Originally Posted by jpelg
Very nice, Kees.
Really your favorite over all the others in your profile? Looking forward to more detailed comparisions with the recabled Kenwood against your other top cans.
The main reason I use them more than any other pair of phones is that they sound excellent with literally anything I want to listen to.
And my musical taste is very eclectic, it ranges from middle ages to experimental jazz, from solo voice to large orchestral works. And they perform excellent on everything. (minor drawback: piano sounds better through Ultrasone, but you can't win them all).
AKG K1000, JVC DX1000, Stax OII, Grado PS-1 all do a lot of things more beautifull than the Kenwood, but they don't do EVERYTHING as good as the Kenwood. The Kenwood are (to my ears) the ultimate allrounders.
The only serious competition in that regard (I think, and in my collection) are the balanced HD650.
The AKG K1000 are truly excellent, but if you really want to rock, the Kenwood beat them hands down (on PRAT and bass impact).
The same goes for the OII.
On the other hand, if you want to really rock the PS-1 beat the Kenwood (on speed and liquid midrange), but on classical or orchestral work the Kenwood beat the s^&t out of the PS-1 (soundstage, imaging, sheer body).
And they really draw me into the music.
Maybe this explains a bit why I feel so good with the KH-K1000.