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post #31 of 201
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Originally Posted by juman231 View Post

Well, to be honest, I was a little freaked out about it. I mean I'd just finished high school and thinking about military, I didn't feel like I was ready. Also, I didn't want to give up my Korean citizenship by becoming an american citizen. And then there was that little bit in me that said going to school would probably be better... 


 Military takes too much time IMO. You can graduate and get better work experience before people in the military do. Hopefully.

post #32 of 201

i say you stay away from headphones like the k70x and hd6x0.  they require more hifi equipment and more components to upgrade.  its a slippery slope and it doesnt stop even at the highest level.  thast why those lucky people have like 2-5+ different "rigs" that are all top notch.  aim for headphones that dont require an amp unless youre ready to drop some cash on a whole setup.

post #33 of 201
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Originally Posted by wind016 View Post


Yea, I didn't bother to update my profile yet. My Stax are being shipped and I don't have an amp for them yet, so I can't really claim as having them. I did hear them at a Head-fi meet that drove me to this decision. They were that good =)  No dynamic nor orthodynamic headphones I've heard can touch them IMO. Good enough for me to think that I will finally retire from Head-fi and look for another hobby. hehe  Probably back to guitar stuff again or something.



Heeeey, wanna give me your W11R's as a nice present? biggrin.gif


 

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Originally Posted by juman231 View Post

haha ordering headphones(or any other things) online and waiting for them to come is probably the most exciting yet painful time of one's life xP Ahh I gotta go to one of these meets!!!



I know the feeling. Two days ago, a pair of headphones was scheduled to arrive, and tracking said it was at the post office about an half an hour away. Nothing came, so I was a bit concerned thinking it might have been lost or something bad happened to the postman (which would have been tragic for the poor guy) but for some reason, I forgot to assume they'd deliver it to my local post office.

 

And being a student audio-geek isn't that bad. I'm 16 and have almost every headphone I want within reasonableness (I still want a C32 setup some day) other than a K340, Jecklin Float, and W11R/JPN, and I haven't spent more than $250 on all of them. See my profile picture and profile for my headphones. Heck, my three favorite headphones combined cost as much as your M50's. My original production DT48, my holy grail of headphones, cost me $60 (new ones cost $400 and supposedly sound "worse"), my Realistic Pro 50 (basically a K240 Sextett in fancy aluminum housings) cost $40, and my Vectorscan VSH-5's cost me $26, so $126 total. The sad thing is I still don't have a good source or amp...although the latter will be coming soon in a vintage integrated amp.

 

So the advice I give to you and everyone else is basically, avoid the FOTM's if you can do more research and find something better or as good for cheaper. Most of them are started by one seasoned member praising them, then many newbies buying them as their first headphone and praising the hell out of them, causing a cycle that lasts a few months. When I started, the Equation Audio RP-21's were the shiznit. Now, you hardly hear a peep from anyone about them. Same with the AD700's other than those who crave a huge soundstage. The M50's are decent to me, yes, but they hardly warrant this much praise. I might have heard a defective pair but they reeeaaaally didn't sound like a $130 pair of headphones, but I may be biased because of my incredible luck. But seriously, my $40 Prodipe Pro800's are about as good, maybe a bit worse. I'll start a thread about them when I get the chance. BobSaysHi (another teen member) and Joker will be getting my pair soon as part of a loaner program to see if Olimoronio and I are going insane.

post #34 of 201
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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post





Heeeey, wanna give me your W11R's as a nice present? biggrin.gif


 



I know the feeling. Two days ago, a pair of headphones was scheduled to arrive, and tracking said it was at the post office about an half an hour away. Nothing came, so I was a bit concerned thinking it might have been lost or something bad happened to the postman (which would have been tragic for the poor guy) but for some reason, I forgot to assume they'd deliver it to my local post office.

 

And being a student audio-geek isn't that bad. I'm 16 and have almost every headphone I want within reasonableness (I still want a C32 setup some day) other than a K340, Jecklin Float, and W11R/JPN, and I haven't spent more than $250 on all of them. See my profile picture and profile for my headphones. Heck, my three favorite headphones combined cost as much as your M50's. My original production DT48, my holy grail of headphones, cost me $60 (new ones cost $400 and supposedly sound "worse"), my Realistic Pro 50 (basically a K240 Sextett in fancy aluminum housings) cost $40, and my Vectorscan VSH-5's cost me $26, so $126 total. The sad thing is I still don't have a good source or amp...although the latter will be coming soon in a vintage integrated amp.

 

So the advice I give to you and everyone else is basically, avoid the FOTM's if you can do more research and find something better or as good for cheaper. Most of them are started by one seasoned member praising them, then many newbies buying them as their first headphone and praising the hell out of them, causing a cycle that lasts a few months. When I started, the Equation Audio RP-21's were the shiznit. Now, you hardly hear a peep from anyone about them. Same with the AD700's other than those who crave a huge soundstage. The M50's are decent to me, yes, but they hardly warrant this much praise. I might have heard a defective pair but they reeeaaaally didn't sound like a $130 pair of headphones, but I may be biased because of my incredible luck. But seriously, my $40 Prodipe Pro800's are about as good, maybe a bit worse. I'll start a thread about them when I get the chance. BobSaysHi (another teen member) and Joker will be getting my pair soon as part of a loaner program to see if Olimoronio and I are going insane.


