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post #121 of 6431

Most of my friends like the ES7. I don't ever take my HD 600 out of my room but with a decent setup everyone except one who has heard it were amazed though some complain it being a bit wobbly (my big head may have stretched the band a bit that it doesn't fit smaller head nicely anymore).

post #122 of 6431

I guess I'll relate another experience now that I've (a) accumulated a decent amount of credibility around here to admit which cans I had, and (b) remembered it.

 

When I was younger and therefore dumber, I had a pair of the finest headphones Best Buy could offer. That's right, the Sony MDR-V700DJ, perhaps one of the most reviled cans on this forum. They're big, bulky, and insanely ugly. They also have a propensity for breaking. As such, at the time of my story I may have had twist ties, glue, and/or duct tape on mine (I can't remember which stage of degeneration they were at by that point). I was in my high school choir room, and this one girl who always seemed to have nasty things to say to everybody, came out of the blue and said to me, "Hey! You need to get some new headphones there!"

 

Sadly, in retrospect, I believe the lady was correct, though not in the way she may have thought. Were I to have worn my DT880 that I have now back then, however, I scarcely believe she would have said anything different. So I won't attribute her lack of respect for the V700 as any indication that she was aware of their specific sucktitudinousness, but rather to a lack of (a) manners, and (b) understanding regarding audiophiles and their gear.

 

If I recall correctly, she was rather proud of her new iPod Nano, and presumably its attendant iBuds. The old kind. The really bad ones, as opposed to the not quite as hideous newer kind.

post #123 of 6431
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When my wife tried my DT990s she looked me like and gave me a politically correct smile and said: "Oh they sound nice"... and took them off.



Yeah that's usually the kind of reaction I get.

post #124 of 6431

Talking about wearing worn out earphones, I used to have a habit of wearing IEMs without their tips (I had some over the ear ones, so, I can wear them one way or naother) if I lost them. I also worn earphones that are dead in one side just because I wince at the idea that I have to fish out an additional $20 for earphones. Man, how far I have come. Now I doubt I'll stand doing either of those.

post #125 of 6431

Awesome thread. Let's see I started with the Sony MDR-EX51LP (Bass) like them but wanted more clarity. After a while my cat decided that the cable was good enough to eat which made it into a flimsy excuse into buying a new pair of headphones. At the same time my friend was selling some ER-6's (Treble) for $50 so I decided to get them. At first I hated the sound but after figuring out the way to insert them they became a whole different headphone to me. then AGAIN my cat decided to chew up my cable so again I was stuck looking for headphones. I figured out what company made the ER-6's and decided to stick with the same company and got the ER4-P (Mid-Range)... So far I'm still in shock at how crystal clear they are; it never ceases to amaze me. I've had 'em for 5 years and don't plan on upgrading anytime soon (Though I might get the ER4S 70 ohm plug and amp + custom tips).

Anyway it seems I went through all the phases already haha and as for my full size headphones I got extremely lucky and got some Grado/Alessandro MS2 for free from a patient who was also an audiophile at the clinic I work before he passed away.

 

And as for impressions I turned my 65 yr old mother into getting some ER-4P's after she heard mine one day with the infamous 3D barbershop Binaural track. Now she now uses her ER4-P's with her Clip+ that I got her for christmas. Her exact words were "oh my god it's so clear it's like they are whispering in my ear".

And as for the Grado's which I do use in public all I get is laughs and people telling me to get some Dr. Dre Beats and I just agree with them but never get em haha!


Edited by HEARDATBEAT - 12/9/10 at 1:50am
post #126 of 6431

Cats and cables.blink.gif Go together like stormy weather.

post #127 of 6431
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Cats and cables.blink.gif Go together like stormy weather.

 

So true. One of my friends got his cat puncturing a $200US worth subwoofer. He was really upset for a bit. Strangely enough though, a lot of the audiophile friends that I know own a cat...

 

I wonder if there is a correlation between liking cats and being an audiophile.

post #128 of 6431

I don't really talk about my gear with anybody, but it's pretty rare that somebody asks me about it anyway.  I try to somewhat keep people away from the rack just so they don't trip on a wire or something and break a headphone.  If they do see it they usually ask "what the hell is that?" and I say "just some headphones and amplifiers".  It will usually end there, but I've had a couple people ask to listen.

 

When I got my first "good" headphone, the AD500, my best friend wanted to hear it so I let him listen to whatever he wanted in my library.  He started playing Billie Jean and he started laughing.  I asked him what was wrong and he kept giggling and said something along the lines of "this is crazy".

