Audiophiles have their particular standards when it comes to what captures their passion most. I have always loved music, and my entire life, there has always been music in the background. (Now, whether the music was imagined in my head or it was actually streaming through speakers of one kind or another is debatable.)
Recently, I have been introduced to audio equipment that upped the level of my listening. I am a far cry from being a hardcore audiophile – I wouldn’t even dare claim that I am one, but I now accept the need to shell out a few more bucks (okay, maybe more than a few bucks) to get really good sound out of headphones, earbuds, or speakers.
Then I saw the AKG K3003 Headphones on Colette. ((Source)) I should have known better than to allow myself to want a pair when I knew that the headphones are being sold by Colette, but hardheaded me, I checked it out anyway.
At first glance, once can’t deny that the headphones do look nice. Having a propensity for things that have a brushed steel finish, I don’t find much that is not to like with the AKG K3003 Headphones. These babies are handmade and were developed using new technology that improves the sound that comes out of them. The headphones are supposed to provide listeners with totally undistracted listening, thanks to “sealing out most ambient sounds”. That sounds like noise canceling earphones to me, yes? The AKG K3003 Headphones also has an in-line mic and volume control, so they can be used with your favorite mobile phone.
I think that the most interesting things about these earphones are the design details, though – brushed stainless housing, steel remote face, steel “Y” connector, rubberized upper cable, and cloth lower cable. And the box. Oh my, what a box!
All those things being considered, I still would say that I want one. That does not mean that I will get one, though. Not now. Not in the future. Not even if I won the lottery and had €1000 ($1187.71) to spare – because that is how much this thing costs!!! Oh, the dollar value is VAT exclusive, by the way, so at the end of the day, you need $1420.50. As much as I want a pair, I think Sennheiser is more than good enough for me.