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This is kind of true -- plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and cram schools are probably the three most common businesses in the buildings around Gangnam Station. Wander a few blocks in any direction and it's a little less intense. Elsewhere, I saw ads (mostly in Chinese, or Chinese + English) for cosmetic surgery tourism to Seoul, so that's definitely an industry.

It's kind of inevitable, though; wherever the entertainment industry is going to settle in, there's going to be a large population of people trying to break into it, and hangers-on enjoying the scene.

Visiting the Hongdae district on a Friday night was a parallel experience, only instead of people aspiring to be (or look like) the latest pop idols, it was full of indy music scene people, whether that's hip-hop, pop, metal, jazz, and so on.

I liked the food better in Hongdae, for whatever that's worth. It also had better music shops, even if the clerks in one of them blew me off.

(Edit: Made a few edits to elaborate.)

 

While Gangnam is known for its expensive, lavish restaurants, the food in Hongdae is indeed more delicious IMO. When have you been to Seoul,  by the way? Last year I had a couple American friends from Head-Fi in Seoul where we got together for a humble headphone meet.

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When have you been to Seoul,  by the way? Last year I had a couple American friends from Head-Fi in Seoul where we got together for a humble headphone meet.

I visited for the first time last autumn. My partner and I spent a week on a bus tour through the South Korean peninsula, and then spent a week with her family in Seoul and we wandered around the city. One of the highlights for me was the markets of Yongsan smily_headphones1.gif but was only able to spend a couple hours there, not enough time to hunt down anything.

I tried organizing a mini-meet but my schedule was pretty booked and the few people who responded were really busy, so the timing was bad. Next time for sure!
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Just wanted to share with you guys some nice music in an original packaging that I got in 2012: Clown & Sunset / Nicolas Jaar's "The Prism". It is an album sold as a small mp3 player (you get a flac download also). Looks quite cool and the music is great:

 

 

http://www.csa.fm/theprism/

 

 

Thanks for sharing this. I love unique packaging and interactive media presentations, so this is right up my alley. Nicholas Jaar is great too. I have his Space is Only Noise album.

 

I have a similar little device from Throbbing Gristle called Gristleism. It's a battery operated sound box that plays recorded loops. Aside from simple volume control, it also has a pitch control mechanism too. It's presented in an intricately crafted diecut paper box with metallic ink printing and liner notes. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a headphone jack in its stock form, but it can be modified to have one (and Throbbing Gristle even provides instructions for doing so on their site).

 

 

 

 

Reminds me a lot of the FM3 Buddha Machine. I've actually been meaning to post about this for a while now, but it keeps slipping my mind. I've had this little thing since my freshman year in college. Same concept: a sound box that plays loops. They're slightly cheesy unlike the TG release, but they have a great synth camp factor, and so it works. Has a headphone jack too so you don't disturb your neighbors with your gradual transcendence into a state of enlightenment.

 

 

 

 

I also need to *finally* post about the Flaming Lips gummy skull and fetus. Well, beyond the odd passing reference anyway. A fitting time too since I've been digging The Terror. I'll be regurgitating some music-related posts soonish hopefully.

 

By the way, I gotta say your post means a lot to me. I was kinda losing hope for this thread, but then I saw this and it just rekindled my drive to talk about stuff I like.

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I recommend New Zealand! Didn't one of the diary members go there recently? It's great. Don't go when it is cold though, that will be no fun.

 

7 hours psh. I hate flying too (the smell of jet fuel now makes me queasy purely by association) but 7 hours isn't too bad. Hong Kong to Europe was awful.

 

Do they have all "seasons" there? Or is it just like "Summer" and "Winter" and nothing else! lol. I've read that sometimes you could experience ALL seasons in a day! I found that interesting... lol

 

I don't know where my fear comes from. Probably because it's something I can't control... and because I work on Jet Engine Control Systems so I know more now! LOL!

 

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We went to NZ last month and it was fantastic, 3 days on GB Island and 3 in Auckland. You might want to check if it's getting too nippy (and rainy) there now, but for crowds and value it's a great time to go.

 

Nice!!!

Did you buy a cool vacation package online or from a travel agency?

Any pictures and stuff?

