• Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
  • Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones
Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones

Akg Pro Audio K712 Pro Over Ear, Open Back, Flat Wire, Reference Studio Headphones

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  • Over-ear design maximum wearing comfort for long work sessions
  • Sophisticated open technology for spacious and airy sound without compromise
  • Improved low-end performance by 3dB for more powerful sound imaging
  • Revolutionary flat wire voice coil for incredible impulse and treble response

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Superior comfort and build quality. Insanely Good Sound. Superior comfort and build quality. Very light weight. They look awesome and the detachable cable with mini XLR means my options for aftermarket cables are vast. A supreme set of cans. My only concern is the lifespan of the elastic bands that allow for automatic headband adjustment. If they're good material it should be a very long time. I put the stock cables away for safe keeping and bought a 5ft aftermarket cable from NewFantasia here on Amazon. Quality is fine and there doesn't seem to be a change in sound. The memory foam earpads are super luxurious and are among some of the most comfortable I've felt. Overall just an amazing feeling and wearing set of headphones.I paid $250 for mine Used - Like New and they are Slovakian made. IDK if it makes a difference in sound or build but I'm glad mine are EU made.My audio path is Foobar 2000 WASAPI/ASIO -> Schiit Modi Multibit via USB -> Schiit Asgard 2 -> AKG K712 Pro. Using a Belkin Gold Series USB cable and 1ft gold plated RCA interconnects from CablesOnline. So I have a clean path with a good DAC and an excellent headphone amp for these. At 62 ohm these seem easy to power, but they are inefficient, and can potentially be very power hungry. The Asgard 2 can output nearly a full watt of power into these and they'll take it easily on quiet recordings. This means they power very similarly overall to my 250 ohm DT880s. Low gain is enough for most usage, but high gain is needed for a lot of stuff. These will never be a very suitable portable headphone. Desktop amp or fairly powerful portable amp required.Absolutely excellent sound. Among some of the best headphones you can possibly buy without going near $1000. An apex predator in the headphone world. Very flat and neutral like the best Sennheisers but without the veil. These definitely have better bass response than previous models in the line, and they are by far the best sounding in the K/Q 7xx series IMO. The others sound tinny and thin in comparison. These compare favorably with my SennheiserHD599s/HD650s and my Beyer DT880s/T90s. Easily in the same class with a very flat response. Definitely the most exciting AKGs to listen to.Treble is the most perfect I've ever heard and never sibilant in any situation. Impossible to get sibilance from these headphones despite the incredibly sharp treble response. This means the detail and resolution are superbly uncompromising. If you have high resolution music these are the headphone for it. Never thin or brittle, and also never sibilant or strident. These simply have the most pleasant treble I have ever encountered. Previous AKG K/Q models came across as more brittle and a little more airy than these. In comparison the K712s have a little fatter, more grounded treble signature. Incredible detail that cannot be overstated. Nothing else I own compares to the treble on these.Likewise the mids are balanced to complete perfection, and every single note, word, and sound element is rendered in near lifelike detail. These have a prominent mid hump which gives them a certain solidity and thickness in the mids. This comes across as supreme definition and detail, with a kind of fullness of sound I've never encountered in a headphone since my first HD650s all those years ago when I was a wee lad. These are insane detail monsters with acoustic and guitar music. Detail separation is always perfect and never gets muddy even in the most complex music. This allows them to render metal and other "noisy" music with perfect focus and clarity, giving a whole new perspective on familiar recordings. Whereas Sennheiser headphones tend to have velvety smooth mids, these have a certain clarity and realism that makes for a laser focused sound. Incredible. If you don't think these have GREAT mids, flat or not, there is something wrong with you. They are certainly on the opposite side of the spectrum from Sennheiser, being much quicker and coloring the music quite a bit. I like it though and that's more important to me than pure neutrality. Not to say these are better or worse, but the fact that they are different isn't bad in any way.As well, bass is nice and extended with a solid thump, but always perfectly polite and controlled. My K701s and Q701s both had airy, dry, thin bass. Good definition, but almost no body or texture, with very little thump at all. These K712s have noticeably better extension, with a fuller response, and much more emphasis. Like going from a soft tap on the cheek to a swift slap in the face. Never muddy, but capable of being a little dark and producing a decent amount of sound pressure. Awesome definition and texture, bordering on lush. Unless you are a basshead these have basically all the bass you will ever need. I listen to tons of electronic music in particular and they have more than satisfied me. I even add a little bass in the EQ while leaving the rest of the frequencies flat and they perk up quite readily. None of my other open backs can really compare. I think the big difference here is helped in part by the memory foam ear pads, but also it's come out of the woodwork that K712s have their own unique drivers. They are NOT rebranded K702 65th Annies. It's certainly not hardcore slamming closed-back bass, but it's probably among the best open-back bass there is below $500. The HD580s and HD650s certainly have much more mid bass emphasis than these do, with stronger impact, but they just don't have the same delicate and articulate feel.Imaging and soundstage are superb, presenting a large, nearly holographic soundscape to your ears. Not quite as open and boundless as the lower K/Q series headphones. More