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post #316 of 329

Oops I meant to write "venerated"

 

Was it really worth mentioning? This is why all the posts in head-fi are like 180 pages :P

post #317 of 329
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Was it really worth mentioning?

 

 

Absolutely. I get paid a lot of money to be resident spelling inspector on Head-Fi. :p

post #318 of 329

OK guys . . . since i have 2 NOS pairs, I'm selling one right now:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/735474/akg-k340-electrostatic-dynamic-systems-nos-new-with-originial-packaging

 

Usually i wouldn't link to something i sale. But since a NOS K340 is very rare and special, i wanted you guys to know ;D  I paid 320€ for this one and it was worth it <3

post #319 of 329

Also, if anyone is looking for a quick, cheap way to power AKG K340's, they sound okay with the Geek Out 1000.

post #320 of 329
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Also, if anyone is looking for a quick, cheap way to power AKG K340's, they sound okay with the Geek Out 1000.

It sounds just OK (sort of, barely) with GO + Vali. But it needs the warmth of a real tube amp to integrate the treble properly.
Edited by Claritas - 10/30/14 at 4:41pm
post #321 of 329

I just got the plush pads from China... they are so comfy and do improve the sound a bit

post #322 of 329
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I just got the plush pads from China... they are so comfy and do improve the sound a bit.

Really? My K271 velours arrived today too. I've installed them but I haven't listened yet.

I noticed that the earhole is a little smaller than the stock pleathers; I might try to stretch that without tearing it.
post #323 of 329

Anyone tried the AKG K340 with a Schiit Lyr 2?

post #324 of 329

Just received a mint condition K340 from an Ebay seller and did some listening this afternoon using my Kenwood Eleven MkIII receiver and a modified Sony Playstation One.  The Kenwood drives them extremely well, with ample power to spare.  Years ago I had a pair of Martin Logan Sequel II electrostatic speakers; the K340s remind me of the Martin Logans.  Transparent, detailed, quick treble and midrange and slightly slower and recessed bass.  With that said, I can live with the bass - despite their age, the K340s are a great listening experience.

post #325 of 329

Hello

For one week now I'm also a owner of an K340.

First to say, I have now velour pads on them and a china tube amp, what is not very bad I think.

Now the Headphone:

I was surprised how much bass it has, especially deep bass. (due to tube or velour pads?)

So I wondered what version it is (grey, black and green)

But there are red driver in it, like in the sextett.

 

Now my problem:

Sometimes while listening, in fact quite annoying, the highs get stuck.

So I know that the highs are produced by the electrostatic driver.

And I have also read that people brighged the low-cut due to the age.

 

Does someone has an idea?

greets

post #326 of 329
Open the cups and get aaaall that cotton wool out. In some models there is soooo much, that it sounds extremwly muffled. Once you did that, the sound changes drastically. More air, more instrument seperation, more soundstage and crystal cear sound. Its like night and day , everything improves and if you dont like it, you can put the cotton wool back in. If you do, i would suggest to buy new wool and exchange it.

I so wanna see your face, when you listen to the k340 without the wool haha ;D
post #327 of 329

Ooh..

Now it's like I want it to be, lovely..

I got a little smile in my face for the first 5 minutes.

The bass now is less (as it should be) , but punchier.

High are clearer now, due to less bass i guess.

 

At first I bought this headphone just to try it out, because of the "hype" and everything, and resell it at the end.

But now I think they will have to stay ;)

 

So now I know that I will not sell them:

What kind of other little mods are possible?

I've read about the grill and also something about the crossover inside the headphone.

And cables ofc.

post #328 of 329
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Originally Posted by TimSchirmer View Post
 

I'm just amazed that headphone currently going around $200 on eBay sounds more natural to my ears than just about everything else I've heard out there under $600. This includes the venered HD650 and Grado RS-1, PS-1, and even the GS-1000. I gave Denon D5000's a try, and while they had excellent detail, I got listening fatigue after about a half an hour of listening. I guess closed cans just aren't my cup of tea.

 

I think they are under-rated for the following reasons:

 

1. They sound totally anemic if not properly amped. They won't sound good with amps that don't have gain switches. They did however sound great with the Geek Out 1000. I really think K340's and Geek Out are probably the best price/performance combo I've heard in all of my years in this hobby. However even with the Geek Out 1000 you need to almost maximize the volume.

 

2. They need to be playing for about 20 minutes or so before they really start to shine. I think they sound bad at most meets because of this, and therefore people get a sort of negative opinion about them.

 

a pal at work lent me his Geek Out 1000 to try over the weekend with my AKG-340 cans that I just bought for 200 euros last week direct from Austria, I sold my old pair of 340's a few months ago, and realised that was a big mistake, so I was very pleased to get a new pair in the original box which have never been used before - NOS )  

 

his setup at work is MacBook Air > Audirvana > Geek 1000 > AKG-601 

my setup is a MacBook Pro > Audirvana > Geek 1000 > AKG-340 

 

after playing hundreds of .dsf files on both setups the Geek Out 1000 is simply amazing, the 601's sound perfect, but the old 340's have something that I cannot quite put my finger on or explain too well, they seem more real ( if ever that is ever a term one can use to describe listening to music with headphones) , classical music also sounds better with the 340's as well, but I have a soft spot for the much underrated K-601's, so I bought a pair in fantastic condition which should arrive in a few days time. 

 

for such a simple rig, I could not be happier and have finally decided after many months of testing lots of DACs  to buy the Geek 1000 on ebay, and sell my Musical Fidelity X-CAN v2 amp to part fund it

 

just to say a big thank you to Tim for keeping me on track, my love for DSD64 and playing .dsf files is growing daily :-) 


Edited by pcourtney - 3/16/15 at 3:18am
post #329 of 329
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a pal at work lent me his Geek Out 1000 to try over the weekend with my AKG-340 cans that I just bought for 200 euros last week direct from Austria, I sold my old pair of 340's a few months ago, and realised that was a big mistake, so I was very pleased to get a new pair in the original box which have never been used before - NOS )  

his setup at work is MacBook Air > Audirvana > Geek 1000 > AKG-601 
my setup is a MacBook Pro > Audirvana > Geek 1000 > AKG-340 

after playing hundreds of .dsf files on both setups the Geek Out 1000 is simply amazing, the 601's sound perfect, but the old 340's have something that I cannot quite put my finger, they seem more real ( if ever that is a term one can use to describe listening to music with headphones) , classical music also sounds better with the 340's as well, but I have a soft spot for the much underrated K-601's, so I bought a pair in fantastic condition which should arrive in a few days time. 

for such a simple rig, I could not be happier and have finally decided after many months of testing lots of DACs  to buy the Geek 1000 on ebay, and sell my Musical Fidelity X-CAN v2 amp to part fund it

just to say a big thank you to Tim for keeping me on track, my love for DSD is growing daily :-) 

+1

I love the synergy between my GO720 and modded K340. Sounds much better than anything I have tried before with my K340.
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