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post #46 of 64
Aloha Voltron!

Hawaii and Kauai in specific is awesome! I'm sure the weather is bliss (it's not bad in Cali either at the moment ).

Neil
post #47 of 64
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Originally Posted by Zanth View Post
What a wonderful looking amp! Congrats! I have always admired the look of Moth amps, particulary the original Zana, the 2a3i an the 300b.
I agree, owning a Moth and four prototypes from "the Man" and being partial to the Zana Duex (the original re-incarnate), (built like no other). The TJ 300B (in 2.5 volts) lives up to the hype, as I have chosen them over others, IMHO. To the cultured discerning ear, a 300B = a more analytical sound where-as the 2A3 = a more mellow "juicer" sound. A new HeadFier, being a huge GoVibe fan, would say; "What the heck, they both sound sound somewhat alike. They are both freakin great."............Congrats Zanth!
post #48 of 64
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Legitimate Headphone Amp!

Well, I returned from a week in Hawaii on friday and HAD to go by my office to pick up my new Equinoxed K1000s on saturday! The box had arrived as soon as I left, so the pent-up desire to hear these cans paired with the Moth 300B amp pretty much overwhelmed me.

The cans are beautiful and in pristine condition. The leather pads look barely used. S/N is 11200. The seller, bwarfel, had purchased a 20-foot Equinox cable (1/4 terminated) which he had installed by Vinnie at Red Wine Audio. Vinnie did a smashing job, of course. After I bought them, bwarfel shipped them directly to Stefan AudioArt for retermination with silver soldered ends and James Serdechny did a masterful job cutting back the tech-flex and creating 18-inch tail ends so I can easily use these cans on pretty much any amps, including mono-blocks (a la the Party and Neil's meet). Thanks to bwarfel and to James for going that extra mile.

So, on saturday, I cobbled together a far from ideal setup to give them an initial listen. I plugged in to my HT rig, which has an Arcam DV29 and Arcam AV8 pre/pro, which are very good pieces but not my ideal for feeding the Moth and K1000s. Still, I used the analog output on the DV29 and the stereo direct to tape out from the AV8 to minimize the mucking about with the signal. Oh, and I also listened to a couple LPs on my VPI Aries 3, also in direct mode. Here are a couple quick pics from tonight's listening session:





I have never had K1000s before, although I have heard them in many setups at meets and the like. I am still getting used to them and experimenting with the angle on my head. I am finding that different music suits different angles, although I have only a few hours with these so any comments I make now are preliminary.

After the first few hours of listening, do I think that it was worth over $3K for this amp/cans combo? You bet! The sound is glorious and will only get better after I dial in the proper setup. (I am thinking that a different source and maybe some copper cables would be a nice thing, plus the poor Moth is perched on a table and plugged into a crap power strip ) The Moth and its 300Bs do mate well with the K1000s, and the amp has that wonderful combination of being lush and fast at the same time. The K1000s sound so big and so natural. The background is not as black as I would like, but that is a sign of how resolving these cans are and why I say that this setup is not ideal. As far as range, these cans are amazing and the bass response is not HUGE but it is weighty and very controlled and, again, natural sounding. It does seem that turning them in can increase the bass slam, as many have said.

I started out playing most of the burned CD Neilvg created for the HE90/K1000 meet at his place, along with The Beatles Love which was a big hit at that meet. I thought that the XTC, Sufjan, Muddy Waters, Costello/Bacharach and Kate Rusby all sounded great. The XTC and Muddy (one of my reference pieces) in particular stood out as being incredible for different reason. The XTC has a lot of layers, and they all came through as intended and created a beautiful, rich presentation. The Muddy Waters Folk Singer cut is as clean and simple a recording as I have and the K1000s created a fabulous image for that as well.

Otherwise, I have played mostly jazz, a touch of classical, some vocals, and some more blues. The vinyl album that really showed off the bass qualities of this amp and cans was Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida's Moonlight Serenade. Wow, that is bass monster of an album -- Ray Brown Rules! -- and the K1000 were heaven. Bowed or plucked, it was very true to life as if Ray were in the living room on the other side of this "weird looking" cans (my wife's comment).

I also read J-pak's comment somewhere today that the K1000s were his vote for best cans for prog rock, so I am currently listening to 2112 on them. Sounds pretty damn sweet and again the slam and speed are in line with a nice pair a speakers, with tight and controlled bass. Funny that just after I typed that comment the K1000s announced the following:

"Attention all planets of the solar federation. We have assumed control, we have assumed control, we have assumed control..."

I need to clean a Yes album or two and spin them tomorrow for further testing...

