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post #91 of 241
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#10. Becoming a member of Head-fi.
Labtecs used to pwn like there was no tomorrow.
post #92 of 241
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Originally Posted by Edwood
#10. Becoming a member of Head-fi.

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Well, if you are referring to one's financial health, that is.

-Ed
LOL! I feel the same way sometimes.
post #93 of 241
I don't think I've made any serious mistakes yet. I view each purchase as a learning experience. In some cases, I may have paid too much and should have listened first (i.e., Ultrasone Edition 7) but it was still fun.

Outside of the headphone aspect of the hobby, it often comes down to a lack of proper planning. I end up with gear that I don't have an immediate use for and that can give me guilt pangs at times. So long as I'm putting the stuff to good use, I'm happy. But when it ends up in a closet, I start to think I've gone a wee bit over the top. Too many speakers and amps, not enough time.
post #94 of 241
I can remember a legitimate problem now... I lost the left earclip for my KSC-75's. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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post #96 of 241
Only one real mistake so far, and that is not auditioning any of the top tier headphones (eg. Omega II, HP-1000, R10) before making my first purchase. Thus I had no idea what headphones are capable of and how much I was missing out on. If I knew, I wouldn't have settled for a Senn 580 as my 1st purchase, probably would've gone straight to the good stuff and been done with it once & for all.
post #97 of 241
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Originally Posted by Welly Wu
I fixed one of my mistakes early this morning by cancelling my XM Satellite Radio subscription for good. It took 10 minutes for the customer service rep to convince me to change my mind, but I stuck to it and got my tuner deactivated. I will go on the record and say it now: XM is neither for people who love diverse and unique music or audiophiles. XM's programming choices are getting criticized even by die hard XM fanatics who complain that they are starting to repeat the same songs over and over again in endless loops or that too many channels are too alike. In fact, new channels are popping up which decreases the amount of bandwidth given to each channel which decreases sound quality another notch (if at all possible; apparently it is). XM pisses off existing customers by getting rid of their favorite channels without warnings and then they put the channel back in the lineup once enough XM subscribers complain on their troll free 800 line and cancel their subscriptions. Myself, I could not find enough diverse music at a good sound quality levels to make it worth my while. I had the service since last October and it is gone for good. Sound quality took another nose dive on April 17th, 2006 my birthday when XM decided to go for 170 channels instead of 150. Every time they add new channels all they do is decrease sound quality and it seems to me that they are shifting customer's complaints over endless tape loops with these new channel lineups.

XM sucks. No amount of fancy hardware is going to make them sound better because that's not the goal of XM at all. Do you know how XM does programming content? Their goal is to stay 100% current with market trends. Hmmm...I wonder what kind of music that might be. Could it be whatever's cool for the moment? Could it be nothing more than your top 40s of every conceivable music genre played over and over and over and over and over again with decreasing sound quality? Nah. Couldn't be.

XM's customer service is a whipping boy in the history of customer service. They are so damn bad that they go out and blame their customers for incorrect hardware setup which is their reasoning for poor sound quality. Nevermind you that they don't admit they compress and process the hell out of the music to the point where you are better off not listening to music whatsoever. How dare they?

What I have learned from this sad mistake is not to be the first one to embrace anything new period. Anywhere. At any time. I thought XM was going to be the solution to AM/FM radio and now I am back to square one. AM/FM radio sucks, but the content is sufficiently deep for background listening, it's free of charge, and the sound quality is untouchable by DIGITAL RADIO's failed promises. I am in no way shape or form going to touch HD Radio. Uh...no.