contained and controlled, but also, the famous center hole from these lesser headphones is totally gone. Surround and stereo effects position with perfect accuracy and feel very solid and grounded. The only other headphones I have with as good a soundstage are in fact my Sennheiser HD599s, not the HD650s. And neither of them approach these in dynamics and separation. Once again the word "lush" comes to mind when describing the soundstage of these headphones.I know it's kind of an intangible but they have tremendous PRAT(Pace, Rhythm, Attack/And Timing) as well. That feeling that makes you want to move around and tap your toes. Especially so with acoustic music. Very emotional and energetic sound.Conclusions:These are scary good headphones. Easily the best I own by a wide margin. Kind of a crowning justification that my efforts in sound quality have been worth it. They scale immediately with better and better equipment, and will likely be a constant companion as I continue to refine my listening experience. On a solid headphone amp these are nearly as good as it gets. These and my HD650s and possibly my DT880s are the standard by which I measure all other headphones. These especially. I sometimes fear I'll never buy another pair of headphones quite as good as these AKGs. Just incredible sound.Powering them will be kind of a pain without an amp. They are low resistance but somewhat low efficiency as well. With even a basic amp, you should be able to power them easily. Mine go pretty loud with clean sound on my Schiit Asgard 2 which is an insanely good amp for these. They also sounded great on my Schiit Valhalla 2 but I ultimately decided I liked the Asgard better. Even basic USB amps like the Dragonfly or open sources like the O2 should be fine. An O2/ODAC, Schiit Magni/Modi, or the equivalent FiiO amp/DAC rig would all sound stupendous with these headphones.I can't recommend these enough, especially at their current pricing. They retailed at $625 and are now easily available below $300. When I got mine at $250 a few years ago it was a mind-blowing deal. These are god-like cans. 5Supremely Comfortable Reference Headphones with Enough Bass for hip/hop, edm, etc. I tried on 20+ reference headphones for my humble home studio. Others sounded good but weren't nearly as comfortable with the deep around ear velour cups. They are supremely comfortable for long hours. Nice clean low end with superior warm and open sound stage (sometimes I whip them off because they sound like my monitors/sub are on in the middle of the night. - nope just the headphones sounding full and separated). The sub bass is fair but not overdone.I got these when they were priced at $299 which is way cheaper than I could find anywhere else by ~$100 at least. I'm curious though because it had a photocopied piece of paper with a warning about lead (Pb, see pic) in Chinese/English which doesn't make sense to me if they are designed in Austria and manufactured in Slovakia. Can anyone else confirm the paper was in their box too? The headphones themselves are top notch and there is no noticeable cosmetic problem. Just seems bizarre.Oh and the orange color is not as glossy or bright as the picture reflects. I thought it was somewhere between the color of an orange extension cord (same matte texture) and the featured picture. More of a nonmetallic copper or dark peach color. 5AKG K712 Pro is perfect for the classical music audiophile purist AKG K712 Pro is perfect for the classical music audiophile purist. I find the headphones excellent for listening to classical music CDs. For example, when listening to recordings of piano music I hear the full natural range of the instrument from the lowest bass notes to the upper notes of the keyboard with excellent clarity and fullness of tone. Depending on the power of your audio amplifier, you may have to turn up the volume control more than you usually do in order to achieve your desired volume level when listening through these headphones. I have not tried these headphones with a computer or a mobile device so I cannot comment on their performance in this regard. I use them while listening through my Bose Lifestyle Amplifier and they sound great! These headphones are definitely not for hip hop fans who would desire a lot of artificial bass boost. But if you enjoy hearing a lot of clarity in recordings and prefer pure unadulterated sound, then these are the headphones for you. 5Worth the Extra $$$? I'm a former AKG K702 owner, a set of cans I appreciated (after a very long break in period - at least 120 hours of white noise and listening). They were very accurate, neutral and provided superb imagery: whatever is in the mix is there for the listener. My last set died (an accident, not a product failure) not long after AKG moved production of the 701/702 to China. There were reports of poor quality, so I went to my second fav. maker: Beyerdynamic. When they died (again an accident - cans and power wheelchairs don't mix well), I came back to AKG. The 712 series is made in Europe and has gotten sterling reviews, so I thought I'd buy from Amazon and take advantage of their great return policy if I didn't like them.What's Good:No.1 Comfort. As a musician I've owned many headphones from many quality makers, and I've never worn cans as comfortable as AKG: reasonable weight, a generous ear cup means no pinching, excellent padding plus an auto-sizing means never taking them off to adjust- just put them on and they fit, with a very low clamping force every time. I can wear the 712's for extended studio sessions without any discomfort. That's much more than can be said for the Beyerdynamic 880's these replace.No. 2 Sound quality. With just two days of break in, the AKG 712's are far and away my favorite cans of all time. I thought my old 702's were accurate and transparent. These are a clear step up. Both the Beyerdynamics and the 702's seem as if they have a bit of a head cold compared to these 712's. This is especially true of the mid to upper treble were woman's voices lay in the audio spectrum. Good source material (192K or better recordings) makes it clear that these cans are both more transparent and more articulate in this upper mid-range, and also at the very high end (which producers are using much more these days), which adds to the snap of a drum stick