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post #2686 of 5893
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Hello cat6man!

 

Really nice to hear from an American man who sometimes travels to France! I know Velizy from its shopping centre - I sometimes hang around this place.

 

As for high-end audio shops in Paris, the most important one is probably Présence Audio Conseil (www.presence-audio.com/) -this is where I bought my SR 009 - SRM007 tII combo! They very easily lend top level cables without demanding a deposit. If you want to test specific configurations, call them before and they set up the elements you want to hear.

 

We also have two very good magazines, Stéreo Prestige and Haute Fidélité.

 

I live in Pontoise, 40 km NW of Paris, where I work -in a small IT company located in one of the Bon Marché department store buildings. Should you be in Paris, please contact me so that we have lunch together and talk about HIFI -or anything else, I'm continually trying to improve my English. Here is a personnal mail address: p.simon78@voila.fr. If you prefer, we can communicate in French.

 

Best regards.

 

Philippe

 

 

PS: regarding your logo, I consider Futurama is far better than the Simpsons (same authors and production)

 

Hello Philippe

 

I will definitely try to give you a call the next time I travel your way (my company has a travel freeze currently, so I don't expect it to be this year).  I would very much enjoy getting together for a meal and discussion (in either language, though I'm sure your English is better than my French..............I'm much better reading than I am talking or comprehending the spoken word, which I need to remedy some day).

 

What do you have for a DAC in your system? I have a Wadia 27ix which is a bit old, and the DAC is probably the next thing to go after now that I've settled into headphone monogamy (009+ BHSD, c'est le fin pour moi).

Have you heard the TotalDAC by Vincent Brient?  I have heard very nice things about it.

 

Best,

 

Marty

 

p.s. I agree completely regarding Futurama!

post #2687 of 5893

Hello Marty

 

It's a pleasure for me to read you message.

 

My problem with English is exactly the same as yours with French: I've learned English by reading books, magazines and web articles and I'm rather awkward when it comes to spoken language -if we meet, you'll have to talk to me slowly!

 

My source is the integrated transport/DAC Esoteric K-01. It sounds really great once properly set (3 upsampling and 4 filter options) and broken in. It has a menu/submenu system that is really convenient and helps using all its capabilities. Above all, its build quality is more than impressive, higher in my opinion than Accuphase's competitors. Maybe you already know this rig. In a mail to Esoteric guys, I wondered about the fact that some settings gave far better results than others; their answer was "It's a matter of taste", which is a bit offhand in may opinion!

 

I've ordered a BHSE and am expecting it for the beginning of 2013. Your experience as a owner of this device will be precious to me -what to do / not to do, etc. I already got information from Head-Fi and Justin Wilson.

 

I see several entries on the web related to Vincent Brient's TotalDAC -who was unknown to me. I will read them.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Best regards.

 

Philippe.

post #2688 of 5893
Philippe, there is an upcoming review of 009 and total dac (d-1) driven by a stax amp. You may already know about if but this is a french language forum where stax gear and the totaldac among other things are actively discussed: http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1112&sid=fb93b10a311d536838e4f2ad985f57e3

I am curious about the totaldac too. Maybe after I digest the bhse cost smily_headphones1.gif
post #2689 of 5893
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Philippe, there is an upcoming review of 009 and total dac (d-1) driven by a stax amp. You may already know about if but this is a french language forum where stax gear and the totaldac among other things are actively discussed: http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1112&sid=fb93b10a311d536838e4f2ad985f57e3
I am curious about the totaldac too. Maybe after I digest the bhse cost smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

I've been reading that thread (and practicing my french) gs1000.gif

 

Club des Heureux propriétaires de casques STAX  (e.g. happy/lucky Stax owners)


Edited by cat6man - 11/13/12 at 6:41am
post #2690 of 5893
Marty, this is cool! I wouldn't have the courage to read though a japanese audio blog although it's true that it must be excellent practice smily_headphones1.gif.

