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If the K1000's are so awesome, why were they discontinued?

post #1 of 49
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Or is it that people only realized they were good after they were discontinued lol.
post #2 of 49
I've wondered too...it's too bad as I don't want to pay a premium but eventually will probably be forced too...unless some idiot has em for $20 at a local garage sale which is highly unlikely.
post #3 of 49
If I remember correctly it was due to bad reliability.
post #4 of 49
The K1000 had a long run. They first started selling them back in ~1990. So they had a good run as far as consumer electronics goes. Are there any other headphones that were produced for 16 years? (I honestly don't know so if someone does, I'd love to hear).But all good things......as they say.
post #5 of 49
Because eventually, there wasn't enough demand for such an odd and high-priced headphone.
post #6 of 49
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Originally Posted by jubrany
Or is it that people only realized they were good after they were discontinued lol.
People knew all along. When something's discontinued though, you suddenly realize that you need to grab it quick because it won't be around much longer.

If the RS1 was discontinued today, I'd buy two. Just in case. But since they'll be available for a while, I won't. Get where I'm goin?
post #7 of 49
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Originally Posted by digitalmind
If I remember correctly it was due to bad reliability.
No, it was because they were to expensive to make and not enough people were buying them.
post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by jubrany
Or is it that people only realized they were good after they were discontinued lol.

These are really amazing dynamic cans..some of the finest..

A lot of times Mfrs need to draw the line somewhere, and with the inception of their new flagship K701's, perhaps AKG is making an update to their reference offerings or overall catalog...maybe the K1500 for the future? Hmm.

Dunno, seems strange too, that they would discontinue such a popular and great selling item.

Furthermore, I owned the K's myself (almighty 1000's) but never heard them out of the dream amp, But spent hundreds of dollars trying, and months to boot.

They are a tricky bird to get to sing correctly, but from what I have heard from some worthy and reputable head-fiers...they are totally worth it to have.
Hope this helps,
post #9 of 49
Who told you that life is fair?
post #10 of 49
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Originally Posted by TiTaN
I've wondered too...it's too bad as I don't want to pay a premium but eventually will probably be forced too...unless some idiot has em for $20 at a local garage sale which is highly unlikely.
yeah, the same idiot that went to that garage sale had a listing I won back two years ago...apparently

Becaue I got mine mint with the cables still wound together, and everything included except receipt for BIN $150, from Washington somewhere I believe..
free shipping on that bad boy too, the deals are out there people..

..One man gathers what another man spills
-st stephen JGARCIA
post #11 of 49
Simple answer to this one:

1) Low demand
2) High production cost
post #12 of 49
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Originally Posted by 003
No, it was because they were to expensive to make and not enough people were buying them.
Right, thanks.
post #13 of 49
I think it's because they're not white and won't run directly off of an iPod...
post #14 of 49
I heard it was because of global warming
post #15 of 49
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Originally Posted by thrice
Are there any other headphones that were produced for 16 years? (I honestly don't know so if someone does, I'd love to hear).

Not the same league/continent maybe,
but I believe the Sony V6 has been produced that long...although there was a term where Sony ceased production, they are still made now!!
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