striking a snare, and an overall sense of air (some reviewers refer to spaciousness) as well as an enhanced perception of the stereo field. The low ends is by no means missing. While the overall sense is that these phonbens reach for a sense of neutrality - giving you exactly the mix the artists/producers intended, they do not have the pumped up mid-bass of many cheaper headphones and in-ear models. Listening to the double bass section of Berlin or a sound designers favorite explosion or even a recordists take on wind and storm sound shows that these headphones have a reach downward that is rarely im-proved upon, even by reference quality speaker systems, and much, much better in terms of accuracy and crud-free punch than almost any subwoofer system.So, are the 712's worth the extra money? The 702's have dropped in price (over $100 less than my last purchase) and AKG has reportedly got quality control issues on this line in hand, so if budget matters the 701's and 702's are worth your consideration, and the same could be said of the Beyerdynamic 800 and 900 series cans, or even the Sennheiser 660's. But having heard all these and more, I think at the current price, the AKG712's are a steal. Yes, they are a couple hundred more than their cousins in the AKG line up, but they represent the pinnacle of design in a well regarded and even venerable design series. If you can afford the AKG K712, you will not be disappointed. 5It's the best gaming headphone I've ever had due to it's ability ... It's the best gaming headphone I've ever had due to it's ability to be an all rounder... They are very lightweight and comfortable and I've been able to have them on for several hours without readjustment. They have good bass, great mid range, good treble and low distortion. All the music I've listened to sounds wonderful and for gaming its just wow... They have the largest soundstage I've ever heard and this is from someone coming from a hd598 and dt990.In pubg I was able to give actual directions to stuff like jeeps vs just saying it's northish.note: I tried these without a amp at first and they just sounded just ok but they seem to really need a amp to sound great. I personally use a schiit stack (magni 2 and modi 2).In closing, when storing these DO NOT hang them by the leather headband as that will wear out the headband mechanism much faster. Do it by the orange bars or keep it in a headphone case. I use this case as pretty much any headset will fit and its got foam on both sides... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01HSE76CA/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1Edit: Just in case anyone asks, mine were made in Slovakia (EU). 5Detail is unbelievable Have had these for about a month. Right away these were my favorite headphones out of the HD 650 and Dt 990's i own. I primarily got these for pc gaming and the level of detail you hear from these are something i never heard in my life from anything. Playing Forza and driving a Ferrari 488 driving through open country roads sounds great but then i entered a city and being able to pick up on exhaust notes echoing off buildings is when i decided a review was in order. Same in CSGO AK's being shot in a open room vs closed room vs a closed room with different materials all make the ak sound different. Also they give good imaging and direction and combined with the detail of sounds these produce you can picture in your head right were someone is. Quick music thoughts the detail is still there in music nothing is over done Highs are high but not exhausting and bass is there but not over done. Just a well balanced headphone. 5The Goldilocks of Headphones I had high hopes for the AKG 712 Pro. Every HiFi authority I trust has praised it with enthusiasm. Still, it is an overlooked pair of cans among the HiFi community and does not receive the constant praise as Senheiser's HD600/650/6XX. Despite this I trusted my gut and was NOT disappointed! These are awesome! The bass is extended, tight, and responsive. The mids are clear and delightful with no appreciable distortion. The highs are exciting and warm! The soundstage though is the real draw of these headphones. Man its expansive and imaging is excellent.Comfort is a perfect 10 but the materials are plastic mostly although it seems durable. If there is any drawback its that these need a nice amp to really deliver their potential. I am running them on a Xduoo TA01 tube amp and these AKGs make sweet love to my ears. No regrets! 5Just... holy moly. This pair is the whole nine yards. For those of us who aren't working $10,000 a month jobs, these are the best thing for the price. Whereas the other alternative is the Sennheiser HD 800's, ($1k+?) honestly with all my disappointment with Sennheiser meeting less than desired quality with HD 202's and HD 280 Pro's (crap bass ranges for frequency response) I decided to not save up for it. I saw these and all the specs, and just said "yeah, these are what I need." Definitely geared towards music production and mastering, the bass ranges are perfect for any and all genres and the frequency response is pretty much everything you need. If your sound design is more advanced, and your genres a little more bassy these are what you need. Everything cheaper will pale in some comparison.Not sure if you actually need an AMP/DAC combo, I myself have a dedicated soundcard from Creative but decided to throw it in anyways. Did notice some good improvement with the FiiO E10K, but other than louder volume with zero distortion it was quite negligible but not a regrettable purchase. Considering I live in an apartment complex where Studio Monitors just aren't gonna happen, these are your best bet if you want to take your hobby to the next level. Or if you're like me, and if you're gonna make something you might as well do it right.I've never used an AKG product before, but these blew me away. After upgrading from bad meme quality Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphone, I now know what a "Pro" sound SHOULD sound like. Shame on Sennheiser for false advertising, props to AKG for making a pair that fits the complication of newer styled sound design. Yes I know the "Pro" is jargon, but I calls it like I see's it.Great for music production? YesGreat for mastering? YesGreat for listening/gaming? Sure, why