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post #106 of 236
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Wow, college students now-a-days have a lot more money than they did in my day ... $8K front end
No way! I'm not paying retail for that lol. It's all used, and if I sell all my front-end, I only have to pay about 2.5k. Thank god for paid internships
post #107 of 236
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Three words: Woo Audio 5. Well, two words and a numeral. It is an incredible bargain at US$2,950, and seems worth twice the price. Add in some really nice tubes if you want to do better than the already-good stock Sovteks, and you are set for life with K1000, single-ended cans (high and low impedance settings), and sensitive speakers (separate high and low impedance settings). The fact that I have one in my house right now is only reinforcing how good it is. This is the easiest recommendation I can make from the whole meet. Go to Woo Audio . com and buy one. Jack is the nicest guy to deal with too.

wtb reviews how does it compare against other well known amps that sync with the K1000? sig30,moth,F1 etc...
post #108 of 236
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wtb reviews how does it compare against other well known amps that sync with the K1000? sig30,moth,F1 etc...
I have the F1, had the Sig 30, heard the Cary and I just ordered the WA5. I'll have a better idea in about 6 to 8 weeks.
post #109 of 236
Wow! How many WA5 orders did Woo get from HF2? I bet he's a happy man. And there are going to be lots of happy ears if all the early impressions are any indication.

Congratulations all!
post #110 of 236
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wtb reviews how does it compare against other well known amps that sync with the K1000? sig30,moth,F1 etc...
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I have the F1, had the Sig 30, heard the Cary and I just ordered the WA5. I'll have a better idea in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Kinda what I was going to say, except that I expect an F1 / Sig 30 / Moth / WA5 / Zanden shootout to occur in the next couple of weeks.

Drew has graciously agreed to let me hold onto the Moon Audio tails for further fun, and I need to really burn them in. Given that I only have a hard-wired K1K, is there anybody in or near SF with a stock K1K willing to loan it to me for use in burning in the Moon cables (at least in part )? I also could hand out a couple tails to others (Michael, Min, Bob, etc.) with the stockers for the same purpose leading up to a mini-meet. And when I say mini-meet, I do mean mini, because I am not about to take on much at the moment.

Cheers.
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I thought I would post an update. I just bought a pair of pristine K1K's that should be here on Thursday. Now I need a driver for the old pair, someone to install it and I have a back up, if needed.
Call Richard Land at 615-338-4443. Richard was a senior AKG tech in Nashville prior to AKG's move to California. I just got off the phone with him, and he is interested in doing hardwires and non-warranty repairs on K1000s.

Based on our conversation it sounds like he's done plenty of work on K1000s. He also specializes in out of production AKG mikes and such.

Hope this helps. Kent

P.S. As you know, AKG California apparently does not know how to spell “A_K_G K_1_0_0_0”. So as moderator -- if you feel it appropriate -- I’d love to see a sticky added to the Headphone forum with Richard’s contact info. [He is now an independent running his business as Land Audio.]
post #112 of 236
Awesome, I'd love to have him mod one of mine with a longer cable>bananas and new cages.
post #113 of 236
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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
Three words: Woo Audio 5. Well, two words and a numeral. It is an incredible bargain at US$2,950, and seems worth twice the price. Add in some really nice tubes if you want to do better than the already-good stock Sovteks, and you are set for life with K1000, single-ended cans (high and low impedance settings), and sensitive speakers (separate high and low impedance settings). The fact that I have one in my house right now is only reinforcing how good it is. This is the easiest recommendation I can make from the whole meet. Go to Woo Audio . com and buy one. Jack is the nicest guy to deal with too.

WOW! Very sharp looking. Reasonable pricing compared to Cary or top-of-the-line Single Power too, huh?

Questions for guys like me still stuck in cold hard silicon and 'P' technology:

1.) Where is Woo made?
2.) Assuming the amp is played a couple hours per day, what time period would you expect to go before needing to re-tube?
3.) When time comes to re-tube (assuming stock or equivalent), what's the approximate cost?
4.) Assuming you want to step up to whatever constitutes "better" or "best" tubes, again what type of investment is required?

Thanks.

P.S. I too like the idea that it drives both headphones and speakers.

P.S.S. Interestingly, it ships with no power cord. I assume you need two cords???
post #114 of 236
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WOW! Very sharp looking. Reasonable pricing compared to Cary or top-of-the-line Single Power too, huh?

Questions for guys like me still stuck in cold hard silicon and 'P' technology:

1.) Where is Woo made?
2.) Assuming the amp is played a couple hours per day, what time period would you expect to go before needing to re-tube?
3.) When time comes to re-tube (assuming stock or equivalent), what's the approximate cost?
4.) Assuming you want to step up to whatever constitutes "better" or "best" tubes, again what type of investment is required?

