How would you rate it in terms of 'needing an amp'?
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8/12/08 at 10:29pm
Kenwood KH-K1000 impressions, compared to the Denon D2000.
Intro & conclusion
This is not a review. I don’t claim the authority to be able to do that.
These are just my personal impressions.
OK so I took the K1000 with me as my only headphones on vacation, from which I just returned. They are excellent headphones. Fully broken in, they are indeed a little on the full/warm side, but I do not consider them to be colored. The bass is a tiny bit slow, and there is a little more mid bass than deep bass, when compared to the JVC DX1000 or the Denon D5000, both of which I still consider to be better sounding headphones than the Kenwoods. The K1000's have very pleasant mids, and a smooth and slightly mellow but generally nice treble. The soundstaging is actually excellent - they image very well. I have been impressed by them.
I think they offer good performance for the money, and would have no problem recommending them to anyone. They are mellower than the Denon D2000, and thus people who find the Denons to be too forward sounding would do well to get the Kenwoods. My 600 ohm Beyer DT770's have just arrived and are going to be broken in over the next few days, and that will make also for an interesting comparison since they are about the same price as the Kenwood (since the K1000 price went up to almost $400).
But in any case, these are comfy, good sounding sealed headphones that are highly enjoyable and will make a nice edition to my stable of good closed cans.
I will do my best to answer your questions, but it will have to be at a later time - I am on vacation right now, and spending most of my time away from the computer
MOST bass: K1000 > DX1000 > DT990 > D5000 (but all have a healthy amount of bass)
BEST bass: DX1000 > DT990 > D5000 > K1000 (but all are good)
Soundstage: DX1000 > DT990 > K1000 > D5000
Best overall sound: DX1000 > D5000 > DT990 > K1000
The K1000 lacks a little refinement and nuance compared to the others, but it is still very good.