not.Comfortable? YesLightweight? Surprisingly light.Durable? Studio class headphones should always be treated with proper care, don't take chances no matter how big the price and how durable people say it is. Take care of your nice expensive items, and they'll be around as long as they can be. 5Build quality and materials leave something to be desired, but they sound like a million bucks. I've been using AKG Q-701s for about a year now, and really loved the pair that I broke last week. Totally my fault, not a build quality issue (although believe me when I say you don't want to get the leather headband somehow flipped around or it's a b*tch to fix). Aaaannnnnyway....In the process of evaluating replacements I've obtained some Sennheiser HD600s (which I picked over the similarly priced 650s for their treble response) and these AKG K-712s. I wrote what ended up being a long review of both over at the Sennheiser product page, but I'll summarize it more quickly here.The Sennheisers are comfortable on my head and comfortable sounding. They give you a reliably engaging listening experience, slightly marred by a bloated and claustrophobic presentation. I feel like they are trying to get those high frequencies and separation of instrument tracks through, but something in the design prevents it. On the other hand they have very satisfying bass for most types of music. In contrast, the AKGs (both Q701 and K712 - which frankly sound identical to me) provide an accurate, airy, relaxed sound profile. The so-called soundstage is perceptible in a way that the Senns just can't match. The bass with the AKGs, however, is just sufficient - or rather, accurate.I'd rather buy an album from someone who mastered it on the AKGs than on the Senns. I feel like the latter might trick a recording studio engineer into thinking the sound is more full and rich than it actually is, and they might make unnecessary adjustments to 'lean' it up. The AKGs are precise and they make it really easy to listen in on any given instrument/track or just take in the whole presentation. If I'm a critical listener I pick the AKGs. If I want a nice comfortable and comforting audio listening experience I choose the Sennheisers. That said, I get plenty of what I need from the AKGs, and hence they are my favorite between the two.Build quality, again, is marginal for both and I wish they'd used more high quality materials that feel like $500 headphones, not the cheap plastic and rubber. Oh well. Hope this helped. I can definitely see how they might be great gaming headphones if the ability to hear 'behind' you or judge distance or direction is a desirable quality. All in all, the HD600s and K-712s are VERY similar sounding headphones. They share more qualities than they are different. I prefer the more open soundstage and better resolution of detail in the latter, but some may prefer the more bass heavy sound of the Sennheisers. Here is a good track to do a back and forth comparison with. I think it makes the AKG's smooth, easygoing character and excellent soundstage shine, especially given that the song was recorded in about as tiny a studio as you could ever expect to see. h ttp s://ww w.npr. org/2018/09/14/647808347/smif-n-wessun-tiny-desk-concert (remove the spaces) 4Excellent sound quality, truly neutral headphones if you have the appropriate equipment... First of all, these are great headphones for the money. They have an excellent sound stage, are very neutral sounding with a clean and accurate bass... That is, if you have the right equipment. Despite having a reasonably low impedance, if you want the high fidelity sound that you're expecting you'll need plenty of power.All my tests were conducted with 320kbps MP3s or loseless audio files.I tried these cans with my LG G3 cell phone just for the kicks at first. Due to the impedance, they're a little bit on the quiet side but I was able to get them to a comfortable level at full volume, but, they are still very much underpowered. On some tracks, most notably on anything by Mastodon, there is a slightly consistent crackling noise I did not experience on other set ups. It is almost like a very subtle clipping. Now honestly this didn't bother me too much as I had no intentions of using these headphones connected directly to my phone, but as a simple test. In most tracks, the mid ranges sound reasonably alright. Not particularly clear or good reproduction but present. The treble sounds somewhat low quality and fake, but the more exaggerated echoes of the vocals sound clear and crisp. The bass is present but does not have a lasting effect and does at times sound rather weak. The sound stage of the headphones on the G3 is notable, but certainly not the highly esteemed sound stage the AKG brand is typically well known for.I received some of the similar results with my FiiO E10k DAC and Headphone Amp combo, retailing at usually around $90-100, but with an overall increase in mid range clarity and sound stage. The phony tremble still remained, and the bass surprisingly now sounded even less present. It had a more lasting effect due to the power increase, but it wasn't as present in the music. The crackling was gone now. The sound stage was larger, but still not notably big. Vocals and instruments now had more noticeable echo to them (as they are supposed to) but it was still not as noticeable as it is intended to be.Finally, I hooked these bad boys up to my current set up which is a Schiit Bifrost DAC and Schiit Lyr 2 headphone amplifier and the results were instantly noticeable. The mid range is beautifully clear and well represented, not more than anything else but not less either. The bass is articulate, defined, present, and deep, but like so few headphones on the market, not overpowering. The treble, is like everything on this headphone, beautifully clear and not piercing whatsoever. The sound stage is wide, and really helps to display the intent of the recording, whether a factory, studio, or basement. Vocals echo as intended. These headphones sound very neutral and really do showcase the track as it was intended.So what about comfort? These headphones are very light and comfortable on my head, the earphones themselves have very wide openings for your ear. I have slightly malformed cartilage in my left ear so usually after about four hours that ear will become slightly fatigued, but I feel nothing on the other ear.In summary, I'm extremely pleased with these headphones due to their well represented ranges and extremely clear audio fidelity, however, if your equipment is not higher grade it will be showcased through the headphones. 5
