PLS 2016, FRANKFURT—AKG by HARMAN today introduced the flagship closed-back K872 reference headphones at Prolight + Sound 2016 in Frankfurt. AKG designed the K872 for audio engineers and musicians who require the utmost accuracy and detail for critical recording, mixing, mastering and live sound engineering applications. Featuring custom components including a specially engineered 53 mm transducer, ultra-light open-mesh headband, slow-retention foam ear pads and a convenient carrying case/stand, the K872 combines superior sound quality with exceptional comfort and portability.
To deliver pure, powerful, ultra-detailed sound, the K872 utilizes a 53 mm transducer—the largest AKG has ever built. This driver was developed from the highly acclaimed K812 transducer, and ensures highest in-class headroom and dynamic range. Each K872 transducer employs a 1.5 Tesla magnet system, the strongest available today, providing highly accurate imaging and pristine, natural sound.
The K872 features a high-sensitivity copper-covered aluminum voice coil that extends sound beyond the limits of the human auditory system, spanning a full spectrum of frequencies. The ultra-lightweight two-layer voice coil ensures a superior impulse response and an extended frequency range from 5 Hz to 54 kHz, while delivering the lowest distortion level in class.
With newly designed closed-back ear cups, K872 headphones provide optimal isolation from external sound during critical monitoring applications. To provide exceptional personalized fit and comfort, the K872 features 3D-shaped slow-retention ear pads and a new quick-lock mechanism that maintains the right size for the wearer’s head shape. K872 headphones also feature all-metal cardan-type hinges to ensure maximum durability and a tight ear pad seal. The entire design works in concert to deliver unsurpassed comfort for long mixing and mastering sessions.
“The AKG K872 headphones leverage innovative driver design, along with superior mechanical and acoustic technologies to deliver superb response, exceptional comfort and long-lasting reliability,” said Peter Chaikin, Recording Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “These remarkable headphones illustrate our continual commitment to industry-leading performance and quality.”
The K872 is ideal for music production professionals seeking an accurate, transportable, highly detailed reference for critical monitoring in a range of recording, mixing and production applications. Live sound engineers will appreciate the high degree of isolation, detail and comfort that the K872 provides, which enhances their ability to focus on critical elements of the mix. Studio mixing and mastering professionals will benefit from the reference-quality audio K872 delivers in both studio and mobile production workflows. The headphones include a case that functions as both a headphone stand and a low-profile carrying bag that conveniently fits in a suitcase.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia and reported sales of $6.5 billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.