Originally Posted by jordanross
I think you're wrong, as a newer hifi headphone user, I am very interested and would buy a pair. At a $1000-$1500 range they would sell like hot cakes to all of us who don't have the wherewithal to go searching for them at exorbitant prices on foreign sites.
If they were going to sell like hot cakes, why did AKG discontinue them? As I remember, it was due to low sales and high production costs. This wasn't too long ago, and in the 2-3 years it's been, I seriously doubt anything has changed.
Head-fi may present a skewed view of what's viable in the marketplace, but you have to understand that head-fi is only a tiny fraction of the market, and a large company like AKG will never pander to it. A smaller company may, and something that has a very limited release - i.e. Sennheiser's re-release of the HE90 - can be feasible as well. But not a large-scale flagship headphone.
As an older head-fi'er, I've seen more high-end products discontinued than introduced. Many audiophiles have now moved onto home theater, and there is even less of a market for dedicated audiophile headphones. As a pro monitoring tool, the K1000 may have more of a chance, but I don't know much about the pro market.
Lastly, most people here that are interested in the K1k and are financially able to acquire one already have one. It's not that
Still, I hope I'm wrong. I'm generally a dour skeptical bastard.