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I haven't tried shortening them yet, but that sounds like a really good idea. Will definitely give it a shot.

FAD's earphones and I don't seem to get along too well in the ergonomics department. The FI-BA-SS is probably the best fitting among them for me, which is a good thing as it's still my favorite.

Oh! By the way, there are new Widing models coming out in the next month or so I think? The ME10DX seems to have an even higher impedance than the EX, and it now has a FADish type of finish on the housing.

Stock hybrids have too narrow tubes for the FADs and make them sound bassy and congested. If you shorten their stems, their openings will widen as the tubes stretch over the nozzle. They'll still take a slight bit of edge out of the highs, but that's not necessarily a bad thing with FAD's armatures.

Quite intrigued about the new Widings, you know that the 10EX are among my favorite dyamic IEMs. High impedance requires an amp for sure, but on the plus side you get a pitch-dark background, which adds to transparency. A word of caution though, the 10EX is what I'd call a "holistic" IEM, not a phone that calls your attention to detail in the first place, rather something that sounds very "right" as a whole.
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5 / 22 / 13

Sorta Dear Diary,

 

This morning I've been listening to the new album from The National, Trouble Will Find Me, as well as the latest Wild Nothing EP.

 

Not quite sure how I feel about Trouble Will Find Me at this point. For me The National's output tends to be slow burning, so it'll likely take some time to dig into it, something I've been trying to keep in mind as I listen. I can say right off the bat that the songwriting is quite good, and the triple play of "I Should Live in Salt" / "Demons" /  "Don't Swallow the Cap" is just a fantastic way to begin an album. In particular "Demons" is really getting under my skin. As is "Humiliation" in the second half. Overall, I'm inclined to say the album is less varied and dynamic compared to High Violet which still remains my personal favorite of theirs.

 

The new Wild Nothing, Empty Estate, is just a lot of fun. It seems less emotionally charged compared to their last EP, instead going for something a bit more 80s blase, but with genuine sincerity in its goofiness. Sort of Tom Tom Club in parts. "A Dancing Shell" in particular has been on repeat for me:

 

 

The whole composition of that video is just perfect. Gaaahhh.

 


 

As for what I've been listening with on this occasion, I'll say it's been an IEM kind of morning.

 

The standout here has been the Flat4-KAEDE. This thing is *the* perfect little device for listening to that dub techno stuff I referenced a few posts ago. It's also great with that Wild Nothings EP. Basically anything that slings a beat and / or demands low end power backing it up is well served.

 

Yet at the same time---time and again---I'm struck by how precise and utterly nuanced it can be. The guitars on Hope Sandoval & The Warm Invention's Bavarian Fruit Bread for instance just have this incredible tactile sound, that old [but true] audiophile cliche of fingers against the strings. The leftover extraneous rattle of the strings, the decay of notes as they hang in space ... if there's one thing at which the Flat4 platform truly excels above all else, it's low level information extraction. I also find it's uncannily adept at delineating notes and the air surrounding them, a sort of analog to a painting's negative space in a given track.

 


 

I've been a rather terrible cinemaphile this past year. It's something I've vowed to change, and I plan on getting back into the swing of things at some point in the not-too-distant future. That means more film-related stuff in these diary posts. Later this week in particular I plan on having a mini Cassavetes thing: Faces, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams. I've seen Woman Under the Influence far too many times to include it in this go-round, though Gena Rowlands's Mabel is my homegirl fo sho. I may include Mikey & Nicky however, just cuz it's a great underrated film IMHO.

 

So yeah, on a further film-related note, there are a few really awesome Criterion Collection releases coming out later this year:

 

 

 

 

Satyajit Ray is simply one of the greatest directors of all time. Easily in the top five. Even top three. A true master. It's about time Criterion released more of his work, and I have a feeling the delay all these years was partly due to Sony sitting on the rights to the films. Charulata in particular is one of India's greatest films. It's also one of the greatest films specifically concerning the life of a woman in a particular social context.

