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KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones  

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Overview

  • 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.
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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.

      Features

      • 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 ensures class leading performance in both reproduction and isolation.
      • A new standard in headphone comfort, even over extended periods of use, designed to avoid feeling uncomfortable during long sessions. The special foam conforms to the ear to help ensure an improved fit.
      • Exceedingly accurate, natural and wide frequency response.
      • Large dynamic range with extremely consistent low-distortion detail and clarity.
      • Extended low frequency definition, ensures the bass component of your music is accurately reproduced, and is not lost.
      • Transparent reproduction of high-frequencies, resulting in highly accurate imaging.
      • High-efficiency Neodymium 40mm driver.
      • High durability 2.5m single-sided straight cable with oxygen-free copper wires.
      • Adjustable, foldable driver enclosures provide comfort and portability.
      • Replaceable cable, head, and ear cushions to ensure long product life.
      • Soft carrying case embossed with the KRK logo for travelling engineers, or storage when not in use.

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      KNS-8400 Studio Headphones Specifications:

      • System / Design: Dynamic
      • Operating System: Closed-back
      • Head Coupling: Circumaural (Isolating)
      • Voice Coil: Copper-clad aluminum wire
      • Driver Type: Low weight neodymium
      • Driver Diameter: 40mm
      • Sensitivity/Efficiency: 97 dB SPL @1mW
      • Frequency Response: 5Hz-23 kHz
      • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1%
      • Rated Impedance: 36 ohms
      • Ambient Noise Isolation: up to 30 dBA
      • Long Term Maximum Power Handling 1000mW: (500mW per side as per IEC 60268-7)
      • Earcup Rotation: 90 degrees
      • Nominal Headband Pressure: 4 N (based on average head size)
      • Headband Type: Adjustable / Sprung steel skeleton
      • Ear Cushion type: Acoustic memory foam
      • Headpad Finish: Premium leatherette
      • Headphone Finish: Black impact resistant plastic
      • Volume Control: Detachable / Replaceable low profile inline high quality control
      • Cable: 2.5 m, (8.2 ft.), 99,99% OFC detachable
      • Connector: Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm)
      • Cable Connection: Strain relief managed
      • Adaptor: Screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm)
      • Weight without Cable: 232 g (0.51 lbs)
      • Net / Shipping Weight
      • 850 g (1.87 lbs)
      • Dimensions: 245mm x 268mm x 94mm
      • 9.6" x 10.5" x 3.7"
      Customer Reviews
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      KRKKNS-8400 Studio Headphones
       
      4.4

      (based on 11 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (5)
      • Lightweight (5)
      • Easy to use (3)
      • Versatile (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Decent for the price

        I don't at all regret buying these headphones. I bought them mainly based on KRK's reputation for monitors and have not been disappointed. They are pretty flat, and will allow you to do...Read complete review

        I don't at all regret buying these headphones. I bought them mainly based on KRK's reputation for monitors and have not been disappointed. They are pretty flat, and will allow you to do a pretty good job at mixing if you don't have, or don't have access to monitors. The biggest reason why I didn't give them a 5 star rating is because of the build quality. Not that they're falling apart or anything, they just have a somewhat fragile, lightweight feel to them. I have a pair of Shure SRH440s which are not as expensive, but I still prefer to use because they are heavier and more thickly padded. But this may not be an issue at all for some people. Different strokes for different folks. Don't get me wrong I do like these. I think they'd be great for a drummer to record with because they do grip your head pretty securely. Not uncomfortably, but securely. I guess it depends on the size of your head too, but they are tighter than my Shures. Overall I'm glad I got them. If you like KRK stuff, you'll like these. That's the main reason I got them. But KRK does make pretty good stuff so go for it.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not at all

        I am going to keep it because I can use an extra headphone.
        I am very much like others engineers looking for new age/technology headphone or monitors to see what benefits can...Read complete review

        I am going to keep it because I can use an extra headphone.
        I am very much like others engineers looking for new age/technology headphone or monitors to see what benefits can bringing to the better mix. I found that 8400 is way less then I expected in terms of quality of the sound.
        I found that it is not usable for Mix. It may help to get instrument level, but not to eq for the tone.
        It is average.

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        5.0

        These are great all around

        By Smith

        from Van Nuys, Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Would Buy Again

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

            None of my other headphones can compare with these, and I have have about seven different ones. Most are not comfortable, I am so happy with them, that I take them off if I feel I'm going to sweat, because I want to have them for a long time.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great but different...

