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post #16 of 42
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I think comparing cars and phones isn't that correct, in the sense of bringing you from A to B and bringing you to the NIRVANA, IMO
I'm just trying to rationalize why the k1000 never got extremely popular. And to the executives in sales, it doesn't matter if it's a car or a headphone they're pushing....it's what segment of the population will want to buy their product: be it an inexpensive or quality car or headphone. But I'm not really into prestiege with my car: it's a very fuel effecient Toyota. Other people would consider me insane for how much I've spent on audio gear. I want the difference in quality there. To each his own!
post #17 of 42
I guess looks are such a subjective thing but I happen to love the way they look. I'm new to the whole headphone thing and I presently have a pair of 650's which I really like. But what do I know. I'm just an old retired fart enjoying this whole thing.

But the first time I saw an image of the K1000's, I knew this must be something special. I love the whole "earspeaker" thing as well as the red bars.

And I've never even gotten close to a pair!

But maybe one day.

Gene
post #18 of 42
If AKG pushed the SAC amp more it might have been more popular, as it's a nice small, cheap amp. As it is the SAC is sort of hard to find.

I guess I sort of love the way they look as well. I'm picky about what I have displayed in my living rooom, but I have no problem with the K1000 hanging on my stand.

In fact I think my DLP TV looks more out of place than my K1000, that room is screaming for an LCD.

OT: Dave but I don't think BMWs have been coming down in price. Their base 3 series is still around $25k, which it has been for the last 10 years. The reason you might be seeing more on the road is the last generation body styles went down in price after BMW restyled their entire line around 2003. So more people are buying the used ones since they've come down quite a bit.
post #19 of 42
the technical merits of the earspeaker concept is very good, and i'm surprised that no other company has picked up where AKG left off. and i never knew that the K1000s had such a ruler-flat frequency response. (runs before the anti-FR people from the Grado/Senn house come and flame me for saying this).
post #20 of 42
The SAC amp is only hard to find second hand, SAC still sells the amp on their website for 650 euros I think. As to looks, I really want to get the grilles powder coated or anodized black as that would be the ultimate stealth upgrade. Having seen pictures of K1000s with black cages I am determined to get mine done. It takes them from dorky 80s to sleek and menacing 2000s. Even the red bands look cool with black cages
post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by Goosepond View Post

But the first time I saw an image of the K1000's, I knew this must be something special. I love the whole "earspeaker" thing as well as the red bars.

And I've never even gotten close to a pair!

But maybe one day.

Gene
That was me until recently, never heard or seen the K1000 in the flesh but everything I've read screamed 'you'll love these' so I sold a bunch of Stax gear and got them. I was right, they are fan-freaking-tastic! Exciting, comfy, energetic and fun.
post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by smeggy View Post
That was me until recently, never heard or seen the K1000 in the flesh but everything I've read screamed 'you'll love these' so I sold a bunch of Stax gear and got them. I was right, they are fan-freaking-tastic! Exciting, comfy, energetic and fun.
I wonder if I might like the K1000 sound and comfort as well? Hmmm...
Probably only one way to find out!
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
I wonder if I might like the K1000 sound and comfort as well? Hmmm...
Probably only one way to find out!
Heheh, you know you want to

They are most similar to the SR-X in sound, so if you're a big fan of that type of sound then you'll be set. Comfort opinions on these varies widely so it's a crapshoot whether you'll like it or not. I find them all-day comfy. Literally 8 hours worth daily. I did turn the front temple pads around (backwards) for better fit but that's all.
post #24 of 42
I just remember that the K1000 had less than stellar reviews as it went out of production. When the K701 came out it was touted as being much better.
There was a time when the K1000 could be had for under $500 brand new, and no one wanted them. So their retail price wasn't their "problem."

I am intrigued by the K1000's but wonder if the new interest is the result of people trying to increase resale values so they can dump them and buy a conventional phone? Either way I would love to spend an evening with a pair, as there probably never will be another like it made.
post #25 of 42
I'm in "negotiations" for a pair. I read about the fact that at one time you could buy them new for around $500. Makes it tough to buy them used for twice the price. But that seems to be the market.

Gene
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by Goosepond View Post
I'm in "negotiations" for a pair. I read about the fact that at one time you could buy them new for around $500. Makes it tough to buy them used for twice the price. But that seems to be the market.

Gene
Actually just a couple years ago you could buy them new for $399 and a friend of mine got a used pair for half that.
post #27 of 42
Part of it is that they are not particularly friendly in either sound or system requirements. They can sound very harsh or bright, can be uncomfortable, loud to others or allow too much outside noise in. They were mostly expensive through their lifetime and a difficult partner to say the least.

I love them.
post #28 of 42

K1000 Serial #'s

What's the significance if any, of a pair of K1000's that have no serial #...an early production pair maybe...?
post #29 of 42
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Originally Posted by Stax-i-nox View Post
What's the significance if any, of a pair of K1000's that have no serial #...an early production pair maybe...?
Hmm, never heard of K1000 without a serial on it, maybe very, very early?
post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by cotdt View Post
the technical merits of the earspeaker concept is very good, and i'm surprised that no other company has picked up where AKG left off. and i never knew that the K1000s had such a ruler-flat frequency response. (runs before the anti-FR people from the Grado/Senn house come and flame me for saying this).
X2

All other headphones have the same issues as speakers with comb filtering and other acoustic problems. The K-1000 is the only one that removes these factors and is probably why they sound so amazingly real and transparent.
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