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Speaking of gear-related news, the Noble Audio site is up and running.

 

This is the new company of Wizard, formerly of Heir Audio. Much better name this time around in my opinion. He's retuned most of the previous models that have carried over, and added some new stuff like the Kaiser 10-driver flagship. There's also a line of silicon models now, and I'm particularly interested in the silicon version of the 4-driver.

Yep, and with him the fanboys and one-sided reviews return also...for silicone I will wait for what Piotrus will be putting out I think...

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My YH-1 lives yet again! \o/
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Outside from our friend music4321, I don't know who you're referring to.
Oh I don't think that's the reason. We used to have long and interesting discussions here, which we don't have as much anymore. This thread has gotten a little slower lately.

 

There's a big difference between starting genuine and useful conversations vs starting flame wars and causing dissension and hostility on the forums. It really makes me question the integrity of such individuals who can't clearly differentiate the above (then again the me, me, me mentality generally hold true vs what is good for the community as a whole). And of course if that is seen as normal maybe even question their sanity.


Edited by lee730 - 10/8/13 at 1:40am
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Yep, and with him the fanboys and one-sided reviews return also...for silicone I will wait for what Piotrus will be putting out I think...

You'll have to tolerate people who like things you don't like, and if you can do so without name calling, it would be appreciated.
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Noble will be hyped quite a bit, I'm sure. So will the Roxanne. Either way it doesn't bug me much these days, as I don't venture outside this thread and a few select others much. I just sit in my little corner and try stuff out in a semi-vacuum.

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If anything, the highly formalized and purposefully bland style of academic writing made me want to do it less. Granted it was far more regulated when I was still doing psychometric research and test construction, but even in the humanities I find the creative process is kind of a drag.

 

However I've always---or at least for as long as I can remember--- had a borderline obsessive need to express myself in writing. I'm told by several credible sources that even when I couldn't write, my infantile self would scribble lines on paper and become quite frustrated when others couldn't decipher my toddler cuneiform (to my credit, I've seen several instances of student handwriting that wasn't too far off from such scribblings). My current habits developed mostly in my teenage years, and since that time I've come to depend on writing as a principle means of organizing the thoughts that accumulate during my day-to-day existence. In that sense I suppose writing for me serves a function not unlike dreaming according to some theories of the mind. If I didn't write, I'd probably go mad. Even when I'm not writing something in a semi-coherent paragraph form, I'm making lists and outlines. 

 

I feel you there, I still like and feel a need to have hand written notes [which are scribbles as I have horrific hand writing] that and from time to time, I sign my name on a sheet of paper like 40 times... just to flesh the motion out. I like my signiture, and I like refining it.

 

But even in my programming class, I still scribble Input Process OutPut Charts and notes, lot's of arrows and what not. Then again I used to draw a lot so... maybe since I've no longer had the time to draw, I've adressed that desire through scribbly notes. 

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I'm in full gear lust mode right now. In case you haven't seen this yet, you may want to avoid doing so if you value financial stability:

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/684388/canjam-at-rmaf-2013-preview-and-exclusive-early-reveals-head-fi-tv

 

 

 

~> TWO new headphones from Audez'e, as seen above. The XC is meant to be more efficient (ehhhh...considering amps are getting more and more powerful, seems kinda odd to make orthos more efficient). The LCD-X is open. Jude says the signature is more neutral than the LCD-3, like Audez'e making a studio monitor. Ooooo. Prices are $1699 and $1799. Sigh. I'm going to need to hear these with the LAu, which just makes all orthos sound like pure love. I'm especially curious about the closed-back model.

 

~> Jude on the Abyss + LAu combo: "It's glorious. The two of these paired together [the Abyss and LAu] are one of my favorite headphone systems of all time."

 

...Hey, I agree Jude!

 

~> New amp from Fostex, the HP-A4. New in-ear monitor from Fostex called the TE-05. Buuuuuut.... a prototype for a new planar magnetic voiced for hi-fi listening from Fostex will be shown too. Oh man oh man.

 

~> New stuff from Jerry Harvey. A new flagship, the Siren Series Roxanne. It uses a trio of quads, 12 drivers per side. Uses freq-phase, uses a new plug with a proprietary design (which is actually a GOOD thing IMHO, because the cables JHA used before were too hard to insert and remove). It will be used to control the bass response, can go from flat (supposedly) to a lot of bass. Jude says the bass boost doesn't affect the mids. Price is around $1599, and for $200 more you get solid carbon fibre shells.

