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post #5911 of 7980
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

Choose the tip that has the 50 Hz tone closes in loudness to the 500 Hz.  The 500 Hz is just an arbitrary reference tone if I'm not mistaken using the Sensaphonics test (takes the variable of insertion depth away).  So whichever tip gives you the loudest 50 Hz tone in reference to the 500 Hz is the one you look for.  The majority of the time, it'll be just the 50 Hz vs 50 Hz.  Although they exist, IEMs that produce perfectly flat accross the 50-500 Hz spectrum are still pretty rare.  The majority of the time, the 50 Hz is not as loud as the 500.
We're talking about a custom here, right?
No tips
post #5912 of 7980
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Originally Posted by thegrobe View Post


We're talking about a custom here, right?
No tips

Yea customs. Also, just have another silly question. The cleaning brush thing that came with the package. Theres a metal circular type of thing in one end. I assume thats for scraping out wax inside the CIEM hole correct? I should be scraping that against the edges inside and should expect that to be safe and no damage can occur right?

post #5913 of 7980
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Yea customs. Also, just have another silly question. The cleaning brush thing that came with the package. Theres a metal circular type of thing in one end. I assume thats for scraping out wax inside the CIEM hole correct? I should be scraping that against the edges inside and should expect that to be safe and no damage can occur right?

The tubes aren't some super sensitive audio-specific material so no, they are safe to scrape. Though, you shouldn't have to do it hard enough to actually cause damage. Just be careful about the filters. One of mine is actually close enough to touch, if only just barely, and I avoid it.

On a different note...

My 8.A's have done something that my 4.A's never did: They have made me wonder what HD music would sound like with them. I spent the last year slowly updating my library to the point where the vast majority was lossless and what wasn't lossless was almost entirely 256 or better. Now I'm wondering what it's like to have some 24-bit audio.

What are the best places to find this? The band I want to find the most is Radiohead, as they're one of my headphone test bands. Of course, Pink Floyd and Katie Melua are also on that list... Basically, the better the selection the happier I'll be. I thought I had seen something on the home page but when I went back it was gone.

Oh, and if anyone is curious about how the 8.A sounds with female vocals, check out Katie Melua's rendition of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". If that doesn't sell the headphones nothing will.
post #5914 of 7980
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Originally Posted by serious7 View Post

Hey There,

 

I can hear the 50 Hz tone. But it isn't as loud and pronounced than the 500 Hz tone. Is it supposed to be just as loud? In terms of isolation, if I'm not playing any music and just wearing my IEMs, I can hear myself hit the space board key on my laptop but I cant really hear when I press the other keys on my keyboard. I can hear myself snapping my finger really clearly. I can also very slightly hear background noise if I leave my jaws in an open mouth position. However, if I close my jaws, I can hear less of background noise. If I open my mouth completely wide, then I can hear a lot of background noise. 

 

When I open my jaw completely, I can tell the bass is being diminished. When I close my mouth, the bass gets more and more pronounced. 

 

Based on everything I said here, what do you guys think? Bad seal or improper insertion?

 

I think they are quite comfortable. I only had them for about an hour now. These are my first IEMs. 

 

When I got my impressions done, the audiologist said no bite block. He said to leave my jaw in an open jaw position and just relax. Even when I showed him my instruction sheet, he insisted that open jaw position is best without a bite block.

 

Please advise. 

With my 8.A, the 50hz tone booms like I'm in a club.

 

I have a minor fit issue with my left IEM. The issue really only occurs when I'm walking or if I open my jaw. I've decided it's a small enough issue not to warrant a refit. I bought a set of Comply Soft Wraps and wrapped them around the left IEM. The seal is absolutely perfect now. While using Comply Soft Wraps might not be the most ideal solution in the long term, I know now from the placement of the Soft Wraps where I need to add a bit of layering if the IEM is modified. I'm going to check with a local audiologist about the best material to make a permanent alteration. The Wiz suggested lacquer, but I'm unsure about what exact type of lacquer, and or if lacquer could cause skin irritation. 

post #5915 of 7980
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of portable amps that are tailored for balanced armature iems, why are you guys talking about Schiit amps that are designed to drive full size cans? Just because you can doesn't mean that you should. 

The Asgard 2 is designed to handle IEM's as well. 

as for why... I personally would like to have a nice DAC and Amp that do everything... from IEM's to Orthos...

post #5916 of 7980
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Originally Posted by GarySaville View Post

With my 8.A, the 50hz tone booms like I'm in a club.

 

I have a minor fit issue with my left IEM. The issue really only occurs when I'm walking or if I open my jaw. I've decided it's a small enough issue not to warrant a refit. I bought a set of Comply Soft Wraps and wrapped them around the left IEM. The seal is absolutely perfect now. While using Comply Soft Wraps might not be the most ideal solution in the long term, I know now from the placement of the Soft Wraps where I need to add a bit of layering if the IEM is modified. I'm going to check with a local audiologist about the best material to make a permanent alteration. The Wiz suggested lacquer, but I'm unsure about what exact type of lacquer, and or if lacquer could cause skin irritation. 

