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post #61 of 112
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Originally Posted by Patrick82
Even for $2000 it would be way underpriced, comparing to my other headphones and the sound quality they offer the fair pricing should be something like this:

HD590: $120
K501: $900
K1000: $30 000
K501 is a nice headphone, but honestly they aren't worth anywhere near $900. Build quality would have to be improved for one thing, then I'd like more low/midbass (bring it up to neutral at least) and slightly more treble energy, as well as improved dynamics. Then I'd think about it for $500, not $900.

As it is, although I enjoy them they don't hold a candle to the DT880 in terms of transparency and dynamics IMO. It's a great second headphone for non-critical listening, that's it.

P.S. I have been spoiled by the Beyer DT880... before I got those I would have felt the K501 to be extremely 'expensive sounding'.. in fact the DT880 makes me feel Senn HD580/600 are somewhat cheap sounding...!
post #62 of 112

K1000 + Equinox Cable + FirstWatt F1 = Best!

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Originally Posted by TheGhostWhoWalks
I'm going to disagree here as I've heard the K1000s out of cheap, integrated amps. I don't think they're all that impressive. I'd really like to hear it with a great cable out of a great amp though. I really wish someone would put the time (and money) into finding them a great system. Maybe and EAR V20 is what the doctor ordered? Now that's an awesome amp! And doesn't even cost what an SDS-XLR does. Ahhhh, the crazy world of high end audio!
I agree with you. I've had a pair of K1000s for many years, sitting in the closet because they didn't sound all that great with my integrated amp. Then I read the reviews in http://www.6moons.com about the K1000s with the Nelson Pass' FirstWatt F1. So I took a chance and purchased an F1, and the results are amazing! The best I have heard. [My previous reference system was Stax Omega IIs with Gilmore KGSS.]. I have just sent my pair of K1000s in for the cable upgrade to the Equinox cable from Stefan AudioArts.

The K1000s deliver the very BEST sound IMHO when cabled properly and paired with the proper amplification.

Current Headphone Systems Owned:
AKG K1000 with FirstWatt F1 Amplifier, McIntosh MDA 1000 D/A
AKG 701
Sennheiser HD-650
BeyerDynamic DT-911
post #63 of 112
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Originally Posted by tmarshl
I agree with you. I've had a pair of K1000s for many years, sitting in the closet because they didn't sound all that great with my integrated amp. Then I read the reviews in http://www.6moons.com about the K1000s with the Nelson Pass' FirstWatt F1. So I took a chance and purchased an F1, and the results are amazing! The best I have heard. [My previous reference system was Stax Omega IIs with Gilmore KGSS.]. I have just sent my pair of K1000s in for the cable upgrade to the Equinox cable from Stefan AudioArts.

The K1000s deliver the very BEST sound IMHO when cabled properly and paired with the proper amplification.

Current Headphone Systems Owned:
AKG K1000 with FirstWatt F1 Amplifier, McIntosh MDA 1000 D/A
AKG 701
Sennheiser HD-650
BeyerDynamic DT-911

Seconded.
post #64 of 112
K1000 are fantastic but I say for that price ($1000.00) I just rather get an HP-2.

Now, if I could get a K1000 for $500.00 - that is true bang for the buck.
post #65 of 112
Anyone run the K's balanced? That's something I've been meaning to do.
post #66 of 112
Sound Quality is only one factor, though. The K1000s are arguably the most impractical headphones ever designed. You can only use them in environments when you could be using speakers. Which destroys 99% of the point of Headphones.
post #67 of 112
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Originally Posted by Arainach
Sound Quality is only one factor, though. The K1000s are arguably the most impractical headphones ever designed. You can only use them in environments when you could be using speakers. Which destroys 99% of the point of Headphones.
Not exactly.
I can't see a major difference to other open headphones like the HD 650.
The HD 650 attenuates about 3 dB in and out, and that's by far not enough with a quarrelsome wife watching TV in the same room.
I'm using the K1000 every night, and I'm sure my neighbours wouldn't appreciate me cranking up the loudspeaker audio at midnight nor would my sleeping spouse.
post #68 of 112
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Originally Posted by Arainach
Sound Quality is only one factor, though. The K1000s are arguably the most impractical headphones ever designed. You can only use them in environments when you could be using speakers. Which destroys 99% of the point of Headphones.
Not to mention that many rooms cannot handle a good speaker setup, where as K1000s are room-independent.
post #69 of 112
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Originally Posted by cosmopragma
Not exactly.
I can't see a major difference to other open headphones like the HD 650.
The HD 650 attenuates about 3 dB in and out, and that's by far not enough with a quarrelsome wife watching TV in the same room.
I'm using the K1000 every night, and I'm sure my neighbours wouldn't appreciate me cranking up the loudspeaker audio at midnight nor would my sleeping spouse.
I don't really care about isolating as much as leaking. The K1000, as true earspeakers, leak just as much as speakers. While open cans like the HD600/650 leak some, I can at least use them in the same room as another person without them getting annoyed. The K1000s are literally like having Speakers.
post #70 of 112
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Originally Posted by Arainach
The K1000s are literally like having Speakers.
And those speakers can save a lot of space!
post #71 of 112
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Originally Posted by Arainach
The K1000s are literally like having Speakers.
That's the point!
post #72 of 112
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Originally Posted by JzzMaTzz
Anyone run the K's balanced? That's something I've been meaning to do.
Yes, I run the K1000s balanced, driven by a FirstWatt F1 current source amplifier. Magnificent sound from total black background.
post #73 of 112
K1000 are better than speakers in the right environment.

1) You can listen to K1000 whole night without bothering anyone in another room. (If you don't listen to classical.)

2) You don't need a dedicated listening room for them. ($10k saved)

3) They are much cheaper than speakers.
post #74 of 112
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Originally Posted by tmarshl
Yes, I run the K1000s balanced, driven by a FirstWatt F1 current source amplifier. Magnificent sound from total black background.
No offense, but are you sure? According to your profile you're using the McIntosh MS300 which only has RCA outputs. I provided a link of the MS300 specs in a comparison chart below.

http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/data/com...ompare2.05.pdf
post #75 of 112
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Originally Posted by JzzMaTzz
No offense, but are you sure? According to your profile you're using the McIntosh MS300 which only has RCA outputs. I provided a link of the MS300 specs in a comparison chart below.

http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/data/com...ompare2.05.pdf
No offense taken. I may be getting over my head here technically. I am not using the RCA outputs, but rather the digital coax output. On looking at the chart that you provided, it does not specifically say that it is balanced, so you may be right. Everything else is balanced (MDA1000 to FirstWatt F1). Feel free to give me some help here. Thanks.
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