I misspoke. They didn't have more than one company sell more than 50 pairs last year (2014). Their reach is MUCH smaller than that of Sennheiser and the HD800 was my point. And yet despite that smaller reach and more resources, they won't budge on the design. I don't want to put anything more specific than that out in the public domain, but AKG doesn't seem to care that the response to the K812 has been luke warm.
Sorry, I can't relate to that.
For one that 50 pieces count now sounds completely different (given how many distributors they have). Then I would not consider its reception luke warm. Its not universally loved, no question about that. I can understand that... but which headphone is? I, for one, certainly prefer it over the HD800 and many others, even if I would not call it the best headphone I know. And read through this thread... many others feel like that as well.
There are things I would like to see changed (e.g. Mini-XLR instead of Lemo) but I understand thats not going to happen, at least not any time soon. I can live with that. Its a solid product as it is and does many things right.