AKG K812

Studio reference headphones

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Our take on the AKG K812

by David Brown

The right headphones for the studio

When you're recording, headphones are the crucial link between you and your music. Pro headphones offer accurate sound to help performers and producers focus on their craft. Most have closed-back earcups to prevent sound from leaking into mics, but others feature an open design for more spacious sound. All of them put a premium on comfort, with thick padding on the headband and earcups.

The flagship has arrived

If you're in search of reference-quality studio headphones, look no further. The AKG K812 headphones were designed to please the most demanding listeners: studio engineers and producers, who need to critically evaluate every nuance of a recording as they mix and master; and serious audiophiles, who want equipment that reveals new details in the most familiar recordings. That's what the K812 'phones were designed to do. And, wow, do they deliver!

No musical stone left unturned

AKG custom designed their largest headphone transducers ever — 53mm — for the K812. They are tailored for high headroom and wide dynamic range, so those dynamic peaks in your music come through with full power and immediacy. The Tesla magnet system is among the strongest available in a headphone and delivers precise stereo imaging with pure, powerful sound. The double-layer voice coil is ultra light for superior impulse control, meaning these headphones respond quickly and accurately to all the details of your music. It also ensures an incredibly wide frequency range, faithfully reproducing deep bass tones all the way to infrasonic frequencies.

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Not just a showpiece

Durable, attractive, and comfortable, the K812's construction hits all the marks that audio engineers lust after. The around-the-ear design of the K812s offer a relaxed fit, while the open-back earcups ensure properly regulated airflow for a natural cooling effect as well as a wide-open soundstage. The large memory foam earpads and mesh headband are designed for long hours in the studio. Steel arches hold the earcups in place with hinges that allow flexibility for a custom fit. Altogether, it's a design that is luxurious, substantial, and inviting.

The K812's extra-long cable attaches to the left earcup's hinge with a 3-pin LEMO connector. The other end terminates in a 1/8" miniplug and includes a screw-on 1/4" adapter. The 36-ohm impedance rating makes these headphones great for a wide variety of listening devices, though they'll sound their best driven by a good headphone amplifier.

Praise for the AKG K812 from Sound & Vision

"The K812 is, without a doubt, the most open-sounding headphone I've ever listened to. Stereo imaging is breathtakingly expansive. Midrange purity is as good as it gets. "

— Steve Guttenberg in Sound & Vision, July/August, 2014


  • around-the-ear fit
  • open-back design for spacious, natural sound
  • 53mm dynamic drivers offer high headroom and dynamic range
  • 1.5 Tesla magnet system delivers reference-quality accuracy
  • copper-plated aluminum voice coil offers superior impulse response and extended frequency range
  • mesh headband and large memory foam earpads ensure long-lasting comfort
  • 118" detachable cable with 3.5mm miniplug connector (3-pin LEMO connector at earcup)
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • includes wooden stand for storage
  • frequency response: 5-54,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 36 ohms
  • weight: 13.8 ounces (without cable)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Studio reference headphones
  • 118" Headphone cable
  • 1/8"-to-1/4" adapter
  • Wooden stand
  • User Guide
  • Warranty card

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Studio Reference Headphones: The K812 superior reference headphones offer pure and natural sound. Designed for music professionals the K812 let you experience the smallest sonic details with the most accurate balance for mixing, mastering as well as music production.

53mm Transducer: The K812 transducer is the largest AKG has ever built. The 53mm transducer was developed to push the boundaries, to get as close as possible to sonic perfection. During the development process, AKG developed the transducer from scratch in order to ensure the highest in-class headroom and dynamic range.

1.5 Tesla Magnet System: With the strongest magnet system available on the market, the K812 provides the most precise and powerful experience possible. The 1.5 Tesla magnet system offers highly accurate imaging leading to pure, natural sound.

Copper-Covered Aluminum Voice Coil: The copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sound beyond the limits of human auditory system, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. With the ultra-lightweight two-layer voice coil a superior impulse response and an extended frequency range up to 54kHz is guaranteed.

Single-Sided Cable: The K812 features a professional mini XLR connector, allowing for quick replacement of the single-sided 118" headphone cable. The included cable provides a convertible jack plug for easily connecting equipment with a 1/4" or 1/8" headphone jack.

Wooden Headphone Stand: You can proudly display your headphones on the unique curved wooden headphone stand.

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