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i always respect these kind of stories... well done as a parent! i hope my kid will come out well also...but only time will tell..she is smart..but using it is an alltogter different game :o

 

but ru trying to scare me? 5 corvettes? damn....

 

well...to be honest...here its not that expensive but its not cheap also! and i also had a simple past..both my parents were immigrants from portugal (political refugees from the dictator back then..salazar)...and they both worked hard to give me and my bro all they could...they had a perfect life..and so had i and my bro (only 1.5 year difference).....they had two cars and two houses..one here and since 6 years one small appartment at the beach in Portugal in Albufeira for the holidays...all paid by working hard!

i got my bachelors degree in economics and my bro did the police academy and is now some kind of high level detective on the policeforce now..dont even know what he does exactly :D..

 

so my parents did well with us...now its up to us for our kids...

 

and ur right..u have to straighten ur son out...BOSE..really? but ur right..better that then what u mentioned..lolz

 

as a solution u could give him a he300 for his birthday and a matrix mstage (with the dac inside) to go with it..it wont break the bank..and u will feel much more connected :D 

He can buy his own Schiit, he works on Wall Street writing software like his dad.

My folks came to the US after WWII, penniless. I learned the value of honest work by their example. They worked hard and started their own business and eventually ended up with their own home when I was 14. I grew up in The Bronx (south), not such a nice place.

post #12377 of 14629
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I was meaning to ask you, is your last name Howell as in Thurston Howell, III? Best regards to Lovey.

 

You can learn to solder on bits of wire before destroying anything important.

 

Gold Star  for Stan!  Aside from an old forum long ago abandoned, you're the only other person to reference G.I.  But no, the name did not come from my fav childhood show.

 

Yeah, since I solder so rarely, I usually watch a vid, read a best-practices tutorial, then practice.  The first thing I ever soldered was the crap DC jack on an ancient HP laptop.  Should've replaced it, but it's a tough part to find.  I extended its life two or three times, and never fried anything important ;)

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Gold Star  for Stan!  Aside from an old forum long ago abandoned, you're the only other person to reference G.I.  But no, the name did not come from my fav childhood show.

 

Yeah, since I solder so rarely, I usually watch a vid, read a best-practices tutorial, then practice.  The first thing I ever soldered was the crap DC jack on an ancient HP laptop.  Should've replaced it, but it's a tough part to find.  I extended its life two or three times, and never fried anything important ;)

My first big soldering job was a Heathkit Shortwave radio. All tubes, I still have it somewhere in my garage. I think I was 12 years old.

 

You can't see all the point to point wiring under the chassis.

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I am very happy with the sound of my HE-500, however I notice the pads are different than my friend's pair purchased about a year ago...my friend's are more comfortable, they are the one's with the white plastic tabs to secure on to the frame. The newer style with black tabs provide a better connection to the frame but are not as comfortable. My friend's pads look a lot like the K702s (see above photo) making me wonder if they would work on the HE-500?
Edited by vlach - 2/21/14 at 5:54pm
post #12380 of 14629
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I am very happy with the sound of my HE-500, however I notice the pads are different than my friend's pair purchased about a year ago...my friend's are more comfortable, they are the one's with the white plastic tabs to secure on to the frame. The newer style with black tabs provide a better connection to the frame but are not as comfortable. My friend's pads look a lot like the K702s (see above photo) making me wonder if they would work on the HE-500?

 

Can you post a pic, or pix, of your pads?  Did you get your HE-500s new?

 

sorry, thought you had the AKG-like pads.  Get him to post pix  ;-)

 

FWIW, I use Q701 pads on my HE-500s, primarily for comfort, though I like the sound, too.  I just taped the HFM mounting rings to the pads and... mounted them.  The sizes matched up just fine, no trimming or anything needed.

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Can you post a pic, or pix, of your pads?  Did you get your HE-500s new?

 

sorry, thought you had the AKG-like pads.  Get him to post pix  ;-)

 

FWIW, I use Q701 pads on my HE-500s, primarily for comfort, though I like the sound, too.  I just taped the HFM mounting rings to the pads and... mounted them.  The sizes matched up just fine, no trimming or anything needed.

You do?! I never would've guessed! Man, if only I knew of this earlier, I would've bought a pair of those pads!

 

Also, any update on the S.E.X. amp and the HE-500, whoever said that they would have both very soon? I'm curious about it and didn't hear about it after they mentioned it...

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

Can you post a pic, or pix, of your pads?  Did you get your HE-500s new?

 

sorry, thought you had the AKG-like pads.  Get him to post pix  ;-)

 

FWIW, I use Q701 pads on my HE-500s, primarily for comfort, though I like the sound, too.  I just taped the HFM mounting rings to the pads and... mounted them.  The sizes matched up just fine, no trimming or anything needed.

So who had better pads on their phones, Mary Ann or Ginger?

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You do?! I never would've guessed! Man, if only I knew of this earlier, I would've bought a pair of those pads!

 

 

LOL.  I didn't realize answering a legitimate question constituted BAIT... but eat up, fishy fishy fishy fish! ;)

 

 

P.S. - I knew you'd bite :D

 

For the record, everyone, you really need to try the AKG Q701 pads on your HFM cans.

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hey guys...now i know when my amp comes i have a question...as with my other rig i didnt use a laptop as source :o

on jriver19 (windows laptop) u have a menu in which u can choose between headphones (crossfeed something???) or leave it alone...what u guys advice to use with a strong amp and a headphone?

and what about the usb audio drivers? i can choose between 2 channel speakers mode or headphone mode on the usb audio config software...