            By Leigh_Bird

            from England

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

              These are the first set of studio headphones i have ever bought, but although i think they are pretty solid headphones i have to admit, i am struggling to adjust to them.
              I have only ever used krk monitors, but due to lack of use (becoming a dad) i sold them, and thought that a decent pair of headphones would suffice for the odd times i do a bit of writing & recording, so krk was the obvious choice.

              Although i have picked up again with it all :-/

              I have to say, these are super comfy, after a few minutes you feel like you don't even have them on!
              The overall sound is genuinely impressive, i can pick out every fine little detail (and being the geek i am, i like to add lots of faint little details in the background) so for that, these are perfect.

              The one downside is bass. I am a real stickler for it, and spend a lot of time on bass lines. But going from a pair of 8'' woofers to these is a little underwhelming (which is to be expected) but i am just really struggling to adjust.
              Listening back to basslines i have made with monitors through the headphones, sometimes almost sound non-existant, especially in a full mix, but i know there is a super solid bass line there. Maybe in time i will learn how sounds translate from headphones to real world.
              Hope this doesn't come across as a bad review as the phones are far from bad, just tried to be honest.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really good for the price

              By Damage

              from Vallejo, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                I've mixed and mastered tracks with more than 5 different headphones and these are hands down the best. In my personal opinion, these are one of the best headphones for mixing music in it's price range.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Supreme Comfort

                By A. Moore

                from Troy, TN

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                  These KRK KNS-8400 headphones are the most comfortable headphones i've ever owned. They also sound amazing. I really like the way the cord is detachable. This means that the cord can easily be replaced if it gets damaged. I have only had these for a couple of weeks - so i can't speak for longevity - but they seem very well made.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Awsome Headphones

                  By Sergio Vergara

                  from Bogota D.C. - Colombia (South America)

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    In general they sound awesome; really clear and isolated. They sound as loud as it has to be. They seem poor designed although I'm hoping KRK wanted to make them light but durable. Before buying them I saw some reviews about people working with them 7 or 8 hours without getting exhausted but it does not apply to me since after a few hours (2 or 3) editing I definitely have to take them off for about 20 minutes.

                    Comment on this review

                    (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not at all

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    I am going to keep it because I can use an extra headphone.
                    I am very much like others engineers looking for new age/technology headphone or monitors to see what benefits can bringing to the better mix. I found that 8400 is way less then I expected in terms of quality of the sound.
                    I found that it is not usable for Mix. It may help to get instrument level, but not to eq for the tone.
                    It is average.

                    Comment on this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Big sound change!!

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    Big sound change!
                    Soon as I put these puppies on , the sound was fantastic! I could tell a big difference from the headphones I was using. The bass was well rounded. Now it will be a pleasure to mix my songs

                    Comment on this review

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Decent for the price

                    By ThomMole

                    from Savannah, GA

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    I don't at all regret buying these headphones. I bought them mainly based on KRK's reputation for monitors and have not been disappointed. They are pretty flat, and will allow you to do a pretty good job at mixing if you don't have, or don't have access to monitors. The biggest reason why I didn't give them a 5 star rating is because of the build quality. Not that they're falling apart or anything, they just have a somewhat fragile, lightweight feel to them. I have a pair of Shure SRH440s which are not as expensive, but I still prefer to use because they are heavier and more thickly padded. But this may not be an issue at all for some people. Different strokes for different folks. Don't get me wrong I do like these. I think they'd be great for a drummer to record with because they do grip your head pretty securely. Not uncomfortably, but securely. I guess it depends on the size of your head too, but they are tighter than my Shures. Overall I'm glad I got them. If you like KRK stuff, you'll like these. That's the main reason I got them. But KRK does make pretty good stuff so go for it.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    cant go wrong

                    By CUZDBOI

                    from Fairfield, Ca

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    ok so i purchased these in search or a way to mix things when i cant run my monitors, and i made the best decision ever. they are pretty flat in sound reproduction and im able to listen through these hours and hours at a time. i cant tell u about other products or which one to chose due to these are the only mixing headphones i have ever used but they definitely work great and u cant go wrong. get u a pair maybe 2.. work excelent in the booth to, not alot of sound leakage and unlike the guy in the last review my pair get WAY loud, louder then i would like it to sometimes... some people dont respect other peoples things and turn it all the way up, which could blow these but havnt been blown yet so i guess that makes the product better?

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Honest Heaphones

                    By R. Reid

                    from Laurel, Maryland

                    Comments about KRK KNS-8400 Studio Headphones:

                    While these are not as loud as what i'm used to(Sennheiser HD280), they seem to be very accurate, and do not color the sound at all. Appear to be well built, although i would have preferred a thicker cord attachment. With KRK monitors being used in so many pro studios, i'm sure checking my mixes on these headphones will be an improvement.

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