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akg k1000 are the best in the village

post #1 of 12
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i just got k-1000's. they are awsome.

perhaps there is more to be heard from a better source/amp with these, but playing "decent" mp3, through an "elcheapo" tube amp with a porta-corda serving as a pre-amp is rocking my world. the sound is sooo amazingly beautyfull. these phones are i do agree quite sensitive to "small errors." my favorite cd apparently has noise on the right side... my other phones just dumb that out, these kind of yell at me to change cd's. bummer, because i love the music on it (gratefull dead american beauty) superb vocals, and an ubersmooth insturmental support.

the checkered cabs (a ska band) who are known more for the chick singing and less for the band sound FABULOUS. the band could use work, or at least emotion when they play. but the singer is singing to me. i hear variations and emotions in her voice i have never heard with my other 'phones on this same amp. the verrrry highs can "drag on" but i think thats the recording. they are not harsh, but obviously present.

i think im in love both with the voice of the chick who sings for the checkered cabs, and with my new headphones.
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by nikongod
i just got k-1000's. they are awsome.
Congratulations.
I've even purchased a spare pair since they are discontinued.
post #3 of 12
I am listening to some Dead on my K1000's at the moment. I've driving mine with my ss Rega Mira 3. Not bad but I think I can do better with tubes. I tried them with a pair of old Quicksilver Monos on the 2 ohm tap and preferred it to the 8 ohm. I have not tried the 4 ohm yet. I have bought these amps yet. I have thinking about picking up a Sophia Baby for the K1000 or sell the Rega and pick up a decent tube integrated to use for speakers and the K1000.
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Originally Posted by tyrion
I have thinking about picking up a Sophia Baby for the K1000 or sell the Rega and pick up a decent tube integrated to use for speakers and the K1000.
my tube amp was designed for speakers.

it was a kit, there is a thread about it in the diy section. mild mods got it where it is now.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by nikongod
i just got k-1000's. they are awsome.

perhaps there is more to be heard from a better source/amp with these, but playing "decent" mp3, through an "elcheapo" tube amp with a porta-corda serving as a pre-amp is rocking my world. the sound is sooo amazingly beautyfull.
Welcome to the K1000 club, but really, let's step up to lossless audio files to really hear what's on the original recording.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by cosmopragma
Congratulations.
I've even purchased a spare pair since they are discontinued.
Actually they haven't been discontinued they just raised the price.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by tkam
Actually they haven't been discontinued they just raised the price.
You are right, I should have been more precise.
AKG K1000s are soon to be discontinued.
Head-fi sponsor Jan Meier (he's an AKG dealer) confirmed it.
post #8 of 12
Do they have plans to bring something new out?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by magnum
Do they have plans to bring something new out?
AFAIK no.
AKG nowadays is owned by the huge audio trust Harman.It's an investment, no love affair.Due to expensive manufacturing and costly quality problems (they have to throw away many drivers since they don't match the specs) this niche headphones probably never reached break even, end of the story.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by cosmopragma
AFAIK no.
AKG nowadays is owned by the huge audio trust Harman.It's an investment, no love affair.Due to expensive manufacturing and costly quality problems (they have to throw away many drivers since they don't match the specs) this niche headphones probably never reached break even, end of the story.
Do you know if it is the whole line, or just the K1000s? Although all I have my eyes on at the moment is the K1000...
post #11 of 12
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the real q is why not use the drivers that "missed the boat" in a "lesser" product?

japanese companys have been doing this for years. hand-picking the good parts for the "good product" and slapping the stuff which dosnt meet spec into the "standard grade" product.

to be sure a variant of the k-1000's could be made to use the second grade drivers. perhaps something that looked more like a stax earspeaker. bets go out that it would still sound better than the vast majority of the competition...
post #12 of 12
I'm still not set on them being discontinued as AKG USA has said that they are not discontinued and aren't planning too. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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