However, Vka, I thought that the K1000 was generally inferior to the Alessandro-Grado MSP when I listened to solo music or chamber ensembles. It felt like I was at the back of a large auditorium listening to a small group; the music felt distanced and almost lifeless in its lack of immediacy. I just couldn't enjoy the music compared with listening to it on the MSP. The music I was listening to in these cases was Bartok's string quartets (performed by the Emerson Quartet) and Chopin's Impromptus (played by Artur Rubinstein).
With orchestral music, I thought that the K1000 brought out all the awesome power of 100 instruments working in concert (sorry for the pun). On the MSP, the orchestra seemed to be condensed in a little can (comparatively); it was not like losing the forest for the trees, but rather like listening to an orchestral rehearsal in a room which can barely hold the orchestra. The K1000 captured the entire orchestra at its best -- you could almost see the whole orchestra in front of you. Music used was Brahms' 4th Symphony (Fritz Reiner, cond.), and Dvorak's Symphony No. 4 in D minor (London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz, cond.)
With vocal music (The Cardigans' Gran Turismo
), I found that there was still the immediacy that I wanted; in fact, as with good speakers, I felt Nina standing right in front of me. However, some of the effects created by the mixers was lost to a certain extent; when Nina was supposed to be singing in one ear and then the other, it sounded like she moved her head to the right and then to the left, but not very much (kind of pathetic, in fact). Also, the presentation of Nina's voice was a little de-emphasized in the midrange; I didn't feel all of her warmth and the beauty of her voice with the K1000. So overall, I still preferred the MSP for the Cardigans, although each headphone has its strongpoints with vocals.
With Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
, I unfortunately didn't have time to listen all the way through (Vka was getting hungry
). I was really only able to listen to "Time," maybe my favorite song on the album. Anyway, I thought that the left ear-right-ear effects worked fine. Here, the K1000's expansive soundstage seemed to be a plus over the "cozier" soundstage of the MSP. It made the music seem more ominous and larger than life. When Waters began to sing, I think I also preferred the K1000's presentation over the MSP. The sound was more neutral and natural-sounding with the K1000; however, the difference seemed very
small. It would still be difficult to choose which headphone is better, but the edge would probably go to the K1000.
So overall, if I had the Cary 300SEI (wow, that's a long way away
) and the AKG K1000 along with my Alessandro-Grado Music Series Pro, I'd likely be trading off depending on the music I was listening to. For chamber ensembles and solo classical music, I'd choose the MSP without a doubt. For orchestral performances, it would undoubtedly be the K1000. But for music like Pink Floyd and The Cardigans, I'd probably use either one with just as much enjoyment.