 

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Well I am not really sure where you are from so it is not easy :) Also what is you budget ? And what kind of vacation (beach, hiking, city, etc.). Because I could recommend like a million things, from Brazil to Japan, from Myanmar to Copenhagen....

 

I'm from the Caribbean (Puerto Rico), live like 10 minutes from the beach so... meh! lol

 

 

Thanks.

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The newer Freq-Phase version of the JH16Pro +JH-3A amp arrived yesterday. I don't feel like writing much atm, so I'll keep this brief..

-> The good. Imaging on these is just insane. The JH-3A actually brings them to another level in this sense: good without it, over-the-top with it. Very detailed sound. Bass is definitely intense but not as overwhelming as I worried it might be. The JH-3A is cool because you can control the bass level quite a bit, basically cutting it out almost entirely to making it the most insanely bassy IEMs I've ever heard. With the boost turned all the way up, I predict that wearing only one channel will cause brain matter to fly out the opposite ear. I basically use it with no boost, but the option is still fun.

-> The not-so-good. These just don't sound as nice on other amps I've tried using the adapter. Dunno if it's the same for the non-JH-3A version of the JH16Pro or not, but while it's not a huge loss in quality, it's definitely a perceptible drop when I'm not using the JH-3A. Which brings me to the biggest issue: the background on the JH-3A is nowhere near black. Getting hiss, both when charging the battery via USB and also when the battery is fully charged. There's also a weird noisy in the left channel when I turn the bass boost up. Turning the amp on and off with the CIEMs plugged in is a huge no no... it results in what has to be one of the loudest POPS I've ever heard from an amp powering on or off. It's ridiculous. Overall, the gain of the amp is too high. Volume goes from "off" to "loud" and most of the fine adjustment has to be done at the source.

-> The ugly. Build quality on these is mediocre at best. The shells are a nice color (sucker-punch) but seem dull. Maybe that's my fault for choosing a color that accentuates this? Anyway, the amp is also similarly underwhelming in feel, though I like the design on the top of it. Looks nice. Plugging the dual-entry cable (for a total of four entry points or eight pins in total) into the sockets and removing it is a chore. Lots of resistance. The fit is not exactly flush, and the pins stick out a bit in places. Cable itself feels pretty sturdy. The adapter to use it with regular 1/8" plugs is well built. Biggest issue in terms of build for me however is the end of the stem where the bores are locate. It's simply unfinished. There are big pock-marks and the texture is rough. Good thing it doesn't contact my ear directly, otherwise it would cut skin.

Really I think I know what the main problem is.

FitEar has ruined other customs for me.

I've been spoiled.

The fit on the JH16Pro is pretty good, but it's nowhere near as comfortable and effortless as the one on my MH335DW. I actually want to use the FitEars more as a result. In fact from now on, future CIEMs will have to be from FitEar or someone with a similar level of QC I'm thinking. To that end, I'd like to eventually get the C435.

The exception is Aurisonics' AS-2. The style of face plates and connectors gives me a similar kind of vibe as FitEar despite being different. Their pictures of the product seem to all be computer renders, so I'd like to see more of the actual finished product.
hum...does not look like a 1.7k combo. Aurisonics...I thought the build looked nice until a friend told me his pair had the cheapest build ever. I still wanna try the asg 2, but not as much as the new Inear StageDiver 3. Now that is German Qualitat.
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Thanks for sharing this. I love unique packaging and interactive media presentations, so this is right up my alley. Nicholas Jaar is great too. I have his Space is Only Noise album.

I have a similar little device from Throbbing Gristle called Gristleism. It's a battery operated sound box that plays recorded loops. Aside from simple volume control, it also has a pitch control mechanism too. It's presented in an intricately crafted diecut paper box with metallic ink printing and liner notes. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a headphone jack in its stock form, but it can be modified to have one (and Throbbing Gristle even provides instructions for doing so on their site.

By the way, I gotta say your post means a lot to me. I was kinda losing hope for this thread, but then I saw this and it just rekindled my drive to talk about stuff I like.