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Superior comfort and build quality. Insanely Good Sound. Superior comfort and build quality. Very light weight. They look awesome and the detachable cable with mini XLR means my options for aftermarket cables are vast. A supreme set of cans. My only concern is the lifespan of the elastic bands that allow for automatic headband adjustment. If they're good material it should be a very long time. I put the stock cables away for safe keeping and bought a 5ft aftermarket cable from NewFantasia here on Amazon. Quality is fine and there doesn't seem to be a change in sound. The memory foam earpads are super luxurious and are among some of the most comfortable I've felt. Overall just an amazing feeling and wearing set of headphones.I paid $250 for mine Used - Like New and they are Slovakian made. IDK if it makes a difference in sound or build but I'm glad mine are EU made.My audio path is Foobar 2000 WASAPI/ASIO -> Schiit Modi Multibit via USB -> Schiit Asgard 2 -> AKG K712 Pro. Using a Belkin Gold Series USB cable and 1ft gold plated RCA interconnects from CablesOnline. So I have a clean path with a good DAC and an excellent headphone amp for these. At 62 ohm these seem easy to power, but they are inefficient, and can potentially be very power hungry. The Asgard 2 can output nearly a full watt of power into these and they'll take it easily on quiet recordings. This means they power very similarly overall to my 250 ohm DT880s. Low gain is enough for most usage, but high gain is needed for a lot of stuff. These will never be a very suitable portable headphone. Desktop amp or fairly powerful portable amp required.Absolutely excellent sound. Among some of the best headphones you can possibly buy without going near $1000. An apex predator in the headphone world. Very flat and neutral like the best Sennheisers but without the veil. These definitely have better bass response than previous models in the line, and they are by far the best sounding in the K/Q 7xx series IMO. The others sound tinny and thin in comparison. These compare favorably with my SennheiserHD599s/HD650s and my Beyer DT880s/T90s. Easily in the same class with a very flat response. Definitely the most exciting AKGs to listen to.Treble is the most perfect I've ever heard and never sibilant in any situation. Impossible to get sibilance from these headphones despite the incredibly sharp treble response. This means the detail and resolution are superbly uncompromising. If you have high resolution music these are the headphone for it. Never thin or brittle, and also never sibilant or strident. These simply have the most pleasant treble I have ever encountered. Previous AKG K/Q models came across as more brittle and a little more airy than these. In comparison the K712s have a little fatter, more grounded treble signature. Incredible detail that cannot be overstated. Nothing else I own compares to the treble on these.Likewise the mids are balanced to complete perfection, and every single note, word, and sound element is rendered in near lifelike detail. These have a prominent mid hump which gives them a certain solidity and thickness in the mids. This comes across as supreme definition and detail, with a kind of fullness of sound I've never encountered in a headphone since my first HD650s all those years ago when I was a wee lad. These are insane detail monsters with acoustic and guitar music. Detail separation is always perfect and never gets muddy even in the most complex music. This allows them to render metal and other "noisy" music with perfect focus and clarity, giving a whole new perspective on familiar recordings. Whereas Sennheiser headphones tend to have velvety smooth mids, these have a certain clarity and realism that makes for a laser focused sound. Incredible. If you don't think these have GREAT mids, flat or not, there is something wrong with you. They are certainly on the opposite side of the spectrum from Sennheiser, being much quicker and coloring the music quite a bit. I like it though and that's more important to me than pure neutrality. Not to say these are better or worse, but the fact that they are different isn't bad in any way.As well, bass is nice and extended with a solid thump, but always perfectly polite and controlled. My K701s and Q701s both had airy, dry, thin bass. Good definition, but almost no body or texture, with very little thump at all. These K712s have noticeably better extension, with a fuller response, and much more emphasis. Like going from a soft tap on the cheek to a swift slap in the face. Never muddy, but capable of being a little dark and producing a decent amount of sound pressure. Awesome definition and texture, bordering on lush. Unless you are a basshead these have basically all the bass you will ever need. I listen to tons of electronic music in particular and they have more than satisfied me. I even add a little bass in the EQ while leaving the rest of the frequencies flat and they perk up quite readily. None of my other open backs can really compare. I think the big difference here is helped in part by the memory foam ear pads, but also it's come out of the woodwork that K712s have their own unique drivers. They are NOT rebranded K702 65th Annies. It's certainly not hardcore slamming closed-back bass, but it's probably among the best open-back bass there is below $500. The HD580s and HD650s certainly have much more mid bass emphasis than these do, with stronger impact, but they just don't have the same delicate and articulate feel.Imaging and soundstage are superb, presenting a large, nearly holographic soundscape to your ears. Not quite as open and boundless as the lower K/Q series headphones. More contained and controlled, but also, the famous center hole from these lesser headphones is totally gone. Surround and stereo effects position with perfect accuracy and feel very solid and grounded. The only other headphones I have with as good a soundstage are in fact my Sennheiser HD599s, not the HD650s. And neither of them