I did not want to recommend you the totaldac thread which is a real pain to go through even for a native smily_headphones1.gif. Maybe will pm you some excerpts if I get around to it (also we're heavily off track here...)
post #2691 of 5893

Hi Arnaud,

 

I used to live in Japan in the late 60s and early 70s when I was in high school (Yo-Hi, which was in Yokohama, then moved to Yokosuka).

We lived in Yokohama down near Sankien Gardens (#8  or #58  bus from Yokohama Eki).

 

I never was fluent, going to an english speaking school, but knew enough random words to get around, ask directions, order food.......but not much more.

And I never learned to read japanese script in any form.

 

I remember other english speaking high schools that were in Tokyo, ASIJ (American School in Japan), CAJ (Christian Academy of Japan) and St. Mary's and a number of other schools around the Tokyo area associated with US military bases, many of which are probably no longer there.  Besides Yo-Hi (Yokohama High), I remember Zama HS (Camp Zama), Yamato HS (Tachikawa AFB), Johnson HS (Yokota AFB), Fuchu HS (forget where they were), 

 

For some reason, the Air Force Bases' PX stores always(!) had the latest record albums so i spent a lot of time on trains traveling to see what the latest LPs were.  I never used Japanese stores back then since the PX stores were subsidized and much much cheaper.

 

I used to head down to Akihabara to buy electronic parts all the time (as a poor high school student, building was the cheapest option).  I've been back only 3 times since, twice on business trips and once for an engineering conference.

 

I didn't get into stax until after I had left Japan and gone back to Massachusetts for college..........doubt I had ever heard of them back then (I think my first headphones EVER were TEAC with very hard surrounds) off a Kenwood amplifier.  I clearly remember my mother walking up the stairs and banging on my door because I could never hear her calling me with the headphones on and the music blasting.


Edited by cat6man - 11/13/12 at 3:42pm
post #2692 of 5893

Thank you Arnaud & Marty!

 

Marty, I'm not quite sure the thread you mention (Club des heureux...) is the best one for you to practice your French... too many spelling and grammar mistakes in my opinion. I must admit that it's not the worst forum in this respect. There are many sites that deal with English language -and I frequently use them, but I don't know if they have their French equivalents.

 

Arnaud, are you French? Is it true that in Japan, mains supply is just 100 V? If it is, this should lead to very big power cables for, say, toasters!

 

Regards

 

Philippe

post #2693 of 5893
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Thank you Arnaud & Marty!

 

Marty, I'm not quite sure the thread you mention (Club des heureux...) is the best one for you to practice your French... too many spelling and grammar mistakes in my opinion. I must admit that it's not the worst forum in this respect. There are many sites that deal with English language -and I frequently use them, but I don't know if they have their French equivalents.

 

Arnaud, are you French? Is it true that in Japan, mains supply is just 100 V? If it is, this should lead to very big power cables for, say, toasters!

 

Regards

 

Philippe

I'm going to step in here & say Arnaud is actually one of the nicest French dude I've ever met (including his family for that matter). He's one of the two friends who turned me into a Stax fan. And I'm hoping I'll get to get a taste of his BHSE when he receives it :-)!!

Yes Tokyo is primarily a 100V 50Hz environment. Interestingly I met someone who stated certain areas of Tokyo could fluctuate dramatically (I hear that some parts Shinagawa area could get as high as 130V whilst other areas could drop to 90V) but officially it's 100V.
post #2694 of 5893
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Thank you Arnaud & Marty!

 

Marty, I'm not quite sure the thread you mention (Club des heureux...) is the best one for you to practice your French... too many spelling and grammar mistakes in my opinion

 

 

Regards

 

Philippe

 

My main practice is reading a few articles a day in Le Monde but I like the audio forum (a couple of time a month) to learn French audio specific terminology.

