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post #796 of 4114
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Well, my PF's just became even better value! I just received a pair of Ortofon e-Q5's from Dimitri as a prize for writing a review of the PF's on their blog!

 

Score.  biggrin.gif

post #797 of 4114

Forgive me. This is really stupid.

 

 

Amusing though. (I do not think that the Piano Fortes were intended for binaural recordings but it makes for an interesting listen.)


Edited by cooperpwc - 12/19/12 at 6:01am
post #798 of 4114

Fun!  Even without the PFs!

post #799 of 4114

1601/1602 SB initial impressions

 

This is what they feel like against your ears:

 

 

700

 

 

But they sound like you took two of these:

 

400

 

Stuffed them in two of these:

 

400

 

And rocked them like this:

 

700

 

 

And I'm left looking like this:

 

700

post #800 of 4114
My interpretation of that was mostly negative. Brillaint, but negative. Pictures say a thousand words. Care to elaborate if I'm wrong? With all the praise, it's all I can do to keep from pulling the trigger.

Now this.
post #801 of 4114
That last face. Bewilderment? Surprise? Shock and awe?
post #802 of 4114
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

That last face. Bewilderment? Surprise? Shock and awe?

 

Bewilderment.  That's a very good one word description.

 

I'll need to spend a lot more time to get my mind right with them but I'd say the terms mono and sepia tone come to mind regarding the sounds I'm hearing.  It's very, very different.  Whether that's good or bad, well that's up the seashell wearer.


Edited by shotgunshane - 12/19/12 at 5:35pm
post #803 of 4114
Mono, I thought the ambience and soundstage were expansive and absorbing. Mono doesn't fit there.
post #804 of 4114
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

Mono, I thought the ambiance and soundstage were expansive and absorbing. Mono doesn't fit there.

 

Ambiance and soundstage for me is strangely in head, airy, yet in some kind of wavy and bizarrely shaped concert hall.  Lead vocalists seem to come from everywhere in my head, while back up singers pop up in my left ear, then pop up over to my right ear, then sometimes above me.  Percussion sound like they are coming from behind me and I can't figure out where the guitars are emanating from.

 

So yeah, Bewilderment.

post #805 of 4114
It's interesting as my initial impressions when I got mine were Mono. I really encourage you to spend more time with them. There is an adjustment to how they deliver music as it is so different from the artificial ways of standard headphones. If you get it you get it, if you don't fortunately there are plenty of standard sounding phones out there to enjoy.

If you do get them you will be scratching your head wondering how you can get so much soundstage and presence from an earphone!

And yes, I did say the other phones are artificial, least thats how they sound to me now when I listen to them, any of them! I can take that if isolation is needed but what the PF's do is so intoxicating, so absorbing, so natural and easy that anything else now just seems contrived.

Once again, it has been said many times, one either 'get's' these earphones or one does not. Just like one 'get's' SET amps or not!
post #806 of 4114
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

 

Ambiance and soundstage for me is strangely in head, airy, yet in some kind of wavy and bizarrely shaped concert hall.  Lead vocalists seem to come from everywhere in my head, while back up singers pop up in my left ear, then pop up over to my right ear, then sometimes above me.  Percussion sound like they are coming from behind me and I can't figure out where the guitars are emanating from.

 

So yeah, Bewilderment.

 

 

Does this describe what you're feeling?

 

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
 
This undeniably beautiful IEM/Earbud crossbreed is one controversial piece of equipment to say the least. In short, so far I feel kinda like standing in front of a modern painting pondering whether it's art or just birds**t. 

 

post #807 of 4114

I think those impressions are pretty much in keeping with what James444, Music_4321, myself, and others have said about the 1601 and 1602. They ain't gonna be everyone's cup of tea for sure. They are extremely different compared to just about every other IEM on the planet. They literally sound like a bunch of old radios playing inside a grand concert hall (as opposed to a grand concert being played on an old radio --- there's a difference, I think). There is a definitely set of things these creatures excel at doing, and a set of things they're pretty deficient at doing.

 

That's why I get really nervous when someone asks me if I'd recommend these. If they were $200 or so, then I'd still be nervous, but not as much. But these things cost around a grand---up to almost three grand---USD. I think you need to go in expecting bewilderment and possible disappointment, otherwise you may end up really disappointed if you aren't prepared.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

If that scares some people away from these... good. LOL. Really though, I love these, and if you "get it" you may just love them too. It's a risk with potential for great disappointment... but also great reward. I'll also say that if you want a pure and concentrated shot of just what FAD is truly about, then these are about as direct as you can get. FAD is kinda a Janus of a company. These are the pure essence of what FAD's "colorful side" is about, distilled into a piece of metal ear-candy.


Edited by MuppetFace - 12/19/12 at 11:04pm
post #808 of 4114

What are the biggest differences between the PF VIII and IX. Subtle at best? Hoping to save a couple bucks. 

post #809 of 4114
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

I think those impressions are pretty much in keeping with what James444, Music_4321, myself, and others have said about the 1601 and 1602. They ain't gonna be everyone's cup of tea for sure. They are extremely different compared to just about every other IEM on the planet. They literally sound like a bunch of old radios playing inside a grand concert hall (as opposed to a grand concert being played on an old radio --- there's a difference, I think). There is a definitely set of things these creatures excel at doing, and a set of things they're pretty deficient at doing.

That's why I get really nervous when someone asks me if I'd recommend these. If they were $200 or so, then I'd still be nervous, but not as much. But these things cost around a grand---up to almost three grand---USD. I think you need to go in expecting bewilderment and possible disappointment, otherwise you may end up really disappointed if you aren't prepared.

Just my 2 cents.

If that scares some people away from these... good. LOL. Really though, I love these, and if you "get it" you may just love them too. It's a risk with potential for great disappointment... but also great reward. I'll also say that if you want a pure and concentrated shot of just what FAD is truly about, then these are about as direct as you can get. FAD is kinda a Janus of a company. These are the pure essence of what FAD's "colorful side" is about, distilled into a piece of metal ear-candy.

I agree, if you get it you get it, if not there are plenty of other IEM's out there that would fit the bill. Funny you should say old radios! Last night I spent a wonderful two hours listening to the centennial anthology of Bing Crosby's Decca recordings. Pretty much all mono and some taken from wax so one can hear the pops and crackles. All my other headphones don't 'get' this recording, of course, the PF's do!

It was wonderful to feel the space around these old mono recordings, the depth as well, something that old mono has in buckets was so well represented. This has me searching out more mono recordings now as it was just so relaxing and enjoyable to listen to!
post #810 of 4114

GUYS! Got a Christmas bonus! Ordering the PF VIII or IX NOW in time for Christmas break. Which one? What are the differences. Ordering this evening!

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