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post #1 of 89
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You have got to be kidding me!! AKG K1000 for $400???!!!

4/13/2002: HeadRoom has the AKG K1000 headphones on sale for $399 US (regularly $529)

accidentally found it while searching for something else:
HeadWize - 2002 Announcements
post #2 of 89
Yep. They have been discontinued and as a result of simple economics the prices have gone up rather dramatically.
post #3 of 89
Yeah! The fact is that their prices, and status, skyrocketed after they discontinued in 2005.
They still can be scored for $3-500 though, with quite some luck!


Edit:
Like this guy who scored a top notch pair for $330 shipped last year.
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/i-g...killer-338531/
post #4 of 89
the good ol days. i would ve been all over it.
post #5 of 89
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
Yeah! The fact is that their prices, and status, skyrocketed after they discontinued in 2005.
They still can be scored for $3-500 though, with quite some luck!
sorry for the double post but krmathis posted this right after i posted mine. with some 'luck"? what kind of luck hitting the lottery kind of luck?

post #6 of 89
I think it might have been the requirements to drive them that caused them to be a failure for AKG. I mean a success in design and sound, but a failure in sales.

What krMathis meant was that even in the last year I believe 2 people on Head-Fi have posted saying they bought K1000s for around $350
post #7 of 89
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Originally Posted by lutwey View Post
sorry for the double post but krmathis posted this right after i posted mine. with some 'luck"? what kind of luck hitting the lottery kind of luck?

Knowing where to get it, just run into one, or being quick with BIN on eBay.
They still appear in stores from time to time, for prices about half of what they sell for around here..
post #8 of 89
any clues......a pm, maybe.

thanks
post #9 of 89
No clues besides what's given above. I'm currently on the hunt myself...
post #10 of 89
Fitz just sold one of his for 1.1K.... Clearly it's still climbing (Price-wise). On a brighter note, AKG is rumored to be putting out a K1000 successor in 2010.

EDIT/PS: The price is supposed to be around $700 Retail... Maybe 400 street?
post #11 of 89
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Originally Posted by Benaiir View Post
Fitz just sold one of his for 1.1K.... Clearly it's still climbing (Price-wise). On a brighter note, AKG is rumored to be putting out a K1000 successor in 2010.

EDIT/PS: The price is supposed to be around $700 Retail... Maybe 400 street?
W00T
post #12 of 89
thanks dude^

ive given up on the idea of owning one because of the price but your posts have given me new hope. the hunt is on.
post #13 of 89
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Originally Posted by mbd2884 View Post
I think it might have been the requirements to drive them that caused them to be a failure for AKG. I mean a success in design and sound, but a failure in sales.
Believe it or not, but the K-1000 is probably the easiest headphone drive.

It was designed to run from a speaker amp, not a headphone amp. Though it might not seem like it here, speaker amps are cheaper and way more common than dedicated headphone amps. You can even find an old receiver at the Salvation Army for $20 that will drive the K-1000. Not so with other headphones.

The K-1000 wasn't that popular until it was discontinued. Then it became unobtanium and prices took off. Before that, you could find them new around $600-$700 and used for less.

My understanding is that the tooling required to produce the K-1000 was work out and had to be replaced. Unfortunately, K-1000 sales were not strong enough to turn a profit after retooling. So they discontinued it. Too bad. They should have put whatever they spent on the K-701 towards the K-1000 to retool and lower prices.
post #14 of 89
Hm... I'm looking for one as well, but 1.1k is too much for me. Hopefully AKG will eventually re-release them or something similar.
post #15 of 89
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post
Hm... I'm looking for one as well, but 1.1k is too much for me. Hopefully AKG will eventually re-release them or something similar.
A reasonably priced something similar. I don't want the AKG version of the PS1000.
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