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Long time lurker, first time poster.  

Congrats! And nice photo work too. I have something similar sitting on my desk. Haha.

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Long time lurker, first time poster.  May as well be this thread in which to introduce myself...  I'll provide some impressions on my new setup seen at the bottom of my post, but I'll give some background on my ears first, as some may find it useful for perspective.

 

I started playing the drums when I was 11.  I'm 41 now.  I haven't played much in the past 14 years, but the 10 years prior to that was filled with a lot of live practices and amplified performances in a loud rock band.  I went to a LOT of shows at loud, small clubs.  As in, hearing loss-inducing loud.  At the time, I was ignorant of the kind of hearing protection that was available (I rarely used it because the foamies that I had at my disposal had, well, serious transparency issues :o ).  Fast forward to about 5 years ago when I found myself saying "What?" a lot when talking to someone who wasn't directly facing me.  I went to an audiologist a few years of enduring that and found that I have moderate loss in the 3kHz+ range; enough to warrant testing hearing aids, which I did and now have for work, primarily, where I am in a lot of meetings and teleconferences with people and straining to hear is not an fun option (Oticon Alta Pros, in case anyone was wondering).  Oh, and I have constant tinnitus to boot.  Joy.

 

In any case, despite all of the above, I still enjoy listening to music (at much lower levels these days), although I have stopped drumming.  Just don't find it as pleasurable as I used once did. While my hearing isn't what it used to be (it's amazing how our brains can adapt it's perception of sound despite high frequency loss), I have been on the casual prowl for years for a high fidelity audio (loudspeaker) system.  I have a decent system now, but I wouldn't call it high fidelity grade.  I just could never justify pulling the trigger on the amount of coin a nice system that would fill a room with sound.  (Side note:  I built a set of Overnight Sensations that I run off a Dayton DTA-1 T-amp connected to my desktop computer and it is probably the best loudspeaker sound that I have in the house.  Not bad for $150 total.)

 

So, I've casually browsed Head-Fi for a quite some time on/off again.  I finally decided that hearing loss be damned:  I'm going to see if I can improve on my Sennheiser HD 25-1s that I've been using with a FiiO E11 amp for private music/tv around the house and when I travel.  I didn't want to side-grade.  I wanted better soundstage.  More transparency.  So after reading thousands and thousands of posts on a wide variety of headphones, I finally decided on the HE-500s with an Emotiva A-100 Mini-X amp.  I've not bought a DAC yet.  I've just been using my tablet or laptop to feed the amp.  Google Music "high quality" streams, primarily (I have All Access).  I don't know that I'll be able to sense much of a difference between a high priced DAC and a budget DAC (I'm hearing impaired, remember? :) ), so I have a HiFimeDIY Sabre Tiny on order.

 

So, my impressions of my Emotiva/HiFiMan setup in one word:  Wow.  The clarity.  I can hear detail that I've never heard before.  The sound of the Mini-X relative to the E11 is more "complete" to me.  I've been sitting next to the fire for the past 5 evenings with a big smile on my face.  I think this rig is a keeper for me.  Thanks to all who chime in with their experiences on this board - without you, my wallet would be heavier, but my ears, less happy...

 

I'm probably not going to search out the "perfect" sound.  I just don't feel like my hearing can justify it, nor do I want to get into a hair-splitting exercise.  I just want to hear well-reproduced music like I've never been able to hear before and I think I found a setup that's "good enough" (barring an external DAC, just for grins.) to accomplish this.  The second best part of my whole journey was that I've bought enough stuff at Crutchfield over the past 15 years to have over 11,000 points with them, which can be turned into store credit.  I didn't even know I had it until I was looking around to see who sold the HE-500s.  I've had good luck with Crutchfield in the past and they have fallen in line with their pricing in the internet age, so I looked there and discovered the 11,000+ points turned in to $223!  So, I paid $476 out of pocket for these cans.  Surprise Christmas present to me... 

 

Anyway, I'll stop the book and maybe go listen to something...

 

 

 

 

Great, you have been lurking very very well:cool:

I could live with HE.500 as my only can if I had to. It's good enough. So is the Stax system I have, yet it isn't as versatile as the HE-500 after all.

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Indeed, the E11 is marginal with the HE-500s.  If I need portability, I'll take my Senny's and the E11 (I don't want to venture too far from my listening chair with the HEs! :)

True, if you take your HE's on a road trip you might end up with a neck or back injury.:D

Time to upgrade those Sennheiser's to better match your new super-hearing abilities. Maybe Sennheiser Around Ear Momentums, if your ears can fit inside.

