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post #4636 of 17132

Warning: Some may find the following story quite distressing. 

 

So... I decide to remove my sticker from my headphones (bloody eyesore!) and place it in a safer more sensible place that can be easily seen. Inside the second box, top corner, underneath the sponge. 

 

I take the headphones to my usual place for any technical work. The kitchen bench. Once there, I confidently start taking my 600's apart. Yes I've done this before don't worry folks, I'm an old pro.. I was removing foam and stuffing panty liner in my 650 port holes while some of you were still in shorts..! 

 

Yes I know what I'm doing. 

 

Anyways, I get to the part I've been waiting for. A little sweat has started to form on my forehead. My two year old son can see something small and glistening. I lift him up onto the bench to share the experience with his Dad. 

 

Right. I need to remove this verrry carefully. Very carefully indeed. "It's very precious" I tell my son. He looks up at me with wonder in his eyes and then back towards the shiny special thing. 

My finger nail doesn't seem to be up to task at lifting the corner of the very small hologram sticker. Hmmm.., This thing is fast! Luckily the cutlery draw is in hands reach and I soon find something sharper and more useful. A stanley knife. 

I tentatively slide the edge of the blade beneath one corner of the sticker. Seems to be working. I now go from the adjacent angle to open up that edge too. All good. At this point I relieve my brow of a small trickle of salty sweat that was on a one way road to my left lamp. I need both eyes for this job. My son copies my actions even though his brow was dry. This is a special moment. 

 

Ok, last hurdle. I now take the blade and get to work loosening the centre of the sticker with the aim of removal. Removal and placement. (I have a small square of silk knicker material left over from my 650 days to place it on for now.)

 

The blade goes in and under. Smoother than I thought!

 

But nothing ever goes that smooth.. I've learned this in the past. Just when you think (or say! never say it!) hmm, aren't things going well? There's always some a*shole.., Some tw*t!!  Or that devious and malicious twist of fate that comes clumsily stumbling over itself in a mad hurry to completely b*llocks everything up. Well here he comes. Hey hows it going?  Wusup!? 

 

I had just got underneath the sticker with my blade when my Son sneezed. He tends to sneeze with a lot of force. Very loud for a small child. This has been quite funny in the past, but not this time. This time I get a fright. Fright enough to flick the blade and send the sticker flying into the air. No I'm not laughing. My face is stretched long, gaunt with eyes goggled. Goggled eyes watching the journey of this precious shiny thing float through space, flickering like the light of a meteorite travelling overhead on a clear Autumn night. 

It's journey is a short one. About two feet to be exact. Because about two feet away is my toaster. It of course and straight on course, falls deep inside my toaster.

 

In the years to come I will ask my son some questions. One of these questions will no doubt be; "why did you switch the toaster on when the shiny thing went in?"

 

Some questions are probably best left unanswered. 

 

(this is a story and not real, so not to be taken seriously at all.) 

post #4637 of 17132
OH DEAR GAWD!!!!

PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE, ANYTHING......ANYTHING......BUT THE STICKER!

You would have been better off sticking the knife through the driver than flicking the sticker into the toaster!

I'm so upset that, even though it is 4:30am and I am still at work, I know for certain that I won't be able to sleep when I finally get home. I'll be tossing and turning all night, thinking about the horror....
post #4638 of 17132
p.s. yes, I saw your footnote. ;-)
post #4639 of 17132
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Originally Posted by amcananey View Post

p.s. yes, I saw your footnote. ;-)

 

:beerchug:

post #4640 of 17132
You should write a book lugbug
post #4641 of 17132

It's 2:50 am.. I just finished listening to Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell".. through the HD600 & BH Crack.  It's one of those awesome times where I just forget what amp/dac/headphone/whatever I'm using.. and become completely absorbed in the most important part of this hobby: the music.

post #4642 of 17132

Anyone know a better deal than $300 shipped from a grey importer?

post #4643 of 17132

I came back to this forum after less than a day to find 7+ pages about the authenticity sticker......  that's it, I guess everything about the HD600's sound has already been said.

