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post #121 of 160
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore View Post
Thoughts:
> Consider (also) comparing the two amps using an earthly source. Maybe the Lavry???
> And for us old farts, how about adding a female vocal track. Something off Diana Krall's "Live in Paris" would be tough to beat (track 6 and track 11 make a great combo).

Good luck when you finally hold to the rematch!
I would guess that the Lavry will be at the next K1000 meet along with a few other "earthly" sources .

There was this great female vocal track on the meet CD:

10) Kate Rusby - Underneath The Stars

but to be honest, I don't remember hearing it at the meet. We got invaded
by a bunch of BUGS.
post #122 of 160
Actually I might have a different source when the meet does finally happen. (And no, it's the EMM Labs, sorry to kill the buzz)
post #123 of 160
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Originally Posted by humanflyz View Post
Actually I might have a different source when the meet does finally happen.
Oh boy! New toys!
Voltron may have something new to add to the mix too (if we can persuade him to bring it).
post #124 of 160
New toys? Did somebody get a phatty new source?

Anybody have a P03/D03 or an MBL 1611/1621 Combo?
post #125 of 160
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Curious what source humanflyz is thinking about...

As for the P03/D03 combo, Sleestack says he is thinking about moving solely to the Transporter for his headphone rig, so those beauties may be on the market or we at least might be able to convince him to loan them out for a meet (and bring them to the Int'l Meet).

For my part, I have not yet popped for a new source and I still need some K1000s. BUT, my Moth Audio 300b Paradigm amp is being shipped to me right now... 10 watts of pure SET glory produced by the TJ Premium Mesh Plate 300b tubes that come with the amp. I'm happy just thinking about it.
post #126 of 160

Belated Pics

Uploading issues delayed these.

Neilvg among is maze of cables


Neilvg, bobcn and humanflyz


humanflyz, robm321 and blessingx


voltron, neilpeart and Grahame
post #127 of 160
The new source will be the Stello DP200 Pre-Amp/DAC

It's essentially a DA220 combined with a real analog pre-amp with multiple source-inputs. The headphone jack is linked directly to the discrete analog output stage instead of going through an op-amp. It has AES/optical/coaxial digital input/outputs, and four upsampling options (bypass, 48, 96, 192). It is remote-controlled, has both true balanced and single-ended inputs/outputs, and to top it off, an optional MM/MC phono module with gain and impedance adjustments.

Even if it it ends sounding exactly like the Lavry, the other features push it over the top for me.
post #128 of 160
Hi guys, looking ot the second pic, I think that those K1000 are positioned too angled (open), why you do not keep the drivers nearer to the ears for a better bass responce?

And more, which the sn of those K1000? Are they old or new series?
post #129 of 160
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Originally Posted by Nik View Post
Hi guys, looking ot the second pic, I think that those K1000 are positioned too angled (open), why you do not keep the drivers nearer to the ears for a better bass responce?

And more, which the sn of those K1000? Are they old or new series?
Sorry I'm not answering for the group, but sometimes I prefer to listen to the K1000 with the earspeakers moved all the way out. I think on a proper amp you'll still be able to get good bass, just without the impact if they were a bit closer. I use them all the way out with some types of jazz and classical, but the majority of the time the earspeakers are half way out (about 20 degrees). My serial number is 101xx
post #130 of 160
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Originally Posted by Nik View Post
Hi guys, looking ot the second pic, I think that those K1000 are positioned too angled (open), why you do not keep the drivers nearer to the ears for a better bass responce?

And more, which the sn of those K1000? Are they old or new series?
My preferences go along with J-Pak's on the K1000 setup. Everyonce in awhile I'll close them completely just to get a taste of the sound, but just like the bigger sound I get with them slightly open (two fingers). The bass response I'm missing is less important for me.

I don't know which pair bobcn is wearing in the picture but we had a range of S/N's at the meet. Mine is in the 10xxx range. I remember one S/N down in the 4xxx range.
post #131 of 160
My preferences are similar to J-Pak’s and utep10's. I find my K1000 g-spot with the drivers at about 30 degrees each from parallel and (most importantly!) with the head pads one click in from fully separated. I find that the front/back position of the 'phones on my head (set by the pad separation) has nearly as much influence on the bass (and sound in general) as the angled position of the drivers.

My phones have s/n #04256. They've lived a hard life. Before I bought them they were earning their keep in a recording studio. The silver paint over the s/n and AKG logo is almost completely rubbed off. When I got them I had to replace one of the head pads, which had a wear hole in it.

They sound great.
post #132 of 160
Boy, one can't argue with a man's K1000 batwing angle preferences, but personally I can only tolerate 0 to 10 degrees max.

You guys who like it wide open might want to try some K1000 cabling with good old Canare 4S11 to bump up the bass significantly
post #133 of 160
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Boy, one can't argue with a man's K1000 batwing angle preferences, but personally I can only tolerate 0 to 10 degrees max.

You guys who like it wide open might want to try some K1000 cabling with good old Canare 4S11 to bump up the bass significantly
The angle really depends on how much power the K1000s are being fed: on my old Aleph 3, I could only open them to about 5 degrees, and that's because it was the largest degree which could still render satisfactory bass impact to me. Now with the FirstWatt, I can open them to about 15 to 20 degrees and still get more bass impact than I did from the Aleph 3. Now of course if you think that the K1000s lacked too much bass impact to be used that wide, then even on a more powerful amp you would still not use them as wide as I do.
post #134 of 160
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Originally Posted by Nik View Post
Hi guys, looking ot the second pic, I think that those K1000 are positioned too angled (open), why you do not keep the drivers nearer to the ears for a better bass responce?

And more, which the sn of those K1000? Are they old or new series?
Nic brings up an interesting point. When I had the F1 and my Ayre V-3, both running in fully balanced mode, I preferred the drivers fully - or nearly fully open. Now with the Signature 30, I often find the best sound ~40 - 50% open. If you hold a rematch, you may want to try a few positions with each amp to see what works best for that amp.
post #135 of 160
Not only with differents amps... but differents K1000s!

Yes, with this sn 03xxx, I have opened at 40-50% the drivers and the sound is still full and rich (bass and a perfect balanced).

Impossible this 40-50% with the other K1000s (sn 10xxx and 11xxx).
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