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post #2686 of 3074
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post

Enjoying Neil Diamond, Heartlight/Columbia, Track #3: "I'm Guilty".
Everything is beautifully laid out with the K812.
Did I read in a review somewhere a criticism that the K812 have a "L-R" spatial layout, without a clear centralising aspect to their imaging?  My experience with the AKGs completely contradicts that misnomer.  Elements are solidly anchored in 3-D space, with a well-defined central focus. 
Having been "wandering about" among the orthodynamics on the market for the past several years, the AKG K812 offer me a refreshing return to "non-planar" dynamic sound.
The K812 are truly fine, and deserving of TOTL status, in my book [ymmv].
Having went down the planar road myself with the much lauded LCD3, I completely agree with you. To my ears the dynamic driver approach presents music in a more lifelike manner than the planners.
post #2687 of 3074
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post

Hmm...MacBob, I guess you would call me the latter: I just out on whichever amp I feel like at the moment. What I'll say, however, is the 812 with the WA2 is very seductive and lulling. I do like that combo very much. smily_headphones1.gif
Too bad you live half a world away, I'd love to hear your Woo Amp with the 812. I've always liked tubed equipment, having previously owned a Conrad Johnson tubed amp and some marvelous Carver tubed gear, but I'm all solid state at the moment.
post #2688 of 3074
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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post

Too bad you live half a world away, I'd love to hear your Woo Amp with the 812. I've always liked tubed equipment, having previously owned a Conrad Johnson tubed amp and some marvelous Carver tubed gear, but I'm all solid state at the moment.

Verily so, my friend! You should try it with a tube amp one day. The tonal richness is something else to behold! smily_headphones1.gif
post #2689 of 3074
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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post


Having went down the planar road myself with the much lauded LCD3, I completely agree with you. To my ears the dynamic driver approach presents music in a more lifelike manner than the planners.

+2.

 

I heartily agree with you that well implemented conventional dynamic drivers offer a degree of musical realism that the orthodynamics simply cannot.

 

After living with and enjoying the HE-6 for a year or so, I welcomed--and in some respects actually preferred(!)--the conventional dynamic of the lowly Mikros 90 closed portables.  [duck]

 

Among the current planars I have tried, the Oppo PM-1 seem to come the closest to conveying a "cone-driven" dynamic, which is a major reason [i.e. their "conical tendency"] why I enjoy them.


Edited by pataburd - 7/10/14 at 4:59am
post #2690 of 3074
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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post

No doubt about it. The K812 outshines the 712 in every musical parameter I can think of. No going back to earlier K models after having the pleasure of hearing the K812.
Glad you like your new rig, you started pretty high, so settle back and just enjoy your tunes. Don't get get caught up in the upgrade fever mode until you really know what you have now. If you go higher , proceed with caution. Try to find a dealer with a good money back guarantee, and try attending some headfi meets when they come to your area. Most of all, have some fun.
what about k1000? smily_headphones1.gif
post #2691 of 3074
Finally got my k812 back from the repair shop. Remember the one that had the loose small screw on the right ear driver? Well, instead of akg repairing it, they gave me a brand new k812, very nice of them!

Man I've missed this sound signature. I've been listening to the hd800 the last 3 weeks and this...THIS makes me really missed the k812. Really happy to have then back
post #2692 of 3074

Is there a best portable device for the K812?  Maybe I'm really asking which is the best portable device?

post #2693 of 3074
Are we talking DAP, or portable DAC/amp? It sounds quite good out of a DX90, but I've gotten the best results out of a HUGO
post #2694 of 3074

I drive mine with the DX90 or X5 and I'm quite happy with it, better than the big planar desktop rigs I've had in the past.

post #2695 of 3074

I'm looking for a DAP primarily for Redbook.  Can I connect a bus-powered USB DAC to the DX90?

post #2696 of 3074
So you're planning to use the DAP as a transport for files then? I don't know that you can bypass the DAC section in the DX90. Why not just use an iPod with a camera connection kit then?
post #2697 of 3074

That sounds ideal!  Which iPods allow you to do this?  Does the iPod also sound good with headphones plugged straight in?

 

An iPod set up this way with a good USB DAC must sound better than a DX90, right?

post #2698 of 3074
Just an iPod touch works very well. I prefer this method since I love how quick and fluent the user interface on a iPod touch/iPhone feels. Other players such as the DX90 just feel sluggish to me in that respect. Plugging the K812 straight into an iPod is not bad, but it sounds best when properly amplified for sure

And it depends on the DAC you are connecting to I suppose. The DX90 is very crisp, spacious and punchy. I think M-13 likened it to a Concero DAC.
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 7/11/14 at 9:45am
post #2699 of 3074

I read that this only works with a small number of USB DACs, but that probably pertained to DACs that can plug straight into an iPod without using the camera connection kit?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/678765/ipods-and-external-dacs#post_9744661

 

My Wavelength Proton USB DAC works with the standard USB audio driver on Linux.

 

Does the iPod's volume control still work with a USB DAC attached?  I don't like the sound of my DAC's hardware mixer.

post #2700 of 3074

Idsynchrono_24, I'm also curious if the USB DAC you're using is bus-powered?

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