Originally Posted by snejk
Any impressions yet Smeggy?
I've been listening to it for the last 5 hours with the K1000 and it's nice. Much better than the SI t-amp, much more body and bass though not as cage rattling as my big hafler MOSFET amp but still pretty good. Overall SQ is very pleasing. There's no sharpness or steeliness with the K1000 and is quite smooth. Only annoyance so far is a low volume channel imbalance that only evens out at about 9 o'clock so I have it on low gain to give a bigger volume sweep. It probably needs a pre-amp to get the most from it as a passive volume control is not always ideal.
I also gave it a blasting with the Stax SR-X Mk3 and it's all silky smooth and seductive. A very nice match for that smoother sound. I've been testing it with a Rio Karma DAP just for fun, and with an Adcom GCD-575 cd player. The old Adcom is a little glassy at the top end which gives the impression of hyper detail so I'm taking that into account. As a transpot though it's very good indeed.
I'll be taking the Joe to work tomorrow to hook up to the PC and Spitfire DAC and see how it does then. I'll be comparing both my K1000s with it to see which works best as one has bigger bass than the other. Once I figure out which combo sounds optimal I'll have a more prolonged listen. For now though, I'm very happy for my $210.
I'll be looking into swapping out the op amp for a AD827AQ as Firestone says it has more bass, well, If I can ever find out where the hell to buy them from, I had a quick look around but damned if I can find any for sale.
Ok, that's all for now but I'm pretty impressed given how reputedly picky the K1000 is. Sounds great to me