approach these in dynamics and separation. Once again the word "lush" comes to mind when describing the soundstage of these headphones.I know it's kind of an intangible but they have tremendous PRAT(Pace, Rhythm, Attack/And Timing) as well. That feeling that makes you want to move around and tap your toes. Especially so with acoustic music. Very emotional and energetic sound.Conclusions:These are scary good headphones. Easily the best I own by a wide margin. Kind of a crowning justification that my efforts in sound quality have been worth it. They scale immediately with better and better equipment, and will likely be a constant companion as I continue to refine my listening experience. On a solid headphone amp these are nearly as good as it gets. These and my HD650s and possibly my DT880s are the standard by which I measure all other headphones. These especially. I sometimes fear I'll never buy another pair of headphones quite as good as these AKGs. Just incredible sound.Powering them will be kind of a pain without an amp. They are low resistance but somewhat low efficiency as well. With even a basic amp, you should be able to power them easily. Mine go pretty loud with clean sound on my Schiit Asgard 2 which is an insanely good amp for these. They also sounded great on my Schiit Valhalla 2 but I ultimately decided I liked the Asgard better. Even basic USB amps like the Dragonfly or open sources like the O2 should be fine. An O2/ODAC, Schiit Magni/Modi, or the equivalent FiiO amp/DAC rig would all sound stupendous with these headphones.I can't recommend these enough, especially at their current pricing. They retailed at $625 and are now easily available below $300. When I got mine at $250 a few years ago it was a mind-blowing deal. These are god-like cans. 5Supremely Comfortable Reference Headphones with Enough Bass for hip/hop, edm, etc. I tried on 20+ reference headphones for my humble home studio. Others sounded good but weren't nearly as comfortable with the deep around ear velour cups. They are supremely comfortable for long hours. Nice clean low end with superior warm and open sound stage (sometimes I whip them off because they sound like my monitors/sub are on in the middle of the night. - nope just the headphones sounding full and separated). The sub bass is fair but not overdone.I got these when they were priced at $299 which is way cheaper than I could find anywhere else by ~$100 at least. I'm curious though because it had a photocopied piece of paper with a warning about lead (Pb, see pic) in Chinese/English which doesn't make sense to me if they are designed in Austria and manufactured in Slovakia. Can anyone else confirm the paper was in their box too? The headphones themselves are top notch and there is no noticeable cosmetic problem. Just seems bizarre.Oh and the orange color is not as glossy or bright as the picture reflects. I thought it was somewhere between the color of an orange extension cord (same matte texture) and the featured picture. More of a nonmetallic copper or dark peach color. 5AKG K712 Pro is perfect for the classical music audiophile purist AKG K712 Pro is perfect for the classical music audiophile purist. I find the headphones excellent for listening to classical music CDs. For example, when listening to recordings of piano music I hear the full natural range of the instrument from the lowest bass notes to the upper notes of the keyboard with excellent clarity and fullness of tone. Depending on the power of your audio amplifier, you may have to turn up the volume control more than you usually do in order to achieve your desired volume level when listening through these headphones. I have not tried these headphones with a computer or a mobile device so I cannot comment on their performance in this regard. I use them while listening through my Bose Lifestyle Amplifier and they sound great! These headphones are definitely not for hip hop fans who would desire a lot of artificial bass boost. But if you enjoy hearing a lot of clarity in recordings and prefer pure unadulterated sound, then these are the headphones for you. 5Worth the Extra $$$? I'm a former AKG K702 owner, a set of cans I appreciated (after a very long break in period - at least 120 hours of white noise and listening). They were very accurate, neutral and provided superb imagery: whatever is in the mix is there for the listener. My last set died (an accident, not a product failure) not long after AKG moved production of the 701/702 to China. There were reports of poor quality, so I went to my second fav. maker: Beyerdynamic. When they died (again an accident - cans and power wheelchairs don't mix well), I came back to AKG. The 712 series is made in Europe and has gotten sterling reviews, so I thought I'd buy from Amazon and take advantage of their great return policy if I didn't like them.What's Good:No.1 Comfort. As a musician I've owned many headphones from many quality makers, and I've never worn cans as comfortable as AKG: reasonable weight, a generous ear cup means no pinching, excellent padding plus an auto-sizing means never taking them off to adjust- just put them on and they fit, with a very low clamping force every time. I can wear the 712's for extended studio sessions without any discomfort. That's much more than can be said for the Beyerdynamic 880's these replace.No. 2 Sound quality. With just two days of break in, the AKG 712's are far and away my favorite cans of all time. I thought my old 702's were accurate and transparent. These are a clear step up. Both the Beyerdynamics and the 702's seem as if they have a bit of a head cold compared to these 712's. This is especially true of the mid to upper treble were woman's voices lay in the audio spectrum. Good source material (192K or better recordings) makes it clear that these cans are both more transparent and more articulate in this upper mid-range, and also at the very high end (which producers are using much more these days), which adds to the snap of a drum stick striking a snare, and an overall sense of air (some reviewers refer to spaciousness) as well as an enhanced perception of the stereo field. The low ends is by no means missing. While the overall sense is that these phonbens reach for a sense of neutrality - giving you exactly the mix the artists/producers intended, they do not have