Originally Posted by MDR30
AKGs on the rod.
Originally Posted by roBernd
short comparison, and who is your favorite? Tubes or SS?
Interesting question! And the answer is, if you have some patience:
K301 is out of the league, despite its interesting driver design:
When I retire I'm going to explore how much better the K301 can get with modifications (there are many things to be done).
The K401 is a bit too bright for my taste. Then again, there may be improvements to be made.
The K601 and K701 are interesting but have some annoying midrange colouration. They sound distant and a bit much like a transistor radio (any of you old enough to know what I mean?). I have not given them enough listening but usually my first impressions are reliable, burn-in won't change to that degree.
Now the K501 is a tricky one. Don't know if the stereo panorama is realistic or artificial. Not as immediate as the K500, leaning more to K601 and K701. Definitely gonna give them a new chance this summer.
Amps are all from cmoy to capable transistor and tube units, including mu trusty Dynaco Stereo 35 (10 solid valve watts). Amps improve reproduction but perform no miracles to sound signature.
So there you are. Here's a pic of the present AKG head time leader:
Edited by MDR30 - 7/12/12 at 1:33am