Well thank you, I am always glad to share something that will interest at least someone. I also discovered Jaar in Space is only noise and he is part of the people who for me can do experimental with musicality. This cube is nice although of course the SQ is crappy...I bought it anyways because I support such initiatives.
The Gristleism is gorgeous...I love such automata mixed with origami devices.
I think that is why I live the Tera too...industrial and simple, with music in it.
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Whoa whoa whoa, new Lips album is out? Shiiii didn't know!

Best pics of the AS-2 I've been able to find are here:

http://84audio.blog27.fc2.com/blog-entry-300.html

Although I believe this is the old model, pre-bass valve, so the current models will look different. Someone on HF posted a pic of his Rhodium plated models and they looked amazing.

(Edit) here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/606471/aurisonics-impressions-reviews-discussions-thread/1980#post_8885040

Really looking forward to some more impressions of the AS(G)-2, hope someone can chime in with some thoughts from the HF meet
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I put up an FS for my K3003's if anyone wants in on the controversy (discount for anyone in this thread).  I'm actually thinking of letting my ED. 8's go too.

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I'm waiting for the upcoming Polyphonic Spree release.  I got in early on the Kickstarter campaign and will be receiving a copy of the LP signed and hand-poured by Tim DeLaughter.  One of my buddies has a similar hand-poured record from the last time they offered that, and it's pretty cool.  I also really like supporting a local pressing plant.

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Best pics of the AS-2 I've been able to find are here:

http://84audio.blog27.fc2.com/blog-entry-300.html

Although I believe this is the old model, pre-bass valve, so the current models will look different. Someone on HF posted a pic of his Rhodium plated models and they looked amazing.

(Edit) here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/606471/aurisonics-impressions-reviews-discussions-thread/1980#post_8885040

Really looking forward to some more impressions of the AS(G)-2, hope someone can chime in with some thoughts from the HF meet

 

 

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hum...does not look like a 1.7k combo. Aurisonics...I thought the build looked nice until a friend told me his pair had the cheapest build ever. I still wanna try the asg 2, but not as much as the new Inear StageDiver 3. Now that is German Qualitat.

 

My experience with Aurisonics is limited to the very first version of the ASG-1 which I felt was one of the worst IEMs I'd purchased up until that point. It was incredibly shouty, resonant, and just downright unpleasant. There was so much hype for it, it was baffling. Then he came out with an updated version and there was more hype. I never had a chance to try the updated version, but apparently it fixed the shoutiness issue and resulted in a sound that was darker. I suspect I would like the updated version a whole lot more than the original (though given my reaction to the original, this wouldn't be a hard sentiment to inspire). I've never tried Aurisonics' full-on customs.

 

The build quality of the AS-2 looks pretty good overall just going by pictures, but I'm a little baffled by some of the details in the options lineup and the pricing they entail. The stock "frosted" shells for instance look ever-so-slightly hideous, and if they're anything like the ASG-1's shells, then they're going to be icky. For several hundred more, you get the "stealth" option which looks like a solid black shell and black face plates. Sort of TG!334-like I suppose. For a few hundred more you can get polished shells which look much nicer (wonder if they refract light the way FitEars do?) and gold face plates. I guess it would be between the all-black and the polished w/ gold options for me. These options---pure cosmetic upgrades---certainly make the price climb needlessly. They're just excessive and ridiculous, but then that's why I find them appealing.

 

I was talking to someone about their sound signature, and he sort of felt like they were a more intimate 1Plus2 (to simplify things). This is actually along the lines of what I'm looking for, a rather classic "hi-fi" sound with emphasis down below and up top. Basically what the JH16Pro does, only with better build quality. I feel this pretty much covers my bases so-to-speak, as it goes for three different approaches: the MH335DW is "musical" and lush (slight dark tint without sounding bloated), the C435 is a dry monitor and rather diagnostic (going for this over the UERM at this point), and lastly the JH16Pro and AS-2 are sparkly hyper-real hi-fi approaches.

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Favorite dish?

 

It's kinda hard to say favorite dish lol. I like more than one. Although when I do eat out I tend to like to get the combination plate of Kalbi and BBQ chicken. Also love mandoo, kimchi (ono! :), sweet potato, seaweed soup and more :).

 

Mandu, while simple, is terrific.  Most people like it fried, but on more than one occasion I've enjoyed it as part of a light broth soupy thing (Mandu Guk).

