hmm I like the... non smooth or rough presentation of the w1000x. It's really my favorite... just wish I had a warmer dac to pair it with at home >.>
Still I would really need to listen to the K1000 with the w1000x next to me, as they sound like... opposites sides of the same coin... more importantly I wonder how the K1000 compares to the ALpha Dog ;O [considering it's cheaper I'd love to see that comparison]
Although I have read ppl saying the KH k1000 is colored which is NOT something I want. The w1000x is [imo] after mods and L3000 pads very balanced with a tilt to the treble, I would not want a smoother more polite presentaion... I would want a more refined presentation.
Like for example, My He 400 was a refined Dt 990, the he 400 [like the dt 990] the he 400 has a boosted bass, bright treble and slighty recessed mids
the differance is the HE 400 has better Sub Bass and Low/central Mid Presentation. In addition it has better imaging, and when Balanced, [with J$money Pads] the HE 400 has better instrument seperation
so I think the KH K1000 is more of a side grade, a slighty different sound. Simmilar voicing but a different focus... I want something that has the w1000x sound, but smoother treble. And honestly at this point, the best thing to do for my w1000x may be to run them balanced through a Tube Amp... I think that would be the only real way to upgrade them!
Yeah, I understand the concept of a "side grade", but thanks for the examples....... you asked a question on the W1000x thread about similar sound signature but more refined, smoother treble . I answered by saying the Kenwoods
are that to my ears . Simple as that.(and they have better separation and bass)
I can make that comparison because I own both and I can formulate an opinion by unplugging one and plugging in the other.
BTW I do not like the W1000x with tubes, but hey give it a shot you might.