 

Before that though there's another incredible release:

 

 

 

Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu. Another film that can easily be considered one of the greatest of all time. While not quite as utterly heart-wrenching and ultimately transcendent as Sansho the Bailiff, nor as compositionally perfect as Ugetsu, this film is still a must see and---like Charulata---should be considered one of the all-time great films about a woman's struggles.

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@jgray: The same machine different account thing sucks, but otherwise I think you're talking past me a bit.  Basically all I was saying was that, if the games have to be installed for some reason, lest they wouldn't run well, then it makes sense to have some kind of copy protection since you're not borrowing a game or buying a used one so much as generating new copies of it.

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It's on days like this, when I'm bathed in sweat by walking outside at 7:30 AM and knowing the temperature's only reached 21°C on its slow climb up to 35°C for the day, knowing that I have to stay indoors after 10 AM because the sunlight is suffuciently strong to cause intense pain, that I want to say the American South can keep its weather, I'm moving to New Brunswick.

Yeah, the big home equipment is pretty much retired for a few months. I'll crank them up again this fall.

My partner, though, she thrives on this stuff. Weather is what we disagree about most, I think.

 

Go a little further north to Prince Edward Island, I think we actually have more Head-Fiers here than New Brunswick. :p

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Wouldn't the fiddle music eventually drive me mad?
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I keep them in otter boxes. The otter boxes I keep in dresser drawers or just lying around my music room on bookcase shelves and stuff.

 

I've thought about using a jewelry box, but I sort of dislike having everything in a single location for a variety of reasons.

 

 

 

The local dollar store here has waterproof containers 3 for 2 bucks. Only trouble is they come in neon colours.

 



 

 

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The Cable Co. lending library is actually a really cool program. You pay a non-refundable 5% deposit, which makes sense since it keeps people from abusing the system, but that deposit is then applied to any future purchases from them or their affiliates. You can rent / buy headphones, cables, amplifiers. The guy who runs the place is a really nice fellow.

 

 

The concept would be to eliminate the vendor manu out of the eval cycle. With the amount of users here who change listening devices frequently it actually may be a viable proposition to long term audition stuff without breaking the bank.The only downside would really be shipping costs.

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Hey Silent, there are some events in my sig that you might be interested in... depending on where you'll be when they happen.  smile.gif

 

20 July? Even 'Silent One' can audible at the Line of scrimmage! biggrin.gif Will try and make it happen.

 

Or alternatively, August 10th if unforeseen delays happen.  The important thing here is that we'll make something happen, regardless of when or where.  smile.gif

 

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Hmm, I've never initiated a listening tour before... I guess I could try that.  wink.gif


Well I posited this in the abyssmal tread and it got the non response I suspected. Gone over to 009 appreciation there now.

 

Maybe we all need to pool up some money and do a time share thing. Buy a heap o headphones use them for 2 weeks send on to the next member, at the end of the year sell them all off (time sharers get first refusal) to fund new purchases for the next year.

 

That way you only have to keep them in the manner they would like to be accustomed for a few weeks:)

 

The problem with this is that eventually, two or more people will want to keep it.  It can get hairy.  Interestingly enough, for all my complaints about them (JPS), I'm still going to audition the Abyss.  There's going to be one at the Los Angeles meet in July, so I'll give the unit a fair shot... assuming I can get the fit right.

 

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And speaking of summer, oddly one of the things that I'll miss of Moscow is summer. Been staying in the tropical equator my whole life until 17, summer is actually a surprise to me. So dry, so not sweating, and even if I sweat, it dries so much faster. The same can't be said any time it's not raining in Malaysia. Any heat there will result in me starting to sweat and take a long time to dry. And putting on the air conditioner on all day is just too expensive on the electrical bill.

 

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Ugh, I know what you mean.  I can handle just about any other kind of weather, but heat makes me want to die (and take out a few people with me).  I just can't handle it with anything even approaching grace.

Is it tropical in any way? Then I can relate. If it's not, well.... you should be grateful lol. Humidity is a b**ch in the ... umm.

 

For decades on end, it would be very hot, but also very dry, all summer long.  However, last year was decidedly different for some reason, as humidity was the order of the day nearly every day.  I did not like it.

