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Well you have to do the HE-90 vs. HE-X (whatever they call their 10th version)...seems a no brainer. 3.
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i think i now can appreciate not-mids-centric sound signature. I still like focus on mids, but not as much as like to before. Maybe possibly something a bit less than what the mdr7550 puts, as that's what my nami-chan inadvertantly does right now. Dare i say it's like a wavy/blunt-point w-shape signature?
Edited by jgray91 - 8/11/12 at 10:05am
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post Seriously trying to figure out the best course of action...

 

HE90 Orpheus or bust!

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It's essential to remember that the test cited involved having sommeliers taste-testing wines that cost under $12. These are not drinks that these people are typically professionally engaged with. If we were put in a room and asked to judge the best of a set of Chinese knockoff MP3 players, we might be able to gravitate around a couple that are passable for what they are, but we wouldn't be able to, say, identify which was which while blindfolded, or be willing to state honestly that one or the other of them was the best MP3 player available.

Yes, these kinds of things that totally mess with the relevance of those kinds of analogies in relation to audio. This.
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Nice effort, though. I helped set up a friend with a pair of Linn Sara 9 Isobariks a few years ago; they sounded crazy-good for the price, and for how drab a pair of bricks they were in person. It was also kind of nuts that they're the only speakers I'd ever dealt with that were supposed to be shoved right up against the wall for proper bass reinforcement; this was intuitively wrong but there were no weird peaks or nulls in either the store's demo room or in my friend's listening room when we did this.

Yeah, I'd like to try some of the Linn Isobarik units tbh, but at the same time, I'm generally not a fan of Linn or British Hi-Fi for that matter.


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The news of a new electrostat from Sennheiser is a bit overwhelming, at least insofar as it casts some uncertainty on my head-fi master plan. I've actually been expecting something along these lines, as I've heard some interesting stories from friends of mine who have had contact with various Sennheiser reps over the years; it's apparently something they've been working on for quite a while now, and something they've hinted at before. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, as these developments have been ongoing for some time now, and there's no telling when---and even if---it's going to actually see the light of day. However the ball does seem to be rolling. Or maybe bouncing down some stairwell like in The Changeling.

Right now I'm at a crossroads, and the decision I make will effect the course of things for me for a while:

1. Forget the past Sennheiser stats and wait for possible future ones.

2. Take up another head-fier's offer for the HeadAmp Aristaeus and the HE60 ("Baby Orpheus") now.

3. Take up an offer for the HE90 on its own, with a Stax adapter, and use it with my current gear until I can get the Aristaeus later.

The last option has an air of completion (or finality perhaps...), and would pretty much necessitate my forgetting about most of the other stuff hitherto mentioned in this entry. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Well, here's what I'd say - in terms of the thought process:

- Do you want the HE90? Relative to other gear or not?
- Do you want the HE60? Relative to other gear or not?
- How about between the two?
- Can you afford XYZ? from the above?

Go from there. Don't worry about what's "around the corner" because there will always be something "around the corner." Not that anything I say should be taken seriously.

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The fall semester is fast approaching, and this means I should be readying myself and planning out my courses, especially as I'll be teaching a bigger load than my usual.

Psssh. Who readys themselves? Just shoot from the hip! tongue.gif
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Instead I'm getting addicted to Skyrim again. Go me.

Awww yeah. And not to ruin your time management worse, but have you gotten Dawnguard yet? cool.gif
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I'm thinking of a thousand and one different things, but can't seem to focus on any one particular commitment or direction.

Are you sleeping regularly? And otherwise engaging in good self-care practices? You sound stressed out. IF it were me, I'd walk away from the self-induced stressors, like the HE90 debate, until I could get my head around the world again. IF it were me.
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Originally Posted by jgray91 View Post

i think i now can appreciate not-mids-centric sound signature. I still like focus on mids, but not as much as like to before. Maybe possibly something a bit less than what the mdr7550 puts, as that's what my nami-chan inadvertantly does right now. Dare i say it's like a wavy/blunt-point w-shape signature?

Nothing wrong with that. Tastes change over time. And I've spent time thinking about the illustrious W-shape before as well. smily_headphones1.gif
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one thing that i really love from modding the t50rp is the ease of adjusting it ti whatever is my current wants are. I've come to a decent understanding what materials do what, so in the event that i want a weaponised treble of death emitter, i could do that in likd 15 mins or so. That and i thunk i've saved myself a lot from 'The Journey' fwiw.

I've been thinking this for a while though. Is a v shape sig w/ mids = w shape? Does it even exist? I've seen mention of n shape, (reverse) smile, u shape (amd other variant thereof) sprinkled gratuitiously around.
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I'm not sure what to think of shiny metal headphones.  On the one hand, the engineer in me can appreciate the craftsmanship required to design and produce a stainless steel headphone, but on the other hand, the engineer in me also says "function over form, and I don't see the point."

 

But, I'm not the right guy to discuss beauty and aesthetics - I would probably be perfectly happy to duct tape $3000 drivers to my head if it sounded good...

