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post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by Czilla9000 View Post

I don't recall the K1000 and R-10 being a really big deal when they were selling at retail. The Senn HD600 and Grado RS1s (along with electrostats) were always seen as the mack-daddys. In fact, I remember HeadRoom once had an insane sale where they sold K1000 for $299 or something because they weren't selling. It was only when they went off the market that everyone went crazy over them. Make of that what you will. 

 

If you had extra coin to spend back in those days, you spent it on a kick-ass amp for your HD600 instead of buying an R10. HeadRoom even had a $3000 balanced amp (the BlockHead) designed solely for the HD600 and RS1. Or you bought a $1000 power cable. 

 

It was common for the amp and cables to be way more expensive than the phones. I think headphone makers then realized they were leaving coin on the table and came up with $1000+ super-headphones. 

 

299?!  Wow.  Why do think the K1000 has become almost mythical in its status?

 

post #17 of 35
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No I was responding to fatcat's post. 

 

Digital-Pride: I don't know. I've never heard it so I can't pass judgement on it. All I know is that it was treated more like a curiosity back in the day more than anything, and that the attitude seems to have changed. 

 


Edited by Czilla9000 - 2/15/12 at 4:11pm
post #18 of 35

Ah.  To me, the K1000(and K501) get praised a little to much.  If they really were something special, I think audiophiles would have identified their performance while they were still available.  The fact that they went largely ignored says something right there.

post #19 of 35

It's interesting about the K1000 not selling. It makes me wonder what it is, if anything, that's on the market now that will be the future K1000/R-10. I agree with you about the price of phones. The prices have increased exponentially in the  5 years I've been a member. I find it increasingly difficult to accept the $1,000+ price tags.

post #20 of 35

I'm drinking a Guinness as I type, "congratulations".  Yes, the selection and high costs has sky rocketed even since 3 years ago when I joined here. There's now an AKG universial IEM that cost over $1000.  Heck, how about a duel BA driver for $599 (Phonak PF232).  A lot has changed indeed since the Etys ER4S glory days.

post #21 of 35

Happy Aniversary!

post #22 of 35

It's coming up on ten years for me too! Joined in high school... I remember I worked all summer just to save up and buy a bass heavy sony mdr-r10 for only $1,600.00 hahahaha. Eventually I sold them for something around $2,000 and thought I had made some insanely good deal... left the forum for a while and came back years later to find out they were now going for $6,000+

 

Craziest thing I remember was when the Grado ps-1 pro came out and people were saying it was too expensive at 1500ish dollars. Todd was only selling about 1 or 2 a month and I even ended up passing on a pair that was second hand ( at about $1000)...

 

No wait, that doesn't compare to the time I missed out on a he90 for 2grand from aty999.

 

Funny.

 
 
 
 
 

Edited by Chefguru - 2/17/12 at 12:32am
post #23 of 35

Wow, only 2 grand for the HE-90?  Did it include the amp or was it just the headphones?

post #24 of 35

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Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post

Ah.  To me, the K1000(and K501) get praised a little to much.  If they really were something special, I think audiophiles would have identified their performance while they were still available.  The fact that they went largely ignored says something right there.


The high end of the market is as vulnerable to FOTM trends as anywhere else; items get popular, then users get disappointed (or, more often, jaded), something better-sounding comes along, and the old items get sold into the used/NOS market at lower prices, where they become affordable to a new group of people who reappraise 'em on their own terms, and the treasures among the dross redeem themselves.

 

In the case of the K1000, there were also the not-insignificant problems of it being too unlike other headphones and being very difficult to drive that kept it from being well-appreciated. Up until the current era of headphone amps (especially high-powered headphone amps), few audiophiles were going to set up a dedicated listening system just for them. AKG being AKG, tinkering with the sound character while it was in production, contributed to the K1000's rep (if it has no bass, does it mean you need a better amp? is it faulty? or is it just a bass-lite model? you might never know!).


Edited by ardgedee - 2/18/12 at 1:59am
post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

I'm drinking a Guinness as I type, "congratulations".  Yes, the selection and high costs has sky rocketed even since 3 years ago when I joined here. There's now an AKG universial IEM that cost over $1000.  Heck, how about a duel BA driver for $599 (Phonak PF232).  A lot has changed indeed since the Etys ER4S glory days.

Bravo! Can't believe it's aleady been 3 year though... Yet I still feel as if I'm a complete newbie sometimes haha
post #26 of 35

As I recall the lack of availability of good amps had a lot to do with the K1000 not selling well. I too remember the sale Headroom had but I recall the price being closer to $600. Regardless I love the K1000 and have a couple of them, one in storage/back up!

 

OP, nice to have 10  years under your belt!

post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

As I recall the lack of availability of good amps had a lot to do with the K1000 not selling well. I too remember the sale Headroom had but I recall the price being closer to $600. Regardless I love the K1000 and have a couple of them, one in storage/back up!

 

OP, nice to have 10  years under your belt!


The headroom closeout sale for the K1000 was $359 ,I picked up a pair & still have it.wink.gif

Coming up on10 years since joining Head-fi myself,time does fly.


Edited by bozebuttons - 2/25/12 at 7:46am
post #28 of 35

Now I need to kick my back end for not grabbing a few K1000!

post #29 of 35

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Originally Posted by fatcat28037 View Post

It makes me wonder what it is, if anything, that's on the market now that will be the future K1000/R-10.


Most definitely.  Maybe HE-6s will be $5K in 10 years.  Just trying to think of relatively ignored flagships.

post #30 of 35
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Lol, I just noticed I finally got my custom title. biggrin.gif

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