Originally Posted by eke2k6
I'm listening to the Senn IE800 now, courtesy of St. James.
All I can say is *******. I love the vocal presentation of these things.
I know, rite? Rarely do I use EQ, and only when an earphone / headphone does some things so well I'm compelled to compensate for those perceived shortcomings. I EQ the lower bass a bit on the IE800 because I love their mids so much.
Originally Posted by TwinQY
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While I personally have no problem continuing on over here, there seems to be a sort of stigma against "off-topic" banter that has been brewing amongst some of the disgruntled for quite some time now. Despite this thread actually being a "mutual admiration society" in this case, perhaps the extremists would have us move the serious headphone talk (if my paltry insecurities could be even considered as being serious) to the serious threads just as they would want to keep the mutual admiration off the headphone threads. And even though I partly disagree with this in principle, common courtesy would dictate that we at least respect their wishes. Unless the others here are fine with it, in which case I will go on as it is a free forum after all.
If the EX1000s (or for fairness' sake, the 7550s) were to be put on the top of the "annoying" scale and something like the 334s were to be put at the bottom, how would the SUIs fare in terms of sheer quantity of treble and peaks/&/or sibilance? On average I listen ~65-70dB so turning it up is a foreign concept to me unless I'm trying to evaluate performance more critically.
One other enticing thing (boy these just seem to pop out like crazy) would be how glorious the bass seems to be described.
The original diary thread was created by kiteki as a repository for his impressions and musings on audio. While the tone wasn't exactly "serious" and prone to tangential outcroppings, overall the experience of audio was at the core of it all and largely informed everything else that orbited around it like a solar system.
Some might remember that the original thread was actually in the portable audio section. Even though its successors were moved to the Members' Lounge, I think the same spirit largely carried over: the binding crux of this thread is still the experience of this hobby, expressed in both music appreciation and gear lust.
Of course, we discuss other stuff too: some of it heavy, some of it not. I think many of the regulars have an interest in sociology and psychology, in culture and in the interactions of people. Often times it seems to be inspired by or tie back to the audio hobby. It's that human side I like so much personally, the motivations behind head-fiers doing what they do and how they approach this stuff.
With the original diary thread kiteki very much tapped into that; it provided him an outlet for sharing his feelings, desires, hang-ups... he was able to create this palpable mood. It was exuberance for "it all," stopping to look at and appreciate details like strain reliefs and the colors used in ads and the irrationality behind our loving certain things like that. It was talking about certain sounds being purple or what they might taste like.
So yeah, serious audio discussion definitely has a place here. It's just my hope that it's done in a spirit of playfulness at times. I think some of us (myself included) get a bit jaded from time to time and we forget how to see things through the eyes of a novice. We forget that sense of wonderment, that overwhelming sense of being lost yet still enjoying it. We get too comfortable with our preferences, too self assured about the routine of it all. Discovery should be exciting, and sharing it with others is part of that.
There's also a flow to this virtual space, I think.
At the best of times conversation here is loose, but it doesn't flop about enough to make you reach for your wallet to put under its tongue. It's all a balancing act (not to be confused w/ driver 8's amp). I get the feeling that some people see my TL;DR posts like this one and get weary and think we're a public library or something. On the other hand, there's also a tendency for people to think this place is an "anything goes" random chat thread or something, or worse: a place to fill up page after page with meme recitals at breakneck speed. Basically we try to maintain a fairly balanced signal-to-noise ratio here.
Also the "diary" format is kinda cool because it not only provides an outlet for expression, it does so in a way that is well-suited for this kind of stuff I think: it allows folks to discuss their experience over time as it develops, something that is vital for formulating an authentic set of listening impressions in my opinion. Our relationship to audio isn't static, right? Merzbow aside.
But yeah, I share bits and pieces of my daily life as do others here. Audio is just too integrated into it to try to parse it out, at least not without doing some violence to one's experience. Forming mental schema for how we perceive various people on the forums is a fascinating subject to me (and a_rec). More than just idle curiosity however, it gives people a frame of reference.