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I say the K1000 is THE best headphone for the money!!

post #1 of 112
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I dare anyone to tell me there's a more dynamic, impactful, totally OMG! headphone out there at or below the K1000's price range. I listen to music again instead of just playing games or watching movies because of this headphone. It rocks and the bass is there if you have the proper amp and source. If it rolls off below 40hz ok with me I don't know how the heck you expect a headphone to go below that huge freq anyway. With a decent sub it just.....wow brings a true emotional impact to anything decently recorded.
My rant I know but damn I am impressed.
post #2 of 112
I'd say the best "bang for the buck" headphone right now would be the DT-880 or HD580. So little cash, such good sound quality.
post #3 of 112
Are these first impressions or have they withstood the test of time? I'm expecting a pair soon and my hopes are high. Although, I'm already shopping for a subwoofer.

What is your amplification?? Have you upgraded the stock cable? Are you going to the speaker terminals or 1/4" jack??

Is "withstood" a word??
post #4 of 112
I would agree that the sound is fantastic, but question the classification of the K1000 as a "Headphone". Might as well put a pair of Speakers next to your ear. Every bit as leaky and non-isolating.
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Is "withstood" a word??
The tree withstood the force of four hurricanes before it was finally toppled by the fifth.

Yes.
post #5 of 112
I love the K1000 earspeakers. They aren't getting used like they used to. I was between speaker for a period of time and was using the K1000 whenever the family wasn't around. I have speakers now so the K1000 a rarely used. They bleed to much noise to use when I typical move to headphones (when family around or sleeping).
post #6 of 112
The K1000 hasn't yet showed its limit no matter how much money I spent on my system. That's good enough to make it the best headphone for ANY price.

I don't need a subwoofer with my K1000, I get all the bass I need. Lower than 40 Hz is too annoying anyways.

The stock cable should be replaced with Stefan AudioArt Hardwired K1000 cable.
post #7 of 112
As much as the K1k is acknowledged as top tier, and may be considered a bargain compared to other such phones, you still have to figure in a dedicated amp with the price.
post #8 of 112
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Originally Posted by raisin
As much as the K1k is acknowledged as top tier, and may be considered a bargain compared to other such phones, you still have to figure in a dedicated amp with the price.
While a good argument can be made for a dedicated amp for the K1000, I believe The Raptor is an excellent alternative for the K1000 for someone not in the financial position to buy a dedicated amp.
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I am buying a Singlepower PPX slam. I was under the impression the K1000's had to be connected to a "regular" amp's speaker terminals. Can I hook up this can to my Singlepower's headphone jack? If so, any idea how it would sound?
post #10 of 112
No matter what other headphones happen to meander thru my system the K1000’s will always have one of the places of honor in my system. They have more limitations than most top tier headphones, but on recordings that play into their strong suit there’s none better. I couldn’t live with the K1000’s being my only headphone, but the opposite side of that coin is that I also can’t live without them.

Now that they actually have been discontinued we need to really show the love for the great old K1000’s.
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Originally Posted by matt8268
I am buying a Singlepower PPX slam. I was under the impression the K1000's had to be connected to a "regular" amp's speaker terminals. Can I hook up this can to my Singlepower's headphone jack? If so, any idea how it would sound?
You'll need an adapter cable. The PPX Slam is my choice for a sub $1000 amp for the K1000's. You'll love the sound.
post #12 of 112
If you are ordering the PPX Slam from Singlepower you can request a special 4 pin XLR jack for the K1000's. That would be sweet!
post #13 of 112
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Originally Posted by NotJeffBuckley
I'd say the best "bang for the buck" headphone right now would be the DT-880 or HD580. So little cash, such good sound quality.
x2...
You can add the HF1, and any of the K240 series (under $100) to that list as well. IMHO the K1000 as SUPERB sounding as it is, offers less bang for the buck when you consider its amplification needs. Although Ive heard the T-amp can perform admirably for the $$$. I've never heard that duo though. Now THAT might be the ticket, when talking bang for the buck.

Garrett
post #14 of 112
Isn't the W5000 now supposed to be the be-all, end-all of $1000 cans?

I love the idea of the K1000, but its amp requirements are a bit scary.
post #15 of 112
I'm driving K1000 straight from DAC1 internal amp. Sound is Just about every other headphone I've owned (hd600, hd650, baby orpheus, rs1, ps1, etc...) sounds boring compared to K1000s. W5000s are definitely not the be-all, end-all of $1000 cans. I'm just begining to find good things about them. If forced to choose one to keep, it would be the K1000.

I would have never guessed that dynamics and soundstage were that important to me. Now, it is hard to listen to other phones and not miss K1000s explosive dynamics and big, natural sound projection.
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