I totally agree with what you said. All it takes is one audio veteran to like a particular headphone, recommend it to a few new comers and then since it's there first or second purchase they think it's the greatest headphone, which may be wrong. Then before you know it everyone has the same equipment and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. I have done this myself and that's what kind of sux about this hobby is that it's extremely hard to demo everything out there and you really need to trust peoples opinions on here. I'm sure there are so many over rated headphones on here as well as many great ones under the radar.

post #35 of 201
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Originally Posted by Elija View Post

I listen K-701 to Realtek in my PC and sound is good. Use Foobar2000.



You better be a troll. My uDac couldn't drive my K702's well. I would hate to see how it would sound with onboard audio. 

post #36 of 201

I'm a student who appreciates good hi-fi and it doesn't really fit in with the student lifestyle at all (except maybe a few djs with HD25s). I recently spent 1/2 my student loan on an amp/dac and speakers, I just had to live of instant noodles and cheap beer :). The only thing stopping me spending more money on cans and a head-amp is my girlfriend threatened to leave me if I bought more expensive hi-fi things. It's probably for the best. If you have your heart set on something only thing you can do is be patient when considering the final item you want to buy, and be sure you are getting a good deal for it.

post #37 of 201
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Originally Posted by Elija View Post

Sorry for my independent feeling, my mister ! frown.gif

Sound with amp is better, but without is sufficient.

That is all.



Eh, to each his own. 

post #38 of 201
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Originally Posted by jronan2 View Post




I totally agree with what you said. All it takes is one audio veteran to like a particular headphone, recommend it to a few new comers and then since it's there first or second purchase they think it's the greatest headphone, which may be wrong. Then before you know it everyone has the same equipment and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. I have done this myself and that's what kind of sux about this hobby is that it's extremely hard to demo everything out there and you really need to trust peoples opinions on here. I'm sure there are so many over rated headphones on here as well as many great ones under the radar.


Haha I can't deny that I was one of those beginners that perpetuated this hype on the m50. With everyone praising it, i somewhat felt required to do so as well. But now that I've had them for about 3 months, I can render some rational judgments on its pros and cons. And now i want some new headphones. But can't get them. Hence, back to the OP.

post #39 of 201
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Originally Posted by ThomasLi View Post

I'm a student who appreciates good hi-fi and it doesn't really fit in with the student lifestyle at all (except maybe a few djs with HD25s). I recently spent 1/2 my student loan on an amp/dac and speakers, I just had to live of instant noodles and cheap beer :). The only thing stopping me spending more money on cans and a head-amp is my girlfriend threatened to leave me if I bought more expensive hi-fi things. It's probably for the best. If you have your heart set on something only thing you can do is be patient when considering the final item you want to buy, and be sure you are getting a good deal for it.


LOL My sister actually was telling me yesterday that if I buy all of these gears that I want to buy when I'm married, my wife's probably gonna ask for a divorce...

post #40 of 201
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Originally Posted by juman231 View Post




LOL My sister actually was telling me yesterday that if I buy all of these gears that I want to buy when I'm married, my wife's probably gonna ask for a divorce...


Not if your girl is an audio-geek too!
post #41 of 201
Most annoying part is when your friends/classmates call you crazy, when they're content with their $2 buds *shrug*
post #42 of 201

My last year of highschool this year, university next year and I'm not gonna have any money to spend on hobbies :( So I've been splurging lol, 5870 in the pc, hd600s and a bottlehead crack in a few weeks! 

post #43 of 201
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Originally Posted by Scytus View Post

Most annoying part is when your friends/classmates call you crazy, when they're content with their $2 buds *shrug*

Can't blame them. They never really hear/get used to the sound of higher quality cans. It took me a couple of hours to really appreciate the sound quality of my grados. Sound quality is something that grows on people I suppose.
post #44 of 201

You know how I deal with it?

I get 250 bucks that I saved up from a long long time, then I buy a X-Fi Titanium HD sound card and headphones that don't require an amp but are praised on Head-fi.(ATH-M50s)

 

And then... I just wait until I'm out of school and got a job =] (2 or 3 years?)

 

That is basically how I get around it...

 

If I crave for another set, all I have to do is find a really really really really really bad review about how flawed the headphones are and then I don't want it anymore! =]

So simple to overcome the craving lol

post #45 of 201

or get a fiio dac . nufroce dac + ath m50 and enjoy music till you get a job splurge for a full hifi setup and high end headphone setup :D
 

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Originally Posted by eriktheg View Post

You know how I deal with it?

I get 250 bucks that I saved up from a long long time, then I buy a X-Fi Titanium HD sound card and headphones that don't require an amp but are praised on Head-fi.(ATH-M50s)

 

And then... I just wait until I'm out of school and got a job =] (2 or 3 years?)

 

That is basically how I get around it...

 

If I crave for another set, all I have to do is find a really really really really really bad review about how flawed the headphones are and then I don't want it anymore! =]

So simple to overcome the craving lol

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