Mio-Maniacal Otaku’s $5,000 Spending Spree


The propensity of K-ON! obsessed maniacs to gleefully buy every single product innocuously appearing in the show has been clear for some time, but the latest otaku Mio-maniac takes things to new levels: he apparently bought 6 sets of AKG K701 headphones, used by Mio in a few scenes.

These high end headphones cost some $800 each…


Theories range from him genuinely having bought the cans to him having just printed out the covers to the boxes, which would perhaps be even more incredible than just buying them outright.

Whatever the case, noone doubts the terrible nature of Mio-mania at this stage…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THERE's an ERROR on that mio artwork!

    I have AGK K271 and K701.
    U can't bent them like that without deforming the metallic headband.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's why its called "artwork" retard!

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    Comment by sanimej2
    08:14 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    6 OF THEM?!?! What an stupid-ass! They do look cool thou, but $300 buck? You got me bent!

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    Comment by doriinatrix
    08:09 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's horrifying.

    Comment by soundwave
    07:42 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't know if anyone knew this, but to actually get the 'quality' out of the AKG K701, one not only need a good audio source (MP3 definitely out of question) but a good headphones amplifier as well... So Mio's way of plugging it straight into her laptop/portable CD player won't make it shine (they simply don't pack enough punch to drive the AKGs)... And finally, these phones need to be 'break-in' for several hundred hours of usage before reaching their optimal performance... sort of like a long warm-up session once out of the box... Too much of a trouble for common folks like me...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a bit exaggerated.

    My source is a MOTU ultralite mk3, hooked into a little dot mk3 amp. So - source, amp, all covered.

    Now, mp3s. MP3s are fine. Give it over 200ish kbps and you're all set.

    Breakin is about 100 hours. A lot but not as much as you said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    having akgs for portable use is completely overkill; you can get basically the same sound with a good pair of technics

    studio recording/hifi equipment is another story, however

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 25/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    pffft you audiophile types make me laugh.
    double blind tests show above 256k mp3s are indistinguishable from lossless on headphones (big systems where subbass/infrabass and ~20khz+ reproduction is important are different). granted laptops do not make great sources generally because of issues with power supply etc noise.

    a lot of devices wont power big cans like you say but power is power when it comes to solid state amps. any amp, unless it is incredibly badly made or having too much power drawn from it, will sound exactly the same as any other when the volume levels are matched.

    speaker/headphone drivers are 'broken in', i.e. the physical properties of the materials and structure no longer change (excluding things like rubber perishing, paper getting damp/decomposing and corrosion of metals) and therefore the sound will not change as it is determined by physical characteristics, within seconds of a signal being played through them.

    blah just saw this is from '09, oh well.

    Comment by bob
    12:34 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Missing Mio's Lomo LC-A film camera...

    Comment by an oni mouse
    10:37 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My headphone was only $8,,,

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    11:54 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Made in China perhaps..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Headphones costs around 220€(300USD) in Germany and Austria. If they are imported, 1800USD(+shipping and duty) are not a big deal if you assume that he will only shoot a photo and sell five of them for a higher price in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    silly otakus, buy a sennheiser hd550+ and spend the rest in top prostitutes instead of jerking urself xD

    Comment by Ex-lolicon
    03:02 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTH... $800 each... thats to expensive for me >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their only around $300 USD/CAN or so, Amazon Japan jacked up the price 2x to 74900 yen or roughly $800 USD...

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    Comment by PlzDontHurtMe
    03:03 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would be rather amusing if the guy owned an electronics shop/works at a recording studio and just used his stock to troll you all.

    Comment by Tsunagami
    06:22 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm... i see this headphones in amazon goin for a little less than $300 USD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell do these idiots get all this money to spend? And all over a character who's going to be soon forgotten in favor of the next popular moeblob character Kyoani cranks out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pointless, the K 702s are better. If he had to get the 701s just because of Mio, he should of spent some money on an amp instead of 8 fucking pairs. They're only 265 USD each anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FYI Japan puts a huge tariff on imported electronic goods so that's why it's like $800US there. Being an audiophile in Japan would be the worst thing.

