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post #20791 of 21761

Hey guys my HE 4 is here :D in case you didn't know [and I dobut you would since I didn't mention it till now] but I finally upgraded to the He 4! 

 

My dt 880 is sold, along with my Schiit Vali and my Pb1

 

I now own the Pb2 [LME 49990 OP amps] and the HE 4 :3 I'm excited to hear the HE 4 today, after spending a LOT of time with the DT 880... pretty sure I'll know right away if the HE 4 is a step up... although I feel it will b

 

about the Pb2 x Hm801 x W1000x Se combo... wow the Pb2 is much cleaner than my Pb1 was... I LIKE it. Layering is much nicer, the w1000x... is as wonderful as I ever remembered it :D 

 

super stocked to get my w1000x balanced, which I'll be doing in about a month or so! 

post #20792 of 21761
Thread Starter 

Sad news indeed regarding Philip Seymour Hoffman. I quite enjoyed his performance in Capote.

 

Speaking of films and the deceased, I'm pretty stoked to be getting a multi-volume collection of Theo Angelopoulos's output from his earliest days as director to his last film before his death in 2012. It has English subtitles, but it's not US region, so I'm going to have to unearth my region-free player from storage. It's a shame most of his work has yet to see a proper releases here in the States, as he was to my mind and many others one of the greatest living directors of our time.

 

 

I've given a few extracurricular lectures on his films, along with Tarkovsky, Sokurov, and Hou Hsiao-hsien. Good times.

post #20793 of 21761

The only Tarkovsky movie I've seen is Stalker. Apparently he has made a movie here in Sweden. I have not seen it, but I'd like to. 

post #20794 of 21761
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While I can imagine people having that kind of reaction to the movie, Synecdoche is one of those films that is kind of difficult to make a trailer for. You should check it out, it's also quite a funny film - though my copy declares it the 'smash hit comedy of the year' on the cover which it really isn't. Honestly, marketing the film must have been a nightmare.

 

Maybe I just happen to love a good identity crisis but for me it's a film that hits home pretty hard. I get something new out of it each time I watch it.

 

Still not going to take bets on your arm surviving through it though.

 

I'm a big fan of Kaufman's writing/screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind. But from clips and reviews it seemed to go overboard, but yeah, I'll see it, and no one will need to chain me to the couch.

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I'm a big fan of Kaufman's writing/screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind. But from clips and reviews it seemed to go overboard, but yeah, I'll see it, and no one will need to chain me to the couch.

 

It's what you would expect if you allowed Kaufman to direct a Kaufman script. IT'S ALL KAUFMAN ALL THE TIME

post #20796 of 21761

So, comparing my new IEMs, I have to say that the one that's been impressing me the most is the Denon C400. It may not be my usual sound signature: the bass is pretty subdued and the (brighter) mids are what's taking its place. I don't even know why I purchased these IEMs, but I definitely know why I'm keeping them. Voices and instruments sound so damned clear, yet unintrusive, and just... simply put: adorable. I don't know how to write impressions on these to be honest, they kind of caught me off-guard and they're just so damned good imo. As for sound distortion at higher volumes, I think maybe Denon has a poor QC (or stepped it up a notch) because mine don't distort until I go up to unlistenable levels -- and I have hearing loss. Meaning that I don't get distortion even at loud listening. I'm thinking that I either got lucky with my pair or Denon stepped their QC up.

 

As for C300, yeah, I think I finally got a fit with them and it was with the Complys. I don't like the Complys, they subdue treble too much, making the sound too dark and somewhat muffled. If I use the small silicone tips I get a fit too, with the caveat the IEMs don't sit securely in my ears (they are huge). They are competent IEMs for sure, with a great sound, however, the fit issues I have with them is pretty bad. The Complys take care of everything, but kills the treble a little. I have hopes that maybe my foams for my IE80's fit these and gives the treble and upper mids a needed boost. Once again, it's hard to give impressions on them because while they sound good, I can't use them, and when I can use them, they don't sound as good.

 

The Sonys, yeah, they're in a league of their own. They are catered towards serious bassheads, and that's what they do. I got nothing more to say, really. All that other stuff, aside from the bass, isn't bad either. These won't be your standard audiophile IEMs, so to say, but they are good enough for the kind of music that's more reliant upon a massive bass rather than anything else.

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A bit of an update on my hifi rack thing - I ended up buying a second hand TAOC ASR ii with 4 shelves.  Gotta say I was pretty excited about picking it up - it's been a piece of equipment I have been researching and waiting to set up for a long time.  It even required me to build some new IC's and a couple of power cables so that everything fits.  Here's a picture:

 

GEAR RELATED RANT (Click to show)

TAOC are a Japanese company - apparently a subsidiary of Toyota, and the rack uses a lot of cast Iron and Aluminium parts - the shelves use a constrained layer of iron powder which is meant to help absorb vibrations.  Aesthetically it strongly resembles Finite Elemente's racks (which is what the guy who sold me this one has bought) - maybe not as elegant or fine in finish but it is a fraction of the cost and keeps my equipment off the floor.  As far as practicality goes - it would be better to have the computer on the bottom, but the tower heatsink is too tall for that to work.  I've been running the setup for the past 4 days to burn in the new cables - and I have no idea how the sound compares to my old setup, but I see this purchase/step as necessary in the hifi journey - a step that due to practical reasons cannot be evaluated with any certainty, but which I would extrapolate from previous experience to be a positive step.

