For comparing the K1000 against the HD800, and share your impressions with us....
I am even more secure the HD800 is not for me, while the K1000 certainly is.
I have a darn dilemma..
I wanted to buy a HD800 (1000 euro), but I can buy a K1000 for 750 euro which has about 100 hours..
FWIR the HD800 doesnt match 2 well with my grace M902..The AKG matches better?
Buying an other amp isnt my preference at this moment..
Lets put it this way, which can would make the best Glenn Gould phone paired with Grace? (Best is for me most detailed, timbre, intimate and involved..)
Much appreciate your opinions, cheers.
I have both phones and like the HD800 much more. You'll need a powerful speaker amp for the K1000 and even my 8-watt ZDT is underpowered. The K1000 are not as accurate, detailed or as fast as the HD800 regardless of which 5-12 watt amp I've tried with K1000.
So your listening sessions with the K1000 were done with the Stingray or the DAC1 balanced out?
In my case the K1000 had a more "in front" soundstage with decent width, while the HD800 have a more "all enveloping" soundstage coming from all directions, 360 degrees. Some people will like one more than the other - I preferred the HD800.
The K1000 lacked deep bass extension or foundation and had less impact than the HD800, but they had more midrange presence. I sold the K1000 to buy the LCD-2 which I enjoy more, but the HD800 are still one of my favorites except for classic rock which needs something like the LCD-2, HE-500, HE-6, or D7000. I really wanted to enjoy the K1000, but in the long run I just couldn't, even with 55-75 watt speaker amps.