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post #16 of 40
the SAC1000 amp can still be had, contact Dr. Jan Meier, He is in a position to order one.
I am saving up for it unless an RKV turns up before than that is
post #17 of 40
Uncomfortable to me. Too loose and you don't have any grip (it puts most of its grip into the temple pads which just isn't that comfortable compared to circumaurals). Its rather bulky and heavy.

I don't find the speaker amp requirement a minus at all considering the world of speaker amps probably out populates headphone amps 50 to 1.

I could hear 20 hz tones when I had em. But then again I could hear my head pounding from restricted blood flow too.
post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by Tim D
I could hear 20 hz tones when I had em. But then again I could hear my head pounding from restricted blood flow too.
Wow, AKG's spec for frequency response is only 30 - 25,000hz.. I guess they are one of the few companies that use modest measurements.
post #19 of 40
Slighty impractical and uncomfortable for longer listening sessions. Deadly sound leakage and not enough lower bass. The sound quality is really good but after having listened to the AKG from a real amp, the T-Amp's shortcomings/lack of synergy with K1000 are unsettling. In any case, I couldn't live with the AKG 1000 as my sole headphone due to the mentioned practical reasons.
post #20 of 40

All Hail the mighty K1000

The problem with the K1000’s is that they are true reference headphones. This means that they show every fault elsewhere in the chain, from IC to source material to amp and source, everything is shown as it is. This is why the K1000’s are my reference. It’s also why I have several other less revealing headphones for listening to source material that is a little less than stellar.

Kurt: “They are downright torture if you have a big head.”

There are few people who have a larger head than I do. Charlie’s dad (Stewart) was really talking about me here (http://home.comcast.net/~yikes/axe-head.wav ) The point being: Even with my planetoid like cranium I find the K1000’s supremely comfortable. The only issue being that lying down is not an option.

morphie “Ive never actually heard those before, but they seem to be the ultimate headphones - lack of bass without pads - lack of soundstage with pads, I think those are the only weaknesses... If im wrong feel free to flame me for posting about something i havent heard”

This is a forum, you can post about whatever you like (within the rules). The question is why would you? Ha! Just bustin on ya.

As far as the Bass goes. It’s not the deepest bass, nor is it the loudest bass, what it has is the best Bass of any headphone (Tone, pitch, definition, speed, and dynamics)

Oh mighty K1000’s how do I love thee, let me count the ways…
post #21 of 40
The biggest drawback of the Akg K1000 is simply that it is the silliest looking headphone on the planet. That it also happens to be absolutely outstanding at what it does separates the truly open eared from weak kneed fashion victims.
post #22 of 40
I tried the K1000s for over 3 weeks with the T-Amp and just couldn't get past the comfort issues mentioned by others.

Although I was very impressed by the sonic characteristics, the one sorta negative for me was getting used to my perceived position in the soundstage with classical music. I actually found myself feeling a bit embarrassed - as if I needed to beg pardon as I found myself sitting between the conductor and the woodwinds or obstructing the cellist's view of the violins in a string quartet!

I'm pretty sure I would've got acclimated to this but, as I said, the comfort thing kept me from giving the sonics a thoughtful evaluation.

Best,
Beau
post #23 of 40
i love my k1k's and wouldent trade them for anything... they are not for bass heads, if you want boat loads of bass go look at some beyer 770's

but like was said, they will reveal EVERYTHING that is wrong from your recording, source, ic's, amps, everything...

plus the stock cable is kinda crappy imho, replaced it with some silver plated copper twisted pair with a silver plated copper shield and removed the pcb's in teh drivers and they sounded much nicer to me, of course YMMV and dont void warranties
post #24 of 40
Woo hoo!

Just joined team AKG-K1000. Big kudos to NeilPeart - I have never seen packaging this good and professional.

Anyway, I can see that I'm gonna need to put some work into getting the best sound out of these. Soundstage is unbelievable. But I can't seem to get it loud (I listen at quite loud volumes) enough out of the t-amp, without hitting distortion. Gonna bust out the speaker amps for this one.

Best,

-Jason
post #25 of 40
I'm not a head banger so I don't know for sure, but if you are looking to go very loud the K1000's are not the first headphone that comes to mind.

Does anyone else have feelings one way or the other on the K1000's output capability?
post #26 of 40
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Originally Posted by Yikes
Does anyone else have feelings one way or the other on the K1000's output capability?
i don't know in quantitative terms, but i know that through my setup the k1000s get far, far louder than i'd ever want to listen. my listening volume (in terms of peak loudness) is about as loud as a solid finger snap at about 2 feet from your ear, for your reference.
post #27 of 40
IMHO K1000 has the following weaknesses:

1. Limited usability
It is completely open, bulky and requires lots of current. This dictates that K1000 can only be used in a quiet environment alone such as your own room, and has zero portability.

2. Weird looking:
Aesthetically it is not pleasant at all. Orange color beams look pretty ugly and when the thing sits on the head it looks really dorky.

3. Lack of ultimate bass extension.
Its frequency response curve tells the whole story--no need to elaborate here.

4. Can sound somewhat bright or metallic with the wrong equipment
With the right equipment synergy, this seems to be a non-issue. As for what the right equipment would be, people have very different ideas.

5. Limited vertical imaging
I second this opinion from NeilPeart. My K501 has more vertical imaging. But K1000 has amazing soundstage width and depth--very very natural. If you read the K1000 manual, you will understand how biaural hearing works in humans--by interaural difference and pinnae diffraction (I also learned this in a graduate school course). K1000 is the only headphone that satisfies both criteria of biaural hearing, and therefore it creates truly realistc sense of space arounf instruments. Arguably, this is K1000's most important merit. As for why it seems to have limited vertical imaging, I don't know and I don't care.
post #28 of 40
Does anyone know if AKG plans to introduce a lower priced version of this headphone, or an even higher quality version at a higher price?
post #29 of 40
I had them and thought they were really good byt they were way too uncomfortable!
post #30 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by fmplautus
That it also happens to be absolutely outstanding at what it does separates the truly open eared from weak kneed fashion victims.
Heh.
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