 

thanks for helping out guys!

 

ps..i already use 'wasapi' and 'exclusive usage' and ticked the box 'output format' also...as that is standard in jriver19

 

@ThurstonX  : i dont need to use AKG pads..i already have the best pads for my phone :D 


Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/21/14 at 6:49pm
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post
 

hey guys...now i know when my amp comes i have a question...

on jriver19 (windows laptop) u have a menu in which u can choose between headphones (crossfeed something???) or leave it alone...what u guys advice to use with a strong amp and a headphone?

and what about the usb audio drivers? i can choose between 2 channel speakers mode or headphone mode on the usb audio config software...

 

thanks for helping out guys!

 

ps..i already use 'wasapi' and 'exclusive usage' and ticked the box 'output format' also...as that is standard in jriver19

You won't be interested in crossfeed because it'll reduce your soundstage, Most people would use that when listening to some of the earlier stereo recording where the studio engineers and producers went nuts and decided to place instruments in just the left or right channels to make sure consumers noticed. Bad choice. Some say it's for simulating the effects of listening to speakers where some portion of the sound from each speaker is heard by the opposing ear. No thanks, I keep it off.

I don't use JRiver, so I wouldn't know it's specifics.


Edited by StanD - 2/21/14 at 6:50pm
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You won't be interested in crossfeed because it'll reduce your soundstage, Most people would use that when listening to some of the earlier stereo recording where the studio engineers and producers went nuts and decided to place instruments in just the left or right channels to make sure consumers noticed. Bad choice. Some say it's for simulating the effects of listening to speakers where some portion of the sound from each speaker is heard by the opposing ear. No thanks, I keep it off.

I don't use JRiver, so I wouldn't know it's specifics.

thanks!!!

so i config my laptop as if it will be the USB source of a 2 channel speaker rig? also the usb audio config software? i can also choose the enviromental size...its now standard on medium size..i cant untick that!..for the rest i have all on 'plain' so pure audio!..any ideas?


Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/21/14 at 6:54pm
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so i config my laptop as if it will be drive a 2 channel speaker rig? also the usb audio config software?

When headphones are selected is crossfeed mandatory? If so, I'd go with 2 channel speakers.

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When headphones are selected is crossfeed mandatory? If so, I'd go with 2 channel speakers.


i have the menus on jriver..on those i unticked the crossfeed! but on windows itself i found some kind of software that controls the USB sound...and on that one u cant chose crossfeed or not..but am guessing that when using headphones it just does same kind as jriver does...crossfeeding it.. so i just choose the 2channel speaker mode...i also unticked every else! all is on neutral or as the program says: plain

 

only last question..U HAVE TO CHOOSE WHAT enivomental size u need, small, medium large.. does that matter? or just stick with medium?

and thanks for helping out a untechnical hifi dude :D 

 

 

 


Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/22/14 at 7:46pm
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i have the menus on jriver..on those i unticked the crossfeed! but on windows itself i found some kind of software that controls the USB sound...and on that one u cant chose crossfeed or not..but am guessing that when using headphones it just does same kind as jriver does...crossfeeding it.. so i just choose the 2channel speaker mode...i also unticked every else! all is on neutral or as the program says: plain

 

only last question..U HAVE TO CHOOSE WHAT enivomental size u need, small, medium large.. does that matter? or just stick with medium?

and thanks for helping out a untechnical hifi dude :D

Usually environment has to do with room size and speaker placement. Some software tries to use that to compensate or model the phase or delay differences. Trying to mess with room acoustics when using speakers is silly as where you stand or what the furniture layout is will have a profound affect on the FR, etc. If they're trying to simulate it, I'd keep it off just as I would leave off X-Pand or simulated surround sound, phooey.

I doubt that the USB driver does crossfeed as most software and players don't even offer crossfeed and when they do they offer an on/off selection for it. I have an amp that has a crossfeed switch, I leave it off because when it's on it makes my open back HE-500's or HD600's sound like a mediocre pair of closed back cans.

You can always compare the Headphone vs, different Environment settings and use your ears, they will tell you what sucks or sounds good. I suspect that the headphone setting will be the real deal.

You will tell us what you find.

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Usually environment has to do with room size and speaker placement. Some software tries to use that to compensate or model the phase or delay differences. Trying to mess with room acoustics when using speakers is silly as where you stand or what the furniture layout is will have a profound affect on the FR, etc. If they're trying to simulate it, I'd keep it off just as I would leave off X-Pand or simulated surround sound, phooey.

I doubt that the USB driver does crossfeed as most software and players don't even offer crossfeed and when they do they offer an on/off selection for it. I have an amp that has a crossfeed switch, I leave it off because when it's on it makes my open back HE-500's or HD600's sound like a mediocre pair of closed back cans.

You can always compare the Headphone vs, different Environment settings and use your ears, they will tell you what sucks or sounds good. I suspect that the headphone setting will be the real deal.

You will tell us what you find.


thanks again my friend...i will try both..but that beeeep enviromental thingie cant be disconnected!! its or or or... well..i have to use my ears...but i always like to be prepared so i have a good base to work from :rolleyes:

 

now listening to ennio morreconi - chi may (sang by lisa gastoni..) bitrate:800 flac .....that voice!! and those violins on the left in the back!! just bliss... those were the days REAL music was made

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