 

Here's my contribution:

Regarding sound vs HD650, I found the HD600 superior in every way except one --- let's call it graininess?  The HD650 sounded just a tad better in this department, though I find it's rolled off highs and mid-bass hump less than enjoyable.

 

Earlier posts discussed the difficulty of measuring this quality called "grain", and comparing specs between the HD650 and HD600, the THD of the HD650 is presumably half that of the 600.  I wonder if this spec is somehow related to "grain"?

post #4644 of 17132
Perhaps the "grain" is the revealing nature of the HD600s which other cans such as the HD650 doesn't show. My mad dogs or HE500s show some of this on the headphone amps but via the speaker amp it disappears. I haven't heard the HD650 so can't compare.
post #4645 of 17132
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

Perhaps the "grain" is the revealing nature of the HD600s which other cans such as the HD650 doesn't show. My mad dogs or HE500s show some of this on the headphone amps but via the speaker amp it disappears. I haven't heard the HD650 so can't compare.

 

I'd agree with that defo, I wager that you wouldn't hear any grain if the recording is up to scratch. Grain is only there if it's in the recording and your equipment is able to show it. The 650's smooth over any such embarrassments. 

 

(thanks for the book compliment btw :)  

post #4646 of 17132
No problem, you write really well. It was like I was there.

I was listening to Adele again and people have been saying that her albums are badly recorded or mastered but I never got why because on the mad dogs and on the HE500s it didnt sound so bad. Trying it on the HD600s was terrible especially the track "Chasing Pavements".

Question is, am I right to say that the HD600s are more revealing than the HE500s which I paid almost 3 times the price for?
post #4647 of 17132
Sorry writing this on my phone which is a bit of a hassle to edit
post #4648 of 17132
Quote:
Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

No problem, you write really well. It was like I was there.

I was listening to Adele again and people have been saying that her albums are badly recorded or mastered but I never got why because on the mad dogs and on the HE500s it didnt sound so bad. Trying it on the HD600s was terrible especially the track "Chasing Pavements".

Question is, am I right to say that the HD600s are more revealing than the HE500s which I paid almost 3 times the price for?

Good question. It may be that coil dynamic drivers emphasize the sound more? More texture? You feel the sound more perhaps. Where as with orthos, they are no less detailed but they have that liquidy character that smooths out all the bumps.

 

I used to own the HE500's and the difference between them and my 650's which I owned at the time was very clear. The 500's had more control of the frequencies, the separation and imaging was far better. But I never quite got the same feeling or involvement I always got with the 650's. For me it was a clear case of technicality over musicality.. The 650's were more cohesive but far less detailed. The he500's are a great headphone and I'd still own one if I could afford to. But I found that dynamic headphones are my preference. I'm a low volume listener and I get more "feel and punch" with the Senn's without turning them up, like I had to with both the lcd2 and hifimans. 

 

The on-going problem in this hobby is enjoying advancement in sound quality, (Same with tv's and pic quality) whilst not letting it overtake the musical enjoyment. Suppose that's why there are a few who still appreciate the hd600's over the hd800's. I'm lucky that I've got both of these hp's. One to truly appreciate the sound quality (which after all, is what being an Audiophile is all about). The other to sit back and enjoy my fave tunes without feeling the need to analyse.  

post #4649 of 17132
Quote:
Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

No problem, you write really well. It was like I was there.

I was listening to Adele again and people have been saying that her albums are badly recorded or mastered but I never got why because on the mad dogs and on the HE500s it didnt sound so bad. Trying it on the HD600s was terrible especially the track "Chasing Pavements".

Question is, am I right to say that the HD600s are more revealing than the HE500s which I paid almost 3 times the price for?

 

 

HE500 is more forgiving than HD600 ? 

post #4650 of 17132

I'd say HD600 is more forgiving then the HE500. But this doesn't mean you can skimp out on proper source and amplification for the HD600's.

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