 

~> Jude mentions the Koss ESP 950. Kinda a neat coincidence, because I recently got to pair it with a much better amp than the stock one, and wow the performance really does improve substantially. In fact, the ESP 950 is up there with the flagship Stax when driven properly. Seriously. Jaw dropping. Best value in headphones? Maybe.

 

 


 

 

Gaaaah... already that's like $6000 in gear I want. That's not even factoring in the Shure SE846, along with other new CIEM companies: Canal Works getting western distribution, and a new company I can't talk about yet, but one that is going to be quite a big announcement. THAT flagship (the new company I can't talk about) will be $1600-ish as well, and I also really want one of 'em. Plus LFF has two new models out, his flagship Code X based on HiFiMan drivers and a new Paradox that will be open in design. Oh yeah, and Mr. Speakers has his Alpha Dog. Sheesh. This hobby has suddenly gone into crazy overdrive.

 

Which is funny, because the only two types of gear I really splurge on these days are IEMs and planar magnetic headphones. Lo and behold, we get a ton of planar magnetics and IEMs.

 

Face it, it's impossible to keep up

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You'll have to tolerate people who like things you don't like, and if you can do so without name calling, it would be appreciated.
Either you have never set foot in the former Heir thread or you are just trying to attack me, but either way keep you life lessons to yourself. I will "have" to do nothing. I perfectly tolerate different opinions. You have a right to disagree but I think such obvious biased enthusiasm can be associated to fanboyism without it being an insult. If you wish to take this further take it to PM, but without the fatherly tone please.
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Noble will be hyped quite a bit, I'm sure. So will the Roxanne. Either way it doesn't bug me much these days, as I don't venture outside this thread and a few select others much. I just sit in my little corner and try stuff out in a semi-vacuum.
I perfectly understand...it is just that this kind of hype sometimes leads ill informed people to buy stuff that is overrated.
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I perfectly understand...it is just that this kind of hype sometimes leads ill informed people to buy stuff that is overrated.

 

 

I'm not suggesting that hype is without negative consequences, I'm just saying I prefer to try to remove myself from the forum's rotary motion at this point. Both hype and "anti hype" seem like opposite sides of the same coin often times to my mind, both arising from peoples' seeking self fulfillment, be it perpetuating desire and excitement from one product to the next or taking on the role of a crusader. In any event it's mostly just forum chatter, and I often find it has very little to do with the actual physical artifact in question. I consider myself fortunate to be acquainted with people whose tastes I can use to calibrate and to be able to experiment on my own from time to time.

 

There are quite a few pieces of gear I enjoy that have been hyped quite a bit over the years. The Sony R10 is an example. Wizard's CIEMs are another.

 

As an aside, I'd say most popular gear out there is overrated to *some* extent. When I listen to a $99 pair of RE-400s or a well modded T50RP, everything else has a tendency to seem a bit overrated. The reality of diminishing returns makes most high-end gear seem like pure excess, yet I find myself enjoying it nonetheless.  

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I'm not suggesting that hype is without negative consequences, I'm just saying I prefer to try to remove myself from the forum's rotary motion at this point. Both hype and "anti hype" seem like opposite sides of the same coin often times to my mind, both arising from peoples' seeking self fulfillment, be it perpetuating desire and excitement from one product to the next or taking on the role of a crusader. In any event it's mostly just forum chatter, and I often find it has very little to do with the actual physical artifact in question. I consider myself fortunate to be acquainted with people whose tastes I can use to calibrate and to be able to experiment on my own from time to time.

There are quite a few pieces of gear I enjoy that have been hyped quite a bit over the years. The Sony R10 is an example. Wizard's CIEMs are another.

As an aside, I'd say most popular gear out there is overrated to *some* extent. When I listen to a $99 pair of RE-400s or a well modded T50RP, everything else has a tendency to seem a bit overrated. The reality of diminishing returns makes most high-end gear seem like pure excess, yet I find myself enjoying it nonetheless.  

At the end of the day, I can buy stuff on a whim because I like the name and be quite happy even if it costs a ton andn might be a bit expensive compared to a more reasonable offer. I am not here to be reasonable.

