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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Hmm, Brian at BTG didn't respond to my email this morning about ordering the recable. Hopefully he's just out getting an early start on the weekend.

Edit: I just checked his facebook page, and it looks like it is not uncommon for him to be backed-up on responding - I'll just have to be patient. I'm currently using my backup IEMs, my Shure SE215. I like the IEM, but I HATE the cables. I would like to find the guys at Shure & Westone that have decided that thick memory wire for earloops on very small and light IEMs is a good idea - and then punch them in the throat.

I could buy the Fiio replacement cable for the SE215 for $35 - and I might do that.

I also thinking of trying a couple of these newer affordable FOTM IEMs that have surfaced in the last couple of years.

http://www.amazon.com/Havi-Pro-Dual-Driver-Earphones/dp/B00LXRIBI2/ref=pd_cp_e_0
http://www.amazon.com/OSTRY-In-Ear-Performance-Earphones-Headphones/dp/B00KW40LW6/ref=pd_sim_e_6
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL4C48K/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1
http://www.amazon.com/AUDIO-ear-stereo-headphone-Tenore-ZH-DX200-CT/dp/B0093VVP0Q/ref=pd_sim_e_4

Has anyone tried any of these? I'm always such a sucker for cheap audio gear - but when I really sit back and look at the gear that I have actually enjoyed the most, it's nearly always the stuff where I actually stepped-up and paid more to get more. Go figure...

that fiio cable is so stiff....... with pretty bad microphonics :( 

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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

Too bad we can't get them here.

they didnt sell the 6 series in oz? 

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Maybe a few. I have seen the 8 series quite a few times in Melbourne.

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I traded quite a few emails with BTG. I have purchased his removable cable mod and I'm sending him the headphones. However, the budget cable can't be used for the removeable cable - I don't really understand why - but he wouldn't do it - he said it has the be the more expensive CIEM cable. So - I'm not getting a new cable from him yet. I want to see what I get back from him after the mod. It might be good enough as is, or I might get another cable - I'll have more options once they are turned into an RC.
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I heard GM had the new Z06 at the track, so we ran down to take a look at it. When we got there people were milling around it and a couple engineers were answering questions (and there were free hotdogs and sodas, I'm not joking) but you could immediately tell that it wasn't a track event as much as it was just an exhibit (boo!). When they finally said that they could take some people for "rides around the track" there was a mass exodus which left the GM reps baffled, then I explained to them that other manufacturers, like Ferrari and Porsche, just hand us the keys and let us have our way with their cars for an afternoon. At that they just stared at me in shock for several seconds.

"You mean they just let you go nuts with their cars, without even riding along?"
"Yep. Sometimes they even just leave them here and come back and get them that evening."
"That's crazy!"
"It may sound crazy, but they sure do sell a lot of them that way."
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LOL - that's called knowing your audience. The GM guys are probably used to taking the cars to PR events with a bunch of media hacks and/or celebrities that couldn't drive a lawn tractor in a straight line. Taking the car to a group of actual *customers* that clearly have both the bank accounts and the skills to actually buy & drive the car is probably a completely foreign experience for them.

Changing gears a bit...

I'm watching a replay of today's Red Bull Air Races from Fort Worth that are being shown on Fox Sports 2. Wow. Pylon racers are simply amazing. The Red Bull series doesn't fly the "Unlimited" class planes (ie often highly modified P-51 Mustangs that will do 500 MPH), instead they fly a lighter, less powerful plane that will hit a max speed of ~250 MPH. However, the courses they fly are also typically much smaller and tighter, and they will regularly pull 9 g's during their 3 lap timed race. They also don't fly head-to-head in heats like they do in the Unlimited races. Seeing these guys snap roll the plane to 90 deg then pull it around at 9 g's and thread the needle through the next set of pylons is very cool!




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So this is where you car enthusiasts are hiding? :D I've been looking for a thread like this on Head-Fi for a while now. 

 

 

If you guys don't mind, i would like to join. And also post some pics of a previous meet ive been to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also recently went to a Classic American Muscle car meet. :) 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

LOL - that's called knowing your audience. The GM guys are probably used to taking the cars to PR events with a bunch of media hacks and/or celebrities that couldn't drive a lawn tractor in a straight line. Taking the car to a group of actual *customers* that clearly have both the bank accounts and the skills to actually buy & drive the car is probably a completely foreign experience for them.

Changing gears a bit...

I'm watching a replay of today's Red Bull Air Races from Fort Worth that are being shown on Fox Sports 2. Wow. Pylon racers are simply amazing. The Red Bull series doesn't fly the "Unlimited" class planes (ie often highly modified P-51 Mustangs that will do 500 MPH), instead they fly a lighter, less powerful plane that will hit a max speed of ~250 MPH. However, the courses they fly are also typically much smaller and tighter, and they will regularly pull 9 g's during their 3 lap timed race. They also don't fly head-to-head in heats like they do in the Unlimited races. Seeing these guys snap roll the plane to 90 deg then pull it around at 9 g's and thread the needle through the next set of pylons is very cool!

