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post #1276 of 1365

I am driving my AKG K1000 with Alesis RA150 power amplifier. It made an enormous   difference to the general sound quality with everything improved ten-fold  when compared to my other headphone amps SPL Phonitor, Burson HA160, or the internal amp in the Mytek 192 DAC.

post #1277 of 1365

I finally have a speaker amp for my K1000s (the TBI millenia MG3).  So now I need to find the right cables.  With the stock cables, I find the sound far too harsh and thin, so I'm hoping to find cables that will help to tame the overly bright trebles and bring out the lower end.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking about getting some custom made cables with thick copper Cardas wire, but I'd also consider the Stefan AudioArt E-Series, or the Moon Audio Black Dragons.  I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions.

post #1278 of 1365

This is not the cable fault, you may want to try Trends Audio 10.1 or 10.2 first, as they are very system depending, match is all they need. This is the last thing I will be doing, recable them.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by sonictransducer View Post

I finally have a speaker amp for my K1000s (the TBI millenia MG3).  So now I need to find the right cables.  With the stock cables, I find the sound far too harsh and thin, so I'm hoping to find cables that will help to tame the overly bright trebles and bring out the lower end.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking about getting some custom made cables with thick copper Cardas wire, but I'd also consider the Stefan AudioArt E-Series, or the Moon Audio Black Dragons.  I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions.

post #1279 of 1365
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Originally Posted by sonictransducer View Post

I finally have a speaker amp for my K1000s (the TBI millenia MG3).  So now I need to find the right cables.  With the stock cables, I find the sound far too harsh and thin, so I'm hoping to find cables that will help to tame the overly bright trebles and bring out the lower end.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking about getting some custom made cables with thick copper Cardas wire, but I'd also consider the Stefan AudioArt E-Series, or the Moon Audio Black Dragons.  I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions.

My AKG K1000 are hardwired with Stefan Audio art E-series. It changes abit for the good. Do not expect miracles. In your picture I see a Sennheiser HD800. Do you also own that phone,. If so, you will know that The AKG K1000 is much more bright than the Sennheiser HD800. And , most people complain already about the Sennheiser being bright.  Well, I can tell even after hardwiring the AKG K1000, it will still be a bright phone, but the treble will become a bit less coarse and grainy…That is a plus. Most of the time it is not so much the brightness  that bothers, but the fact that the treble does not sound natural (e.g. coarse and grainy). The only way to really temper its brightness, is changing your equipment . I use a tube dac and 300B SE amplifier and I love it. I thought after buying the Sennheiser HD800 that I would give up on the AKG K1000. Well, no way. The AKG K1000 has its limitations. Even after recabling it is still a ‘coarser’ sound than the Sennheiser HD800, which sound more transparent and smoother. Furthermore,the Sennheiser images better. But, when it comes to excitement, the AKG K1000 wins big time. It pays off to get it right, believe me. The AKG K1000 gives me goosebumps every time. The Sennheiser I admire for what it is capable of, but the AKG K1000 is the phone I love at this stage. But remember I have completely tailored my system to get the best sound out of the AKG K1000. I am now in the process of collecting tubes that fit the Sennheiser better. 


Edited by playitloud - 6/28/13 at 5:26am
post #1280 of 1365

All about personal preferences and match system here, as I am not agree that HD800 bright and images better. Yes, HD800 images as no other headphones, 3D ability, but better than ear speakers? No, not to me:-)

I also not agree that Sennheiser have better transparency, as they are colored to me.

We all talk about how bad headphones are, but the problem is, many amps are simply bad and overpriced. There is an old list of K1000 amps somewhere here and its very short, but I just can't find it. From my personal experience better than Zanden 7000 doesn't exist, differ?, yes, better, don't think so. Through that amp they play any music. Of course, source and cables are important to, but there was also a good reason why AKG build that BAP power thing for them.

Like I wrote, with Trends Audio 10.1 you will be looking for treble or mids problem, but no way you will find one. Yes, this is not a reference amp, but there are some mods that make this small monster a killer.

 

These are from the list I remember:

Air Tight 300B

Almarro 318B

 

I can easy recommend Cary CAD 300sei to, but this amp needs some modifications and selected tubes, which bring extra costs with it.