 

I have had the good fortune to experience some very, very good wines from Napa, Italy, France and Spain.  I was lucky enough to have a boss that was a fairly serious wine enthusiast, and in addition to having wine storage in his home for a couple of hundred bottles, he also had an offsite wine storage locker with well over 1K bottles.  He would drop $500 at a restaurant on wine when we traveled together.  It *does* very quickly spoil you - I just can't drink the two-buck-chuck anymore.  I know nothing technically about the wine, but I can certainly taste the difference between a harsh $10 grocery store Cab and a silky-smooth, 15 year-old $200 Barolo - and I don't care what bottle you put it in!  Now, if you ask me to tell the difference between 3 different $10 bottles or 3 different $200 bottles, I would be lost.

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Originally Posted by jgray91 View Post

one thing that i really love from modding the t50rp is the ease of adjusting it ti whatever is my current wants are. I've come to a decent understanding what materials do what, so in the event that i want a weaponised treble of death emitter, i could do that in likd 15 mins or so. That and i thunk i've saved myself a lot from 'The Journey' fwiw.

lol. treble of death emitter. lol.
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I've been thinking this for a while though. Is a v shape sig w/ mids = w shape? Does it even exist? I've seen mention of n shape, (reverse) smile, u shape (amd other variant thereof) sprinkled gratuitiously around.

I'm not sure as to "w-shape" - I own probably the highest fidelity n-shape headphone available (the F1), and I would call it a "reverse smile" as well (treble and bass are rolled off, so the mids are crystal clear - they respond well to EQ as well, so you can bring both back up). The U/V/tub shape is pretty popular (e.g. Denon headphones). But a W, I'm not sure. For example I consider the RS-1 to be somewhat V/U shaped, but also to have good mids, but I don't think the mids are BOOSTED if that makes sense. They sound pretty flat through the midrange into the lower treble to these ears (on-par with the ESP/950 or MDR-F1), the treble and bass are just ratcheted up a few notches over normal as you move away from the vocal/string range.

I'm sure in theory you could create a W-shape signature (e.g. just boost the mids up on the RS-1), and I'm guessing the result would be a fairly colored and weird vocal presentation (I'm thinking of ATs and Beyers I've heard that have huge suckouts around 6-8k and what that does to vocals and mids in general, and imagining if you did that on the other end at around 100-200hz but left the low bass and high treble alone, and boosed them up at around 500-1500hz). Would be a very unique headphone, that's for sure.
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I'm not sure what to think of shiny metal headphones.  On the one hand, the engineer in me can appreciate the craftsmanship required to design and produce a stainless steel headphone, but on the other hand, the engineer in me also says "function over form, and I don't see the point."

See, all I see is "heavy" unless that metal is lighter than steel. redface.gif Sony has spoilt me.
Edited by obobskivich - 8/11/12 at 11:12am
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1000

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Ultrasone IEMs? Because treble clash and ear-shredding needs to be available on the go? tongue.gif
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It was only a matter of time, and I'm not at all surprised, especially given the climb in price for universals.

 

Only natural Ultrasone would get in on the action. I can see them trying to be a Western European version of FAD (key word "trying").

 

Any more info, Tom?

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

I can see them trying to be a Western European version of FAD (key word "trying").

tongue_smile.gif

What I'm curious about is - will they have S-LOGIC? tongue_smile.gifwink_face.gif

No but in all seriousness - they could be good cans. Ultrasone makes some decent models, and some not so decent models; I think the polarizing nature of the brand is that they're a relatively small company, so people probably expect more consistency (like you get from Grado) instead of the "wild all over the place" results (more like Koss or even Sony (okay that's maybe a bit far)).
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@obob, of course, eq. How did i not manage to think of that. That's something i could try on my mdr7550 (if they respond well to eq) later.

Ultrasone IEMs... How would they shove slpgic now???
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Originally Posted by jgray91 View Post

@obob, of course, eq. How did i not manage to think of that. That's something i could try on my mdr7550 (if they respond well to eq) later.

Just take whatever part they don't have (so if they're n-shaped, push bass and treble, if they're U shaped, push mids, etc) and see what you get. Don't get too aggressive.
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Ultrasone IEMs... How would they shove slpgic now???

They won't, and any claims on their part to the contrary will violate Koenig's initial publications on the tech. It's based on reflections via the pinna, so you can't really do that with IEMs. My guess is they'll probably have a very different character than the full-size Ultrasone models. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

It was only a matter of time, and I'm not at all surprised, especially given the climb in price for universals.

 

Only natural Ultrasone would get in on the action. I can see them trying to be a Western European version of FAD (key word "trying").

 

Any more info, Tom?

 

The picture is the only thing I've seen on it. Apparently, it's on display at the HK AV show? Not even sure about that...

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@obob, ahh i remember opening and attempting to read about slogic. That was rather early in my time here, so i lost interest in te principles rather quickly.
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