Now that's flying, the guys who do that sort of thing have balls the size of grapefruits. I've ridden in a modified P-51 but we didn't do much more than a few rolls and a moderate neg-G dive.

I did finally get to drive it on the track, but the guy was super annoying and didn't want me to take the car over 100mph, induce oversteer, or clip corners. It was like having my HS driver's ed teacher in the car with me. At one point he even started swearing (same as my DE instructor), and while it wasn't directed AT me it seemed pretty unprofessional. Apparently the reason is that he was personally responsible for any damage to the car (!?), so I asked him how he got suckered into that. rolleyes.gif Oh, and he told me "you've never driven a car this fast before", and I just shook my head. The only thing I can figure is that they must have kept their engineers under a rock somewhere while the new `vette was being developed (and subjected them to a fair amount of brainwashing), because they're completely unaware of any other cars that have built in the last 5 years. Not to say it isn't fast, it's very quick, or that people won't buy it, I'm sure they'll easily sell all the Z06s they make, but there's zero chance that it's going to make a dent in European supercar sales. Because, despite its performance, like the new Z/28, there's really nothing exotic about it.

Oh, also, I don't normally endorse products, but these guys are the shiz. What they do is take a car seat and build a fully adjustable office chair out of it. That itself is pretty cool, but apart from the premade office chairs they sell, which are shockingly expensive, they'll also take a seat you send them and convert it. Sooo, I took a seat from a totalled Gallardo Superleggera and sent it to the guys there to see what they could come up with, and this is it. biggrin.gif

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I'm telling you, I've never sat in a more comfortable executive-style chair in my life. Period. It absolutely blows everything else out of the water. The thing is, don't have an extra Lamborghini or Ferrari seat laying around? No problem. They can work with virtually any newer bucket seat you can find. One of our guys found one from a wrecked Viper ($400) and sent it off to them for conversion, can't wait to see how that turns out.
Edited by Magick Man - 10/26/14 at 10:40pm
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Billy, do you have any video of the FS2 coverage of those air races? I've never seen one on TV, and I'm curious how they would handle camera coverage of the course.

 

Now, if I had one of those extra seats from my old 240Z lying around...

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Now, if I had one of those extra seats from my old 240Z lying around...

Don't forget the $1500 to convert it... I forgot that part. Yeah, that sounds like a lot, but look at how much Steelcase exec chairs go for (and they aren't as comfortable as a good GT or sports car seat). I'm on the lookout for a totalled Bentley Conti GT Speed I can scavenge for my home office. cool.gif
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I'm thinking I really want this. Fewer than 800 ISO Rivolta IR300s were made and, IMO, they have a lot of character... Ferrari 330GT looks but with a Corvette 327 V8 under the hood. Here's one fully restored and looking bad ass:


Edited by Magick Man - Yesterday at 12:09 pm
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I'm guessing virtually no chance at all of laying hands on a Grifo?

 

Was the Rivolta a Guigaro design as well?


Edited by Hutnicks - Yesterday at 9:20 pm
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I've always liked those Rivoltas from the wheel arch back, but the front reminds me of a mashup between a Ferrari 330 (as you said) and the BMW 2002. Both very handsome cars on their own, but not a very good combination.

 

To each his own, though, and it's certainly a very unique car.

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Billy, do you have any video of the FS2 coverage of those air races? I've never seen one on TV, and I'm curious how they would handle camera coverage of the course.

Now, if I had one of those extra seats from my old 240Z lying around...

No - I don't, but the video was really cool. It was a combination of your basic far away shots to set the context of where the pilot was on the course, then cuts to cameras mounted on the plane. There was a front view camera that essentially gave the pilots view out the windscreen, and there was also a cockpit camera that showed the pilot operating the controls and talking on the radio. For all the shots, there was a bug in the lower left that gave real-time performance data for speed, G's and an attitude ball that gave roll & pitch. Everything happens so fast that it's hard to really keep track - when he starts a turn or a the climb for the Cuban, by the time I had shifted my eye to the lower left to see the amount of G's being pulled, he was already through the maneuver! They do have smoke on for the entire 3 laps, so that does help in the far away shots.

I saw a classic SoCal DOT sign today. They are doing some construction work near my office, and the lighted message sign says: "All Traffic Laws Enforced in Construction Zone"

Ummm, OK - so I guess from that we can assume that traffic laws are NOT enforced when it's not a construction zone? Cool!!

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post
 

Billy, do you have any video of the FS2 coverage of those air races? I've never seen one on TV, and I'm curious how they would handle camera coverage of the course.

 

There's plenty of footage on the Red Bull site and their YouTube channel.

We used to have it on FTA for several seasons but I've seen nothing on lately.

Last weekend Nigel Lamb took the Championship - age 58 (and he's not the oldest of the twelve) and they say you slow down as you get old (?)


Edited by jimmers - Today at 11:05 pm
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