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Whats Ska? Reggae?

yes and no

 

 Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. [Thanks Wiki]

 

Ska preceeds Reggae, it's often called dancehall as well, basically it's Jazz... with some of the Reggae "riddim" of bass lines and beats. Wiki sums it up nicely, but the British have some great Ska bands! 

 

Actually the Brits took ska, infused some punk Rock and gave us 2 Tone, either way It's simmilar to Reggae but more up beat 

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Any albums to recommend? I'll use Spotify to try it out
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 2/23/14 at 10:27am
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Ohhh man Ska on the HE 4... so much WIN

Definitely. All brass instruments are awesome.

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Any albums to recommend? I'll use Spotify to try it out

The Specials - The Specials

 

Bad Manners - Best Of 

 

start there :3

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I've found that the HE-4 sounds really good with vinyl rips. The slightly tamer highs of vinyl really seem to complement it.

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I've found that the HE-4 sounds really good with vinyl rips. The slightly tamer highs of vinyl really seem to complement it.

I found the oppisite to be true, the slight touch of artifcats in the highs sounds horrible [although that's more of the Quality of the Rip and Physical Quality of the Vinyl than anything]

 

Oh any one try Beyer Velours on their HE 4? I am going to, with the hops it sounds EXACTLY the same but with beyer Comfort. Going classic whites 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Oh any one try Beyer Velours on their HE 4? I am going to, with the hops it sounds EXACTLY the same but with beyer Comfort. Going classic whites

 

Don't know if anyone has tried this yet, but I'm interested to hear what you think.

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Don't know if anyone has tried this yet, but I'm interested to hear what you think.

I will hope if it's BAD I can re sell

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

I will hope if it's BAD I can re sell

Just make sure you buy the 990 pads and not the 770 pads!

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Just make sure you buy the 990 pads and not the 770 pads!

They are teh 990 pads 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

The Specials - The Specials

 

Bad Manners - Best Of 

 

start there :3

Thanks for that, now I know what Ska sounds like, reminds me a lot of my old Sublime albums. I do have to say that the mastering on those albums (more so on The Specials 2002 remastered) were unimpressive, could be Spotify though.

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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

Thanks for that, now I know what Ska sounds like, reminds me a lot of my old Sublime albums. I do have to say that the mastering on those albums (more so on The Specials 2002 remastered) were unimpressive, could be Spotify though.

Early Sublime is about right, they are more 2Tone than Ska, but Ska and 2Tone are simmilar so what ever 

 

But yea I like Sublime as well 

 

But The Specials - Specials [1979] Or their first album is my favorite 

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well, goodbye mini-x. Incoming jds labs c5, lets see how bad an he4 sounds off a portable! Ember/lyr in my future....

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I thought I'd quit lurking for a bit and give everyone an update. I just acquired a used EF5 locally so here's my most frequently used setup:

Galaxy Note 3 > Audio Quest Dragonfly > Hifiman EF5 > HE-4

I cannot speak highly enough about this combo. There is just some synergy that my other configurations lack. Though super musical and not necessarily critical, listening to music is bringing me to near tears. It's been a long time since that's happened for me.

I've yet to hear the HE-4 from speaker taps, so I cannot compare it that way... But this sounds better to my ear than driven from a $3000+ setup (SPL Phonitor and high end dac).
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I've heard the EF5 is a very tubey sounding amp. Very warm and musical. I'm sure that this would sound great with the HE-4!

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