 

I had family over for Thanksgiving and I was showing my cousin various Classical pieces on some laptop speakers.  She asked to listen to my rig, so I let her listen to the Stax Omega via the Blue Hawaii and she liked it.  Then later she was telling a bunch of family members about how much music I have and that I have a bunch of headphones.  Somebody asked me if I had Beats and I said no, then he said something about how they're supposed to be "the best headphones you can buy."  My cousin who listened to my stuff then said something about the Beats being too expensive as a reason why I didn't have them...little did she know just how expensive that rig was that she listened to earlier.  o2smile.gif

 

People seem to get used to it and are only curious the first time.  I don't try to change anybody's opinion on the stuff or get them to buy new headphones.

post #129 of 6431



You know , their has to be a correlation.............ummm...........Uniquely independent?blink.gif  I dunno  Audiophile/ Cat.... am i grabing at straws here.

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Originally Posted by Guidostrunk View Post

Cats and cables.blink.gif Go together like stormy weather.

 

So true. One of my friends got his cat puncturing a $200US worth subwoofer. He was really upset for a bit. Strangely enough though, a lot of the audiophile friends that I know own a cat...

 

I wonder if there is a correlation between liking cats and being an audiophile.


Edited by Guidostrunk - 12/9/10 at 2:05am
post #130 of 6431
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...the infamous 3D barbershop Binaural track.


That reminds me, I had a friend of mine and my father listen to that track through my (then new) DT880. They were both shocked by the experience. I saw my friend wincing when the bag was put over his head. I remember them asking if the effect was because of the headphones or because of the track. The answer, of course, was both. The DT880 has a remarkably flat response up through the lower treble, which makes it ideal for pulling double duty with stereo and binaural recordings. That's one benefit of preferring a brighter presentation. The typical headphone response curve with notched out upper mids/lower treble is bogus for binaural, as your own ear (or the ear of the artificial head, at least) already notches out those frequencies, so you'd have double coverage and it would sound unnatural. Flatter headphones with more upper midrange and lower treble fare far better in regards to the "ideal" voicing for binaural recordings, which is why Etymotic has (or had--do they still offer it?) a specific voicing option for binaural.

post #131 of 6431


No kidding!! My cat is a punk he always goes for cables now so I gotta make sure to never ever ever leave my headphones on my bed or out in the open where he can see them.

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Cats and cables.blink.gif Go together like stormy weather.

post #132 of 6431
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What I don't understand is how is it crazy to spend $200 on a headphone is a waste of money to people, but spending $200 on tennis racket, purse, shoes, jeans, etc. are not consider waste of money? especially the purse and shoe stuff...

 

anybody care to answer?

 

Trust me I am not talking about anyone specific.biggrin.gif

 

Well this is all relative imo. A $200 tennis racket maybe worth it if it's built to last and give you a competitive edge. A $200 purse may also be worth it if it's fashionable and of high quality. $200 jeans I'm not that sure about since I don't really see that much of a difference between designer jeans and regular $30 jeans you buy at tj maxx. In fact, some people I know fret over staining or getting their jeans dirty. LOL. It's all denim to me.

 

On the other hand, $200, or even $1000 headphones are worth it to me since I listen to my cans daily, usually for long periods of time. I just need to find "the one." I'm only still dating atm. 

post #133 of 6431
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I just need to find "the one." I'm only still dating atm. 


Well, those are definitely some nice cans in your avatar. biggrin.gif

post #134 of 6431



Great Analogybiggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by soundeffect View Post

What I don't understand is how is it crazy to spend $200 on a headphone is a waste of money to people, but spending $200 on tennis racket, purse, shoes, jeans, etc. are not consider waste of money? especially the purse and shoe stuff...

 

anybody care to answer?

 

Trust me I am not talking about anyone specific.biggrin.gif

 

Well this is all relative imo. A $200 tennis racket maybe worth it if it's built to last and give you a competitive edge. A $200 purse may also be worth it if it's fashionable and of high quality. $200 jeans I'm not that sure about since I don't really see that much of a difference between designer jeans and regular $30 jeans you buy at tj maxx. In fact, some people I know fret over staining or getting their jeans dirty. LOL. It's all denim to me.

 

On the other hand, $200, or even $1000 headphones are worth it to me since I listen to my cans daily, usually for long periods of time. I just need to find "the one." I'm only still dating atm. 

post #135 of 6431



tongue_smile.gif Agreed

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I just need to find "the one." I'm only still dating atm. 


Well, those are definitely some nice cans in your avatar. biggrin.gif

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