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post #31 of 42
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Originally posted by KR...
I have a story but it's long and boring, and I really don't feel like typing it out.
...(sigh)...well...(sigh)...when you have a chance...(sigh)...get around to it...(sigh)...
post #32 of 42
it's boring, trust me, it's not worth typing.
post #33 of 42
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trust me,
Every time I see or hear that phrase, I think of Nixon.

Does that mean I'm old?
post #34 of 42
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Every time I see or hear that phrase, I think of Nixon.
Does that mean I'm old?
Only if you remember being moved to tears by the "Checkers Speech".

Seriously.....you're as old as you feel, and since we're getting up there (me included), I mean mentally, not physically!
post #35 of 42
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Originally posted by 88Sound


Only if you remember being moved to tears by the "Checkers Speech".

Seriously.....you're as old as you feel, and since we're getting up there (me included), I mean mentally, not physically!
Mentally, about 18???

Physically, well if I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself
post #36 of 42
Thread Starter 
Mentally I'm 30 with 18 year old attitude, physically I'm 18 next week.
post #37 of 42
both my parents were audiophiles. When I was in third grade, my parents gave me one of their old stereos for my birthday. It was two Acoustic Research bookshelf speakers and an old Sansui receiver. Then I got the Sony V6s when I was in 6th grade. In ninth grade I got Senn HD580s dirt-cheap during the heydey of internet coupons. This year I got a bunch of new equipment; check the profile for details.
post #38 of 42
I was searching Google for some information on a pair of ancient Superex mega-headphones (weight, not sound), and found HeadRoom. I noticed the link to HeadWize, and got addicted. Once the Great Downtime happened, I moved (semi-permanently) to Head-Fi, and soon thereafter got my Etys and built a Cmoy.

Short and sweet-ish
post #39 of 42
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Originally posted by Jon Beilin
both my parents were audiophiles. When I was in third grade, my parents gave me one of their old stereos for my birthday. It was two Acoustic Research bookshelf speakers and an old Sansui receiver. Then I got the Sony V6s when I was in 6th grade. In ninth grade I got Senn HD580s dirt-cheap during the heydey of internet coupons. This year I got a bunch of new equipment; check the profile for details.
You have really cool parents!

George
post #40 of 42
I became a confirmed headphone-user when I purchased a pair of Beyerdynamic DT531's. I got them from a local dealer for £120 back in 1997.

I had been in and bought a Rotel Pre and a couple of matching Power amps. I was also looking for some cans so I asked if he had any decent ones that I could listen to. He asked what budget I had in mind and I said that price wasn't really a problem so long as they sounded good.

Hehehehe, he went out the back and came back a few moments later with a pair of STAX LAMBDA NOVA BASIC's. I put them on and was blown away by the sound I was hearing, especially as he had connected them to a Naim CDX! I was in heaven, and then I asked the price. I was gutted that I couldn't afford them so settled for second best, and slinked off home with the DT531's.

However, I couldn't get those Stax phones out of my mind and eventually bought them about nine months later.





On another ocassion I happened to visit the local Superfi dealer here in Hull and somehow came out with a pair of SENNHEISER EARMAX HD470's. God are they awful phones. No bass to speak off and all treble. I persevered with them and even used them portable but I got so many funy looks that they were relegated to the gash box. I gave those to my father eventually and he seems to like them.


For portable use, I have found what I class as being Audio Nirvana. I picked up a pair of STAX SR-001's Portable electrostats and have been using those since early '98. Some sweet phones! Only problem is that they are very hungry on the batteries and tend to last from 2 - 5 hours depending on a pair of AA cells. I have found that the ribbon cable on the Stax is very delicate and i'm having to send them away for the second time to get it replaced.


Have also got a pair of KOSS 'THE PLUG' but to be honest, they are not too hot and I can't be arsed to mod them. I just hate the foam inserts that they come with and experimenting with other inserts doesn't make them much better. Anyway, I only got them as a stopgap until my STAX get fixed.


I also have a pair of SENNHEISER HD580's. Got them in December 2001 from Richer Sounds. They usually retail at £200 here in the UK so I was quite pleased to see them at £59.95. I am reasonably impressed with them, they are still running in at the moment. I suspect that they need an amplifier and that will be a purchase i'll be making this year some time.


I got a nice surprise in the post yesterday. A £500 cheque from the Taxman for overpayment of my income tax :-) My mind is all of a blur in wondering what goodies I can spend it on. Will be adding some more cans to my arsenal shortly but not sure yet. The Stax SRS4040 look nice and are very tempting - bit over the £500 mark though.




I'm waffling again. What I suppose i'm trying to say is that like many others in this group, I am a complete headphone nut.
My motto is YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH PAIRS OF PHONES!



Good listening
post #41 of 42
Hey, you guys want to hear something funny? I just found my first pair of headphones. Sennheiser HD424. (KR..., I will try to get pics of it, but be patient, I have no digital camera nor scanner, and I didn't bring them with me.) They're rather decrepit looking. The (foam rubber) earpads have totally disintegrated and merged with the driver element.

But boy were they ugly -- bright freakin' yellow freakin' earpads. Very 70's!
post #42 of 42
my story started at the record store.. i sarted getting really pissed everytime i bought a record back home it sounded so much worse than what i heard at the record store. I started taking notice of headphones and i have never looked back since..
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