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So not quite a Butterfinger, but definitely a Kit Kat?

 

more like half melted M&Ms 

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I'm sure Tilpo could explain how it works.  smile.gif

It won't. :P

 

Also, I've been browsing for "cheap" and fairly local(to the EU) CIEMs recently and noticed that a German company, inear-monitoring has a few of their CIEM models now as universals, anyone in the thread given any of their stuff a try before?

 

http://www.inear-monitoring.eu/de/produkte/inear-monitoring/livepro-serie.htm

http://www.inear-monitoring.eu/de/produkte/inear-universelles-monitoring/monitoring-stagediver.htm

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Yeah those have been garnering a fair bit of hype in the Stagediver thread. They look very well made, and more than a little similar to the FitEar 334. Mimouille is in talks to perhaps get a pair... oh man, I forgot to reply to his PM :l
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I will order a pair of sd3 in a few days I think, they should come out in May...they should be a fair indication of how their customs sound. These babies
Have been getting top reviews in Germany.
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From a Crossfade?  blink.gif

Also, witchcraft:



Impressive.
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I'm sure Tilpo could explain how it works.  smile.gif

Challenge accepted.

The underlying mechanism is not that difficult to understand, but I'm honestly impressed it actually works with distilled water.

First an example: If you tower up bricks, they keep their form right? Now imagine towering millions of incompressible bricks into a huge tower. Due to the large weight the bricks will create an enormous amount of pressure on all bricks in the tower, and all bricks will put pressure on other adjacent bricks. Now, what will happen to the bricks on the outside? They are not surrounded by other bricks, so if the tower gets high enough the pressure difference between the outside bricks and inside bricks will actually cause the bricks to overcome friction and 'flow' outward, as if it were a liquid.

Water works in just such a way, but with much smaller 'bricks'. If you lift a cup of water, the molecules on the outside of the tower will experience a pressure difference, as a result the molecules on the outside will, just like the bricks, flow outward. This is because the force resultant of the pressure difference is bigger than the inter-molecular interaction keeping the liquid in shape.

Now what if there is a force directing the outer water molecules inside? If this force is big enough it may cause the water to resist flowing and stay in place!
Such a force can be created through rotation. Any rotating body experiences a (centripetal) force towards the center of rotation. Therefore if the rotation is fast enough, the water will resist flowing and actually keeps it shape without a supporting glass. The rotation is in this case created through friction between the glass wall and the water on the surface of the water tower.

Now some questions remain.
What is the purpose of the smooth surface? This is used to make friction with the bottom layer of water molecules and the table as small as possible. If the surface is rough, friction will cause the system of the water tower to quickly lose energy, slowing the rotation down and inevitably causing collapse.
Why doesn't the tower become higher during rotation because of the centripetal force? Water is incompressible, and will hence try to keep it shape. In theory the top surface of the tower will become slightly curvy though. I predict, but admit I cannot prove, that if the rotation is high enough the water tower will turn into a perfect cone.
And finally, is there any purpose to the shape of the glass? Yes! A cone shape is ideal for these kind of things. It makes it such that there is also a component of force pushing molecules on the edge up instead of just outward. This helps a bit in keeping the tower together, and you may find that this trick will be more difficult with a straight glass.
post #10806 of 21391
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I will order a pair of sd3 in a few days I think, they should come out in May...they should be a fair indication of how their customs sound. These babies
Have been getting top reviews in Germany.


Cool we don't see too many Custom products from Germany. This should be quite interesting :).

post #10807 of 21391
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Impressive.
Challenge accepted.

The underlying mechanism is not that difficult to understand, but I'm honestly impressed it actually works with distilled water.

First an example: If you tower up bricks, they keep their form right? Now imagine towering millions of incompressible bricks into a huge tower. Due to the large weight the bricks will create an enormous amount of pressure on all bricks in the tower, and all bricks will put pressure on other adjacent bricks. Now, what will happen to the bricks on the outside? They are not surrounded by other bricks, so if the tower gets high enough the pressure difference between the outside bricks and inside bricks will actually cause the bricks to overcome friction and 'flow' outward, as if it were a liquid.

