criticism as well. So, the best is to hear what your ears tell you. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1807 of 2895
sure. i'll be giving the t1 a try as well.
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sure. i'll be giving the t1 a try as well.

The T1 has it's charms. Especially when modded for balanced amps
post #1809 of 2895

Updates!

 

I've been quiet in this thread for a while. That's because I've been waiting for my replacement K812. You may recall my impressions where I mention a crack in one of the cups. Well, that crack got to the point where the cup was almost coming off of the frame, so I figured I better send it in to AKG ASAP. Only problem is they were backordered on the K812. Sigh.

 

Well, several weeks later my new K812 has come home. I was nervous because it's been ridiculously cold across the US off and on lately. This past week there was another cold snap, and I thought perhaps extreme temperature differences could have contributed to the cracking issue. However this unit seems A-OK with no signs of cracks or any other physical defects. Whew! Now let's just hope it stays that way. Honestly, for $1.5k I don't think I should be worrying about a defect like that cropping up again. Maybe it was just a fluke or something.

 

Anyway, there are a few other updates to mention.

 

Folks whose ears I usually trust have reported some rather alarming discrepancies WRT the K812. Now, I realize we all have different tastes and tolerances, but in these cases we could compare the K812 to several other headphones in a common head-fier language of sorts.In other words "headphone X sounds brighter and harsher than headphone Y on such and such gear." These reports made the K812 seem quite a bit harsher and more fatiguing than I've experienced, as they compared it to several headphones that I personally can't tolerate very well. It got me wondering about product variation. The K550 for instance has been all over the map, and I myself have heard some variation with the K3003 (though to be fair, comparing in-ears is quite a bit trickier in my experience due to fit issues, tips, insertion depth, etc.).

 

From memory---which is, granted, not entirely reliable in my case---this new pair of K812s seems to have a slightly more pronounced mid bass and slightly less accurate sense of "PRaT" or whatever terminology you want to ascribe to what gets you grooving. It's a subtle thing however, so I'm not that confident in these differences. However I convinced a friend of mine to get a K812 as well since he was looking for a replacement for the Sony Qualia 010 that he sold not too long ago. Listening to both our K812s side-by-side on his Decware amp, I felt his had more liveliness and a more present top end with fullness. I started thinking: the Decware amps are a bit on the more lush and euphonic side in my opinion, so perhaps his K812 was synergizing well due to a more active treble? A more uneven treble could counter-balance the amp like a seesaw. I decided to compare the two headphones side-by-side on my Black Diamond and, sure enough, his ended up being more fatiguing to me over time. Granted it never got too bothersome --- both units still sounded less fatiguing to me than the stock HD800 for instance --- but the difference was there to my ears.

 

So take that how you will. Personally, I think it's totally plausible that some folks have harsher sounding K812s. I've observed differences in the K550, K3003, and plenty of other headphones from other brands: Beyerdynamic, Audez'e, Ultrasone, etc.

 

Also a brief word on the HD800 while I'm at it. As much as I enjoy the K812, I don't think it outperforms the HD800 in areas like detail retrieval, texture, and attack. It just doesn't. Granted, the HD800 has to be driven with the right amp to sound its best: Zana Deux SE, DNA Stratus, SPL Phonitor, etc. Even the Schiit Vali works really well for some reason (it's not so much about price tag as it is synergy). The HD800 is just a fussy, picky little b#stard. When it's paired with something it doesn't get along with, it tends to sound flat and lifeless. Details are still there but don't pop. It's like drinking a flat soda. The K812 by comparison sounds great with a wider variety of sources and source material in my opinion. It may not scale as highly as the HD800, but it stays carbonated.


Edited by MuppetFace - 3/8/14 at 4:46am
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The T1 has it's charms. Especially when modded for balanced amps

balanced? don't wanna think about going there. wink.gif
post #1811 of 2895
Ugh don't think USPS is delivering today either. The wait continues...
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Ugh don't think USPS is delivering today either. The wait continues...

Sorry to hear that, Sonido! Looks like it's the two of us who are being let down by the postal service. frown.gif The DHC Fusion cable only gets delivered on Monday and then I have to find time to pick it up from the local DHC distributor. Sigh!
post #1814 of 2895
Thanks for your updates, MuppetFace! Look forward to hearing more thoughts from you.
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Agreed ...couldn't have said it better myself. beerchug.gif   
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