 

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Congrats on scoring the UE600 at such a bargain price Warren. I used to own a pair myself awhile back. Nice warm fluid sig isn't it? Have you noticed how full the bass sounds without being bloated. They're quite nice with vocal jazz by the way.

 

Yes, very warm and fluid.  I liken it to fresh glaze on a warm pastry.  The bass was probably the most surprising thing about it.  Present yet controlled, warm but not lethargic.  And to get that kind of bass from a single BA???  Had someone told me that beforehand, I would've said GTFOutta here.  But honestly, the best part of it for me was how it has tamer highs than my UE700.  Don't get me wrong, I still love my UE700 as I can be a bit of a brightness freak at times, but it just doesn't work well with all genres.

 

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I might eventually have to ask you to send a pair of those UE600's to me Warren haha.

 

Just say the word.  smile.gif

 

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I was literally just about to throw this question out, but how do you guys store IEMs?  I'm starting to get enough of them (with more on the way) that just having them lay around - even within their cases (little IEM houses) is becoming unwieldy.  I've got a few draped around push pins on a corkboard, but that's not a very pretty solution.  With all the audio furniture being invented, I'm surprised that no one has tried to invent some kind of IEM stand or caddy or something of that nature.

 

I keep them in otter boxes. The otter boxes I keep in dresser drawers or just lying around my music room on bookcase shelves and stuff.

 

I've thought about using a jewelry box, but I sort of dislike having everything in a single location for a variety of reasons.

 

Really?  Centralization is one of the things I'm going for in this case.  Ideally, I'd like to have one central housing project for all of them - preferably one with an auxiliary drawer for storing the includes (additional tips, hard cases, etc.).  Then I'd like to have a separate otter or pelican case with subdivisions so that I could carry two or three of my FOTMs at all times.  If I want to go all utilitarian, I guess I could look at art/tackle boxes as well.

 

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Is it tropical in any way? Then I can relate. If it's not, well.... you should be grateful lol. Humidity is a b**ch in the ... umm.

 

It's definitely tropical here. The humidity is gross, and getting all sticky I feel like some kind of mutant frog person.

 

Do you have access to a pool?  Something tells me that you'd be so much happier in a fully aquatic environment on days like this.

 

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Maybe we all need to pool up some money and do a time share thing. Buy a heap o headphones use them for 2 weeks send on to the next member, at the end of the year sell them all off (time sharers get first refusal) to fund new purchases for the next year.

 

The Cable Co. lending library is actually a really cool program. You pay a non-refundable 5% deposit, which makes sense since it keeps people from abusing the system, but that deposit is then applied to any future purchases from them or their affiliates. You can rent / buy headphones, cables, amplifiers. The guy who runs the place is a really nice fellow.

 

Wait, it's really cool because it's really cool?  Or it's really cool because - all things considered - it was probably the most expedient way to fall into the Abyss?

 

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It's definitely tropical here. The humidity is gross, and getting all sticky I feel like some kind of mutant frog person.

It's on days like this, when I'm bathed in sweat by walking outside at 7:30 AM and knowing the temperature's only reached 21°C on its slow climb up to 35°C for the day

My partner, though, she thrives on this stuff. Weather is what we disagree about most, I think.

 

I know exactly how you feel.  Whenever temperature disagreements arise, I like to remind her that she can always layer more on.  Whereas I can only remove so much within the bounds of our municipal code.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post  I haven't tried shortening them yet, but that sounds like a really good idea. Will definitely give it a shot. FAD's earphones and I don't seem to get along too well in the ergonomics department. The FI-BA-SS is probably the best fitting among them for me, which is a good thing as it's still my favorite.

 

Oh! By the way, there are new Widing models coming out in the next month or so I think? The ME10DX seems to have an even higher impedance than the EX, and it now has a FADish type of finish on the housing.

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  Stock hybrids have too narrow tubes for the FADs and make them sound bassy and congested. If you shorten their stems, their openings will widen as the tubes stretch over the nozzle. They'll still take a slight bit of edge out of the highs, but that's not necessarily a bad thing with FAD's armatures.

