Just lost an ebay auction for a pair of K340
post-149368
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 64

katsudon1

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 15, 2002
Messages
177
Reaction score
10
Joined
May 15, 2002
Posts
177
Likes
10
Since those K340s are so well recommended by some head-fiers e.g. joelongwood & others. I just decided that I want to get a pair and see if I like them as much. The combination of electrostatic mids and highs together with dynamic bass seem to be very promising. Sounds like the best of both worlds. So, I located a pair at ebay and I am willing to spend as much as USD150. But I was still outbid by another ebay member. Um¡K¡KI am puzzling how much do these old top of the line AKG worth nowadays?
 
     Share This Post       
post-149370
Post #2 of 64

joelongwood

Keeper of the 'Phones
Moderator
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
4,649
Reaction score
13
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
4,649
Likes
13
WOW......>$150 seems pretty high. But, to my ears, they sound better than any $150 'phones I've heard. I've seen them go on ebay for as little as $50. I paid $80 and $100 for my two pair (gave one to my son). I got them from the classifieds on audioreview. Keep looking........they're well worth it (IMHO). Good luck.
 
     Share This Post       
post-149380
Post #3 of 64

katsudon1

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 15, 2002
Messages
177
Reaction score
10
Joined
May 15, 2002
Posts
177
Likes
10
I have seen in other headphone forums K340 owners reported that these cans are "fun" HPs. They have descibe the music reproduction as "oldish" even if you feed them with very modern days recorded music. Do you feel that too?
 
     Share This Post       
post-149386
Post #4 of 64

joelongwood

Keeper of the 'Phones
Moderator
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
4,649
Reaction score
13
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
4,649
Likes
13
I don't think I would use the terms "fun" and "oldish" (except in describing myself)
..............."detailed" yet "balanced" would be more like it.
 
     Share This Post       
post-176163
Post #5 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
Hi Joelongwood:

Any idea how do the K340's compare with the K501's?
 
     Share This Post       
post-176166
Post #6 of 64

joelongwood

Keeper of the 'Phones
Moderator
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
4,649
Reaction score
13
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
4,649
Likes
13
Quote:

Originally posted by elrod-tom
Hi Joelongwood:

Any idea how do the K340's compare with the K501's?


Hi elrod-tom,
To my ears, there is no comparison. The K340s are fuller, richer sounding 'phones with an extremely transparent midrange, similar to what I hear from Stax electrostatics. The K501s win out in treble extension, though. But everything else goes to the K340s. As usuual, this is just my opinion. Hope this helps.
 
     Share This Post       
post-176171
Post #7 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
It does indeed....thanks.

Although someone just bid $170 for a "buy it now" on eBay for what is supposed to be a boxed pair. OUCH!!

 
     Share This Post       
post-202238
Post #8 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
Well, I finally tracked down a pair of these on Audiogon. I'm very, very pleased. Nice, neutral, lifelike, and with decent bass extension and presence.

EXCELLENT!!


Five cans on a five can scale!


 
     Share This Post       
post-202512
Post #9 of 64

katsudon1

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 15, 2002
Messages
177
Reaction score
10
Joined
May 15, 2002
Posts
177
Likes
10
Good on you, elrod-tom.
How much did you pay and what's the condition like?
 
     Share This Post       
post-202525
Post #10 of 64

Number9

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Messages
327
Reaction score
15
Location
Canada
Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Location
Canada
Posts
327
Likes
15
I just picked up a pair on Audiogon last week too ...
And I too lived with the frustration of being outbid on eBay for months.

I like them. They have some unique things going for them - but they are not perfect.

I can see them not being to everyone's taste. Highs are not very extended. Bass does not go into the deep, deep region. Nor the last word in transparency either. Kind of heavy.

Still...... quite likable... for the reasons joelongwood states above.

If anyone is unhappy with their K340s, PM me,
I'll take them off your hands.
Would not mind owning a second pair. However, I would not spend more than $120.
 
     Share This Post       
post-202539
Post #11 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
Quote:

Originally posted by katsudon1
Good on you, elrod-tom.
How much did you pay and what's the condition like?


I paid $100 (including shipping) for what appears to be a VERY lightly used pair. Even had the original box.

I've seen them go cheaper than that on eBay, and was trying to hold out for something less pricey. However, in the end I figured that (as good as they appeared to be in the pictures I received) $100 out the door was not too unreasonable.

What can I say...I'm pretty happy!!


 
     Share This Post       
post-202541
Post #12 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
Quote:

Originally posted by Number9
If anyone is unhappy with their K340s, PM me,
I'll take them off your hands.
Would not mind owning a second pair. However, I would not spend more than $120.



DITTO!!!!


 
     Share This Post       
post-202542
Post #13 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
Quote:

Originally posted by joelongwood
Hi elrod-tom,
To my ears, there is no comparison. The K340s are fuller, richer sounding 'phones with an extremely transparent midrange, similar to what I hear from Stax electrostatics. The K501s win out in treble extension, though. But everything else goes to the K340s. As usuual, this is just my opinion. Hope this helps.


Hey Joe...good call on this one!!


Five cans on a five can scale!!


 
     Share This Post       
post-202586
Post #14 of 64

Number9

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Messages
327
Reaction score
15
Location
Canada
Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Location
Canada
Posts
327
Likes
15
There is a pair on sale on eBay right now ...being sold in the UK ... and the high bid is now up to $US217 with one day left.

Now that is nuts! No way Jose!

Whoever shells out that kind of dough for these is going to feel ripped-off once they get them. What would make anyone think that they are worth that much? Ouch.
 
     Share This Post       
post-202588
Post #15 of 64

elrod-tom

Moderator - Prefers "stereo weirdo" to "audiophile"
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Messages
10,523
Reaction score
48
Location
I live in the midrange!
Joined
Jul 4, 2002
Location
I live in the midrange!
Posts
10,523
Likes
48
$217???!!!

That is nuts!!

 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top