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KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones
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- Detachable in-line volume control
- Voiced to remain true to the character of KRK’s class leading studio monitors, developed with 25 years of years of experience in studio sound.
- The latest reference quality frequency response for closed-back, circum-aural dynamic headphones.
- Newly developed headphone acoustical system bringing a new level of headphone performance for the first time.
- Utilizing the latest in acoustic memory foam technology this ensures class leading performance in both reproduction and isolation.
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Incredibly natural frequency response. KRK has always been focused solely on accurate monitoring. The KNS 8400 - with their ability to reveal exactly what you have on the tracks is an ideal choice for critical listening. Being able to discern the most subtle differences in pitch, timbre and tone helps you to get it right every mix, every take, every performance. Isolating memory foam in the ear cushions delivers improved low end response and because they gently conform to your unique head shape you'll be comfortable wearing them all day. KRK headphones provide a precise listening experience that takes you from personal studio to commercial studio to on-the-go track evaluations - and they allow you to accurately enjoy your music with the consistent voicing philosophy and honest reproduction top producers, studio musicians, performers and engineers have come to trust. The KNS 8400 offer an incredibly natural frequency response that gives you a reference standard unaffected by your location. Day or night. Studio or home. Without disturbing others. Without compromising your tracks.
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Finally, comfort. This is the one category I have to give to the 7506's, I could wear those headphones for hours on end and forget I was wearing them. However, the 8400's are very close. My ONLY complaint is the headband, I wish the padding was more evenly distributed (to distribute the weight of the headphones) rather than designed to where it creates two distinct pressure points. It does cause very mild discomfort to where I find myself adjusting the position of the headband occasionally during longer periods of use. With that said, though, I consider comfort to be of profound importance to me and still decided the 8400's are desirable enough to keep and enjoy. The ear pads and clamping force of the headphones are very nice and relaxed, very comfortable. I have normal ears and a slightly larger head and have no complaints in either of those areas, the ear pads encompass my ears completely and isolate relatively well.
I would give a 5/5 on sound relative to price. 4/5 on comfort (but 5/5 if the headband padding was designed differently). Finally, if you don't like straight cords like the cheap-ish quality one that comes with the 8400's, KRK's official website has a link to purchase an optional coiled cord for $15-$20. Worth it in my opinion, but would've much rathered the headphones came with one in the box instead. Good luck!
UPDATE 3/20/12: The headband discomfort continues to be an issue. Within 10 minutes of wearing the headphones, I can notice the pressure at the top of my head (where the two pads are located), and within 30 minutes, I'm already trying to reposition them to decrease the discomfort. Within an hour sometimes I have a headache developing. As a result of this continued issue, I'm bumping my review down to 3 stars and may be searching for a new pair soon. Perhaps I was overly optimistic in my original review and wanted too badly to like these headphones. The sound quality is still great for mixing. Unfortunately, however, the lack of comfort makes them an impedance to any sustained sessions of studio work.
So I've been using Rokit6's for a pretty long while now. My band's former studio engineer used them pretty exclusively (and I use them at home), so I got a lot of play time with them in a bunch of different environments; I've always loved what they could handle and produce for the price range they fall into.
Recently I've started tracking/mixing pet project stuff at home and began looking for some good headphones for tracking and testing mixes. I've had a really good studio relationship with M50/M50x headphones, but I wanted to venture out a bit and try something new. I discovered that KRK made these little guys and decided to give them a shot.
At first I was a bit apprehensive of ordering them. I'm comfortable with the M50 series and was worried that I wouldn't like these as much. It didn't help that there was a flood of reviews on Amazon (and other places) claiming the bass was severely lacking. It struck me as odd because, even without a sub, the Rokit series of monitors are really good at handling lows in an unbiased manner. I started noticing a pattern in the bass complaints, though, and that was a constant comparison to models of headphones that are very biased to increase low end because that's a continuous consumer demand. Once I started poking around specifically for reviews by audio engineers, the most common claim was that these can easily go toe-to-toe with M50's.
I decided to give them a shot and I've been extremely happy with the decision. The very first thing I did was hop around mixes of songs that I was very familiar with; my intention was to check the lows and make sure the bass complaint wasn't a concern. Yeah, not even a little bit. Mixes that are very thuddy remain so. Mixes that are already lacking bass get no bias, so the mix isn't intentionally coloured to make up for the lack of lows.
I'm super happy with the included in-line level control, but almost mainly because it's not part of the primary cable. I like that it's an option and not a mandatory part of the setup. I'm also a huge fan of detachable cables, so that's a big plus.
Speaking of, big points to detachable/replaceable cable, ear cups and head padding.
So far the ear cups (after hours and days of wear) are incredibly comfortable. I will say that the padding on the top can still end up feeling a bit heavy on your head, but I also find myself in a category where even M50s end up feeling weighty after a while; apparently the top of my head is still a baby. Haha.
5 stars all around. These are absolutely well worth the price if you're looking for a great pair of studio headphones for tracking or testing mixes. Noise isolation has been great so far, but I haven't had a chance to test them out in a loud, live studio environment yet. If I do and I find the noise isolation to be inadequate, I'll update my review for sure.
Also, if you're a fan of listening to music uncoloured and aren't just looking for a bass fix, I highly recommend these as well. I've found these to be nice and airy, able to properly translate the clarity of mixes that I've come to appreciate over the last 10 years or so.
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