Reference-Class in-ear headphones
Item #: 039K3003
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Item #: 039K3003
Your price: $999.99 Earn up to 1,000 Rewards points
When most audiophiles think of reference-quality headphones, they picture large over-the-ear cans plugged into a living room stereo. AKG blows those preconceptions away with its remarkable K3003i earphones. Don't judge these tiny earbuds by their size — these are top performers, delivering stunning detail and dynamics with powerful bass response thanks to AKG's hybrid driver technology. The K3003i's brushed stainless steel earpieces house three drivers: two balanced armature drivers for incredible clarity, and one dynamic driver to generate deep bass. The result is a superb listening experience you can enjoy anywhere, not just at home.
Color-coded sound-tuning filters give you more bass, great treble detail or smooth transparency.
The 3003i features a unique system for fine-tuning these headphones to your own personal specifications. Choose from three color-coded sound-tuning filters: bass boost, for extra power in the low end; reference sound, for transparent performance; or high boost, to bring out even more details in the high frequencies. Just screw the appropriate filter onto the earpiece, replace the ear tip and and listen as your music comes to life.
Though the K3003i will sound great with your home stereo, you may want to take these highly portable earbuds beyond the confines of your living room. That's just what AKG was thinking when they added the in-line remote for use with the iPod® and iPhone. Play and pause your music, skip tracks and adjust the volume, while a built-in mic lets you take calls, assuming you're willing to interrupt a highly-involving listening experience.
The sound is balanced, clear, and non fatiguing. As with all high end equipment, it reveals the weaknesses in every other component you use it with. When I listened to music with my iPhone 6 the weaknesses of the DAC and amp of the iPhone were made very obvious. However, listening to music with my Astell&Kern AK100 with these earphones were sublime. The nuances of the music were revealed and the music was a joy to listen to. Is it worth it? Yes, if you love good classical and jazz music. If you listen to rock and rap primarily, don't waste your money.
Is it crazy to spend over $1,000 on headphones? No, no it is not, provided you are going to buy these. I bought from Crutchfield thinking there was no way they'd be worth the money and I'd be returning them. (I'd been following various audiophile sites for some time, which is how I learned about them.) Wrong! They are superb in every way, most importantly in sound and comfort. Yes, they were pricey (though I scored a great deal here!)...but I don't regret this outlay one bit. The hunt for headphones is not an enjoyable one and I'm so happy mine is finally over. Now I can get on with enjoying my music!
Pros: Soundstage, clarity, comfort, looks
These in-ear headphones sound outstanding from any source! I have never heard an in-ear headphone sound better than most full sized headphones. I would even say that they are better sounding than the HD-800 from Sennheiser.
Pros: Excellent sound!
Cons: I do not like the case it comes in and I am a little worried about the fact that the cable is not detachable.
|Frequency Response||10-30k Hz|
|Airline Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3-Way Hybrid Technology: The AKG K3003i in-ear earphones set a new benchmark in audio quality. By pioneering the hybrid of one dynamic and two balanced-armature drivers in each earphone, AKG engineers have created perfectly balanced 3-way earphones with ultra low distortion, accurate mids, and crystal-clear highs. The combination of dynamic bass and dual balanced-armature drivers gives the K3003is excellent audio performance as well as matchless mechanical design. Due to the positioning of the speakers (the dynamic driver is behind the dual balanced-armature driver), the K3003i doesn't need any additional frequency switches. The result is less potential interference.
Balanced-Armature Drivers: Balanced armature (BA) drivers present high audio performance and acoustic efficiency for more sound from less power. BA drivers, exquisitely crafted for the K3003is, are distinguished by the outstanding performance on midrange and high-frequency sounds. Due to the diaphragm's high excursion level, the K3003i's dynamic drivers represent good bass quality and support the balanced-armature drivers for reference-quality audio.
Stainless Steel Housing: The housing of the K3003i is
chiseled out of one piece of brushed stainless steel. This robust housing not
only protects the earphone body from scratches, but also safeguards the K3003i's inner workings
from physical damage. The K3003i's stainless-steel housing is robustly durable,
timeless in appearance and easy to maintain, and it quickly adapts to your body
for comfortable use indoors or outside.
Personalized Sound: The K3003i earphones provide you with one-of-a-kind personal sound-tuning capabilities. By changing the sound-tuning filters, you can adjust for three precise sound-output preferences directly into your ear. These adjustable, precision-machined mechanical filters allow for bass, mid, or high frequencies to be modulated. To change the filters for your preference simply screw on the filter of your choice (Bass Boost, Reference Sound, or High-Boost)
In-Line Remote + Mic: The AKG K3003i earphones feature and in-line remote + mic that is designed for use with your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The K3003i's remote control can receive or terminate phone calls, skip and pause music, and control the volume of your sound. And its stainless-steel skin gives the remote long life, endurance, and scratch resistance. Apple device compatibility as of 8/16/2012:
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Audio||Remote||Microphone|
|iPod w/ dock connector||3rd||2.0.2||Y||N||N|
|iPod w/ clickwheel & color screen||4th||3.1.1||Y||N||N|
Refined Cable Material: The fabric and silicone materials in the K3003i's cable allow tangle-free handling and make it durable enough to deliver your music reliably for a long time.
3.5mm Connector: The K3003i's 3.5mm (1/8") jack plug is plated in rose gold to provide maximum signal transfer with clear and lossless sound. And it's encased in stainless steel to secure a strong, steady connection.
Included Accessories: The K3003i in-ear lifestyle headset comes with several accessories that perfectly match the earphones' stainless-steel casing.
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