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post #121 of 350
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Originally Posted by Tiemen View Post
Those little plastic things don't alter the sound that much.
But K601 earpads with K601 foam pads will give a more fullbodied sound.
I think this combination is hard to beat. It took me while to found the same appealing sound (with the MB Quart QP90).
Yeah after removing them I couldn't really notice a great difference, if anything they perhaps sound marginally better without.

I've ordered some k601 pads and foams, I'm not quite sure as to exactly where the foams are going to be placed but I guess that might be more self explanatory when they arrive, my guess is between the black grill and pads somewhere (might be a tight fit) please tell me if I'm wrong.

I've been enjoying them so far, it's also got me interested in what the K501/500 sound like in comparison but as I'm aware they are all have a lot of similarities with everyone having their own personal favourite.
post #122 of 350
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Originally Posted by j.har1bo View Post
I've ordered some k601 pads and foams, I'm not quite sure as to exactly where the foams are going to be placed but I guess that might be more self explanatory when they arrive, my guess is between the black grill and pads somewhere (might be a tight fit) please tell me if I'm wrong.

I've been enjoying them so far, it's also got me interested in what the K501/500 sound like in comparison but as I'm aware they are all have a lot of similarities with everyone having their own personal favourite.
Yes, those foam rings (discs) are to be placed between drivers and foam pads.

I had a listen to a K500 with K601 earpads. I preferred the K400 for having more snap. The K500 sounded a bit dull.
post #123 of 350

K-400: Need help with choosing amp.

Please wake up K-400 fans

The following question I already asked in the headphone amp forum, but probably the "K-400 specialists" are able to advise me better...???

Because of changed living conditions I will start using my old, but hardly used AKG K-400's again.
They will be used with my hi-fi set: record player, cd, tuner,
cassette deck (yes I am that old ) and integrated amp. Except for the cassette deck there is no headphone jack.

So I am looking for a decent headphone amplifier to feed my K-400's.
I have a shortlist, based on lots of reading here and elsewhere and on budget.

Solid state:
Graham Slee Novo
Meier Corda Swing
Heed CanAmp (€€€ )

or maybe tubes...?
Little Dot Mk3

Are there any K-400 users out there who could tell me what would be the best choise...? If you think there are better amps, please consider my budget, so in the same price range please....
post #124 of 350
Right now I'm using my K400s' straight out of a Nuforce µDAC and it sounds OK, but when I use my Hifiman EF2 hybrid amp the soundstage will improve and there will be a little better transient response, these improvements are rather subtle though. I did however find the EF2 on it's own a lot better that the headphone out of my PC.
Perhaps you should just try the headphone out of your amp or CD-player for a while and see if you like it. If you search the amp forum try to search for amps for the K501 as there are more suggestions for those than for the K400 but they are pretty close and share the same specs.
post #125 of 350

Thank you burgunder, but as I wrote, my amp (Sonneteer) and my cd (Rotel) don't have a headphone jack...

I have checked if the K400's are still alive on my cassette deck, it has one and they are still VERY alive
I will have to use the line out on my amp and a headphone amp to listen to radio, cd and vinyl.


Edited by AnalogEars - 4/5/11 at 11:42am
post #126 of 350
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Originally Posted by AnalogEars View Post
Thank you burgunder, but as I wrote, my amp (Sonneteer) and my cd (Rotel) don't have a headphone jack
I missed that part sorry

Anyway the K400s' seems to be driven by a lot of amps. Even though some seem to say that OTL tube amps like the Little dot MKIII are not well suited because of there high output impedance, I have however never tried any myself.

Of the amps you have mentioned the Heed is said to have good synergi with the AKG Kx0x series but it might be a bit to warm for Sennheisers if you should want to upgrade. There are also a some chinese or asian amps that might good one is the like the Little Dot I+(which is easy to sell again) or Shanling PH100, but since headfi is not an exact science you will have to choose so browse the amp and headphone forums and gather some information.
post #127 of 350
Thank you!
The Little Dot I already "dismissed"... No space in my audio rack, they are too high . So, no tubes....
To give the K-400 fans here still the possibility to advise me 1 out of 4 , I ad a new candidate:

Audio-gp C-2c

Which one would you choose...?
post #128 of 350


Nobody else any idea
post #129 of 350

Sorry to drag this thread up again.

 

I have a pair of AKG K400 headphones, and I'm looking to replace both of the rather rattly drivers. I've searched around on Google, and found this thread, but can't find any other information on them, apart from a parts number catalogue on AKG's site. Is there anywhere that sells AKG drivers? These headphones sound great, and I'm reluctant to buy a replacement pair.

 

Any information will be gratefully received :)

post #130 of 350

You can try AKG in the UK, but I doubt they have any. 

post #131 of 350

you can replace them with newer model drivers that will fit in the same housing. Why are they rattling? have you checked for hairs in the mesh against the driver or anything?

post #132 of 350
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Originally Posted by pistolsnipe View Post

you can replace them with newer model drivers that will fit in the same housing. Why are they rattling? have you checked for hairs in the mesh against the driver or anything?


Yup, checked for hair or other debris. I think it's something to do with the magnets, the coating or something.

post #133 of 350

i actually had a ratteling driver myself. what i did is cleaned it as best i could by taking the pads off, no dice. then i took the whole thing apart, and VERY carefully went over the diaphragm with a q tip dipped in alcohol (water might be better and safer) after i put everything back together the rattle was gone, so either cleaning the driver or re-seating and re-tightenig everything did the trick.

post #134 of 350

newer model drivers won't sound the same.  It's kind of a tosso-up whether you'd like the sound better. 

post #135 of 350

I just ordered a K400 off ebay!  I have have a few AKGs and I am excited to give this headphone a try.  I think it is one of the best looking cans out there and I am an industrial designer so I tend to be picky with looks.  BTW the pair I bought have the rubber headband and I wanted to know if this was added for the later versions and if so how does it sound different from the version with the leather headband?

 

Thanks.

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