Hi, this is my first post - I just joined this forum.
I just upgraded my DT 880pro 32ohms to AKG K812s today and would like to give you my first impressions.
My main use for the K812s is as reference headphones for producing and mixing electronic music production (just a hobbyist...).
I am used to mixing on Mackie HR824's in an acoustically pretty well controlled studio environment in my house but needed a quieter alternative due to wife aggro...
I ended up with the K812's as I wanted the best but decided against paying a considerable amount of extra for another amp to drive for instance a pair of Sennheisers that I read here on Head-Fi were more difficult to enjoy without a really good dac/amp.
I have them hooked up to my Macbook Pro via an Apogee Duet 2 (the latest version that also works with iOS). I am not sure how good the Duet 2 is compared to the high end gear some of you here got tbh but that was what I had so...
Here are my initial impressions:
- WOOOOOOOOWWW - never heard headphones this good before... It's like listening to really good studio monitors without room imperfections and just enjoying pure music as it was produced. Almost like physically having my head inside Logic Pro ....with extremely well controlled and detailed bass and mids. I can literarily hear every nuance of individual instruments in the mixes. Especially the bass becomes extremely detailed, which is important in electronic music production.
Highs sounded a bit harsh in the store (Katy Perry @ Spotify via RME Fireface) upon unboxing but after having listened a few hours at home I have completely changed my mind. Highs sound really good as well! I will let them burn in using white noise from Logic Pro's Test Oscillator AU for a few days now and see if they can be even better..
Compared to the DT880pro... -no there is no comparison, its really night and day (as it should considering the hefty price difference....).
I payed the equivalent to around 1100 euro incl 25% VAT in a store in Sweden without any bargaining.
I also did some short tests comparing the K812s straight out of a Macbook Pro (retina 2012) and iPhone 5s - with noticeable difference in stereo separation, bass response and treble harshness compared to when driving them off the Apogee Duet 2.