 

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It is of the same class as people who have not learnt how to hold  a pen correctly...


 

That looks excruciatingly painful!  eek.gif

 

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I am French and Morrocan and use chopsticks as easilly as knife and fork smily_headphones1.gif because I have been eating tons of Chinese and Japanese for years...

 

My ex-girlfriend was French and Moroccan. I've yet to meet a more beautiful/exotic looking girl.

 

She was an exchange student at my college for a year....Best Year Ever.

 

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Not even Kim Chi?  BTW, recognition of Kim Chi is the main reason why I would never name a daughter Kimberly.

 

You're dt880smile.png killing me! Woke up last hour - still sleepy. Well, until I read your post. biggrin.gif

 

Really sad for me as I had always liked that name.  frown.gif  I've since found possible alternatives, so not the end of the world.

 

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LOL!  biggrin.gif  You were crossing them in a scissor-like configuration weren't you?

 

Children tend to hold their chopsticks with their first two fingertips on top, and the lower stick being held in place by the third finger pressing it against the thumb. That's what I had been doing. It makes for a stronger grip that's easier to master, but it's less accurate. It also looks a little silly, to be honest.

 

Oh I see.  Yeah, I can see how it would look awkward, especially for people that have large hands.

 

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My ex-girlfriend was French and Moroccan. I've yet to meet a more beautiful/exotic looking girl.

 

She was an exchange student at my college for a year....Best Year Ever.


Well I look just like her with more beard and more muscles (I hope)

 

Well, I think there might be a few more anatomical differences.  wink.gif  BTW eke, I'm picturing Emmanuelle Chriqui... am I far off?

 

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So... since I know that most of you are from different parts of the country/world, I have been looking for some time now for a place to go on vacation but don't know yet... I sincerely want to go to New Zealand but the long flight hours are a burden to me (I hate flying... just so you get an idea, from where I am to Los Angeles, if no stops, it's like a 7 hour flight... I can make that... I guess... lol).

 

Would any of you have recommendations for a cool vacation city/place?


Well I am not really sure where you are from so it is not easy :) Also what is you budget ? And what kind of vacation (beach, hiking, city, etc.). Because I could recommend like a million things, from Brazil to Japan, from Myanmar to Copenhagen....

 

Hey, what's wrong with Los Angeles or SoCal in general?  BTW, when is this vacation planned for? 

 

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Just wanted to share with you guys some nice music in an original packaging that I got in 2012: Clown & Sunset / Nicolas Jaar's "The Prism". It is an album sold as a small mp3 player (you get a flac download also). Looks quite cool and the music is great:

 

 

http://www.csa.fm/theprism/

 

That's pretty, and kind of discrete with the paper-weight motif it's got going on.

 

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I just heard a quiet little "squeeeeeoooooooooooojjj..." in one ear after inserting my NT 6 Pros but before they were plugged in. I assume it was pressure equalizing, but I'd never experienced that before. Anybody else ever get that with their IEMs?

 

Yeah, a lot.  For me, it's most noticeable with the same IEMs that I feel offer me the best seal.  I generally consider it to be a cute sound, and as there don't seem to be any ill side effects, it just results in a curious little smile for me.  Did it bother you at all?

 

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I don't feel like writing much atm, so I'll keep this brief..

 

I was just about to put out another APB on you as you've been a bit quiet lately.

 

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Reminds me a lot of the FM3 Buddha Machine. I've actually been meaning to post about this for a while now, but it keeps slipping my mind. I've had this little thing since my freshman year in college. Same concept: a sound box that plays loops. They're slightly cheesy unlike the TG release, but they have a great synth camp factor, and so it works. Has a headphone jack too so you don't disturb your neighbors with your gradual transcendence into a state of enlightenment.

 

 

That thing comes in colors?  Several members of my family are Buddhist, and they use that thing religiously.  There's a Buddhist temple in LA that gives those things out for free (or for a really small donation on occasion).  But I've only ever seen it in black.

 

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By the way, I gotta say your post means a lot to me. I was kinda losing hope for this thread, but then I saw this and it just rekindled my drive to talk about stuff I like.

 

Speaking of stuff you like, how far have you gotten in Bioshock Infinite?