the pumped up mid-bass of many cheaper headphones and in-ear models. Listening to the double bass section of Berlin or a sound designers favorite explosion or even a recordists take on wind and storm sound shows that these headphones have a reach downward that is rarely im-proved upon, even by reference quality speaker systems, and much, much better in terms of accuracy and crud-free punch than almost any subwoofer system.So, are the 712's worth the extra money? The 702's have dropped in price (over $100 less than my last purchase) and AKG has reportedly got quality control issues on this line in hand, so if budget matters the 701's and 702's are worth your consideration, and the same could be said of the Beyerdynamic 800 and 900 series cans, or even the Sennheiser 660's. But having heard all these and more, I think at the current price, the AKG712's are a steal. Yes, they are a couple hundred more than their cousins in the AKG line up, but they represent the pinnacle of design in a well regarded and even venerable design series. If you can afford the AKG K712, you will not be disappointed. 5It's the best gaming headphone I've ever had due to it's ability ... It's the best gaming headphone I've ever had due to it's ability to be an all rounder... They are very lightweight and comfortable and I've been able to have them on for several hours without readjustment. They have good bass, great mid range, good treble and low distortion. All the music I've listened to sounds wonderful and for gaming its just wow... They have the largest soundstage I've ever heard and this is from someone coming from a hd598 and dt990.In pubg I was able to give actual directions to stuff like jeeps vs just saying it's northish.note: I tried these without a amp at first and they just sounded just ok but they seem to really need a amp to sound great. I personally use a schiit stack (magni 2 and modi 2).In closing, when storing these DO NOT hang them by the leather headband as that will wear out the headband mechanism much faster. Do it by the orange bars or keep it in a headphone case. I use this case as pretty much any headset will fit and its got foam on both sides... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01HSE76CA/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1Edit: Just in case anyone asks, mine were made in Slovakia (EU). 5Detail is unbelievable Have had these for about a month. Right away these were my favorite headphones out of the HD 650 and Dt 990's i own. I primarily got these for pc gaming and the level of detail you hear from these are something i never heard in my life from anything. Playing Forza and driving a Ferrari 488 driving through open country roads sounds great but then i entered a city and being able to pick up on exhaust notes echoing off buildings is when i decided a review was in order. Same in CSGO AK's being shot in a open room vs closed room vs a closed room with different materials all make the ak sound different. Also they give good imaging and direction and combined with the detail of sounds these produce you can picture in your head right were someone is. Quick music thoughts the detail is still there in music nothing is over done Highs are high but not exhausting and bass is there but not over done. Just a well balanced headphone. 5The Goldilocks of Headphones I had high hopes for the AKG 712 Pro. Every HiFi authority I trust has praised it with enthusiasm. Still, it is an overlooked pair of cans among the HiFi community and does not receive the constant praise as Senheiser's HD600/650/6XX. Despite this I trusted my gut and was NOT disappointed! These are awesome! The bass is extended, tight, and responsive. The mids are clear and delightful with no appreciable distortion. The highs are exciting and warm! The soundstage though is the real draw of these headphones. Man its expansive and imaging is excellent.Comfort is a perfect 10 but the materials are plastic mostly although it seems durable. If there is any drawback its that these need a nice amp to really deliver their potential. I am running them on a Xduoo TA01 tube amp and these AKGs make sweet love to my ears. No regrets! 5Just... holy moly. This pair is the whole nine yards. For those of us who aren't working $10,000 a month jobs, these are the best thing for the price. Whereas the other alternative is the Sennheiser HD 800's, ($1k+?) honestly with all my disappointment with Sennheiser meeting less than desired quality with HD 202's and HD 280 Pro's (crap bass ranges for frequency response) I decided to not save up for it. I saw these and all the specs, and just said "yeah, these are what I need." Definitely geared towards music production and mastering, the bass ranges are perfect for any and all genres and the frequency response is pretty much everything you need. If your sound design is more advanced, and your genres a little more bassy these are what you need. Everything cheaper will pale in some comparison.Not sure if you actually need an AMP/DAC combo, I myself have a dedicated soundcard from Creative but decided to throw it in anyways. Did notice some good improvement with the FiiO E10K, but other than louder volume with zero distortion it was quite negligible but not a regrettable purchase. Considering I live in an apartment complex where Studio Monitors just aren't gonna happen, these are your best bet if you want to take your hobby to the next level. Or if you're like me, and if you're gonna make something you might as well do it right.I've never used an AKG product before, but these blew me away. After upgrading from bad meme quality Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphone, I now know what a "Pro" sound SHOULD sound like. Shame on Sennheiser for false advertising, props to AKG for making a pair that fits the complication of newer styled sound design. Yes I know the "Pro" is jargon, but I calls it like I see's it.Great for music production? YesGreat for mastering? YesGreat for listening/gaming? Sure, why not.Comfortable? YesLightweight? Surprisingly light.Durable? Studio class headphones should always be treated with proper care, don't take chances no matter how big the price and how durable people say it is. Take care of your nice expensive items, and they'll be around as long as they can be. 5Build quality and materials leave something