K872 headphones from AKG now shipping

AKG has announced that its new closed-back K872 master reference headphones – said to contain the largest transducer it has ever built – are now available in the UK.

The company first introduced the K872 at the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt earlier this year.

The headphones feature custom components including a specially engineered 53mm transducer, ultra-light open-mesh headband, slow-retention foam ear pads and a carrying case/stand.

The driver was developed from the K812 transducer and employs a 1.5 Tesla magnet system, which the manufacturer claims is the strongest available today, providing ‘highly accurate imaging and pristine, natural sound.’

K872 features a high-sensitivity copper-covered aluminium 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 also ensures an extended frequency range from 5Hz to 54kHz while delivering ‘the lowest distortion level in its class.’

The newly designed closed-back ear cups provide isolation from external sound while its 3D-shaped slow-retention ear pads and new quick-lock mechanism maintain the right size for the wearer’s head shape. The headphones also feature all-metal cardan-type hinges to ensure maximum durability and a tight ear pad seal.

“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 headphones come with a case that functions as both a headphone stand and a low-profile carrying bag that conveniently fits in a suitcase.