History of the AKG K1000?

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  1. mikeg Contributor
    I'd sure like to know the history of the K1000? When was it first made? Who developed it? Were there predecessors? Is an upgrade in the works?
     
  2. Edwood
    I think it originally was sold about 15 years ago. History of the K1000 seems pretty obscure. I couldn't find anything about it in a google search.

    All I know is what is listed in the manual. It has a foward by Dr. Carl Poldy, AKG describing the theory behind the K1000's sound.

    -Ed
     
  3. Jazz1
    AKG should issue a K2000 and drive all us K1000 owners crazy with upgraditits.
     
  4. Edwood
    AKG K2000 did exist before. Not as a headphone, looks like an old microphone. It's listed under AKG's discontinued products.

    http://www.akg.com/products/pspic/image/11/image1055923477_imagehires1055923476_import3e4b6ab 9292e2.JPG

    -Ed
     
  5. Demolition
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Edwood
    I think it originally was sold about 15 years ago. History of the K1000 seems pretty obscure. I couldn't find anything about it in a google search.

    All I know is what is listed in the manual. It has a foward by Dr. Carl Poldy, AKG describing the theory behind the K1000's sound.

    -Ed



    If you check the K 1000's service manual (PDF), you'll see that the document was issued in November, 1990.

    If the service manual appeared shortly after the headphones themselves, then the K 1000 may have been around for as long as 15 years. (This is assuming that November, 1990, was the original issue date of that document.)

    D.
     
  6. Music Fanatic
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    Originally posted by Demolition
    If you check the K 1000's service manual (PDF), you'll see that the document was issued in November, 1990.

    If the service manual appeared shortly after the headphones themselves, then the K 1000 may have been around for as long as 15 years. (This is assuming that November, 1990, was the original issue date of that document.)




    Well, I don't follow our arithmetic(unless by shortly you mean 23 months), but I do appreciate your sharing this link to the K1000 service manual.
     
  7. Edwood
    Well, I could've been off by a year or two.

    I saw an article saying that they orginally came out 14 years ago, and the article was one year old.

    -Ed
     
  8. Music Fanatic
    If you go the AKG home page, click on "About AKG" and then on "Milestones", you'll see that the K1000 was first demo-ed in 1989 -- so it seems the headphones are about 14 years old.
     
  9. Edwood
    Nice find.

    Wow. These really are an old design. True classics. I almost don't want them to come out with a successor. But upgradeitis always that itch needed to be scratched.

    -Ed
     
  10. Music Fanatic
    By the way, did you know that AKG, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Infinity, and JBL are all owned by the same company, Harman International?
     
  11. Edwood
    Yep. I sure did. I'm a Harman International whore. I have a Harman Kardon Receiver and CD Changer.

    -Ed
     
  12. Demolition
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    Originally posted by Music Fanatic
    Well, I don't follow our arithmetic(unless by shortly you mean 23 months), but I do appreciate your sharing this link to the K1000 service manual.



    I used to be an archaeologist. Any span of time less than 100 years qualifies as "shortly" in my view. [​IMG]

    D.
     
  13. Permonic
    According to this article: "...it synthesizes the key ideas from the Stax SR-Sigma and the Jecklin Float into a single design..."

    I found somewhere, that the parameters of Jecklin Float Model 1 are: 5Hz - 25kHz, 200 Ohm, weight 385g.

    That's how Jecklin Float Model 2 looks like:

    [​IMG]
    (Source: http://www.audiocircuit.com/9111-esh...1CMJEC-PIC.htm )

    This guy, Martin Duerrentmatt is a father of Jecklin Float:

    [​IMG]
    (source: http://www.avguide.ch/index.cfm?show...BF08EB9E47B99A )

    Also check this link to see the info about Ergo Headphones (from the same company).
     
  14. Music Fanatic
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    Originally posted by Permonic
    According to this article: "...it synthesizes the key ideas from the Stax SR-Sigma and the Jecklin Float into a single design..."



    I wonder if the designers of the headphone also see this as the origin of the design.
     
  15. Edwood
    Yeah, I read that article.

    I think the designers at AKG thought, surely there must a be a slightly less goofy looking way to achieve this type of sound?

    -Ed
     
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