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AKG K3003I Reference Class 3-Way Earphones with Mic and Control (Black/Silver)

by AKG

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  • Balanced armature (BA) drivers present high audio performance and acoustic efficiency for more sound from less power.
  • BA drivers, exquisitely crafted for the K3003s, are distinguished by the outstanding performance on midrange and high-frequency sounds.
  • Due to the diaphragm's high excursion level, the K3003s' dynamic drivers represent good bass quality and support the balanced-armature drivers for reference-quality audio.
  • The K3003i earphones are designed for use with iPhone devices. For all other mobile devices, check out the product's compatibility requirements.
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005LTWXK0
  • Item model number: K3003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 26, 2011

Product Description

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls. As a listener, though, the rare relationship of appreciating music is proactive rather than passive. It's all about subtleties and nuances that you adore. You are really going to be enthused about this AKG K3003.

There's a certain bias and discrimination that music listeners achieve, based on their experiences over time. Is it an idiosyncrasy or is it a developed, refined perception is difficult to determine. For those people, the AKG Reference Class 3-Way Headphones K3003 is worth getting. There's no option. It's a necessity. This earphone is for a person who really CARES ABOUT THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

The housing of the K3003 is chiselled out of one piece of brushed stainless steel. This robust housing not only protects the earphone body from scratches but also safeguards the K3003s' inner workings from physical damage.

The combination of dynamic bass and dual balanced-armature drivers gives the K3003s 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 K3003s don't need any additional frequency switches. The result: less potential interference.

K3003 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.

Frequency range 10 Hz - 30,000Hz Sensitivity 125dB SPL/V - Highest available Input impedance 8 ohms Max. input power 15 mW Ne

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I don't know ... the assembly of cables just feels a little flimsy.
David T. Foster
Supreme detail with crystal treble, round and sweet mid-range, and vivid bass.
CHEN, SHIH-HENG
If so, I would definitely be very interested in obtaining my own set.
Shane Sideburns

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Baik on February 5, 2013
The AKG K3003I is a pretty amazing piece of audio gear. As far as universal fit IEMs go, it's comparable with the FitEar ToGo 334 and the Sennheiser IE800s (I own both) but slightly more revealing. Imaging and soundstage are fantastic. Works well without benefit of headphone amp (compelling sound straight from iPod/iPhone)

In a different league than Westone 4, Schure 535 and Sennheiser IE80s but not by 2x (i.e., law of diminishing returns: price vs performance.)

The downside? Price, cabling (seems delicate/not user-replaceable) and therefore IEMs that you might not want to use in a mobile context for fear of breakage.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David T. Foster on January 20, 2014
If you're seriously considering these price is likely not a big issue for you. So I will leave the question of value aside. Let me just talk build quality and audio.

BUILD QUALITY
I share the same concerns as some of the other reviews in terms of the cords. For something so precisely engineered on the inside I'm a bit surprised at the lack of strain relief on the cords at the earbud end. I fear that one good jerk (as happens with headphones when you step on the cord or catch it on something) might pull the cord right out. I don't know ... the assembly of cables just feels a little flimsy.

Also the little audio adapter cable that allows you to use it with a straight stereo jack -- when I was unpacking stuff out of the box (which btw all the packaging is very nicely done) there was a little rubbery plastic sleeve on the tip of the adapter cable. When I tried to remove it, it was on there so tight that the barrel housing actually came apart. I mean literally the housing pull right off the tip/cable joint. That's when I noticed that the barrel housing assembly is not threaded. It is just a pressure fit. I'm just stunned by that. Who thought that was a good idea? I managed to reassemble it -- which wasn't easy because it's very small -- but feel they should replace it since it's liable to come apart again. I have been trying to get in touch with AKG customer support and it is not easy to get a live person on the phone. So I'm frustrated with this.

In regard to the location of manufacture -- on the headphones it actually says "DESIGNED in Austria." Mine do NOT say made in Austria. So in your mind you want to picture these fine German engineers assembling these. But they are probably made in China at some Foxcon facility.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shane Sideburns on August 26, 2012
Originally written August 2012 (The K3003 is not my personal set but a loaned set for review):

Before jumping into the sound, I want to make a few comments on build and accessories, which I feel are important to discuss, due to how they may affect the sound and/or durability of the product.

Accessories include 3 pair of stock single flange tips that are very comfortable and well made with a good combination of thickness and flexibility. My only issue with them is that I require a bit deeper insertion due to the shape of the housings and tip length; I can't quite reach optimal positioning. I had some extra Meelec triple flange (trips) tips lying around and these solved the fit issue. Achieving optimum fit smoothed the treble out, improving its tone and realism, while tightening up the low end a fair amount. Another benefit was the expansion of soundstage from left to right and improving imaging. I would like to see AKG offer some dual and triple flange tips of the same quality of their single flanges as the changes I heard in sound were significant for me.

Other accessories include screw on swappable filters (bass, treble and reference). The bass filter is basically useless. It really muddies up the sound, wrecks clarity and timbre and just plain sounds bad. The treble filter offers a very nice analytical sound that is very reminiscent of the Audio Technica CK10 and is overall more neutral. The reference filter, which is my preference, slightly pulls back on the treble presence, while adding a very satisfying bass presence. The build quality of the housings and filters are excellent and beautifully crafted. I love the smart screw-in mechanism of the filters. The housings are surprisingly small and tastefully minimalistic in overall design.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on December 7, 2013
First of all, I really did love these things. These were definitely my go to iems, very practical, great comfort and not much fiddling to achieve a proper seal. Sound quality was superb!

I bought a pair of these soon after they came out and had enjoyed them ever since till recently, the left side started sounding more and more distant, a couple days later the left side is totally dead!

I've tried reaching out to AKG through phone calls and email, but no response.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sun Junwei on November 23, 2013
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Everything is perfect. Looks nice, small and the voice is natural with my AK120. I have used it for seval mounths before writing. The only problem? Maybe the price. Not everyone can afford this perfect small thing.
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I had burn in it for 300h, it is more and more perfect! But I don't like the tips, so I change them into Comply Tx-400 Isolation PLUS Earphone Tips. Now I just need to continue to burn in it over 500h. I am looking forward.
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