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post #1321 of 1800
i am using the akg k3003 high filter, the small yellow rings do not seal the venting hole.

Largo Cantabile, thanks for your interesting posting and the appreciation of this modification.
post #1322 of 1800
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

 

The housings are small enough to disappear in my ear, with over the ear fit, giving me a pleasing aesthetic, unlike the much larger TG334 or 1+2. (When do the beautiful ladies arrive?)  Also, the k3k has to be the best low volume iem on the market, it’s simply fantastic at low volumes.

 

Ladies do not like to see guys wearing their expensive & stylish-looking phones with the cables over the ears — they'll think you're either weird, a geek, stupid or too juvenile (read: desperately trying to be different). A cable-down fit is the only way to impress all the ladies. Save the cable over the ear fit for Head-fi meets only, though people there will still look down on you for having spent so much on The King of Incoherence, Master of treble peaks & grainy treble and Guru of bloated slooooow bass.

 

Bottom line: For the ladies only a cable-down fit will do; for serious Head-fi meets take a pair of RE-400, GR07, ER4, UERM or JH13 FP.


Edited by music_4321 - 9/24/13 at 6:49am
post #1323 of 1800

Now I need my own K3K. I'll hang back for a while though. At the rate they're dropping in price on the forums, I should be able to pick one up for $150 next month.

post #1324 of 1800

^   Wait a little longer and you'll get them for $99—guaranteed price during the Black Friday sales for a brand new pair! I'd get 3 pairs just for the packaging and hand-made leather case.

post #1325 of 1800
just coz the sale price is $99 doesn't mean you can't negotiate down.
post #1326 of 1800
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post
 

Also, the k3k has to be the best low volume iem on the market, it’s simply fantastic at low volumes.

 

I've not come across an IEM yet that performs as well as the K3003 does at (very) low volumes. (Credit must go to Mr Uncool, aka james444, for being the first to notice this excellent and rather unique feature of the AKGs—excellent, at least, for those who appreciate listening to music at [very] low volume levels — sometimes late at night...)


Edited by music_4321 - 9/24/13 at 8:29am
post #1327 of 1800

Once again listening to my beloved HD800s—the summer heat, and what has appeared to be some kind of Indian summer this year in my neck of the woods, has prevented me from enjoying my favourite phone for a few months—though only for a few minutes this time because the heat is still quite present and I, as a good old fart, refuse to use air con. The ER4S is a stellar phone, but the Parterres and, specially, the K3003s get so much closer to the wonderful sonics of the Senns...

 

And to think that some people think the HD800s are bass-light! Oh dear, oh dear...

 

...but the Ety crowd will probably call them bass-head phones!! Oh dear, oh dear, OH DEAR!...


Edited by music_4321 - 9/24/13 at 9:18am
post #1328 of 1800

I have had my eye on the K3003 for awhile now, and I think I am just about ready to purchase.

(a little birdie told me that they were good, but the shotgun has forced me to take my wallet out!) 

 

One question though: I have ear canals similar to how I have seen james444 describe his (that is to say...big!).

I am a little concerned that I won't be able to get a good seal. Are the included large tips reasonably large?  Thanks!


Edited by RapidPulse - 9/24/13 at 9:19am
post #1329 of 1800
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

Once again listening to my beloved HD800s—the summer heat, and what has appeared to be some kind of Indian summer this year in my neck of the woods, has prevented me from enjoying my favourite phone for a few months—though only for a few minutes this time because the heat is still quite present and I, as a good old fart, refuse to use air con. The ER4S is a stellar phone, but the Parterres and, specially, the K3003s get so much closer to the wonderful sonics of the Senns...

And to think that some people think the HD800s are bass-light! Oh dear, oh dear...

...but the Ety crowd will probably call them bass-head phones!! Oh dear, oh dear, OH DEAR!...

Sorry if I've missed it, but what filters do you use for the K3003? Also I didn't find the HD800 to be too bass heavy for my tastes. But the 5k peak was a little much on flat sources. Sibilance was an issue for me, more than average imo. A lot of people were trying to tame that peak with tube amps.
post #1330 of 1800
Most people use (and agree upon) the reference filter. It's supposed to be the most balanced. I've never tried the bass nor the treble filter myself since I was immediately content with the reference. I've got no issues with sibilance with the K3K fwiw.
post #1331 of 1800
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Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post


Sorry if I've missed it, but what filters do you use for the K3003?

 

Have always preferred the reference (grey) filters.

post #1332 of 1800
@RapidPulse, hopefully James can chime in and answer your question. Seeing how he's had to Frankenstein tips on other iems, he'd have the best insight on the large tips.
post #1333 of 1800
I was just telling this to a friend:
If you were asking me a year ago what the most important aspects are of a top performing iem were, I'd have said resolution, imaging and articulation. Over the last twelve months I've come to realize that above ALL, tonality means more to me and is by far the number one criteria. Tonality, instrument realism, vocal engagement are what keep you interested and coming back for more. And in these categories, the k3k is simply the best in my book. I couldn't be happier I bought it.
post #1334 of 1800
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

Tried it today. For me, fit is as good as with stock. Very similar tips. I very slightly prefer stock tips.

Thanks for this, much appreciated. Judging by photos the e-q5 eartips seem just slightly more oval/olive shaped compared to the k3003 eartips.

I might track them down and buy them. I'm hoping that they're slighty smaller and can be inserted deeper into my eyes for a better seal.
post #1335 of 1800
What size? I'll double check but I think the ortofon large is similar to the stock medium.
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