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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore View Post
With exception of the Sig 30, all rigs started with AC from the same Power Company ...
The Sig 30 also received its power from the same power source as the others. It just received it about 8 hours earlier :-)

The silver dragon tail was hooked up to the Sig 30 for most of the meet. It sounded very nice (better than what I normally use at home). I briefly took Voltron's hardwired equinox off of the Zanden to try it on the Sig 30. It was no contest. The hardwired equinox sounded substantially better than the silver dragon tail (or an equinox tail, a black dragon tail, or a custom BJC beldon tail). It provided an effortless clarity and realism that none of the various extensions in the room could compete with.
post #92 of 236
I have to echo Alwayswantmore's post: I think it's kind of unfair to put up a Transporter against the Audio Aero. It would've been interesting to see how all the amps stack up on one source, but I guess it's just too hard given the circumstances.

But anyways, I blame you guys for making me looking at the new Wadia 581 for my next upgrade
post #93 of 236
interesting seen 300b tube amps sync so well with the K1000. make you wonder if NIK's system really could blow the mightly orpheus out of the water :P this makes me want to buy a 300b amp and try it out. my current class A is getting too hot and bulky for a headphone rig.

besides the moth(which is out of production) or the ultra expensive stuff that costs the same as a new car...what other alternative 300b amps can we the avg K1000 fan look at? i've seen alot of "bling bling" looking chinese made 300b's but with such a cheap price tag i;m a bit sceptical about their performance.
post #94 of 236
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Originally Posted by bobcn View Post
The Sig 30 also received its power from the same Power Company as the others. It just received it about 8 hours earlier :-)

The silver dragon tail was hooked up to the Sig 30 for most of the meet. It sounded very nice (better than what I normally use at home). I briefly took Voltron's hardwired equinox off of the Zanden to try it on the Sig 30. It was no contest. The hardwired equinox sounded substantially better than the silver dragon tail (or an equinox tail, a black dragon tail, or a custom BJC beldon tail). It provided an effortless clarity and realism that none of the various extensions in the room could compete with.
Hi Bob, any thoughts on how just the Equinox pigtail compares to Moon Silver V2?
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Originally Posted by Duggeh View Post
Patrick82 hardwired his norost cable to the K1000 drivers having removed the filter circuit. To my knowledge this is the only such instance and I have always read "hardwire" with respect to the K1000 as being a recabling which connects to the filter PCB in place of the stock cable, rather than, alternatively, connecting a new cable via a 4-pin XLR after a length of stock cable.

Could someone (a K1K owner) possibly comment on the accuracy of this. Have I got it right?
If you did deep enough, you will find that several headfiers have gone sansPCB (printed circuit board). Of greatest interest (IMO) is a thread where the guy behind Headphile placed the PCBs in a wooden box connected to three different cables. If I recall correctly, his preference was a combo copper & silver cable used when bypassing the PCB.

BTW: I called AKG when they were in Nashville. The gal read a technical memo explaining what the PCB did. The explanation was something to the effect of a notch filter that created a dip at a certain frequency (the exact info is buried in one of my K1000 blogs). The dip is there to reduce a standing wave problem that can occur in this frequency range.
post #96 of 236
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore View Post
Hi Bob, any thoughts on how just the Equinox pigtail compares to Moon Silver V2?
Not really. I had completed a careful comparison of the BJC Beldon vs. silver dragon (I preferred the silver dragon) when I tried the hardwired equinox. The hardwire was so superior that I lost interest in doing individual tail comparisons. I did do a check of the equinox tail vs. the hardwire and got the same result -- the hardwire is better.

This leaves an interesting unanswered question: What result could one expect with hardwired silver dragon? Since I didn't compare the silver dragon and equinox tails directly I can't guess what the hardwired differences might be.

The silver dragon tail was an unusual design. Unlike the other tails, the silver dragon had two separate 5/16" cables coming out of the XLR connector.
post #97 of 236
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Originally Posted by bobcn
the silver dragon had two separate 5/16" cables coming out of the XLR connector.
Unless the inner core is much narrower, there is no way on earth to route a cable that thick inside the K1K.
post #98 of 236
Hello,

The hardwired Equinox was designed for the K1000 with the circuit board in place.

The circuit board does not detract from or degrade the performance of the K1000.

The two factors that do degrade the performance are:

- The stock cable.

- The two gray screens that cover each driver.

Upgrading the cable and removing the screens (caution must be used handling the K1000 when the screens are removed), will allow a very smooth, alive and detailed sound (with solid deep bass) like no other headphone.

James S Serdechny
www.stefanaudioart.com


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Originally Posted by J-Pak View Post
Voltron does the SAA hardwire on your pair bypass the circuit board? Or do all SAA hardwires keep it in place?
post #99 of 236
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Originally Posted by Ori View Post
Unless the inner core is much narrower, there is no way on earth to route a cable that thick inside the K1K.
I don't know if Drew is monitoring this thread, but he has posted in other threads that he will do Silver Dragon V2 hardwires for K1000s.
post #100 of 236
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Originally Posted by Ori View Post
Unless the inner core is much narrower, there is no way on earth to route a cable that thick inside the K1K.
Smaller wires emerge from the protective sheaths at the speaker terminal end. The smaller wires are similar in size to the wires on other tails. I suspect that hardwiring would be possible.
post #101 of 236
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Originally Posted by humanflyz View Post
I have to echo Alwayswantmore's post: I think it's kind of unfair to put up a Transporter against the Audio Aero. It would've been interesting to see how all the amps stack up on one source, but I guess it's just too hard given the circumstances.

But anyways, I blame you guys for making me looking at the new Wadia 581 for my next upgrade
Wow, college students now-a-days have a lot more money than they did in my day ... $8K front end
post #102 of 236
Thanks for the clarification James.

As for the hardwire SAA vs pigtail. In my opinion I would spring straight for the hardwire and get them terminated in bananas or spades (at this level I doubt any of us are going to use them with headphone amps). That way there is no stock cable anywhere in the path.
post #103 of 236
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Originally Posted by Firevortex View Post
interesting seen 300b tube amps sync so well with the K1000. make you wonder if NIK's system really could blow the mightly orpheus out of the water :P this makes me want to buy a 300b amp and try it out. my current class A is getting too hot and bulky for a headphone rig.

besides the moth(which is out of production) or the ultra expensive stuff that costs the same as a new car...what other alternative 300b amps can we the avg K1000 fan look at? i've seen alot of "bling bling" looking chinese made 300b's but with such a cheap price tag i;m a bit sceptical about their performance.
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.

post #104 of 236
Voltron - that's not right... My wallet doesn't thank you.

The thought of getting 1 outstanding tube amp for K-1000 and other headphones, plus speakers (I'd have to get more sensative ones, so may not work for me) is a very good selling point....
post #105 of 236
evil voltron strikes again! Personally I'm looking at getting a WA3 sometime in the distant future for some tube listening fun....along with some pre-amping for my speakers. It's somewhat more along my budget lines than the WA5 :P
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