 

My daughter is taking French Literature in high school this year and I'm reading along with her (just read Simenon's "Le Chien Jaune" and Voltaire's "Junot et Colin", now starting to read "Candide") which

is fun since I don't have to take any of the tests or home work assignments!

post #2695 of 5893
Sean: thank you for the compliment! I must say you're one of the coolest aussies I know smily_headphones1.gif.

Marty: LeMonde... Awesome!! Your level of French is probably much higher than you admit.

Philippe: I never thought about the implications of voltage and resulting current going through home appliances lol smily_headphones1.gif. All I can say is that the wires and fuse board seems the same as in france (15A for most stuff, 25A for kitchen ..., the toaster is probably 600W...).
post #2696 of 5893

Hello Martin

 

I'm glad to know your familly dig French as foreign culture. I guess that for most of the American people, it's Spanish above all! Litterature is another affair of mine (maybe I mentionned it in my profile). My favorite book is "Mort à crédit" ("Death on the Installment Plan") by Céline (pub. 1936). I suggest you daughter tries to read it in French, while you would read the English translation by Ralph Manheim -not a very good one: most of Céline's invented expressions are explained in English, not translated into an equivalent semi-fictitious expression. But I don't know of any other English translation.

 

Back to high-end earphones, I suppose your daughter uses the ordinary sold-by-the-pound inside-ears (probably not the right expression) rigs, with MP3 as source...Did she already feel the gap with SR009/BHSE/high quality source?

 

Best regards

 

Philippe

post #2697 of 5893
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post

Hello Martin

 

Back to high-end earphones, I suppose your daughter uses the ordinary sold-by-the-pound inside-ears (probably not the right expression) rigs, with MP3 as source...Did she already feel the gap with SR009/BHSE/high quality source?

 

Best regards

 

Philippe

 

Bonjour Philippe,

 

I took my daughter along to a NJ headphone meet a few years ago by promising her a chinese buffet at a nearby restaurant.  She brought her ipod and earbuds with her.

She had mp3s at the time on her ipod  and a kind person, who was showing off his own tube based amplifier, got her to try listening to her ipod with her earphones but driven by his amp.............her eyes opened wide!

 

Since then, I've gotten her a used pair of Sennheiser that she absolutely loves................her smile when she first listened to them was priceless.  She also convinced her mother to "loan" her ipod Classic (160GB) since she no longer wants to listen to compressed music and ipods can't carry enough music................I must have done something right!

 

She doesn't know it, but I plan to get her an iDecco to take to college with her next year, which should be a good tabletop match to her sennheiser.......a sneaky way for me to get her something with tubes!

post #2698 of 5893

True story from 3 days ago, takes place in my home's living room where my main stereo system lives.

 

Wife:  What are those things on the top of the stereo cabinet?

Me: Those are tubes.

Wife:  I don't remember those.  What is it for?

Me: That is my headphone amplifier (pointing to BHSE)

Wife:  How long has that been here?

Me:  Oh, about 5 months now (top shelf previously had Magnum Dynalab FM tuner)

 

Amazing what we see and don't see.

post #2699 of 5893
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Originally Posted by cat6man View Post

True story from 3 days ago, takes place in my home's living room where my main stereo system lives.

 

Wife:  What are those things on the top of the stereo cabinet?

Me: Those are tubes.

Wife:  I don't remember those.  What is it for?

Me: That is my headphone amplifier (pointing to BHSE)

Wife:  How long has that been here?

Me:  Oh, about 5 months now (top shelf previously had Magnum Dynalab FM tuner)

 

Amazing what we see and don't see.

 

tongue.gif Had the same experience with various gear over the years too!

post #2700 of 5893

Hello all,

 

I am about to make a deposit for a BHSE and would like to know what kind of connectors most BHSE owners use, RCA or XLR? What difference does is make?

 

Many thanks. 

 

Satorarepotenet

 

PS. I'll be using a pair of Stax 007 and 009 with, as a source, a Bel Canto Dac 2.5


Edited by satorarepotenet - 11/16/12 at 12:59pm
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