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post #76 of 81
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post
 


It's an hybrid amp. I tried the headphones on the Magni and E11 when I did this review as well. The output resistance didn't really effect anything. Both the MA900 and K612 sounded better on the EF2A than the Magni anyways, so I chose to compare the headphones on the amp I owned I thought both sounded their best on.

 

 


That is true both the AKGs and the MA900s are not really effected dampening factor.

Oh I see, thanks for elaborating. If I wasn't going to buy an HE-400i I think I'd be buying a K612 right now. :D

post #77 of 81
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Originally Posted by LaPierre View Post
 

Oh I see, thanks for elaborating. If I wasn't going to buy an HE-400i I think I'd be buying a K612 right now. :D

The dampening factor effects Sennheisers to the greatest degree of the common audiophile brands, AKGs and various other headphones are not really effected much. On Orthos dampening factor doesn't matter at all since the frequency vs impedance on them is ruler flat. Amp quality and power is what matters the most.

 

I am curious about the HE-400i, I'm planning on it as my next major headphone purchase. I got the K712 and I find it better than the K612 albeit different, but the difference in refinement becomes more apparent the more I use them, although I need to listen to both on a better amp extensively to come to a more solid conclusion on how they compare. I am planning on getting the Project Ember in the not too distant future, I plan on updating my review after I get the amp, or I may just make a new review comparing the K612 and the K712.


Edited by kman1211 - 7/12/14 at 9:54pm
post #78 of 81
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Originally Posted by KlarkKentThe3rd View Post

I wish the runners of AKG grew some brains and released a version of K612 with a removable cable. Then I could get that instead of K702 (that appears to be less linear in sound reproduction).
I demo'ed a K612 for a week that was modified by Head-Fi'er Zombie_X to have a removable cable. Zombie_X is also making a custom cable for my K712, I like his work.
post #79 of 81
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post
 

Okay, I just received my K612's and I just wanted to give my first impressions versus the MA900.

 

I do agree with most of kman's points in the comparison. The K612 does sound like the more detailed and transparent headphone, most noticeably because lower treble is more forward. Overall it is a more dry sounding headphone with a sort of texture / sizzle that seems to come from a stronger emphasis on the top end.

 

That said, I do not really enjoying the K612 precisely for this reason. Keep in mind that I did not like the AKG K550 or K701 for similar reasons; for some reason there's something about the way AKG headphones are turned for mids that just doesn't work for me. It sounds slightly artificial to me, but that's just my preference.

 

The MA900 is definitely more subdued and sleepy, and when I swap between one and the other I still feel more 'comfortable' with the MA900.

 

Will do some more listening and report how it goes.

 

I share your view on the AKG.

 

How 's your take on the MA900 soundstage, and do you found them to be closer to speaker like than other phones you try ?

post #80 of 81
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post


I demo'ed a K612 for a week that was modified by Head-Fi'er Zombie_X to have a removable cable. Zombie_X is also making a custom cable for my K712, I like his work.

Okay. If I ever get a K612 and the cable wears out, I'll ask someone who knows the Way, to modify it.

post #81 of 81
I love how you said that, "ask someone who knows the Way"

Sounds very Zen.
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