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Re: hipster talk from a while back in the thread

 

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I follow that webcomic too...pretty good. check out Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Cyanide and Happiness.
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I follow that webcomic too...pretty good. check out Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Cyanide and Happiness.

Those two, along with xkcd and penny arcade, are my last resort go-tos when I need to be cheered up or in cases of terminal boredom.

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You are welcome. Definitely a darker and more contemplative vision than the Ip Man movies. One thing I liked better in the Ip Man movies is that Donnie Yen's Kung Fu is just magnificent.

 

Donnie Yen just plainly kicks ass!!!!

 

Too bad all of these HK action heroes are getting old and the new generation just look like J-Pop artists... too pretty and not enough actual fighting/Kung Fu skills! Ugh!

 

I really was hoping for Jacky Wu (or Jing Wu) to be huge at this point, love his fighting skills and his dynamic moves, great smile too but, although he has done some good movies, he's just not "up there"... Maybe it's the opportunities he gets? Maybe, just maybe things are not the same anymore... :( (that's what CGI + wire-fu gets us :()

 

Tony Jaa has some good skills too, but PLEAAASEE make another thing that's not called ONG BAK!!!!

 

Iko Uwais, even though he's Indonesian and his forte is Silat, has good movements and looks very fluid. If you haven't seen The Raid: Redemption, WATCH IT!!!! All out action! He needs to make more movies.


Apart from those, I don't think there are really any good "young" (at least in their 20s/30s) martial artists anymore, at least not with a lot of exposure (i.e. I think that Gina Carano, Scott Adkins, Darren Shahlavi, etc. should get more breaks.!)

 

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Now we are tallking. Into French movies are we ? Le Samourai is a summit of cinema, perfection in simplicity. Melville (Jean Pierre not Herman :) ) is a master.

 

I'll add it to my queue ;-) Thanks.

 

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Excellent. Delon defined cool for that era.

 

I havent seen subway in years, but after Nikita came out I made a point of going back to see Besson's work. The Big blue, Le Dernier Combat, and Subway. Caught Adele Blan-Sec a while ago, and was quite impressed. Fun little film .

 

Love Besson work.... heck even some of the movies he has produced I like (Transporter, Taken, District B13, Unleashed, etc. etc. too many to count!)

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Well, it was at a meet, which isn't the best of places to listen to such things, I'll admit, but with a set of HD800s I distinctly heard a low level of background noise and hum. redface.gif It might have been a ground loop or a bad connection somewhere, but when I mentioned it to someone else there they said, "no, I heard the noise at a previous meet". So... I dunno.

 

I heard the prototype Dark Star at the Livonia meet a couple years ago. It sounded good -- definitely no hum -- but the gain was ridiculous. If you need that much grunt for a headphone (if you don't have an HE-6 or K1000, you don't -- and if you do have one of those headphones, it's debatable), there are a broad variety of speaker amps that sound great and can be adapted to the job.

 

I recall coming away from that meet mostly happy that my 30 year old receivers worked as well as they had in comparison to the Dark Star and to the Pass Aleph-series amp that was also at the meet. (one receiver cost $100, the other was free)

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Pioneer SX-D7000; Sansui G-22000 --

 

Sometimes, I'm so tickled by my vintage iron, I gotta be careful tongue_smile.gifnot to let them get in the way of the presentation.

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I heard the prototype Dark Star at the Livonia meet a couple years ago. It sounded good -- definitely no hum -- but the gain was ridiculous. If you need that much grunt for a headphone (if you don't have an HE-6 or K1000, you don't -- and if you do have one of those headphones, it's debatable), there are a broad variety of speaker amps that sound great and can be adapted to the job.

I recall coming away from that meet mostly happy that my 30 year old receivers worked as well as they had in comparison to the Dark Star and to the Pass Aleph-series amp that was also at the meet. (one receiver cost $100, the other was free)

I heard it at the meet where we met, actually (2012 in Charlotte), and Defiant00 and I talked about it. Ray had it hooked up to a set of HE-6s, but I borrowed some HD800s from Moon's table and (very) carefully tried them with the DS, I hooked them up with the gain all the way down and slowly increased it. When I reached a listenable level, not too loud at all, is when I heard the background noise, some static and a very low hum on Paper Airplane by Alison Krauss. That's a quiet track and well mastered, so it's a good test of an amp's noise floor, and the DS simply didn't hold up well with such detailed cans.

One of my favorite SS amps is still my Kenwood Basic M2A, which I purchased for $80 at a flea market. The thing is as silent as the grave, pitch black and completely neutral, so I compare all others to it.
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Ah. I hadn't listened to it in Charlotte. I was too busy showing my partner how to drop the SR-009.

 

In Livonia I heard it with the K1000 and the LCD-2 (maybe the HE-6, can't recall right now). The LCD-2 is not really a hard load to drive; if there was going to be low-level hum, it'd be audible.

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Talking to some folks about the Cardas IEMs, they reported a very mid-centric signature in an almost FAD sort of way. Sort of stereotypical "vintage" sound. Opinions seem quite mixed, with some people I know absolutely hating them. Sounds 'bout right for something FAD-like. Heck, they even look like a FAD knock off.

 

Yup, this is one of the reasons why I want to get another audition in.  It seems to be one of those rare units that morphs it's own signature based on the source.  I guess one could say that it's source-picky, but that's not quite what I mean.  One thing was clear though, it's decidedly out-of-head.  I'll get another chance to hear it at the L.A. meet, where I'm also hoping that a whole bunch of us can reach some kind of consensus.  Mike [Mercer] is going to ask George for a whole bunch of extra tips so that everyone can get a good (and sterile) fit.

