Originally Posted by iamdone
From my discussion with robm321, it sounds like K1000 are perfectly suited for classical and jazz but if you want that toe tapping sound, the RS-1 or PS-1 is where to look. The GS1000 seemed to be competing for the same genres and it sounds like the K1000 is the winner except in comfort and easy of use. You can't lay down with the K1000.
As far as the HR-2, I'm back to the opa627. After spending more time with the opa637, it was missing the great texture of the opa627. I'm still curious about tubes. I do remember trying one once with my ety ER-4s and thought everything sounded more rounded with less detail. I didn't like it at the time. I have no idea what amp it was though.
Actually, it's not the speed that is the issue - the K-1000s are very fast and incredibly dynamic (using a 30 watt amp). They work great for rock music (toe tapping and all). The issue is more about rock related recordings having a glaring top end and digital processed sound. The recordings that are well done sound fantastic.
The K-1000s are very honest in delivering what's on the recording. They don't soften the blow like the PS-1's do with higher frequency nastiness. They actually have a smooth "in the studio sound" that's closer to the PS-1 than the "romantic" sounding GS-1000, but a soundstage that goes beyond the head.
I had thoughts of owning the K-1000 for soundstage and overall reference and the PS-1 for a thicker, more forgiving, easier to just put on and not worry about placement and toe out. A kind of counterbalance, but no one wants to sell them to me
Since having those thoughts. The GS-1000 has been working on me - the rich warm timbre just draws me into the emotions of mainly large scale classical music. Ideally I would like the end up with the K-1000 (reference), the GS-1000, and PS-1. The RS-1 and GS-1000 sound too similar to justify having both for the long run. I don't plan on selling them for the time being. I just have to have 1 wooden Grado for that warm, nice timbre, and romantic sound.
Which chip was that? The one I liked?