Originally Posted by tomscy2000
That 3.5 connector is good (I've actually seen all three in person, and considered buying the hybrid rhodium/gold one), but it's filthily overpriced IMHO. I'd consider the Furutech FT-735R. It's low profile, and it's very good quality as well, and not as silly expensive. The ATL plug is far too expensive, and just isn't worth it, to me, at least. If money is no object, then by all means go for it, along with the Picollino, but these things are by far zero guarantee they'll get you any closer to what you want.
Regarding the other topic, does Rin's methodology work? Yes, to the extent that they modify tonal balance to a point where it comes closer to diffuse-field flat. However, I've always wondered why he didn't show the phase/impedance plots after adding such a resistor or blocking a port. These things do affect the "little things" in musical presentation when it comes to phase presentation, and lowered electrical dampening probably affects the articulation ability of the BA to discern details, IMHO. I also wonder how these mods affect CSD and impulse response. Phase and CSD changes in the bass definitely alter the psychoacoustic perception of the transparency of the lower registers. The issue about making "modifications" is that it's much more about a means to an end --- improving the tonal linearity of the earphone, and everything else be damned. Perhaps FR is the most important when it comes to the immediacy of perceiving good, detailed, sound, but I find that frequency response linearity is not everything when it comes to a psychoacoustically adapted response. Human hearing adapts to inaccurate timbre very quickly; you listen to crap for a long time, and your hearing will reshuffle to the point where it still sounds good. As long as frequency response does deviate beyond what sensory integration can adapt to, I don't feel that linearity of frequency response should always be the number one priority when it comes to "getting the most out of an earphone". Does this mean that Rin's suggestions should be ignored? No. They mostly likely work quite well for those seeking a more linear response out of the 334. However, that is not what most here are looking for, in my opinion. There's a huge difference between no-nonsense engineering and audiophile emotion. When we say, we want to get the most out of something, I tend not to look for technical perfection. If I wanted something that was as close to technically perfect as possible, I'd buy an SR-009 and listen only to binaural tracks. The 334 is far from technical perfection, but it's one of the best when it comes to IEMs. For some time, I've been tired of hearing people wanting to criticize items. Do people feel they've "wasted their time" by buying item A instead of supposedly "better" item B? Then why are we all constantly buying new things for? From the beginning of my head-fi experience to now, I've gone from purely emotion based, to thought based, to technically-oriented, and now I've just gone back to emotion. If I like something, then I do, if I don't then I don't. I won't tell others whether they're right or wrong. (I invoke original poster's privilege to rant at 3 in the morning) /rant
FAR too many assumptions in this post. Thing is he tests all those things and only notes on them if there's a issue, which there obviously weren't. Details are mostly frequency response related, so that makes no sense. Take for example one his Monoprice mods, something came up with the THD, thus he posted the result of that. It's a different sound, but it is acoustically better set by his standards.
Based on my experience with his mods, it's ALL frequency related, I have yet to question a phase, transient, distortion, etc issue. Though still OT, based on my experience, I feel a downsloaping DF to be flat, a true DF is a bit too bright. Either way, the 334 improves.
Funny how cable are being suggested, yes they are going to be change the sound, but IMO it's foolish to spend more than even 50$ on one based on how little they change the sound
My resistor bought from that seller, broke, it's really poorly made ;(. This seller sells 30ohms, though not listed, just message him, MUCH nicer.
Edited by Inks - 3/31/13 at 6:09pm