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I haven't heard the 334 so I'm pretty useless here.  Oh BTW Mupps, I heard the Kaede!  EveTan's Kaede in fact!  FINALLY!  biggrin.gif

 

And????

 

Dammit, you always notice when I leave an impressions cliffhanger!  biggrin.gif  It wasn't at all what I expected, even if I did have inadequate tips.  If I had to sum it up with a bit of fictional dialog:  "My name is Range.  Mid-Range.  BANG BANG!"

 


 

On a side note, tomorrow I will be meeting the third Diary threader that I've met in real life.  It would have been the third and the fourth, but SOMEONE BAILED!  S'okay though, it's all good.  But yes, in case you're wondering, I'm COLLECTING YOU ALL!  MWAHAHAHAHA!  biggrin.gif

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Dammit, you always notice when I leave an impressions cliffhanger!  biggrin.gif  It wasn't at all what I expected, even if I did have inadequate tips.  If I had to sum it up with a bit of fictional dialog:  "My name is Range.  Mid-Range.  BANG BANG!"

 


 

On a side note, tomorrow I will be meeting the third Diary threader that I've met in real life.  It would have been the third and the fourth, but SOMEONE BAILED!  S'okay though, it's all good.  But yes, in case you're wondering, I'm COLLECTING YOU ALL!  MWAHAHAHAHA!  biggrin.gif

Which diary members have you seen IRL?

 

I guess we're quite a few members in here that will be hard to meet. Unless you want to come to Sweden for whatever reason - we have good looking people, Swedish snus and a good music scene at least - in which case you'd have free accomodation chez moi!

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Hmmm. I'm still getting a bit confused but I can kinda see what you are saying. I wish you luck in your endeavour and all I can say is, failure is your friend!

 

I am wasting a lot of ABS plastic on my printer but I'm keeping it in a big box so that one day I can get a machine that will melt it down and recycle it back into usable plastic. In the meantime I'll just keep hacking away.

 

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I saw a good film last night at the Korean film festival. It was Stoker by Park Chan Wook. He is one of my favourite directors, and this is his first English language film. I really like how his films all have a kind of tableau like quality to them. Stoker is probably the most subtle of all his films so far (no ultraviolent torture scenes in this one) but it also strikes me as his most disturbing.

 

I didn't want to post the trailers for the movie since they completely ruin the movie by revealing anything, so I'll post this wonderfully awkward and oddly visceral scene:

 

 

I was terribly impressed by Mia Wasikowska's performance in this movie given that the only other movie I've seen her in is Alice in Wonderland.

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On a side note, tomorrow I will be meeting the third Diary threader that I've met in real life.  It would have been the third and the fourth, but SOMEONE BAILED!  S'okay though, it's all good.  But yes, in case you're wondering, I'm COLLECTING YOU ALL!  MWAHAHAHAHA!  biggrin.gif

 

Which diary members have you seen IRL?

 

So far, billybob_jcv and EveTan.  Tomorrow I get to meet Silent One.  tomscy2000 is busy tomorrow.

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Hmmm. I'm still getting a bit confused but I can kinda see what you are saying. I wish you luck in your endeavour and all I can say is, failure is your friend!

 

I am wasting a lot of ABS plastic on my printer but I'm keeping it in a big box so that one day I can get a machine that will melt it down and recycle it back into usable plastic. In the meantime I'll just keep hacking away.

 

 

It's okay. The first picture is showing the pad from a side view. Next pic is from an angular view (top-rightish angle..?). That is the "outer part" made out of one piece. Then we start straightening out one half of the piece, and lastly you will see that you need to cut the leather a bit as a "wave".

 

 

I hope it's less confusing now, LOL. If not, well, then you just have to trust me that it works. 

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Dammit, you always notice when I leave an impressions cliffhanger!  biggrin.gif  It wasn't at all what I expected, even if I did have inadequate tips.  If I had to sum it up with a bit of fictional dialog:  "My name is Range.  Mid-Range.  BANG BANG!"

 

So I take the mid-range stood out the most to you on the Kaede? I most definitely enjoyed the mid range the most on this IEM. The treble though as well as the upper mid-range could be quite problematic for me on many track.s Not just poorly mastered tracks so it destroyed much of the appeal in this IEM for me. I ended up selling it a week after I acquired them.

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My wife's ES7 cable is already broken. She was wearing them hooked up on the laptop, and our kid was doing something and as she quickly turned her head, the cable snapped out of the Y-splitter.

 

 

I suppose this is an easy fix somehow, but I'm thinking that the cable is pretty fragile all the way from the connector to the headphones, so I'm thinking of recabling it altogether. This is actually the fun part, because I have several headphones of myself that I want to recable (mostly for the looks but also perhaps shorter cables). Last time I soldered anything was a good 20-25 years ago, so outside of buying an soldering iron I reckon I need to practice some, because I don't want to destroy anything.

 

1) Should I buy a more expensive iron/station with temperature settings and such, or is a "soldering pen" good enough? The price difference isn't that big.

 

2) Should I go lead-free with the tin or...?

