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post #31 of 54

I have tried to purchase one AKG K1000.   I was informed that there are bass heavy version and bass light version. I was informed that the bass heavy

version is those with the SN below 4000-5000.  During my search of the bass heavy AKG K1000, I met one of the seller of AKG K1000 in Germany who is working

with the SAC.de which builds the amplifier for AKG K1000.  He knows a lot about the AKG K1000 because he has been working with the AKG K1000

everyday.  He said that there was no bass heavy or bass light version and we cannot go by serial number.  He also mentioned that there

are probably US version which have more bass and European version which have less.  In his experience he said that there was no problem

with the bass with AKG K1000 at all when using appropriate amplifier.  However he  also mentioned that there may be some problem with the driver

of the older one . He said that the AKG K1000's with the serial number more than 10000, the sound quality are not as good as the SN less than 10,000.

I think we need to ask the opinion of those in Europe to clarify the myth of bass heavy or bass light version of the AKG K1000.

post #32 of 54

Sigh. After handling numerous different pairs of K1000s from both US and European markets, doing several comparisons / measurements (which I even posted one of), which all show a measurable and audible difference between the two driver versions that are even different in appearance, not even counting all the people who have both versions and can easily tell the difference, and some people are still saying its a "myth"? I give up, man, I really do.

post #33 of 54

Can you post some pictures between the two different drivers?

post #34 of 54

Sure, let me borrow a pair of each version and I'll gladly take a bunch of side-by-side photos.

post #35 of 54

Hi Fitz, I thought you had many pairs of K1000? Did you sell them all?

post #36 of 54

Yes, a while ago, as well as almost all my other AKGs.

post #37 of 54

Dang. What do you listen to now?

post #38 of 54

Dear Fitz,

   Can you inform us the SN that you have?

   And can you tell by with the SN that you have, which one should be bass heavy or bass light?

   I was also told that those with the SN>10,000 had much less bass.

post #39 of 54

 

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Originally Posted by Sundance View Post

Dang. What do you listen to now?

 

The only K1000 I have left.

post #40 of 54

From your collection, which serial number did you choose to keep? How many transitions did you think AKG make?

post #41 of 54

Oh hang on a second, I have another K1000 here for some work being done on it, I may be able to get some side-by-side pics after all, if it is a different version than mine.

post #42 of 54

 

 

One 04xxx and one 11xxx,I own both and they are both used from the same source,no pigtail.

 

If they were not different I would not own two, as simple as that.

 

Do not let a high number pair put you off buying,both are sublime.

post #43 of 54

Dear Ford2,

   Which one have more bass in your opinion 04xxx vs 11xxx?

   The AKG K1000 that I come across is 02xxx, I think it should be a "bass heavy?"

too.

post #44 of 54
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Dear Ford2,

   Which one have more bass in your opinion 04xxx vs 11xxx?

   The AKG K1000 that I come across is 02xxx, I think it should be a "bass heavy?"

too.



 The 04 has more bass,if you can get an 02 and it is in good condition go for it.

 

post #45 of 54

The seller said it's in perfect working condition however he is waiting for another pair to come in because he is still using it

for testing the amplifier and speaker.  So I think we may conclude there are at least 2 versions (at least or may be three)

of AKG K1000, do we still think that those 2 versions can be accurately predicted by the serial number or do we have to listen

first ?  May be we need not to do so because both versions are sublime as Ford2 has mentioned.

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