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post #2311 of 2849
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Originally Posted by kensonic View Post

I also agree that the sound stage of the K 812 is a major strength.
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Would you rank the soundstage of the K812 between the HE6 and the HD800 ?


Yes--I would.  However, I can understand a reasonable pair of ears putting the K 812 at the top.

post #2312 of 2849
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Originally Posted by JWahl View Post

I was at the same meet as Sonido and got a chance to listen to his K812 as well, though not on the liquid glass. It is indeed very efficient and extremely comfortable. Overall, I enjoyed it but as has been stated, there was an oddness about the sound I couldn't quite pinpoint. But I don't think it was treble related. I could tell the slight "tizziness" that has been noted but it seemed rather distant on recordings, rather than in your face so it didn't bother me too much. I think my issue is resonance related though, almost like a hall effect or something. This is coming from being now conditioned to my K712 which don't have this problem. The K712 is noticeably drier (which is a positive in this way)

On the other hand it does some things (or rather one thing in particular) better than any dynamic headphone I've heard. It's difficult for me to describe, but it's something about the sound images and the way they are separated and positioned in free floating space. It's actually really phenomenal in that regard. Almost electrostatic like. I still prefer the HD800 on a good setup overall but I'd still consider this a top flight headphone. It likely could benefit from some strategic felt dampening. And I absolutely love the pads and build quality. I still need a chance to listen to the HE-560 before I decide to upgrade from my K712. I heard the HE-500 finally at that meet but considered it more of a sidegrade. All else fails I'll just go back to the HD-800 once again. From what I've heard I'd currently consider the K812 #3 of my preferred headphones, after the HD800 and HE-6 (both properly driven).
You got to listen to the Liquid Glass with HD800 right? It was something otherworldly to me. I was lucky to listen to my own songs through that setup so I could hear the exact differences and they were profound.
post #2313 of 2849
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post



You got to listen to the Liquid Glass with HD800 right? It was something otherworldly to me. I was lucky to listen to my own songs through that setup so I could hear the exact differences and they were profound.

 



Yes, but only one song, "CCR - Have you ever seen the rain?" Midrange and vocals was to die for with the LG. I really wish I had tried them on that Moth 2A3 though, that setup made even my K712 sound competitive with top flagships haha. I think the K712 scales much better from baseline than the K812. I can only imagine with the HD800 or K812. For the cost of the LG, I'd probably go for the EC 2A3 but I'm probably a little biased. It is tempting though, the LG is very versatile and powerful as well. I didn't get to listen to the K812 on the LG though.

And to add to my previous post, in speaking of the drier sound of the K712, I don't consider it a "dry" headphone by any means. I think the K812 just has some resonance due to the deep cups which is it's double edged sword. The depth really puts the images out there well but creates that odd overly "wet" sounding effect. I think the HD800 avoids this to some extent since the earpads are very wide in comparison to the depth of the cups. I think this is why it sounds good out of a smartphone or similar since they tend to be more thin sound. Though, my listening was still very brief. I'd really like to have more time to evaulate it seriously in the future.
post #2314 of 2849

The LG is a tube rollers delight.  I sounds very different (from itself) depending upon which tubes you roll in and out.

post #2315 of 2849
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

dunno about that. think the th900 can be compared to other totl cans open and closed.


Agreed ....it definitely has that magic

post #2316 of 2849

Finally ordered mine from Full Compass.  They will have AKG drop ship to me.

What's the latest serial numbers up to?

post #2317 of 2849
For those of you interested, the AbsoluteSound web site posted a review of the Cavalli Liquid Gold Amp, and crowned it the finest headphone amp yet.
post #2318 of 2849

gah if i didnt spend 10,000$ in truck parts then maybe i could buy some cool headphones.. stupid turbos

post #2319 of 2849
Jamming with the Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory on cd with the Sony XA5400ES SACD player and the Phonitor 2 feeding the K812. Pure audio bliss. This cd features an all star line up of jazz and blues artists, superbly played and recorded. The K812 sounds fantastic. Unbelievable detail, sounstaging, depth and phenomenal bass. Vocals seem right here in the room with me. I've heard this cd on a variety of hi-Fi set-ups, but this is flat out the best I have ever heard this disc. I prefer the Phonitor 2 in straight headphone amp mode, bypassing the cross feed function. Sounds absolutely stunning togeather. Earlier I listened to an SACD of the classic Blues and the Abstract Truth by Oliver Nelson. A stone cold jazz masterpiece, and sounded great on the K812 rig I'm running.
post #2320 of 2849
glad you're enjoying it mac
post #2321 of 2849
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Originally Posted by MickeS View Post

Also got my Phonitor 2 this week. Paired with Benchmark dac2 hgc and K812

Compared to hpa2 (built in amp in dac2) it is more smooth, less harsh in the treble and very detailed.

However, beleive me or not - the pricey step for a dac2+phonitor2 vs the apogee duet2 with built in headphone amp doesnt make a world of difference to be honest.
Just a slightly different character, not necessarily better. For anyone considering k812 i recommend to give the duet2 some serious listening.
It's amazingly good!

 

 

I got the chance to hear the Phonitor 2 with the HD800 and Audeze LCD-3. I didn't think it really competed at it's price point, since it's price includes lots of knobs and gizmos. Maybe the Duet competes well at it's price point, and the Phonitor had a hard time keeping up?

post #2322 of 2849

I'm considering a K812 myself, with a Phonitor 2 waiting for it. If not all (or most) of the Phonitors features are essential to ones use the upcoming Phonitor Mini might be an interesting option, sharing the overall amp design with its bigger brother, but leaving out one balanced input, the balanced output and several of the advanced configuration options of the Phonitor 2. Unfortunately it does not have the analog VU meters...

post #2323 of 2849
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Originally Posted by plakat View Post

I'm considering a K812 myself, with a Phonitor 2 waiting for it. If not all (or most) of the Phonitors features are essential to ones use the upcoming Phonitor Mini might be an interesting option, sharing the overall amp design with its bigger brother, but leaving out one balanced input, the balanced output and several of the advanced configuration options of the Phonitor 2. Unfortunately it does not have the analog VU meters...

I prefer listening to the Phonitor 2 without the cross feed circuit. To me the sound has greater impact, depth and detail used as a straight headphone amp.
post #2324 of 2849
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post


I got the chance to hear the Phonitor 2 with the HD800 and Audeze LCD-3. I didn't think it really competed at it's price point, since it's price includes lots of knobs and gizmos. Maybe the Duet competes well at it's price point, and the Phonitor had a hard time keeping up?

I haven't had the chance to hear the Duet, but it's great to hear about other peoples experiences with the 812.
post #2325 of 2849
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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post

I haven't had the chance to hear the Duet, but it's great to hear about other peoples experiences with the 812.

I'm really enjoying the Phonitor 2 and K812, but I haven't really heard many other HP amps, so for me it's hard to say just what the best combo would be.
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