The K712 PROs are reference, open, over-ear headphones for precise listening, mixing and mastering. The over-ear design guarantees maximum wearing comfort for fatigue-free mixing and mastering, while providing spacious and airy sound without any c...
The K712 PROs are reference, open, over-ear headphones for precise listening, mixing and mastering. The over-ear design guarantees maximum wearing comfort for fatigue-free mixing and mastering, while providing spacious and airy sound without any compromise. Their precise powerful sound results from improved low-end performance by 3dB.
These headphones have a genuine soft leather headband for a lightweight and comfortable fit. Their carefully selected transducers provide consistency and accurate localization. The K712 PROs come with a professional mini XLR connector for quick replacement of the cable. Also included is an additional coiled cable and a premium carrying bag.
As the review summary states, the bass is really good. Not the best, but much better than anything at this price that is not driven by an amp. The moderate impedance makes them easy to drive on their own - so while some more expensive cans might match that capability, they'll almost always require an amp. The AKG 712s go really deep without a need for one, which is a godsend for bedroom producers on a budget - if you can dish out the $400-500 for the headphones.
The rest of the sound is superb, albiet with slightly blurry highs above 10KHz (unlike my favourite - the Beyerdynamic DT880, which do, sadly, require an amp), but that is a small price to pay for the overall quite spectacular performance across the frequency range. So, if you're getting them to produce music on, this is a great choice. I'm not going to get into how analytical they are (which is "very"). For listening purposes, it's not the highs that would be a deal breaker for me, but the fact that they're simply too analytical to enjoy music in the warm way the vast majority of headphones teach us too. The same can be said for Beyerdynamic's clinical representation, but something about the Beyers just makes them stand out - it's a separate camp of people who really love listening to music for the highs as much as the lows, and I'm part of it.
My next purchase for listening/production will probably be Sennheiser HD600 - the exact middle between the Beyers and the AKGs, when it comes to balancing analytical listening with pure bassy pleasure.
First and foremost, the response on these headphones is exceptionally good: not the sexed-up and unrepresentative kind! They give good definition and clarity across the frequency range and especially in the low end (where it's been paying dividends for me).
I also have slight tinnitus and so have been looking for headphones that don't fatigue my ears or exacerbate this — I've tried several and these are definitely best; they provide all the detail without undue harshness.
In terms of comfort, these fit extremely well around my ears. I returned a couple of other pairs that became uncomfortable after an hour or so of wearing them. None of that here.
It's just the weird angle on the leather over-head band that I found uncomfortable. Perhaps I have a weird head shape but this band was just digging into my head, whereas flatter bands don't do this. So I taped some bandages onto the strap and — hey-presto — problem solved!
Overall, very pleased.
I have to say first of all that I'm not an engineer, neither a professional in mixing and mastering, bur from my experience this Open-back headphones are the best ones you could get for mixing. Mixing and mastering are obviously a technical and subjective task, but the truth is that a few specs are desirable in the process and this pair of headphones surely has them all: - They are very comfortable: with its velvet interior you can use them for hours without feeling fatigue. Besides they are quite light weight - Opened back: the reason why you need open back headphones for mixing and mastering is because you feel a much more natural response in the lower frequencies, which are a bit more exaggerated in the closed back headphones. Therefore more accuracy in the editing process.
Nice design: Although this might be subjective I really love the orange arch from this headphones.
Huge spectrum: I don't recall right now the figures, but I promise you guys that is really nice spectrum with a very flat response
Final comment: Don't expect them to sound "nice", on the contrary, since these are high impedance an flat response pair of headphones they will sound "low" and "flat" which guess what... is what you need, because this way you can mix what you are really making and therefore make a more balanced master which will sound amazing on a normal pair of headphones or speakers.