Originally Posted by Nik
I think to sell my K1000 during these days, and this was te second pair I had. I prefer the 701 to them even if the K1000 is a very uncommon cans and even if the 701 costs half of the price. My amp can drive both very well, so the problem was not the driver. I find the 701 more equilibrated in all the range of frequences and a fuller sound in the med and bass region.
I must say that I felt the same way about my K1000s. They sat in my closet for five years or so, and I was about to sell them. Then I read a review of the FirstWatt F1 current source
amplifier written by Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com:http://6moons.com/audioreviews/first...irstwatt3.html
So, instead of selling my K1000s, I had them recabled with the Stefan AudioArt Equinox hardwire cable upgrade, and I purchased a FirstWatt F1. The result was so good, that I sold my Stax Omega II + KGSS combination.
The point of this posting is that for every model of headphones, the selected amplifier, preamp, souce and cabling make a remarkable difference. IMHO it is impossible to compare one headphone to another without including the other elements of the system as well, including tweaks like power conditioning and balanced XLR.
So the K1000s went from collecting dust to becoming my reference system, just by adding proper cabling and amplification. I am a happy camper.
BTW, I also own AKG K701s, and I have found that the K1000 + FirstWatt F1 combination out-performs them in just about every way. So perhaps I need to pair them with a Leben CS-600 to hear their true potential?