to be desired, but they sound like a million bucks. I've been using AKG Q-701s for about a year now, and really loved the pair that I broke last week. Totally my fault, not a build quality issue (although believe me when I say you don't want to get the leather headband somehow flipped around or it's a b*tch to fix). Aaaannnnnyway....In the process of evaluating replacements I've obtained some Sennheiser HD600s (which I picked over the similarly priced 650s for their treble response) and these AKG K-712s. I wrote what ended up being a long review of both over at the Sennheiser product page, but I'll summarize it more quickly here.The Sennheisers are comfortable on my head and comfortable sounding. They give you a reliably engaging listening experience, slightly marred by a bloated and claustrophobic presentation. I feel like they are trying to get those high frequencies and separation of instrument tracks through, but something in the design prevents it. On the other hand they have very satisfying bass for most types of music. In contrast, the AKGs (both Q701 and K712 - which frankly sound identical to me) provide an accurate, airy, relaxed sound profile. The so-called soundstage is perceptible in a way that the Senns just can't match. The bass with the AKGs, however, is just sufficient - or rather, accurate.I'd rather buy an album from someone who mastered it on the AKGs than on the Senns. I feel like the latter might trick a recording studio engineer into thinking the sound is more full and rich than it actually is, and they might make unnecessary adjustments to 'lean' it up. The AKGs are precise and they make it really easy to listen in on any given instrument/track or just take in the whole presentation. If I'm a critical listener I pick the AKGs. If I want a nice comfortable and comforting audio listening experience I choose the Sennheisers. That said, I get plenty of what I need from the AKGs, and hence they are my favorite between the two.Build quality, again, is marginal for both and I wish they'd used more high quality materials that feel like $500 headphones, not the cheap plastic and rubber. Oh well. Hope this helped. I can definitely see how they might be great gaming headphones if the ability to hear 'behind' you or judge distance or direction is a desirable quality. All in all, the HD600s and K-712s are VERY similar sounding headphones. They share more qualities than they are different. I prefer the more open soundstage and better resolution of detail in the latter, but some may prefer the more bass heavy sound of the Sennheisers. Here is a good track to do a back and forth comparison with. I think it makes the AKG's smooth, easygoing character and excellent soundstage shine, especially given that the song was recorded in about as tiny a studio as you could ever expect to see. h ttp s://ww w.npr. org/2018/09/14/647808347/smif-n-wessun-tiny-desk-concert (remove the spaces) 4Excellent sound quality, truly neutral headphones if you have the appropriate equipment... First of all, these are great headphones for the money. They have an excellent sound stage, are very neutral sounding with a clean and accurate bass... That is, if you have the right equipment. Despite having a reasonably low impedance, if you want the high fidelity sound that you're expecting you'll need plenty of power.All my tests were conducted with 320kbps MP3s or loseless audio files.I tried these cans with my LG G3 cell phone just for the kicks at first. Due to the impedance, they're a little bit on the quiet side but I was able to get them to a comfortable level at full volume, but, they are still very much underpowered. On some tracks, most notably on anything by Mastodon, there is a slightly consistent crackling noise I did not experience on other set ups. It is almost like a very subtle clipping. Now honestly this didn't bother me too much as I had no intentions of using these headphones connected directly to my phone, but as a simple test. In most tracks, the mid ranges sound reasonably alright. Not particularly clear or good reproduction but present. The treble sounds somewhat low quality and fake, but the more exaggerated echoes of the vocals sound clear and crisp. The bass is present but does not have a lasting effect and does at times sound rather weak. The sound stage of the headphones on the G3 is notable, but certainly not the highly esteemed sound stage the AKG brand is typically well known for.I received some of the similar results with my FiiO E10k DAC and Headphone Amp combo, retailing at usually around $90-100, but with an overall increase in mid range clarity and sound stage. The phony tremble still remained, and the bass surprisingly now sounded even less present. It had a more lasting effect due to the power increase, but it wasn't as present in the music. The crackling was gone now. The sound stage was larger, but still not notably big. Vocals and instruments now had more noticeable echo to them (as they are supposed to) but it was still not as noticeable as it is intended to be.Finally, I hooked these bad boys up to my current set up which is a Schiit Bifrost DAC and Schiit Lyr 2 headphone amplifier and the results were instantly noticeable. The mid range is beautifully clear and well represented, not more than anything else but not less either. The bass is articulate, defined, present, and deep, but like so few headphones on the market, not overpowering. The treble, is like everything on this headphone, beautifully clear and not piercing whatsoever. The sound stage is wide, and really helps to display the intent of the recording, whether a factory, studio, or basement. Vocals echo as intended. These headphones sound very neutral and really do showcase the track as it was intended.So what about comfort? These headphones are very light and comfortable on my head, the earphones themselves have very wide openings for your ear. I have slightly malformed cartilage in my left ear so usually after about four hours that ear will become slightly fatigued, but I feel nothing on the other ear.In summary, I'm extremely pleased with these headphones due to their well represented ranges and extremely clear audio fidelity, however, if your equipment is not higher grade it will be showcased through the headphones. 5
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