    Comment by EspadaKiller
    05:05 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's way too...hardcore. Seriously wtf -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.soundhouse.co.jp/shop/ProductDetail.asp?Item=117%5EK701%5E%5E [http://www.soundhouse.co.jp/shop/ProductDetail.asp?Item=117^K701^^]

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe Mio can meet a fan so devoted T_T MY MIO I GIVE TO YOU PLEASE TREAT HER WELL *runs off and cries*

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where in the world do they get the money for all of them???

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    From things called "jobs."

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    Comment by Loli Star
    02:52 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    I'm so into K-ON! but not THAT into it.

    Comment by thammuz
    02:37 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was considering the K702 because it is blue or even the Sennheiser HD600 or 650s but after seeing Mio wearing the K701 I was pushed more into that direction. Then while in New York I got a chance to listen to the K701s and that sealed the deal.

    Comment by cebast
    20:41 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if he does anything ecchi to those headphones...

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    Comment by Techeese
    20:49 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it hiding Pedobear

    You made me imagine that

    *goes to the gallery for Loli healing*

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    moe anime + random products = $$$

    fufufu i see what you did there, but it wont work on me.

    Comment by tom ate
    05:00 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    moe anime + random products + otakus assholes = $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Kill otakus and we have peace

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:35 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that guy is way to hardcore.

    devotion? more like moron. still he can redeem himself for selling those for an even higher price which i find hard to believe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey! Don't call people names just because they happen to have 5 extra sets of ears!

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    Comment by GourmetPrince
    20:56 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Watch K-On
    2. Increase headphone sales
    3. ?????
    4. PROFIT

    Comment by minakichan
    21:12 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can Mio afford $800 headphones?!

    Comment by MaidNiac
    22:10 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahem.. Enjo kōsai..?

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    Comment by lovehate
    05:27 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    she'd be a millionaire within weeks imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're exaggerating. They cost about $500


    It's on sale right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like to get my hands on those cans myself, if you know what I mean. =3

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    Comment by giascle
    21:00 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Yeah, Mugi pays for the instruments; who paid for Mio's headphones and laptop?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume her parents paid for it.

    Think about it, it's actually not THAT MUCH money if you spend money on something productive and worthwhile like musical instruments and peripheral. I mean, I probably spent four times as much on video games and consoles.

    Ah, the cash trail of a misspent youth.

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    Comment by Kyorisu
    20:56 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The sad part is of course that he probably lacks the amplification required to power those bad boys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got my headphones for about 10$ back in 1998 and I still use them. Sometimes, I cry myself to sleep.

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    Comment by Techeese
    21:02 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont cry think of it this way

    buy headphones
    use/maintain it

    Comment by Zacharov
    21:33 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And after a decade or so, you can sell off these headphones in an auction for a very high value. You have in your possession a collector's item!

    Comment by mikumin
    20:26 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will never understand this kind of extremity.

    Though I do want ONE pair. I need new headphones.

    Comment by Zacharov
    21:31 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never liked those large headphones unless they come with a mic so I can converse with people online with it. I usually prefer earbugs. They don't squeeze my head and make my brain feel like it has been crammed into a sardine can.

    Comment by ;_;
    20:22 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd tell him to stop disgracing his family and get a life.

    Comment by Koka-Kona
    19:55 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG!! I love these cans!! If he seriously bought all these, I salute his devotion!

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    Comment by maxchain
    19:55 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They must be hi-fiving each other over at AKG for going along with the product placement idea. If this K-ON! can sell headphones, maybe I should go ahead and give it a look.

    Comment by LA
    19:56 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    $800 each? for the last time I checked, I can buy them here for €300 :s

    Comment by knee_san
    20:39 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah more like 470+ Cdn$? we have these in our studio i remember were opted to get a new sennheiser hd release but one of my co workers opted for these one

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. I bought mine for ~$300 CAD new. It was a choice between these or a price jump to the HD650 Sennheisers. Mio just tipped the scale ;)

    Comment by LA
    23:42 27/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no idea about canadian dollars, just know I can buy these rather cheap on an online site here in my country (BE)
    all by all, I still use teh sennheiser hd 555, might change for this ones in the future :3

    Comment by SaruDa
    06:38 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The difference between you and this otaku being that you probably have an amp to drive these headphones...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just use a cmoy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 04/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All you can say? What's the point in amplifying an amplified signal. Just use good hardware in the first place, goddamnit. Basic lolelectronics

    Comment by infernus
    01:20 28/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sucks to be Japanese ordering this? Close to $300 in the States.

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