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Has there been any update on new Hifimans?

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Has there been any update on new Hifimans?
Nope..but out of thr blue two new players come out..the hm700 and hm802.. Just after their flagship the hm901... Last year they also came with 2 new iems..So i am guessing we have to wait a bit more on new hifiman headphones redface.gif
Am just so happy i am probably done for a while with my new headphone that hopefully comes in in two weeks time wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 1/5/14 at 5:04pm
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Nope..but out of thr blue two new players come out..the hm700 and hm802.. Just after their flagship the hm901... Last year they also came with 2 new iems..So i am guessing we have to wait a bit more on new hifiman headphones redface.gif
Am just so happy i am probably done for a while with my new headphone that hopefully comes in in two weeks time wink.gif

I never wish that you live next door to me more than now.  :p

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Nope..but out of thr blue two new players come out..the hm700 and hm802.. Just after their flagship the hm901... Last year they also came with 2 new iems..So i am guessing we have to wait a bit more on new hifiman headphones redface.gif
Am just so happy i am probably done for a while with my new headphone that hopefully comes in in two weeks time wink.gif

 

Hopefully the wait will pay off in design and sound. 

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I never wish that you live next door to me more than now.  tongue.gif
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@zoom: yeah i hope that it will be as good as they say..
And something funny.. I almost lost it..Luis(who sells the code-x) told me he had an (audiophile) friend over and he heard and saw my specific code-x, and wanted to buy it on the spot for 1500usd! Am not kidding..luis told me....so i have high hopes from it wink.gif
And even if i dont like it for some strange reason...i already have a buyer for it if i wanna sell it for more then what i spend..is that an investment or what? It helps that there are only 20 numbered orginals made of the code-x worldwide wink.gif
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@zoom: yeah i hope that it will be as good as they say..
And something funny.. I almost lost it..Luis(who sells the code-x) told me he had an (audiophile) friend over and he heard and saw my specific code-x, and wanted to buy it on the spot for 1500usd! Am not kidding..luis told me....so i have high hopes from it wink.gif
And even if i dont like it for some strange reason...i already have a buyer for it if i wanna sell it for more then what i spend..is that an investment or what? It helps that there are only 20 numbered orginals made of the code-x worldwide wink.gif

 

Looks cool with the wood and all. Kinda like an Audeze.

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So anything new in the last two months? Don't get a chance to head-fi that much anymore.

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So anything new in the last two months? Don't get a chance to head-fi that much anymore.
Yep! redface.gif
I sold my 337 and my he500 in december..so last month and this month i am totally headfi'less..and trust me..thats hard!!
But in febr my bliss will start..the amp will be at my doorstep around second week of febr also..and then the burn in begins..as its totally opamp based and it has HUGE caps and powersupply i understand..so they need some time to burn in right..gilbert told me it takes around 2 months..non stop! Oh well..i cant switch it off anyway..i dont have a switch on it to do that..it will be powered on 24-7 as then the amp will sound on its best i have heard..so the builder decided not to include a on-off switch.. wink.gif

O ANOTHER NOTE: for all the US based fellow headfi'ers here..just got news about the extreme weathers there..hope u and ur family are okay my friends! Best of luck for u guys who live in the area where the extreme bad weather occurs..i heard that on certain places it reaches as low as -51 degrees celcius!!! OMG! eek.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 1/5/14 at 6:06pm
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I m blessed with California weather. I played 4 hrs of outdoor volleyball this morning. Well, I guess that is why I have to pay dearly for my house. smily_headphones1.gif
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The median house price in Sydney had just ticked over $700k. Yes that includes all the slums out west. If you're within 20km of the city that $700k buys you a 2 bedroom shack you could hardly live in.
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The median house price in Sydney had just ticked over $700k. Yes that includes all the slums out west. If you're within 20km of the city that $700k buys you a 2 bedroom shack you could hardly live in.

USD or Aus $$$?  either way, that's equally expensive as here.

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The median house price in Sydney had just ticked over $700k. Yes that includes all the slums out west. If you're within 20km of the city that $700k buys you a 2 bedroom shack you could hardly live in.

I guess the Bunyip couldn't handle the prices and had to pack up his HE-500's and move to Uluru.

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