This flavor of the month is past due. xM outtie.
FWIW: Sirius® is no better.
post #98 of 241
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Originally Posted by aerius
Only one real mistake so far, and that is not auditioning any of the top tier headphones (eg. Omega II, HP-1000, R10) before making my first purchase. Thus I had no idea what headphones are capable of and how much I was missing out on. If I knew, I wouldn't have settled for a Senn 580 as my 1st purchase, probably would've gone straight to the good stuff and been done with it once & for all.
Heh, I would say you did well starting with 580's. I'm a newb myself, but instead of buying 555's, 595's, etc, I went to straight to 600's with a 650 upgrade cable. This way, when I get a proper amp, I'll know what a decent headphone sounds like, and will know the difference between headphones when I get into higher stuff.

BTW MYTHBUSTERS.. OWNS .
post #99 of 241
#10. Did not save enough money 10 years before I got into this hobby

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#7. Did not save enough money 7 years before I got into this hobby

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post #100 of 241
I, fortunately, have managed to avoid making many mistakes. Most of the mistakes I *have* made have been mistakes while soldering something in on my DIY pursuits. Although I guess if I were to try to think of some mistakes and lessons...

While I did get sucked into the allure of PCDPs, I managed to avoid purchasing the stratospherically expensive models that I can't really afford and can't compete for against the massive disposable income some other members here seem to have for them. I also learned how to modify some of the units, though, and IMHO I think it's probable that I've managed to exceed the performance of many of the famous units, anyhow.

Aside from that, I've managed to largely avoid the costly pursuits people here seem to get involved in. I'm largely satisfied with mid-fi equipment, and I've even managed to go this long without picking up a nice pair of cans, although I'll probably remedy that this summer. I don't really get the 'upgrade bug' so much.

Cables/Interconnects/etc. I've also avoided, even though they could have made their way into my current setup. Every test I've done has ended with me barely being able to distinguish anything, if anything at all, between most of them. Some make some difference, probably, but nothing of particular interest to me. I understand that this is a rather contentious issue, but I also understand that there are plausible explanations (such as capacitance) for why differences *are* heard, so I haven't concluded that it's impossible. I've even had cases where cables *were* affecting the sound as one of them was making one of my early PINTs unstable. However I've found that, in general, it never made much of a difference for me and a good Radio Shack cable served as a fine analog to the ultra-premium stuff pushed about. So, I'm glad I avoided that costly pursuit.

I'm also glad I never got sucked into buying a 'major' brand portable amplifier. That isn't to say they aren't any good. Assuredly, they're quite well performing. I simply have found that DIY has provided me with a portable amp of comparable if not preferable quality, as well as a great learning experience, and so I'm glad I stuck with it rather than pursuing a much costlier route.

I think what has helped me a lot is that I simply *have* a limited budget, but even when I do have money available, I tend to be extremely careful about how I spend it. As a result, even things that have fairly strong allure go unpurchased, as I manage to resist with high regularity. I know some might say I'm missing out on some great stuff, but I don't really think I am so much. Through these less expensive avenues, I've gained a lot of rewarding projects and interesting information. So I think, overall, the sort of spending so common to head-fi is perhaps a sufficient condition for experiencing a lot of what audio has to offer, but it isn't a necessary condition. That is probably the biggest lesson I could have learned from my time here.

Oh yeah, and definitely make sure you don't spend more on gear than on music!
post #101 of 241
I have only mistake I regret since I started this hobby.

1. Not buying the K1000s when you could find em for little more than $500 new.
post #102 of 241
I have XM for talk radio -- that's it. None of the music channels consistently play music I like. Even flipping around there are often times I couldn't find music to listen to. But I like the talk radio, that's why I got it, so I can't complain too much.
post #103 of 241
I want to bump this great thread.
post #104 of 241
Reading Stereo Review
Reading Julian Hirsh
Using equalization
Underestimating room acoustics
Case Logic
Trying Stereo Quad
Believing generalizations
Bi-polars in a small room
Thinking bookshelf/subwoofer systems suck
Thinking headphones suck

90% of these mistakes were made many, many years ago.
post #105 of 241
number one - not being rich enough to buy double of everything as backups. redunancy for the future is key! i sweat every time my old junk gets squirrely...
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