Water works in just such a way, but with much smaller 'bricks'. If you lift a cup of water, the molecules on the outside of the tower will experience a pressure difference, as a result the molecules on the outside will, just like the bricks, flow outward. This is because the force resultant of the pressure difference is bigger than the inter-molecular interaction keeping the liquid in shape.

Now what if there is a force directing the outer water molecules inside? If this force is big enough it may cause the water to resist flowing and stay in place!
Such a force can be created through rotation. Any rotating body experiences a (centripetal) force towards the center of rotation. Therefore if the rotation is fast enough, the water will resist flowing and actually keeps it shape without a supporting glass. The rotation is in this case created through friction between the glass wall and the water on the surface of the water tower.

Now some questions remain.
What is the purpose of the smooth surface? This is used to make friction with the bottom layer of water molecules and the table as small as possible. If the surface is rough, friction will cause the system of the water tower to quickly lose energy, slowing the rotation down and inevitably causing collapse.
Why doesn't the tower become higher during rotation because of the centripetal force? Water is incompressible, and will hence try to keep it shape. In theory the top surface of the tower will become slightly curvy though. I predict, but admit I cannot prove, that if the rotation is high enough the water tower will turn into a perfect cone.
And finally, is there any purpose to the shape of the glass? Yes! A cone shape is ideal for these kind of things. It makes it such that there is also a component of force pushing molecules on the edge up instead of just outward. This helps a bit in keeping the tower together, and you may find that this trick will be more difficult with a straight glass.

 

LOL. Even TwinQY couldn't have done better than that.

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How does everyone feel about customs and amping? I've been recently thinking of picking up another tube amp, but the impedance of these (10 ohms) combined with a high sensitivity makes me slightly wary. Thoughts?

 

 

Oh cripes! That has to be one of the smartest looking CIEMs I've ever seen. Congrats on that.

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Thread Starter 

I've got the preproduction Liquid Gold on loan for a few days. It's a lot more powerful than I was expecting, and in single ended mode with more sensitive headphones it's too noisy for me. In balanced mode however the noise is largely canceled out for more sensitive headphones, and with less sensitive headphones it's totally quiet. This amp was made to drive heavier loads like planar magnetics first and foremost, so it's difficult to have that level of power on tap and still be pitch-black with stuff like Grados, ATs, etc. Still it's quiet enough in balanced mode for me to use it with a pretty nice array of stuff. Which is a good thing, because this amp sounds absolutely amazing.

 

I mentioned before that when it comes to full-sized headphones, I'm pretty much into planars these days, so this amp is of particular interest to me. Actually I've been waiting for this thing since it was announced a while back, and at that point it was more or less an entirely different amp. We've both changed since then, this amp and I, though its metamorphosis was probably the more radical between the two of us. Anyway, I tried the latest prototype a few months ago and was quite impressed, but this latest pre-production model just knocks my socks off.

 

Short and sweet: this is the best I've heard my LCD-3 and HE-6 sound. It's also among the best pairings I've heard for the K1000 too. For stuff like the HD800 the competition is a little tighter, and I still think Eddie Current's high-end stuff comes out on top in that category for certain tastes. However this is probably the best solid state HD800 amp I've heard so far for my tastes. In general, I'd say this is easily the best solid state dynamic amp I've heard. Incidentally the Liquid Lightning 2 was the best solid state electrostatic amp I've heard. What can I say? It seems to be Dr. Cavalli's forte.

 

Here are some notes I posted elsewhere.... (Click to show)

It's all about control: the LAu grabs hold of these transducers and continues to hold on for dear life. At the same time it doesn't leave much of its own mark on them, instead allowing the unique properties of each to come through. In other words the LAu does very little to mask a transducer's flaws, but it does whip it into shape.