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Speaking of stuff you like, how far have you gotten in Bioshock Infinite?


Not very. Haven't had much time to play it. Plus I'm going through Mass Effect again for some reason...

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Not very. Haven't had much time to play it. Plus I'm going through Mass Effect again for some reason...

 

When they released Mass Effect on PS3, I played through all three again.  I liked the control of the original game much more on PS3 than I did on PC (though to be fair, I'm fairly terrible at PC games).

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My experience with Aurisonics is limited to the very first version of the ASG-1 which I felt was one of the worst IEMs I'd purchased up until that point. It was incredibly shouty, resonant, and just downright unpleasant. There was so much hype for it, it was baffling. Then he came out with an updated version and there was more hype. I never had a chance to try the updated version, but apparently it fixed the shoutiness issue and resulted in a sound that was darker. I suspect I would like the updated version a whole lot more than the original (though given my reaction to the original, this wouldn't be a hard sentiment to inspire). I've never tried Aurisonics' full-on customs.

The build quality of the AS-2 looks pretty good overall just going by pictures, but I'm a little baffled by some of the details in the options lineup and the pricing they entail. The stock "frosted" shells for instance look ever-so-slightly hideous, and if they're anything like the ASG-1's shells, then they're going to be icky. For several hundred more, you get the "stealth" option which looks like a solid black shell and black face plates. Sort of TG!334-like I suppose. For a few hundred more you can get polished shells which look much nicer (wonder if they refract light the way FitEars do?) and gold face plates. I guess it would be between the all-black and the polished w/ gold options for me. These options---pure cosmetic upgrades---certainly make the price climb needlessly. They're just excessive and ridiculous, but then that's why I find them appealing.

I was talking to someone about their sound signature, and he sort of felt like they were a more intimate 1Plus2 (to simplify things). This is actually along the lines of what I'm looking for, a rather classic "hi-fi" sound with emphasis down below and up top. Basically what the JH16Pro does, only with better build quality. I feel this pretty much covers my bases so-to-speak, as it goes for three different approaches: the MH335DW is "musical" and lush (slight dark tint without sounding bloated), the C435 is a dry monitor and rather diagnostic (going for this over the UERM at this point), and lastly the JH16Pro and AS-2 are sparkly hyper-real hi-fi approaches.

I feel you MF. I'm a fan of the company due to their modular philosophy towards phones and hands on approach with the community. I feel like Dale does take criticism and feedback to heart and he's applying it to this upcoming wave of phones. I know the G-1 (v 1) was a highly polarizing phone, but by (pretty much) all accounts (including, and perhaps most importantly those who weren't keen on the G-1), with the AS(G)-2, Dale's addressed all of the complaints dealing with sound, fit, and aesthetic options. He's explained a few times why the aesthetic options cost what they do (precious metals, man hours involved etc.), and you can sip the kool-aid if you're so inclined or ignore I suppose. I personally feel like they could do with some more sensible options in terms of personalization, but I'm happy that they are focusing on delivering (going by early accounts) a technically great earphone first and foremost.

And... I think you can safely assume the stock frost ain't gonna do it for you. I got a peep of what will likely be the new G-2 shell and it's largely the same as the G-1, just noticeably smaller, and with the nub on the back shaved down to allow for a more universal fit.

Lastly that's interesting that your contact described them as a sort of more intimate 1plus2. I'm getting some mixed reception in that respect (in terms of how bright they are up top I suppose, bass by all accounts will be slammin' and authoritative like few out there)

Oh yeah, and heres another glimpse at the color options:

https://photos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/67402_591248124225296_2124314304_n.jpg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hJtnNmxuHo
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Not very. Haven't had much time to play it. Plus I'm going through Mass Effect again for some reason...


I'm actually playing Mass Effect 1 now on the PS3. Had not played it completely on the PC. It's good. Still a long way to go though... (I already played the second one btw...)

 

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Hey, what's wrong with Los Angeles or SoCal in general?  BTW, when is this vacation planned for? 

 

Nothing wrong with L.A. actually! ;)

Not sure... whenever I feel like it I guess. At work I can basically just select my vacation days when I want... (UNLESS I have a deadline or something :-p )

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