Thanks.

P.S. I too like the idea that it drives both headphones and speakers.

P.S.S. Interestingly, it ships with no power cord. I assume you need two cords???
1) Woo is made in America, as Jack Wu is located in New York.
2) 300B tubes are known to last for a long time.
3) It depends on whether you are re-tubing with the stock Chinese tubes or Western Electrics.
4) Western Electric tubes are usually about ~$800 on Audiogon. Good NOS 6SN7s are about $300ish from what I've seen.

The power supply is connected by an umbilical cord, which is included. So you only need one power cord.
post #115 of 236
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Originally Posted by humanflyz View Post
1) Woo is made in America, as Jack Wu is located in New York.
2) 300B tubes are known to last for a long time.
3) It depends on whether you are re-tubing with the stock Chinese tubes or Western Electrics.
4) Western Electric tubes are usually about ~$800 on Audiogon. Good NOS 6SN7s are about $300ish from what I've seen.

The power supply is connected by an umbilical cord, which is included. So you only need one power cord.
Thanks. Is that price per tube, or for the set?
post #116 of 236
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore View Post
Thanks. Is that price per tube, or for the set?
that is for a matched pair, the Westerb Electrics are great tubes and cost $$$$ but they are worth every penny since they will most likely last years of use.
post #117 of 236
Just a few glosses on your answers, humanflyz:

1) Woo is made in America, as Jack Wu is located in New York. Their Head-Fest sign actually read: "Woo Audio, New York" because so many people think they are made in China. Jack's dad is one of the engineers/designers and his brother designs the cool case work. All 3 were wonderful people to meet.
2) 300B tubes are known to last for a long time. This means thousands of hours.
3) It depends on whether you are re-tubing with the stock Chinese tubes or Western Electrics. There are some stock tubes that are Chinese, but I think the bulk of them are Russian Sovteks.
4) Western Electric tubes are usually about ~$800 on Audiogon. Good NOS 6SN7s are about $300ish from what I've seen. I just bought a new production matched pair of WE 300Bs in the fancy wooden box for $500 and several had just gone for $600-ish. There are other options of course. And other than the most obscure/rare 6SN7s, you can get really fine NOS versions for $50-100 each, and some go for much cheaper.

The power supply is connected by an umbilical cord, which is included. So you only need one power cord. The site even has fancy pictures of the unfinished umbilical. Cool looking thing.
post #118 of 236
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore View Post
Call Richard Land at 615-338-4443. Richard was a senior AKG tech in Nashville prior to AKG's move to California. I just got off the phone with him, and he is interested in doing hardwires and non-warranty repairs on K1000s.

Based on our conversation it sounds like he's done plenty of work on K1000s. He also specializes in out of production AKG mikes and such.

Hope this helps. Kent

P.S. As you know, AKG California apparently does not know how to spell “A_K_G K_1_0_0_0”. So as moderator -- if you feel it appropriate -- I’d love to see a sticky added to the Headphone forum with Richard’s contact info. [He is now an independent running his business as Land Audio.]
I will see what I can do. That's great info and I will be calling him to see if he can determine whether there is something wrong with the left driver. I'm listening to The Ray Brown Trio Live At The Loa - Summer Wind and there are not problems. I have to try some other cd's. Maybe my left ear was damaged from the meet and it's taken this long to recover. I'm hoping that was it so now I will have to operating pairs of K1000s. At the very least he may be the guy I need to do the Equinox hardwire.
post #119 of 236
I KNEW this was going to happen at the Head-FI meet...and after hearing that Jeff Dorgay of Tone flipped over the Woo5, I ordered mine 2 weeks ago and will have the very 1st one made for us, the consumers!! Can't wait to hear it~!


http://wooaudio.com/reviews/WA5-Review-ToneAudio.pdf


So what is the consensus guys, should I get the stock cable replaced on my K1000, and if so, with which one?
post #120 of 236
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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
Kinda what I was going to say, except that I expect an F1 / Sig 30 / Moth / WA5 / Zanden shootout to occur in the next couple of weeks.

Drew has graciously agreed to let me hold onto the Moon Audio tails for further fun, and I need to really burn them in. Given that I only have a hard-wired K1K, is there anybody in or near SF with a stock K1K willing to loan it to me for use in burning in the Moon cables (at least in part )? I also could hand out a couple tails to others (Michael, Min, Bob, etc.) with the stockers for the same purpose leading up to a mini-meet. And when I say mini-meet, I do mean mini, because I am not about to take on much at the moment.

Cheers.
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