 

3) Perhaps most importantly, what kind of cables should I look for? Speaker cables? Microphone cables? There is no special "headphone cable" in Sweden to buy, but I reckon the type of cable is available under a different "label" (i.e. "microphone cable").

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My wife's ES7 cable is already broken. She was wearing them hooked up on the laptop, and our kid was doing something and as she quickly turned her head, the cable snapped out of the Y-splitter.

 

 

I suppose this is an easy fix somehow, but I'm thinking that the cable is pretty fragile all the way from the connector to the headphones, so I'm thinking of recabling it altogether. This is actually the fun part, because I have several headphones of myself that I want to recable (mostly for the looks but also perhaps shorter cables). Last time I soldered anything was a good 20-25 years ago, so outside of buying an soldering iron I reckon I need to practice some, because I don't want to destroy anything.

 

1) Should I buy a more expensive iron/station with temperature settings and such, or is a "soldering pen" good enough? The price difference isn't that big.

 

2) Should I go lead-free with the tin or...?

 

3) Perhaps most importantly, what kind of cables should I look for? Speaker cables? Microphone cables? There is no special "headphone cable" in Sweden to buy, but I reckon the type of cable is available under a different "label" (i.e. "microphone cable").

I have a 3.5 to 3.5 cable composed of speaker cable................... If not you could always get some headphone cables online whilst you practice using some other cable wink.gif

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My wife's ES7 cable is already broken. She was wearing them hooked up on the laptop, and our kid was doing something and as she quickly turned her head, the cable snapped out of the Y-splitter.

 

 

I suppose this is an easy fix somehow, but I'm thinking that the cable is pretty fragile all the way from the connector to the headphones, so I'm thinking of recabling it altogether. This is actually the fun part, because I have several headphones of myself that I want to recable (mostly for the looks but also perhaps shorter cables). Last time I soldered anything was a good 20-25 years ago, so outside of buying an soldering iron I reckon I need to practice some, because I don't want to destroy anything.

 

1) Should I buy a more expensive iron/station with temperature settings and such, or is a "soldering pen" good enough? The price difference isn't that big.

 

2) Should I go lead-free with the tin or...?

 

3) Perhaps most importantly, what kind of cables should I look for? Speaker cables? Microphone cables? There is no special "headphone cable" in Sweden to buy, but I reckon the type of cable is available under a different "label" (i.e. "microphone cable").

 

I think a lot of people use mogami microphone cable (there are several, and some are probably too stiff), theres a good wiki on cable making on the forum too.  I should probably defer to their expertise.  This is the only thread I can find off the top of my head but there must be better guides in the DIY subforum.

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I have a 3.5 to 3.5 cable composed of speaker cable................... If not you could always get some headphone cables online whilst you practice using some other cable wink.gif

So, speaker cable works just fine? Not too much of impedance or so?

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I think a lot of people use mogami microphone cable (there are several, and some are probably too stiff), theres a good wiki on cable making on the forum too.  I should probably defer to their expertise.  This is the only thread I can find off the top of my head but there must be better guides in the DIY subforum.

Mogami, right, but should all microphone cables work just fine? 

 

Yeah I looked through that thread before asking in here, but I couldn't find anything more than some people using microphone cables (admittedly I didn't read through the whole thread as I only glanced through 8-10 pages, so I could've missed it). As for the soldering I can look at techniques on youtube and google, but I figured I could ask more "novice questions" here as I know you guys better and I know some of you are DIYers..


Edited by Coq de Combat - 8/29/13 at 2:59am
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We need more zany tunes today. *sigh*

 

 

There's a lot of zany narrative and characters in music today. As is usually the case with this kind of stuff, you just have to know where to look!

 

Hip hop is probably the most overtly narrative intensive genre out there, and part of the entire purpose of the genre is to tell a story. As far as the whacky camp factor goes, you have emcees who invent entire mythologies and alter egos for themselves. Look at MF Doom. Or Doctor Octagon. No, really. Look 'em up. I think they'd interest you!

 

As an aside (not directed at you or anyone in particular), I always get a bit flummoxed when I see people expressing sorrow over "rock being dead" or something, because these generalizations are usually utterly false and self-styled, and I feel like part of my mission is to make people realize all that "good ol' days" talk is basically nonsense. There was a ton of awful music in the past, just as there's a ton of awful music today. It's not even a case of the overall quality of "popular music" declining either, because if you really comb the billboards you'll see a lot of utterly atrocious palp occupying the charts. Most popular music in the 50s and 70s was absolutely horrid. It's just by looking back at it under a certain myopathic mindset, you can tell yourself it's kitsch and excuse it (not to knock genuine kitsch). 

 

The 60s and 90s seem to be a little better in this respect, with the last decade kinda declining again, but I don't pay much attention to chart topping in general, so I wouldn't know. You generally have to look a bit deeper to find "substantive music." What makes these generalizations even more frustrating is the individuals who put them out there generally have no actual experience. They haven't actually tried to find music being released today, they just cling to what's comfortable and act like their myopic view is accurate.

 

 


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Both you guys realize there's enough people out there who could care less about audiophile grade recordings and would instead demand high octane overly compressed audio because they think the music suits it?

