- May 25, 2017
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Joao Paulo Martins
- May 25, 2017
There have been a few revisions, but if you buy new, you will only get the newest revision
There was the original ab1266
Then the ab1266 phi - new drivers
Then the ab1266 phi cc - same new drivers, different earpads, different frame coating/finish
Now the ab1266 phi tc - newer drivers again, new frame design again
Pretty sure that's how it went anyway...
If you are looking to buy second hand, any of the older revisions are still extremely good.
Thank you for the explanation.Hi Joao, the only current production version of the AB-1266 headphone is the AB-1266 Phi TC model, presented on February 2019.
Here is a brief history of the various design iterations:
AB-1266 OG (Original) - was introduced in 2013, only available in the 2nd hand market
AB-1266 Phi - introduced in 2017, had revised drivers, only available in the 2nd hand market
AB-1266 Phi CC - introduced in 2018, has same drivers of the Phi version, but updated earpads (perforated leather) and Ceramic Coated (hence the CC definition) frame. Some dealers may still have some ex-demo or brand new Phi CC in stock
The Phi TC has newer drivers (3rd generation compared to OG and Phi) and frame machining.
In order to check which model is a certain headphone, just remove the pads and look at the frame, where the model type is engraved (see example below).
The intention is to buy from second hand since I live in Brazil. Is the original and the Phi version competitive with the susvaras ? Or just the TC ?