I'm using 4.A. No boom for 50 hz tone. 

post #5917 of 7980
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post


The tubes aren't some super sensitive audio-specific material so no, they are safe to scrape. Though, you shouldn't have to do it hard enough to actually cause damage. Just be careful about the filters. One of mine is actually close enough to touch, if only just barely, and I avoid it.

On a different note...

My 8.A's have done something that my 4.A's never did: They have made me wonder what HD music would sound like with them. I spent the last year slowly updating my library to the point where the vast majority was lossless and what wasn't lossless was almost entirely 256 or better. Now I'm wondering what it's like to have some 24-bit audio.

What are the best places to find this? The band I want to find the most is Radiohead, as they're one of my headphone test bands. Of course, Pink Floyd and Katie Melua are also on that list... Basically, the better the selection the happier I'll be. I thought I had seen something on the home page but when I went back it was gone.

Oh, and if anyone is curious about how the 8.A sounds with female vocals, check out Katie Melua's rendition of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". If that doesn't sell the headphones nothing will.

Where is the filter? What is the filter? Please let me know so I know what to avoid lol..

post #5918 of 7980
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Where is the filter? What is the filter? Please let me know so I know what to avoid lol..

See a little dark grey cylinder in the tube? Bingo.

If you can't see it: Just use two fingers to hold it and never press against anything that's not the wall of the tube. Gentle as a falling feather. biggrin.gif
post #5919 of 7980
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post


See a little dark grey cylinder in the tube? Bingo.

If you can't see it: Just use two fingers to hold it and never press against anything that's not the wall of the tube. Gentle as a falling feather. biggrin.gif

how deep is it inside?

 

im looking carefully and all i see is two white like tubes that run all the way inside. is that the filter?

 

along the tubes very very deep inside i see like a circle thing blocking a path. would that be the filter?


Edited by serious7 - 3/11/13 at 4:46pm
post #5920 of 7980
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

See a little dark grey cylinder in the tube? Bingo.


If you can't see it: Just use two fingers to hold it and never press against anything that's not the wall of the tube. Gentle as a falling feather. biggrin.gif
how deep is it inside?

That's what she said.

Sorry.

Um, it varies. The ones in my 8.A aren't as deep as the ones that were in my 4.A's. It varies.
post #5921 of 7980
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Originally Posted by serious7 View Post

along the tubes very very deep inside i see like a circle thing blocking a path. would that be the filter?

 

The circle thing blocking the path is the filter. It might be different colors in different tubes.

post #5922 of 7980
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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

 

The circle thing blocking the path is the filter. It might be different colors in different tubes.

If that's the filter, then in that case I cant even reach it!!! lol. 

 

post #5923 of 7980
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post


The tubes aren't some super sensitive audio-specific material so no, they are safe to scrape. Though, you shouldn't have to do it hard enough to actually cause damage. Just be careful about the filters. One of mine is actually close enough to touch, if only just barely, and I avoid it.

On a different note...

My 8.A's have done something that my 4.A's never did: They have made me wonder what HD music would sound like with them. I spent the last year slowly updating my library to the point where the vast majority was lossless and what wasn't lossless was almost entirely 256 or better. Now I'm wondering what it's like to have some 24-bit audio.

What are the best places to find this? The band I want to find the most is Radiohead, as they're one of my headphone test bands. Of course, Pink Floyd and Katie Melua are also on that list... Basically, the better the selection the happier I'll be. I thought I had seen something on the home page but when I went back it was gone.

Oh, and if anyone is curious about how the 8.A sounds with female vocals, check out Katie Melua's rendition of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". If that doesn't sell the headphones nothing will.


HDTracks has some good stuff, but I've read that some of the music is up-sampled, as in not true high-rez music. Bowers & Wilkins has a sort of monthly music club with high rez downloads and this is something Jude recommends fwiw.

 

Radiohead will be hard to find in 24/96 unless you are willing to use torrent sites - there is a small community of people who like to do vinyl-to-flac rips on very expensive gear, but we all know file sharing is a no-no. Unfortunately for Radiohead, their music doesn't rate very highly in terms of dynamic range, so I don't know if having their catalog in a high-rez format would bring benefits worthy of the substantial increase in file size.

post #5924 of 7980
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HDTracks has some good stuff, but I've read that some of the music is up-sampled, as in not true high-rez music. Bowers & Wilkins has a sort of monthly music club with high rez downloads and this is something Jude recommends fwiw.

 

I read an interview about HDTracks, and the CEO/head stated that they will not label which tracks are remastered from originals and which are upsampled because "it would confuse the customer" !!!

His argument was that they would have to put some technical information about the process used to master... was the mastering from original tapes etc etc... 

It was at that point I stopped buying from HDTracks. 

post #5925 of 7980
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Originally Posted by GarySaville View Post

I read an interview about HDTracks, and the CEO/head stated that they will not label which tracks are remastered from originals and which are upsampled because "it would confuse the customer" !!!

His argument was that they would have to put some technical information about the process used to master... was the mastering from original tapes etc etc... 

It was at that point I stopped buying from HDTracks. 


Wow. That's a very shady business practice that will not benefit them in the long term. How can any serious audiophile respect that ridiculous explanation? It's like they're begging people to use torrent sites...

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