I think the SM64 is a really great sounding earphone; talked about it a bit earlier on in the thread. I personally wouldn't use Comply tips since those tend to bring out the bass and deemphasize the treble. With their high impedance they make an excellent match for the [un-modded] AK100, and synergistically it was one of the more impressive portable combos I've heard in a while.
On that note, I think I need to start reserving my impressions for diary entries for accessibility reasons. Also need to make a listing of entries in the first post, organized by date, with a little summary after each one. It just never really seemed important enough to do before.
Re: the advice thread: I used to hang out there, but it got old really quickly because I kept seeing the same questions over and over again. Frequently you see people who don't take any time to do research and want quick, easy answers. They expect you to somehow know what type of taste they have, and often times they feel like they're entitled to help, as if you have nothing better to do than roleplay a blue shirt at Best Buy. Frequently seems to be in a hurry, with verbiage like "GO! GO!" Rarely says thanks. Another type of individual, on the other hand, is the one who does a lot of research and already has enough to say on the matter to fill a wiki. Thing about this type is more often than not he/she has already made up his/her mind and is actually just looking for validation. These folks essentially want you to tell them their decision is the right one. You can tell because they already seem to favor one product in their list, and if you try to steer them away or suggest something else, they seem to always find a way to come back around to it. Eventually they'll disregard your advice entirely, but still thank you as if you somehow implied their choice was best.
So yeah, I don't hang around the advice threads, but I still end up giving a lot of advice to people via PM. I get several PMs a day on average. A lot of folks I talk to this way are genuinely nice, and I really don't mind helping people out if they're genuinely willing to look into my suggestions and not simply looking for a stamp of approval. Actually I'm mostly bringing this up to say that if you send me a PM, and I don't reply right away (or don't reply at all), don't take it personally. I get a lot of PMs and it's hard for me to keep track of everything sometimes, so stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Especially around this time of the semester when finals are taking place. My mind is in a bunch of different places most of the time anyway, as I'm kind of a flighty person, so the extra-busy schedule just makes it worse. Just send me another PM if you don't hear back from me.
I'm working on some write-ups and articles sporadically:
~> Final Audio Heaven V and V Aging impressions for Musica Acoustics blog (finished)
~> Experience w/ FitEar (MH335 versus C435) for CYMBA CAVUM (in progress)
~> Abyss AB-1266 impressions for CS and elsewhere (upcoming)
~> Battle of the stat amps (Electra versus LL2 versus BHSE) for CS (in progress)
~> Canal Works impressions for CYMBA CAVUM (upcoming)
Awaiting some orders:
~> FitEar Private C435
~> Astell & Kern AK100 in gold
~> King Sound Emperor
~> Tralucent 1Plus2
Possible future orders and interest list:
~> New Canal Works: CW-L05QD, CW-L12, CW-51a
~> FitEar Private 333
~> Ocharaku Donguri
~> Ocharaku Flat4-KURO
~> FitEar Parterre
~> Widing ME-10DX
~> Shure SE846
~> Final Audio Pandora X
~> InEar Monitoring Stage Divers
~> Unique Melody 3DD (skeptical, but we'll see)
~> Rooth Elpis
~> Custom Art dual driver
~> Aurisonics ASG-2
Also, as an aside, I figured I'd mention the collector's market continues to astonish me. I was bidding on a pair of Sansui SS-100, a vintage planar magnetic that isn't too high on the foodchain in terms of sound (it has T50 diaphragms but T30 magnets I think?) but gets a lot of attention because of its really cool design. They used to go for $200-300 or thereabouts. $400 maybe if the set was pristine. I found an NOS pair not too long ago but lost the auction by $5 a while back, and so ever since I've been keeping an eye out for another. On head-fi you see mention of some sales in the $550-ish range, but this is starting to get a little unreasonable.
Anyway, for this auction I set my max bid to $500. I figured I might be outbid, but I didn't care that much. When I checked the auction, sure enough I was outbid, but the end price is what surprised me.
That's insane. Now, I know I'm insane. I've made some stupid choices, done some irrational things. But seriously... that much for a mediocre ortho that isn't as rare as some of the other OEMs for the T50? Come on, folks. The vintage ortho market has gotten really crazy in recent years, and what was once a fun way to get in on some amazing gear (so long as you put in the effort to tune them up) has given way to more summit-fi posturing BS. Collectors ruin everything. I say that as someone who is a collector, but rapidly becoming disgusted by this whole thing.
Edited by MuppetFace - 5/16/13 at 10:17am