I'm sure I'll have more comments along the way. I am just getting to know these cans and until Mikhail gets me that SDS-XLR, I am going to have a bunch of lonely headphones lying around my house. Too bad for them, I'm liking this too much.
post #49 of 64
Very interesting description. How pity that my Twin-Head is probably too weak for the K 1000.
post #50 of 64
Nice comments Al, I can't wait to hear them. You should dust off Fragile and take a listen. Such a warm and nicely recorded album. Although, if you have Relayer or Going for the One.... Awesome Albums, but VERY telling of how your equipment handles transients on the upper end of the spectrum (ssssssibilants).

Neil
post #51 of 64
Congrats Voltran, the combination sounds like a winner. I wouldn't have believed me if I said the K1000 had the PRaT for classic prog, but after hearing it, I know it can do it
post #52 of 64
Looks and sounds awesome, your one lucky man! I know there might have been speculation if the 300b could drive the K1000's, and its good to hear in your setup it appears the 300b and electraprint OPTS are driving them with authority. The extra headroom of 10 watts with the 300b in a DRD topology definitely helps. Doesn't surprise me the K1000 does well with that style of music. The K1000 is one of the fastest, most crisp and detailed headphones I have ever heard, speed and pace is definitely not an issue
post #53 of 64

[BORAT]That's Nice!![/BORAT]

So when's the gang dropping by with our FirstWatt F1, Aleph 30 and Signature 30 amps? Oh and I bought a ticket for the national meet (girlfriend's family event be damned)!
post #54 of 64
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Originally Posted by Piotr Ryka View Post
Very interesting description. How pity that my Twin-Head is probably too weak for the K 1000.
Thanks. I would love to hear the Twin-Head amp some day. I've never had the chance.

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Originally Posted by J-Pak View Post
Congrats Voltran, the combination sounds like a winner. I wouldn't have believed me if I said the K1000 had the PRaT for classic prog, but after hearing it, I know it can do it
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Originally Posted by recstar24 View Post
Looks and sounds awesome, your one lucky man! I know there might have been speculation if the 300b could drive the K1000's, and its good to hear in your setup it appears the 300b and electraprint OPTS are driving them with authority. The extra headroom of 10 watts with the 300b in a DRD topology definitely helps. Doesn't surprise me the K1000 does well with that style of music. The K1000 is one of the fastest, most crisp and detailed headphones I have ever heard, speed and pace is definitely not an issue
Thanks again guys, and I agree so far that the K1000s have PRaT to spare. Craig Uthus told me that he felt this amp was unusual for 300Bs in that it is very fast and dynamic, and he really wasn't exaggerating. There's no syrup here, even though the mids are nicely lush. And certainly, the 300Bs and OPTs have plenty of power for the K1000s. Nik over in Italy has the Air Tight 300B and his write-ups were one of the factors that made me think this would be a good combo.

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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
Nice comments Al, I can't wait to hear them. You should dust off Fragile and take a listen. Such a warm and nicely recorded album. Although, if you have Relayer or Going for the One.... Awesome Albums, but VERY telling of how your equipment handles transients on the upper end of the spectrum (ssssssibilants).

Neil
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So when's the gang dropping by with our FirstWatt F1, Aleph 30 and Signature 30 amps? Oh and I bought a ticket for the national meet (girlfriend's family event be damned)!
I'm going to start with Fragile, Neil, in the current setup I fear the ssssssibilants test might cause me some pain.

So, I think another K1000 meet soon would be a great idea. I have yet to hear the Aleph 30, so that will be cool. I'd really like to borrow the Air Tight from a local dealer for an audition to get that in the mix too. I can offer my house, or I've got a place in Marin now so that is a possibility if people don't want too much in the way of furniture. The other option is Neil's new spot, assuming we just invite ourselves again... We also need humanflyz, utep10, bocn and robm321 at least, and we should get jp11801 on the phone to talk about the K1000 room at the int'l meet. He is going to be looking for some of you guys to participate in there, and maybe help run the thing. Moon Audio and Stefan AudioArt are both loaning cables for the room, which will address some of the issues we had at Neil's about different cables affecting the comparisons. When can we put it together?

And I'm glad to see you got your priorities straightened out Leeav!
post #55 of 64
Wow awesome rig Voltron! I wish I could hear a rig like that!
post #56 of 64
I'll totally offer up my new place for the K1K gathering. I need to get some headfi'ers over to break in the new place anyway =) The space has plenty of room for all of us as it is much bigger and more open than my previous apt.

Neil
post #57 of 64
I would definitely be down for a dedicated K1000 mini-meet if this ever goes down.
post #58 of 64
I'll bring the salsa & chips!
post #59 of 64
Thread Starter 
Looks like we have a meet shaping up here. Unless we are going to swing something this weekend, it looks like March 17 or 18 for me. Talk amongst yourselves...
post #60 of 64
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Wow awesome rig Voltron! I wish I could hear a rig like that!
Come on over Skyline! You're welcome anytime.
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