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post #9931 of 20628
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

If I ONLY had $700 invested in the hobby, I'd be a lot richer right now. redface.gif

 

X10000000

If I had started with say the Koss ESP-950 setup, I'm almost certain I wouldn't have spent my life's savings on this hobby.

The journey is fun, but it ultimately hurts the wallet much more than should be normal.

So while I understand that people nshould start small to see what they like, I think jumping to some higher end gear from the beginning will ultimately save money and potential headaches.
post #9932 of 20628
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

X10000000

If I had started with say the Koss ESP-950 setup, I'm almost certain I wouldn't have spent my life's savings on this hobby.

The journey is fun, but it ultimately hurts the wallet much more than should be normal.

So while I understand that people nshould start small to see what they like, I think jumping to some higher end gear from the beginning will ultimately save money and potential headaches.
Now you tell me😄. Seriously, I agree. Just wish I had thought big rather than incremental. The funny thing is, with three orthos and three good amps, my sight is now set on the electrostats ! It's not a hobby guys, it's an obsession!
post #9933 of 20628
Thread Starter 

There is something to be said for the journey. I've learned a lot along the way and it's been a good time also. I've been able to help others avoid some of the mistakes that I've made by answering questions and trying to be helpful. 

 

Most of the gear that I've bought has had good resale value, so I haven't lost a ton of money. And I'm a curiosity kind of guy so I would have to have heard it for myself anyway. 

post #9934 of 20628
Yeah, I think as much as I would've liked to jump into high end a LOT earlier, I was able to hear lots of impressive mid-fi cans that are honestly in the best area in the price to performance ratio.

Also helps that it helped to flesh out my gaming guide, and helped me improve the way I reviewed the headphones. My early reviews were severely lacking. I like to think my more recent reviews are a vast improvement.

Couldn't have done that with all this practice.
post #9935 of 20628
Thread Starter 

Funny thing is...I found that I enjoy mid-fi better than flagships. I'll take the he-400 over the he-6 any day. First the he-6, like many flagships, is just too plain heavy for me. Anything that outweighs the he400 is uncomfortable to me in about an hour. Then I have to take a look at the amping requirements. I'm completely happy with the lyr and my hand picked tubes as end game. As much juice as the lyr puts out, it will not drive the he-6. I just can't justify the expense and the lack of comfort. 

post #9936 of 20628
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Funny thing is...I found that I enjoy mid-fi better than flagships. I'll take the he-400 over the he-6 any day. First the he-6, like many flagships, is just too plain heavy for me. Anything that outweighs the he400 is uncomfortable to me in about an hour. Then I have to take a look at the amping requirements. I'm completely happy with the lyr and my hand picked tubes as end game. As much juice as the lyr puts out, it will not drive the he-6. I just can't justify the expense and the lack of comfort. 

Comfort huh? Get a pair of TH900s. cool.gif

post #9937 of 20628

I'll likely never buy a flagship, given that moving from $100 - $250 - $400 dollars has made it clear that there are significant diminishing returns. That and, the sonic signature of headphones varies so much, you may well WANT to steer clear of high-end products for a better sounding lower end product.

 

My HD595s, while somewhat thin and certainly not perfect, are still maybe 70-80% of the HE-400s to my ears. The 400s just add some bass and texture that can't be touched by them. In all honesty, the O2/ODAC (vs hi-fi laptop sound) basically made the HD-595s sound even better (albeit with more fatiguing mids and treble), while the 400s mainly got the blackness and extra power they needed to sound their best (while the extra bass is somewhat fatiguing on some music).

 

I take the same attitude into regular speakers - right now I'd rather have a $250 dollar receiver, 40 inch TV, and Andrew Jones Pioneer set up (~$1,000) than a $10,000 dollar rig with state of the art equipment. 80-90% of the performance for a fraction of the price. I do, after all, want to have some sort of environmental conscious and not suck the grid dry just to watch a movie!

 

That said, as soon as Hifi Man or Sennheiser release another tantilizing $2-$400 dollar product, I am probably screwed. Every couple of years I get the 'itch' to 'switch'. beerchug.gif

post #9938 of 20628

What is the generally accepted term to call the accents that have the hifiman logo/l/r indicators on it? I have no idea what to call them ever.

post #9939 of 20628
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

What is the generally accepted term to call the accents that have the hifiman logo/l/r indicators on it? I have no idea what to call them ever.


How about "disappearing magic ink"?

post #9940 of 20628

Headamp calls it silkscreen.

post #9941 of 20628
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How about "disappearing magic ink"?

No, the actual pieces that they're on. What do you call the piece you grab to slide to adjust.

post #9942 of 20628

Slider Mount?  Maybe?

post #9943 of 20628

I'm just not sure how to get them off. I have the cups off and the cups totally disassembled myself, unsure how to get the slider mounts off.

post #9944 of 20628

Just calculated it. As of now I have spent 2435$ on head-fi. I earn 200 a month, joined head-fi a little more than half a year ago

post #9945 of 20628
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Just calculated it. As of now I have spent 2435$ on head-fi. I earn 200 a month, joined head-fi a little more than half a year ago

I've been down that road. I'm not adding up, I'll just feel bad.

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