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Eh really? I hardly ever check the front page so thanks for the heads up. Yayyyyyyyyy :D


Thank Currawong he's the one who delivered

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Congratulations, a_rec! You deserve recognition for your great review.

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Thank Currawong he's the one who delivered

 

I'll give him that "special handshake".

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The Platform Pure 6 is starting to tempt me. Damn.

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Neither, get the A161P it's a steal for 80 bones plus shipping

but no money i only have like 50 and its a spare anyways :P

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but no money i only have like 50 and its a spare anyways :P

 

Can't wait you become a Headphoneus Supremus. 35

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I've been seeing a lot of comments on the forums to the effect of "it's all about the music" or "I focus on the music these days instead of comparing headphones."

 

I can see the appeal in that, but again, this just strikes me as that "headphone = tool" mentality. Must these be mutually exclusive? I'm into music just as much as the next person, but I'm also really into collecting headphones. The two hobbies nurture one another.

 

I guess there's this view of audio equipment that borders on mistrust. It's kind of silly? Like, out gear is getting in the way of the real music, and it's out duty as audiophiles to minimize the gear as much as possible. Again, I can see the appeal, and at times I like the SR-009 because it just seems to get out of the way so to speak, but I don't really see headphones as getting in the way.

 

Sometimes "I listen to music, not equipment" is defensiveness. We're all here, comparing equipment. Of course we listen to the equipment. Of course we enjoy discussing equipment, comparing equipment, upgrading equipment, appreciating variations, and so on. This does not preclude also doing this because we want to immerse ourselves in the music, and spend most of our listening time doing so. It's disingenuous to say otherwise, or to say we're not audiophiles just because we're deathly afraid of being lumped in with suburban guys of a certain age who have become insufferable in one of the less appealing manifestations of the audiophile hobbyist.

 

But headphones are tools. If they fail to serve their primary function as headphones should, they are only sculptures or curios. If the Muramasa VIII was not a working headphone, I don't think you'd have given it more than a passing glance. It's how they fulfill their function as tools (by providing astonishingly realistic renderings of the music, or maybe astonishingly realistic renderings of scenarios in which music is played, such as an old-time movie palace), in addition to their looks, form and fit, that makes them the focus of our fascination.

 

The charge of minimizing ones setup is a valid one, I think; it's when those who hold this particular angle on their hobby project it onto others in a "you're doing it wrong" kind of way that makes it grating. And many people who haven't had experience with a lot of gear, or with well-configured high-end gear, tend to have a poorly-formed perspective regarding both what other people are doing and what can be gotten out of this particular hobby.

 

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Anyone on here heard or know anything about the Portaphile amp? I stumbled across THIS thread and it seems like a rather interesting product. I'm rather curious if this amp is worth the pricey amount of bones the maker is asking for it.

 

Not a bad battery life for a class-A portable amp that small, but a tiny, heat-generating amp with short use cycles sounds like something that would sound fairly demanding of maintenance. Looks to me like something worth revisiting in a year, after others have shaken it down a bit.

 

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The Platform Pure 6 is starting to tempt me. Damn.

 

Sigh. Yeah. At the moment it seems to be promising more than UM can deliver, so I'm going to try to tune out that thread and let others take the first hit.


Edited by ardgedee - 6/10/12 at 5:42am
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Can't wait you become a Headphoneus Supremus. 35

i ment 50 dollars blink.gifbiggrin.gif

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On further reflection...

 

I see audiophilia as parallel in many respects to bibliophilia, a pursuit full of people who love to read, or love books, or love to read books specifically, or become obsessed with particular kinds of books, or variations in editions of a small set of titles. Bibliophiles variously approach this hobby by pleasure and instinct, or as investment strategy, or curatorially, or for books' decorative qualities, and some are plain ol' hoarders.


Edited by ardgedee - 6/10/12 at 6:34am
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Speaking of which, the for sale section has been threatening my general sense of contentment lately.

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Speaking of which, the for sale section has been threatening my general sense of contentment lately.

This looks every interesting: http://www.head-fi.org/t/613783/er-4-custom-dual-driver (I don't know how to hyperlink a word so here's the full link)

 

When the temptation to splurge is getting too strong, I just get new music :D 

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My audiophile glands started to expand when I saw an ad of the Qualia, but then I saw WTB. Talk about false excitement.

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What is still most fascinating to me about the differences of approach in this hobby is the desire of some for absence, especially with regard to headphones and their function as an audio thoroughfare. The bibliophiles I've known love to read---love the content that books convey---yet they would never say the goal of their reading is to just have the information presented to them while ignoring the book as much as possible. What partially defines them as bibliophiles is a love of the artifact itself: the tactile sensation of page-turning, the smell of the paper, the historical (and at times monetary) value of original editions.

 

I would agree certainly that headphones are tools first and foremost, created with a specific function to fulfill through their use. There is a certain unique element to them however in that how they go about fulfilling this isn't so easily defined. A blade for instance is said to be a good tool if it's sharp, as that is the quality of paramount importance in fulfilling its role. Even something like a modern edition of a book or a film projector which are somewhat more analogous to headphones in that they allow for the relay of information as an artform still have more straightforward tasks to fulfill. If a DVD player only presented films in varying shades of blue and green for instance, it would be seen as anomalous. Yet headphones are often valued by some for presenting music with varying degrees of coloration. On the other hand, there are those who feel the most successful headphones---the ones that best fulfill their role as tools---as those which minimize their presence as much as possible. This even speaks to a difference in focus among those who are primarily concern with musical reproduction. This latter subset is concerned with replicating the original recording as closely as possible, whereas the former isn't concerned with accuracy so much as simply approximating their personal taste. The latter group explores material in so far as they attempt to plump the depths of it to extract as much information as possible, whereas the former group may also be interested in exploring the effects of different equipment, listening to the way colorations change their favorite material. I suppose the emphasis would be on some kind of preconceived absolute versus the acceptance of multiplicity.

 

Of course, these are gross generalizations made for the sake of reflection. In the above-mentioned cases, headphones are treated as a means rather than an ends in themselves, and therein I think a huge distinction lies: the primary distinction between the audiophile and the collector. That is why I say the collector sees headphones as more than tools, as tools are primarily a means to an end. Of course, the collector like the bibliophile recognizes the functionality of the object in question, and just as the bibliophile values the written material contained within a book, so to does the headphone collector value the ability of the headphones to relay music. Conversely just as some bibliophiles only care about the value of and profiting from their collections, so to with some headphone collectors as well. However for some there is an appreciation of the object in and of itself, an admiration for its aesthetic qualities and design, for its historical significance and the story behind its coming to be in one's position, and the experience of using it. Just as a bibliophile might enjoy the physical act of turning pages, the headphone collector might enjoy wearing and adjusting the fit of the device.


Edited by MuppetFace - 6/10/12 at 9:18am
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This looks every interesting: http://www.head-fi.org/t/613783/er-4-custom-dual-driver (I don't know how to hyperlink a word so here's the full link)

 

When the temptation to splurge is getting too strong, I just get new music :D 

 

Intriguing, yes, but I won't buy something without photos, especially a unique scratch-build, no matter how promising the description seems...

 

I usually channel my interest into new music purchases as well. At loose ends regarding what I want to listen to next, though. It's a weekend of indecisiveness.

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If you were a headphone, what headphone would you be?

 

If you were an earphone / IEM, what earphone would you be?

 

What headphone or earphone would the love of your life be (if you're not in a relationship, then guess)?

 

What headphones or earphones would your two best friends be?

 

What headphone or earphone would your arch-rival / villainous nemesis be?

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