Quite intrigued about the new Widings, you know that the 10EX are among my favorite dynamic IEMs. High impedance requires an amp for sure, but on the plus side you get a pitch-dark background, which adds to transparency. A word of caution though, the 10EX is what I'd call a "holistic" IEM, not a phone that calls your attention to detail in the first place, rather something that sounds very "right" as a whole.

 

I find that the single flange red tips used by Heir for their universals work well with the FI-BA-SS. The inner "tube" is very firm, so there's no constriction of the highs. Interestingly, Philips uses the same tips for their new Fidelio S1/S2 in-ears.

 

Widing is a funny name, but I applaud their high impedance tendencies. There needs to be more >100 ohm impedance IEMs on the market...

 

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Sorta Dear Diary,

 

 

Beautiful posters.


 

So, I've been offered a good price to buy the FiiO X3, i.e. none of the crazy local markups, so it's on par with the Chinese domestic price. Thumbs up, thumbs down?

I'm really afraid that I'll get buyers remorse, only to lust after the DX50 in a few months...

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So, I've been offered a good price to buy the FiiO X3, i.e. none of the crazy local markups, so it's on par with the Chinese domestic price. Thumbs up, thumbs down?

I'm really afraid that I'll get buyers remorse, only to lust after the DX50 in a few months...

 

A few months?!  Is it going to take that long for the DX50 to come out?  I've so got my heart set on it right now... truly not happy about waiting.  Still, in my case, I'm gonna wait.

 



Also, http://www.head-fi.org/t/664938/worst-date-stories

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Wouldn't the fiddle music eventually drive me mad?


If the fiddle music doesn't Anne of Green Gables and the tourists in the summer will. Of course we have the best potato's, I'm not sure if that makes up for it though.

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5 / 22 / 13

Sorta Dear Diary,

 



 

I've been a rather terrible cinemaphile this past year. It's something I've vowed to change, and I plan on getting back into the swing of things at some point in the not-too-distant future. That means more film-related stuff in these diary posts. Later this week in particular I plan on having a mini Cassavetes thing: Faces, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams. I've seen Woman Under the Influence far too many times to include it in this go-round, though Gena Rowlands's Mabel is my homegirl fo sho. I may include Mikey & Nicky however, just cuz it's a great underrated film IMHO.

 

Hard to be a film fan in North America these days. Access to worthwhile films is so limited.

 

If you open up the Cassavetes box and expand it you really should think about selected works of Gazzara and Falk. Castle Keep for the later has allways had me spellbound as much for pondering how it got made as the content itself.

 

As for Cassavetes himself, simply the most original Amercican director since Welles.

 

 


Edited by Hutnicks - 5/22/13 at 10:06am
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So, I've been offered a good price to buy the FiiO X3, i.e. none of the crazy local markups, so it's on par with the Chinese domestic price. Thumbs up, thumbs down?

I'm really afraid that I'll get buyers remorse, only to lust after the DX50 in a few months...


Get it ! So I will know if it is worth it :)

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@jgray: The same machine different account thing sucks, but otherwise I think you're talking past me a bit.  Basically all I was saying was that, if the games have to be installed for some reason, lest they wouldn't run well, then it makes sense to have some kind of copy protection since you're not borrowing a game or buying a used one so much as generating new copies of it.

Well, I guess. But that's the thing. From what I understand, say I installed a game (which I think is needed for whatever reason) and you borrow the disc, you have to install it too but also "buy" it, defeating the purpose of borrowing it in the first place.
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I find that the single flange red tips used by Heir for their universals work well with the FI-BA-SS. The inner "tube" is very firm, so there's no constriction of the highs. Interestingly, Philips uses the same tips for their new Fidelio S1/S2 in-ears.

That's interesting. I received two packets of 3 of RHA's medium sized tips and used it with my FXT90, and I noticed that maybe the highs are bit more aggressive this time around. The stem of the tips are the stiffest I seen, slightly (just slightly) stiffer that Sony hybrids.
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I find that the single flange red tips used by Heir for their universals work well with the FI-BA-SS. The inner "tube" is very firm, so there's no constriction of the highs. Interestingly, Philips uses the same tips for their new Fidelio S1/S2 in-ears.

I use the red Heir for the 1Plus2 also. Works like a charm.

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