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Budget amplifier for AKG K1000

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hi everybody,
this is the first thread that I post so sorry for any possible mistake.

I just bought a used pair of AKG K1000 and I'm looking for an amplifier to drive them. I know that one of te best solution would be the WOOAUDIO 5 but is too expensive for me.
I already have the WOOAUDIO 6 which I use to drive my others headphones but I have read that it doesn't have enough power to drive the AKG K1000 properly.

My budget limit is 600 US$ for a brand new amp. Please also suggest me if there is any used amp that would cost that money because that would be also a solution for me.

Regards, Francesco.
post #2 of 35
Budget solutions: TrendsAudio T10.1 TrendsAudio

Big Joe from Firestone Audio http://www.firestone-audio.com/cgi-b...asp?pdtseqnm=8

This one would fit in your budget, well used one, and seems to have very good reputation worldwide: Almarro A205A almarro of Japan : products

Or maybe this one as well: Red Wine Clari T amp, which can be find use only, I believe
http://www.redwineaudio.com/Products.html
http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/redwine/clarit.html
post #3 of 35
Pretty much any used speaker amp would get you where you want to go.
post #4 of 35
AudiogoN ForSale: Jolida JD202

If you go to audiogon you can find alot of nice integrated amps that will work well with the K1000. This is the way i drove mine and plus it gives you many options for future speaker system growth and lots of inputs. here is a good example. Do you own a preAmp? If not any speaker amp wont work. you will need an integrated amp or preamp/amp combo.
post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by ph0rk View Post
Pretty much any used speaker amp would get you where you want to go.
This.

The K-1000 manual recommends an 8W (or higher) speaker amp. I found a used Conrad-Johnson MV52 for about $700, and it does very well with the K-1000.

I'd recommend visiting Audiogon and looking for used tube power amps.
post #6 of 35
No idea how well it will drive the K1000 but the Little Dot MKVI has the right plug at least and is balanced.
post #7 of 35
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No idea how well it will drive the K1000 but the Little Dot MKVI has the right plug at least and is balanced.
Hmm...
post #8 of 35
I'd go with an older receiver, great on budget.
post #9 of 35
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No idea how well it will drive the K1000 but the Little Dot MKVI has the right plug at least and is balanced.
the LD MKVI definitely performs much better than you'd expect, when it comes to the K1000's

that being said, these cans do sound better when driven with more power. running my K1000's from both my marantz integrated and charlize t-amp made it clear to me that no headphone amp is sufficient
post #10 of 35
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Hmm...
I hate posts like yours. I was just giving another alternative.

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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post
the LD MKVI definitely performs much better than you'd expect, when it comes to the K1000's

that being said, these cans do sound better when driven with more power. running my K1000's from both my marantz integrated and charlize t-amp made it clear to me that no headphone amp is sufficient
Yeah the K1000s are somewhat, eh, odd to drive. I have read the MKVI delivers lots of power but might as well sound sluggish with the K1000.
post #11 of 35
Thread Starter 

what about the amity HPA5A?

Any of you has ever heard of the Amity HPA5A which is made in Germany especially for the AKG K1000 and cost around 500 Euro. Here a review and a picture http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/rev...parison-48518/
Let me know if some of you have tested it or know someone who did. thanks, Francesco
post #12 of 35
I would also recommend a used Jolida amplifier. Plenty of power for them, and they mesh very, very well together. I used the Jolida 1501RC. I wish I never sold it. Only did for quick cash while in college.
post #13 of 35
I've used Onkyo A-9555 Integrated Amp to power my speakers and K1000s. Class-D operation with plenty of clean smooth power, had no reason to look for something better. You can easily find one new for under $600.
post #14 of 35
used Portal Panache...

(way) more than enough power, gives you a really good integrated speaker amp and a nice headphone out for your regular phones...

although, i didn't bother to find out how/if you have them terminated?...
post #15 of 35
Lots of good choices. I'm actually listening to the K1000 right now. Very nice headphone.
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