Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
Both tmarshal and I have had both units in-house. In my case I returned the F1 (for a refund and stuck with the Sig 30). Tmarshal still owns both, so I’ll leave it to him to represent his feelings on the two units.
tmarshal and I have different sources, different ICs, and he has the Equinox hardwire, where I’m using an Anti-cable pigtail and stock cord to the phones.
The F1 is very impressive, but (at least with my source) lacks the warmth and 3D depth I was able to obtain with the Sig 30. I say impressive in that it does have balls and detail – which are very obvious to pick out in a brief listening session. Some of the Sig 30’s virtues are pretty subtle – and may take a more time (or a more relaxed environment) to fully appreciate.
First of all let me thank everyone who attended this meet and gave their impressions. As a devoted K1000 owner, I appreciate all of your observations.
Regarding the First Watt F1 versus Signature 30 debate, I still hold to the conclusions that I drew in the following post:http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showpo...&postcount=100
I still own both amplifiers and can't see parting with either one. I use the F1 for critical listening and I use the Sig 30 for "relaxation" listening, and I love them both.
Even though I can't see parting with either amplifier, I have parted with a number of other high-quality headphones (O2, K701, HD650) just because they weren't getting used once my K1000 setup was configured.
I was surprised to hear that several of you didn't like the Equinox hardwire with the F1. My experience is different, but of course YMMV particularly in regard to which K1000 drivers you may be using, interconnects, balanced, etc. I haven't heard the Moon Audio cabling on the K1000s and would love the opportunity to do an A/B comparison.
A good source of information on the SAA Equinox Hardwire upgrade can be found at 6Moons:http://6moons.com/audioreviews/stefa...rt2/k1000.html
I would love to hear more on this subject of K1000 cabling alternatives.
Again, my thanks to all for making this such a fun avocation.