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post #31 of 92
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Originally Posted by Quad
I use Quad II's and like them and have tried Grant G60AMS. The Quads work well for me so I have not really listened to the Grants other than casually but they worked.

A buddy has a Wytech Labs Topaz (for that 106 pounds of single ended sound) in the shop he works in I will have to get over to his place and try it but he lives in another city I only visit a couple of times a year.
Hmmmmm....Wyetech Labs.....yummy.

As soon as I have a spare $30k laying around the Opal and Topaz monoblocks will be in my 2-channel room.
post #32 of 92
ASL AQ-1005DT power amp., ASL Wave 8s, and T-amp. Can't swear that I hear any difference between them, despite the big price difference between them. I loved the K1000 until I got the R10. Now, I'm never really satisfied with the K1000 for critical listening. I use it mostly for backround listening when on Head-Fi, etc.
post #33 of 92
I use a custom ppa with diamond buffers. Verry detailed, fast paced. Amazing imaging. Light on bass, but the bass is very controlled. A tad bright at times, but not always. I just got my jolida 1501RC today and I haven't tried it yet with the k1000 but it sounds very good with my speakers.
post #34 of 92
I'm using my K1000 with a pair of Outlaw Audio M200 Monoblocks - 200 Watts/ch @ 8 ohms each. The M200's are not high-fi components (possibly not even mid-fi), but despite that it sounds so wonderful. It's made me skeptical to the idea that the K1000 is very amp sensitive - provided you're feeding it enough power - but hey, what do I know
post #35 of 92
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Originally Posted by number1sixerfan
I use a custom ppa with diamond buffers. Verry detailed, fast paced. Amazing imaging. Light on bass, but the bass is very controlled. A tad bright at times, but not always. I just got my jolida 1501RC today and I haven't tried it yet with the k1000 but it sounds very good with my speakers.
I look forward to your comments about K1000+JD1501. JD1501 uses a different OP AMP than my JD301, but I suspect overall sound signature may be the similar. K1000 has very high impedance, so it may also be difficult to predict how the amp will behave under such loads.
Anyway, I am also considering getting a tube amp for K1000, possibly norh SE9 or some Chinese amps related to Sophia Electic models.
post #36 of 92

Pete Millett's SRPP Amp



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post #37 of 92
It's not here yet, but I am eagerly awaiting 2 E.A.R pieces, including the V20, which will be used exclusively for the K1000s:
post #38 of 92
If you want bass and full bodied sound from the K1000, mate it with the Krell KAV300i(L). The legendary Krell bass works wonders driving the K1000 with excellent tonal balance and great soundstaging!

The best I have heard so far till the SRPP comes home to Papa!
post #39 of 92
For fun I hooked my Dac1 to my MG head (tuberolled) and ran the headphone out into the 1/8" input of the SI T-amp; this effectively allowed me to use the MG head as a tube preamp for the T-amp with the K1000's. It sounds fantastic, really taming the brightness of the T-amp while adding tubey goodness and a beautiful soundstage.
post #40 of 92

EAR V20

EAR V20
post #41 of 92
Krell for bass and dynamics, tubes for mids, T-Amp for detail and clarity. Underwood modified PS Audio GCC-100 for all!
post #42 of 92
Wow cool thread resurrection!

This is a good resource, so I will add my own experiences.

T-Amp : Ehhh, it was ok. Detailed, but sounded very shrill at times, and very thin. Good cheap solution if you are willing to risk damaging your K1000s (some people will tell you there is a risk of killing the K1000 drivers with prolonged T-Amp use). I'm not sure if I believe it one way or the other, but just to be on the safe side, I moved on to:

Singlepower PPX3 SLAM : This amp did a very admirable job of driving the K1000s, but I wouldn't say it drove them with the authority I was craving. I had to turn the SLAM voulme up a bit past the 1 o'clock position in order to drive them decently (any other headphone at this volume would make your ears and your head implode). They sounded nice and detailed, and a lot 'fuller' and warmer than the T-amp did. This amp was a much better solution than the T-Amp. In the end, I decided I could do better for the K1000s, so I did some research and moved on to:

Pass Labs Aleph 3 : This is where I realized just what the K1000s are capable of doing. Since I am not confident I can do much better that the Aleph 3, I am calling this the amp. for me and my K1000s. The Alpeh 3 makes the K1000s sound right (and the way I always imagined they should sound). Of corse the down side is you need a pre-amp since the Aleph 3 is just a power amp. Also the Aleph 3 gets very hot so it needs good ventilation (small nit-pick).

IMO (and also according to AKG) a power amp with at least 30 watts per channel with the K1000 spade connectors hooked directly to the speaker lugs of the power amp is what is required in order to drive the K1000s to their fullest potential.

So in the end, I discovered that AKG actually know what they are talking about! Who woulda' guessed it?
post #43 of 92
I have owned a number of amps, all of which I have tried with the AKG K1000's so my comments are based on long term listening. I have listed my preferences below with the best being on top:
1. 2 Musical Fidelity X-CanV2's with Rock-Grotto mods run in dual mono mode.
2. Single X-CanV2 with Rock-Grotto mods.
3. Unmodified X-CanV2
4. Electrocompaniet AW180M Class A Monoblocks run in balanced mode.
5. EAR V20
6. Linn Classik
IMHO people will be hard pressed to better the SQ of the X-CanV2 with the K1000's and running them in dual mono mode fills out the bass nicely!
post #44 of 92
Quote:
Originally Posted by themystical
I have owned a number of amps, all of which I have tried with the AKG K1000's so my comments are based on long term listening. I have listed my preferences below with the best being on top:
1. 2 Musical Fidelity X-CanV2's with Rock-Grotto mods run in dual mono mode.
2. Single X-CanV2 with Rock-Grotto mods.
3. Unmodified X-CanV2
4. Electrocompaniet AW180M Class A Monoblocks run in balanced mode.
5. EAR V20
6. Linn Classik
IMHO people will be hard pressed to better the SQ of the X-CanV2 with the K1000's and running them in dual mono mode fills out the bass nicely!
Wow. #1 beat #5 (at close to $6K). Approx how much does the #1 setup sell for?
post #45 of 92
Who woulda guessed THAT? 2x X-CanV2 the best kept secret for balanced amplification??? ...please let us now...
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