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AKG K812 Open-back Reference Headphones Reviews

4.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Ryan Murray

    Incredible, in every way. I've owned and listened to a number of high-end headphones, and AKG's K812s have me absolutely hooked. They deliver deep, punchy bass in all the right ways, wide-open imaging, and a musical depth that's truly uncommon in a headphone. I couldn't be more impressed with these.

  • Ryan Mowdy
    from Oklahoma City, OK August 27, 2014Music Background:
    lots of stuff

    A wonderful reference headphone monitors mixing and mastering

    good lord where do I start? First off, i was blown away instantly when i pressed play in PT and heard an old session. this baby picks up all the nuiances, color, detail, texture, i mean just amazing. i had used sennheiser hd 650 headphones and they were good but these are so far above those granted the price would make that obvious but seriously if you want monitors to mix and master this are your headphones. Its difficult to describe sound with words but I will liken it to an overcast day thats cold compared to a sunny nice hot summer day by the pool. perhaps its not a great analogy but honestly i don't know how else to describe the intensity of the audio i hear from these. they are adjustable so if your proclivities include small heads then do not fret....you can make then tighter. the stand is outstanding PUN INTENDED sorry bad one :) anyway yeah i'd say buy these in A HEART BEAT. also one little bonus just one cable connecting from the left ear so there aren't two cables getting in your way when your drumming some grateful dead song in 11/3 timing. that always annoying me about the HD 650's. other than that, I'd say these are as good as it gets for my budget. and save up for them if need be but trust me I know its good stuff.

  • Tim Clingan
    from Honolulu, Hi March 30, 2014Music Background:
    Recording (Artist)

    AKG K812 Pro - Wow . . .

    There are many pieces of fantastic equipment (from great companies) that deserve an applause from me! I am one THANKFUL dude! This round goes to Akg and the Akg K812 Pro! The headphone, like a studio monitor, is a representation of the culmination of the end product in making or enjoying music. This is why I really wanted to let anyone know whom is interested, just how good I feel this headphone is for those reasons, and why I wanted to drop this line- that the Akg K812 has represented, to me, a sound like no other I have ever heard for its' intended use (studio or audiophile). I have always loved the Akg 'sound', and have or had, quite a few of their headphones (240M, 240DF, 271, K701, Q701)- and now the K812. I wanted a 'true' reference studio monitor to reveal the amazing sonics' of the Korg Kronos for enjoyment and also for complimentary studio mixing and mastering (I know, but I'm not going there!). Yes, things can always improve (and will), but the primary balance of what is required in the studio is all there [and in spades]. I won't go into all the details, as all the information about this headphone is out there online in reviews, etc. Do your homework, as- subjectivities, preferences, YMMV'ies, etc., all abound and to no end. Nothing is perfect, but the Akg K812 allows me to hear a fantastic representation of what a 'good' sound is (as a studio can) and enjoyment (as an audiophile can) just enough, that any quibble about anything else elitist doesn't matter! It simply just sounds amazing and gets the job done enough for me. This headphone sounds just like a 'high quality' studio monitor in an acoustically treated room. You just have to hear it for yourself and decide if it's for you. The Akg K812 is not cheap (it depends on how you look at it and what your value system is), but is without a doubt, absolutely worth every penny in the production and enjoyment of music. This is not so much a review, as it is an endorsement of a really great product in sound, build quality, and support from Akg. (Thanks to- Nate Edwards, Credit [and Erlita {I'm sorry if I improperly spelled your name, it's just that I've never forgotten you and wanted to mention you!}], and all at Sweetwater for everything! I couldn't have afforded in building my studio without all of you!). I hope this helps anyone even a little bit if your interested in a seriously great headphone! -(IMHO, and Aloha) Excited about music!- Tim

  • Ken
    from Quincy ma September 26, 2016

    AKG K812

    One of the best headphones I have ever owned!

  • Ryan Mowdy
    from earth June 5, 2015Music Background:
    lots o' stuff

    THOUGHT THEY WERE GOOD BUT THINK AGAIN

    STAY AWAY!! THESE HAVE BROKEN TWICE FOR NO REASON THEY ARE TOTAL JUNK!!

    AT FIRST BEAUTIFUL THEN THEY BREAK ONCE. GET EM FIXED. BREAK AGAIN. THIS IS A TREND. THEY ARE TOTAL JUNK. STAY AWAY FROM ANY AND ALL AKG HEADPHONES!!!

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