However, sometimes a cult like mentality may arise around some brands and products and the sort of communication that it entails is just very frustrating to me. It just grinds on my nerves...

Not all people are experienced enough to know what they really like and who to listen to and might take the reviewer's word for it. These same people sometimes just have enough money to buy one piece of gear every few years and it might be a huge waste to them to be caught in hype.

I am sorry if just saying what I think makes me come off as a crusader. I usually do not find these subjects critical enough that I want to argue over them. I just react to people's attitudes when it annoys me. I however understand your point and will keep any further "forum chatter" out of your thread smily_headphones1.gif
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As an aside, I'd say most popular gear out there is overrated to *some* extent. When I listen to a $99 pair of RE-400s or a well modded T50RP, everything else has a tendency to seem a bit overrated. The reality of diminishing returns makes most high-end gear seem like pure excess, yet I find myself enjoying it nonetheless.  

 

And this is why companies keep releasing products like the Abyss that can sound "glorious" if you spend $4000 on an amp! 

:-p

 

Every time I TRY to go into the summit-fi direction, a little voice in my head questions me: "Do you REAAALLY need to spend all that? Are you not enjoying your current gear?!" and... I get back to Earth. Oh well... as long as you guys up there in the "summit" are having fun and relaying the info, I'm good... for now... (sometimes I just CRAVE excess!!! ;-))


Edited by gelocks - 10/8/13 at 4:06pm
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As an aside, I'd say most popular gear out there is overrated to *some* extent. When I listen to a $99 pair of RE-400s or a well modded T50RP, everything else has a tendency to seem a bit overrated. 

 

Yes, the RE-400 seems to have taken a lot of the charm out of things to me. I don't think it's perfect (I personally prefer the GR07 and 7550 for their texture) but the RE-400 definitely moves the goalposts. The Yamaha EPH-100 is also great for around this kind of money.

 

I finished writing my 1Plus2 review, which really puts this kind of thing in stark relief.

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Either you have never set foot in the former Heir thread or you are just trying to attack me, but either way keep you life lessons to yourself. I will "have" to do nothing. I perfectly tolerate different opinions. You have a right to disagree but I think such obvious biased enthusiasm can be associated to fanboyism without it being an insult. If you wish to take this further take it to PM, but without the fatherly tone please.

 

"Fanboy" and analogous terms shut down the conversation. It becomes a tripwire in any discussion on a given topic; an announcement that the other side has been prejudged as irrationally partisan and at some to-be-determined point early on, the conversation will stop being about the topic and become an argument about the person holding the opposing opinion. Boom, conversation over, fireworks begin.

 

It's not just this one topic, and it's definitely not just you. Try discussing Beats in a positive way anywhere on Head-Fi. For that matter, try discussing Windows in Slashdot, PHP in a Rails forum, Apple products almost anywhere. These are the politics and religion of the tech geek, and the rhetoric behaves similarly.

 

I'd rather see people work out why they like things I don't like. I'd rather discuss the substance and relative qualities of our respective tastes. An argument about personal character instead prevents that from ever happening, prevents me from seeing perspectives I wouldn't have considered, and reduces this thread to Yet Another Crapfest that this site has plenty of already.

 

So if it's not an imposition, I'd rather hear more about what you like, or for that matter what you don't like. I'd like to hear fewer character judgements about people who disagree with what you like or don't like. That doesn't help anybody and it doesn't interest me.

 

Most of the longer-term diary participants have some capacity for writing out their thoughts, even if they don't exercise it all that often. Writing complete thoughts is time-consuming and usually requires having something to say -- we don't always, all the time, have something to say. And working too hard at it can interfere with the casual chatter and "hey lookit this!" linkage that keeps the social component of the diary afloat. But I'd like to see more of it, all the same.

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This may be the tequila making me talk "out loud" but I don't care if his CIEMs make brooms dance, I refuse to call him Wizard in any way that isn't with a healthy mound of sarcasm or eye rolling. Just thinking about the idea of doing so makes me feel like an idiot and a tool. I'm sure that says loads about me.

This whole defining, recognizing, and categorizing the hype and anti-hype issue and other such issues and their motivators is almost pointless IMO. It does nothing to stop the driving forces of those actions on this forum. That wasn't the intent to begin with, but then what was?
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