But the very first thing you should start with, is the source, must be good quality, otherwise, its waste of time and money.

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by playitloud View Post

My AKG K1000 are hardwired with Stefan Audio art E-series. It changes abit for the good. Do not expect miracles. In your picture I see a Sennheiser HD800. Do you also own that phone,. If so, you will know that The AKG K1000 is much more bright than the Sennheiser HD800. And , most people complain already about the Sennheiser being bright.  Well, I can tell even after hardwiring the AKG K1000, it will still be a bright phone, but the treble will become a bit less coarse and grainy…That is a plus. Most of the time it is not so much the brightness  that bothers, but the fact that the treble does not sound natural (e.g. coarse and grainy). The only way to really temper its brightness, is changing your equipment . I use a tube dac and 300B SE amplifier and I love it. I thought after buying the Sennheiser HD800 that I would give up on the AKG K1000. Well, no way. The AKG K1000 has its limitations. Even after recabling it is still a ‘coarser’ sound than the Sennheiser HD800, which sound more transparent and smoother. Furthermore,the Sennheiser images better. But, when it comes to excitement, the AKG K1000 wins big time. It pays off to get it right, believe me. The AKG K1000 gives me goosebumps every time. The Sennheiser I admire for what it is capable of, but the AKG K1000 is the phone I love at this stage. But remember I have completely tailored my system to get the best sound out of the AKG K1000. I am now in the process of collecting tubes that fit the Sennheiser better. 

post #1281 of 1365
The HD800 sounds artificial and non engaging to me. Great audiophile qualities, but overall, synthetic sounding. I easily prefer the K-1000. If the treble is harsh, then it's reflecting your system or recording.

They are very transparent, so just throwing a speaker amp at them, doesn't make synergy. And recabling won't turn them from harsh to smooth.

Another thing is that some people turn the volume up high to compensate for the lack if bass. This can cause the highs to be piercing simply because they are loud.

I've heard these sound harsh to smooth as butter depending on the system and recording.
post #1282 of 1365

Hello,

 

I have received a K1000, the bass heavy version (SN < 5000 and black box). 

 

It's an awesome headphone. It is highly detailed, resolving, transparent, neutral, smooth, fast and coherent. I didn't found it bright. 

It doesn't feature that distant sound that I didn't like in the HD800.

 

I use it on a 30wpc tube amplifier the Audiomat Prelude reference 20 with a HE adapter on 8ohm taps.

 

Where I can find new pads ?


Edited by Hun7er - 6/28/13 at 9:52am
post #1283 of 1365

K1000 brighter than HD800? No way.

post #1284 of 1365

Have anyone recently used their K1000 with a Bottlehead SEX amp?  It's only 2 WPC but I sold my K1000 before I got this amp, and never got to hear them paired.  I still have my Firstwatt F5 clone which was fantasic last time I used it with the K1000.  

post #1285 of 1365
Thanks for the replies. I'm sure there are better amps that would improve my system. However, I need a small transportable system, so a big tube amp isn't really an option for me. So I need to find other ways to improve things. Right now I'm working on my cables. But I'll be improving the source and interconnects as well. As for the source, again I need something small. Any thoughts on the AlgoRhythm solo? Would that work well with the K-1000?
post #1286 of 1365

The AlgoRhythm Solo is a DAC, not an amp.

post #1287 of 1365

Yes, I am aware of that.  I already have an amp.  Now I'm looking for a DAC, preferably one that is fairly warm.  I'm sorry if the post was unclear.

post #1288 of 1365

My mistake redface.gif

post #1289 of 1365

Maybe this one http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue45/mhdt_havana.htm  They show up ones in a while up here for sale, check if this may still available

 

Or something like this and one of reviews

 

I still think you should give it a shot and try TrendsAudio T10.1 or 10.2, as for that price you dont lose much or at all.

 

 

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Originally Posted by sonictransducer View Post

Yes, I am aware of that.  I already have an amp.  Now I'm looking for a DAC, preferably one that is fairly warm.  I'm sorry if the post was unclear.


Edited by Blackmore - 7/2/13 at 12:33am
post #1290 of 1365

Hello,

 

Somebody has changed the earpads on the K1000 ? Can explain the procedure ?

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