In typical Cavalli fashion, the LAu sounds effortless and musical. This is not a tight-arsed or sterile sounding amp. There's a slight hint of warmth and fullness, but it's by no means "tube-like" in that syrupy Leben way. Quite the contrary. This amp is tube-like in the sense that it's very involving, and like the best tube amps it possesses both a tremendous inner depth and resolution as well as a convincing sense of exterior space. In fact the LAu is more tube-like in this sense than any other solid state dynamic amp I've encountered up until now. This was something noted on the prototype, but on the preproduction unit it's even more pronounced. Listening with the HE-6, the experience pretty much mirrors what I found to be the case with the LL2: you're practically bombarded with layer upon layer of detail.

 

I also love that this amp is the aesthetic equivalent of Batman. It's purposeful, stealthy, but also intimidating. It has a very definite presence. It demands you notice its stealthiness.


Edited by MuppetFace - 4/29/13 at 3:09pm
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I also love that this amp is the aesthetic equivalent of Batman. It's purposeful, stealthy, but also intimidating. It has a very definite presence. It demands you notice its stealthiness.

That's all I need from an amp so count me in.

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I guess somebody was thinking: "Sure, new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, and Boards of Canada all in the span of three months is sure sweet, but I won't really believe the planets are aligning unless I can see Neutral Milk Hotel on tour."

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Oh hey, speaking of Boards of Canada: Album preorders started today.

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I also love that this amp is the aesthetic equivalent of Batman. It's purposeful, stealthy, but also intimidating. It has a very definite presence. It demands you notice its stealthiness.

So the DNA Stratus is the aesthetic equivalent of Captain America?

 

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LOL. Even TwinQY couldn't have done better than that.

O really?

Challenge accepted.....

...or not

(I'll be on later tonight)

post #10814 of 21391

Nice impressions MuppetFace, out of curiosity what DAC do you have that amp paired with and do you find it picky with different DAC's?

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Oh yeah, I finished BioShock Infinite the other day.
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Really though I'm not sure how I feel about the game as a whole.

Overall it was definitely unforgettable, but it didn't quite push my buttons in the way I was hoping. Especially given the earlier demos which seemed more like what I wanted from the game.
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Maybe it was simply a case of expectations not being met, but I found myself somewhat unfulfilled afterward. 

In terms of storyline, I feel like I never got the chance to give a rat's ass about the Vox.  I pretty much blew through the entire Vox storyline like it was a nuisance, because all I cared about was Elizabeth.  I also think there should have been something along the way about Booker's wife.  We're not an asexual species so presumably Elizabeth had a mom?  Judging by the looks of Elizabeth, I think I hooked up with someone pretty hot.  Wouldn't it have been cool if Lady Comstock used to be Booker's wife in some universe, so that she was actually Elizabeth's mom somewhere somehow?

And really, would it have been a crime to have a little more interaction with Rapture?  Did it have to be just a cutscene?  Couldn't we have fought one more Big Daddy or something?  Followed by Elizabeth and a Little Sister playing around afterward and doing something mind-blowingly crazy together with their combined powers?

With gameplay, I was even more disappointed.  What exactly was the drawback of going through too many tears?  Other than a bloody nose?  Maybe they should have made it so that each tear we go through does something to impact our health meter or something.  That way, it would have been an honest-to-God decision as to which Infusion we wanted vs needed.  And I hate to bitch about this, but WTF with Elizabeth being all selective about what she picks up?  Look lady, I'll get my own ammo and food and salts and what not.  How about you go get some of those effing lockpicks that you never seem to have enough of?!?!  "Look Booker, there's a lockpick."  Well then go get it Liz!  We don't stand on ceremony here.

LOVED MURDER OF CROWS THOUGH!  Completely non-sensical, but fun as hell, especially when the fallen turn into traps.

This vid touches on a lot of what I didn't like:




Greatly enjoyed the music though.  I had almost completely walked by the barbershop quartet (the gayest in all of Columbia) before I realized what the song was...

BTW, is there anyone out there that's still playing (or planning to play) Bioshock Infinite?  It'd be nice to not have to do this entire topic in spoilers... smile.gif

Havent played it and don't plan to. Level design looks amazing but the shooting looks crap, and as for the story and dialogue pretentious is the keyword from that review. The whole damsel in distress thing is horribly cliche and the overall artistic direction is far too kitsch/hipster for the lack of a better word.
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