 

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Edit: Warren linked me to a Zardak thread. Uhh... what's this guy's major malfunction? LOL.

 

That guy!  If I weren't a mod, lemme tell ya... My personal theory is that he's come across a few gear snobs in his life - and let's be honest, there are a few of those cruising around sadly.  And so, he's more or less decided that he's going to Dsnuts it, but with a bit of a more militant flava.  The problem of course, is that he's now doing more or less the same thing.  BTW, has anyone here ever read The Sneetches as a child?

 

He actually had a period of lucidity a while back, but I'm now realizing that he was just saying that to facilitate his M50 sale.  In any case, he's clearly on some kind of crusade.  It's just too bad know one knows what his cause is - including himself I think - because it's just a matter of time before he waffles again and changes his position completely.

 

Personally, I hope he decides to go through with his plans.  More power to him if he can do something with his mysterious cans... or not.  But by virtue of making the attempt, he'll become a MoT - at which point it would be my pleasure to have him adhere to the rules for MoTs.  smile.gif

 

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Wait, what didn't you like about the DarkStar?

 

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I will second the opinion of the DarkStar not being particularly good.

 

Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post
 

Well, it was at a meet, which isn't the best of places to listen to such things, I'll admit, but with a set of HD800s I distinctly heard a low level of background noise and hum. redface.gif It might have been a ground loop or a bad connection somewhere, but when I mentioned it to someone else there they said, "no, I heard the noise at a previous meet". So... I dunno.

 

I heard the prototype Dark Star at the Livonia meet a couple years ago. It sounded good -- definitely no hum -- but the gain was ridiculous. If you need that much grunt for a headphone (if you don't have an HE-6 or K1000, you don't -- and if you do have one of those headphones, it's debatable), there are a broad variety of speaker amps that sound great and can be adapted to the job.


I heard it at the meet where we met, actually (2012 in Charlotte), and Defiant00 and I talked about it. Ray had it hooked up to a set of HE-6s, but I borrowed some HD800s from Moon's table and (very) carefully tried them with the DS, I hooked them up with the gain all the way down and slowly increased it. When I reached a listenable level, not too loud at all, is when I heard the background noise, some static and a very low hum on Paper Airplane by Alison Krauss. That's a quiet track and well mastered, so it's a good test of an amp's noise floor, and the DS simply didn't hold up well with such detailed cans.

 

Well, I can confirm two things.

 

First, the gain on this thing is indeed ridiculous.  I'm on the low gain setting, at the 8:00 position, and it's a comfortable listening level.  The 9:00 position is the max that I would go to, and anything beyond that quickly increases my level of discomfort and/or pain.  FWIW though, I've recently discovered that I listen at levels far below that of anyone else I know... so maybe I just haven't turned it up far enough?

 

Second, I'm getting a pitch black floor with no hum whatsoever.  In fact, with cans on and nothing playing, it sounds much the way I would imagine an anechoic chamber to sound like.  To be fair though, I am following a bit of advice in using the long pegs for the amp, so as to set it farther apart from the power supply.  Also, not sure if this makes a difference, but I'm running one heck of a power cable with a Nordost Heimdall feeding the signal from the Carat-Topaz.

 

Been running Chesky stuff all morning (Jazz for a Literary Mind, Marta Gomez, etc.) - as well as some Bob Acri, Trash Can Sinatras, and even Rosanne Cash.  I'm actually digging it.  Not sure I would spend the money for it were it even in my range - which it isn't.  But based on the first few hours, if someone had the cash and wanted it, I wouldn't try to dissuade them.

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Entre Cada Palabra

 

Yes, my hi-res Marta Gomez sounds lovely... wink.gif

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Been running Chesky stuff all morning (Jazz for a Literary Mind, Marta Gomez, etc.) - as well as some Bob Acri, Trash Can Sinatras, and even Rosanne Cash.  I'm actually digging it.  Not sure I would spend the money for it were it even in my range - which it isn't.  But based on the first few hours, if someone had the cash and wanted it, I wouldn't try to dissuade them.

Not usually a Chesky fan? No Jazz at the Pawnshop??confused.gif

 

And What the hell is a Zardac? Is that a perversion arcanus of Cardas or something.? Bad form to taunt without linkbiggrin.gif

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I like it. I've never actually tried to take one of those panoramas before.

 

My favourite is when you take group photos with a panorama when they are moving during the sweep. It tends to smear their faces and combine different transition shots of people' expressions and generally look horrifying!

 

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Love Besson work.... heck even some of the movies he has produced I like (Transporter, Taken, District B13, Unleashed, etc. etc. too many to count!)

 

I love Taken! At least, the first film.

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And What the hell is a Zardac? Is that a perversion arcanus of Cardas or something.? Bad form to taunt without linkbiggrin.gif

 

First you'll need the backstory.  To learn what he's all about, finish the follow thread starting from Zardak's post:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/656394/too-much-competition-what-headphones-should-i-get-for-100-180#post_9281358

 

Now here is his recent rant:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/591059/a-concise-view-of-why-the-ath-m50-is-no-longer-king/495#post_9533885

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"What the hell is a zardac?"

That, is amazing.
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First you'll need the backstory.  To learn what he's all about, finish the follow thread starting from Zardak's post:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/656394/too-much-competition-what-headphones-should-i-get-for-100-180#post_9281358

Now here is his recent rant:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/591059/a-concise-view-of-why-the-ath-m50-is-no-longer-king/495#post_9533885

Just reading the thread URL has me exasperated already.
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