 

I'm not so entirely convinced a lot of people would support the loudness war or whatever other nefarious studio practices you want to invoke if they knew about it. I think a lot of it just has to do with education. I think people assume producers "know what they're doing" and assume what they're hearing is good. Maybe that sounds silly to some folks, but it's kind of one of those operative assumptions we carry around with us, especially when folks are consuming their music in cars, while jogging, or other situations where they're not exactly listening with the critical ear of an audiophile.

 

On the other hand, I totally get what a_rec is saying, as there is something to be said for intentional (or even unintentional) lo fi. It has its own merit. There's a certain ambiance or atmosphere that comes with bad recordings, and it even adds elements to the sonic 'sculpture' itself. I mean, entire genres were created out of pops and clicks and "garbage" artifacts. Plenty of music uses recording hiss as an intentional effect.

 

Still, I don't think the people who are unaware of their crappy recordings are turning around and appreciating the aesthetic merit of that crap. I think in general more and more people are becoming aware of sound quality as something to actively listen for, and more and more people these days are caring enough about it to want to do something about it. Audiophiledom has always been a sort of lifestyle though, be it German dudes with their QUAD speakers in the 70s or today's urban youth with rap endorsed headphones.

 

 


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Park Chan Wook.

 

*Thumbsup*


Edited by MuppetFace - 8/29/13 at 3:09am
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I can answer the lead free one, not really necessary as most people say its better to use solder with lead "quad eutectic" and "rosin core"

 

I'm not sure which iron is good, I picked up a soldering station because there are more parts available, but I'm not sure its better than the handheld ones.  I like the fine tip for some jobs as it can be difficult to get a big chisel tip in for some soldering jobs.  I guess unless you have a lot of soldering projects planned it might be wiser not to spend too much money on it (like some go for $300+).

 

I do DIY but I borked my last cable, I'm hoping I just didn't strip the litz wire (individually enamel coated wire strands - I don't think mogami use this but some headphone cables do) properly or did some poor solder joints as it just doesn't sound as good as the Q cable.  I'll have a second attempt one of these days.  

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I saw a good film last night at the Korean film festival. It was Stoker by Park Chan Wook. He is one of my favourite directors, and this is his first English language film. I really like how his films all have a kind of tableau like quality to them. Stoker is probably the most subtle of all his films so far (no ultraviolent torture scenes in this one) but it also strikes me as his most disturbing.

I bought this and need to see it. I am also a fan of Park Chan Wook (and Korean cinema as a whole), I saw several of his movies and I am never disapointed. If you are not afraid to see a movie that is quite on the shocking side, try Bedevilled. I cannot post the trailer here. They present as a bordering on the horror movie but it is more a violent social drama.

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I can answer the lead free one, not really necessary as most people say its better to use solder with lead "quad eutectic" and "rosin core"

 

I'm not sure which iron is good, I picked up a soldering station because there are more parts available, but I'm not sure its better than the handheld ones.  I like the fine tip for some jobs as it can be difficult to get a big chisel tip in for some soldering jobs.  I guess unless you have a lot of soldering projects planned it might be wiser not to spend too much money on it (like some go for $300+).

 

I do DIY but I borked my last cable, I'm hoping I just didn't strip the litz wire (individually enamel coated wire strands - I don't think mogami use this but some headphone cables do) properly or did some poor solder joints as it just doesn't sound as good as the Q cable.  I'll have a second attempt one of these days.  

Thank you my friend. No, I'm definitely not going overboard with the soldering iron.. I just want something that works. I'm keeping it under $100 for sure. It feels a bit strange to say $100 since these past years the Swedish currency has become stronger while the American dollar has become weaker. For a long time, the currency was about 1 USD = 10 SEK. The prices were set accordingly. Things that cost $50 were about 500 SEK and vice versa. Nowadays, 500 SEK is about $80, but the prices are still set around that 10:1 ratio as they used to be, so it sounds like I'm spending a lot more money than I really am, even though converted to dollars it is more money than before. This is a reason why I don't like converting USD to SEK. While a soldering iron for around 500 SEK is $80 on paper, it's more realistic to view it as a $50 purchase, both in quality, comparing to american pricing and my mindset as to how much I will spend on it.

 

I hope I'm understandable here. In theory this means that it's a good time to import from US for Swedes, however, taxes, import fees and such makes up for that difference.

 

That borked cable doesn't sound fun. Are there many traps for failure when it comes to rewiring/recabling headphones? From my understanding it only seems to be: solder the right wires and watch out for destroying the voice coil..!?

 

As for the mogami, I probably won't go mogami on my wife's ES7.


Edited by Coq de Combat - 8/29/13 at 4:25am
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I hope I'm understandable here. In theory this means that it's a good time to import from US for Swedes, however, taxes, import fees and such makes up for that difference.

 

That borked cable doesn't sound fun. Are there many traps for failure when it comes to rewiring/recabling headphones? From my understanding it only seems to be: solder the right wires and watch out for destroying the voice coil..!?

 

As for the mogami, I probably won't go mogami on my wife's ES7.

http://www.doublehelixcables.com/store/ Pretty sure its snake oil..... but it looks pretty biggrin.gif

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