 

Following the above photo I removed the graphics card from my computer.  I haven't really been doing a lot of gaming recently.  For a long time I have been using my computer for both music and gaming, and on the surface this dual purposing may not seem like a problem but in audiophile reality it is.  At a certain point of optimisation a music server diverges from a workstation - I won't bore you with a technical justification.  I can say though that the sacrifice of a graphics card is necessary, and has flowed onto further decisions that have improved the setup.  Recently I don't find i am able to game as much as I used to, competitive gaming seems to drain a lot of my energy and cloud my thinking.  If a (single player) game comes out in the future which I absolutely must play -  will probably throw the graphics card back in temporarily.  You might find this entertaining, but I have also removed the mouse and disabled the USB port it was plugged into.  Only 2 of 16 USB ports are enabled in BIOS.

 

***BEGIN PHILOSOPHICAL TANGEN*** I have gone very tin hat on this build, but I feel this kind of insanity becomes crucial at a certain point in developing a hifi system - one needs to develop an appreciation of the ephemeral.  At a certain point benchmark measurements of performance change in significance - certain grey areas yield improvements in increments that require a degree of faith in increasingly subtle increments, as well as increasingly slippery qualities.  Goal posts shift, and quite often earlier policies and judgements need to be revised.  ***END PHILOSOPHICAL TANGENT***


Edited by drez - 2/5/14 at 4:47am
post #20798 of 21761
(Scratches head)
Where's the computer monitor so you can browse your music and see all your files?
post #20799 of 21761

looks like it's on the desk to the right of the picture. 

 

My aim in all this has long been to have the best audiophile/gaming/other stuff system I can, so I'm alright with with loosing some quality to my PC doing other things. 

 

-Edit-

 

@drez: that's a pretty intense GPU heatsink you've got there.

 

-Edit again-

 

i've recently delved into cables a bit due to a similar sense of tin-hattiness.  Something does feel different now, but I'd have trouble pinpointing what it even is without thorough A/B testing, the likes of which I probably won't do because it's a bitch to switch this stuff around.

 

I should take pictures later, when i can move my elbows again :/


Edited by driver 8 - 2/5/14 at 8:35am
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So I've been solely listening to my HD800s since Thanksgiving as I'd left my JH13pros at my parents' place.  Got them back yesterday finally and WOW.  I'm not quite enough of a bass lover to want to be called a bass head, but even with mods like the anax 2.0 and a cable swap, it was a hugely different experience between the two.  I feel like the 13pros are incredibly close in terms of overall details presented, lack a bit in staging (obviously, right?) but have a much more pleasing overall sound signature.

 

 Originally, I'd got the hd800 knowing this and wanted to keep them because they were that much more comfortable and technical than the lcd-2 and he400 I'd used to pay for them, but now I'm not so sure if I want to keep them or look into getting the lcd-x or alpha dogs or what.  I'm even contemplating looking into the k812 if not for seeing a couple mentions of build quality complaints.

 

Most of my listening with headphones that aren't fitted in my ear is through a lyr with orange globes and a bifrost uber.  

 

Of course, I'm also hoping I can just be chill and enjoy the hd800s and jh13pros in their own ways without trying to have the same experience sitting down that I do at work (sitting is also involved, but I move around more).

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(Scratches head)
Where's the computer monitor so you can browse your music and see all your files?

 

Monitor is to the right on the desk out of frame.

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Originally Posted by driver 8 View Post
 

looks like it's on the desk to the right of the picture. 

 

My aim in all this has long been to have the best audiophile/gaming/other stuff system I can, so I'm alright with with loosing some quality to my PC doing other things. 

 

-Edit-

 

@drez: that's a pretty intense GPU heatsink you've got there.

 

-Edit again-

 

i've recently delved into cables a bit due to a similar sense of tin-hattiness.  Something does feel different now, but I'd have trouble pinpointing what it even is without thorough A/B testing, the likes of which I probably won't do because it's a bitch to switch this stuff around.

 

I should take pictures later, when i can move my elbows again :/

 

It's pretty nice to use a high end hifi system for gaming and I guess it's also a matter of how often one games against how often one listens to music.  The VGA cooler is a beast, its the Prolimatech mk-23 and it can cool flagship cards silently.  With the GTX680 it never spins up and remains silent while gaming, and still manages far better temperatures than the ASUS DirectCU ii third party cooler it came with (not silent at all BTW - very noisy buy my standards).  I highly recommend the mk-23.  I know what you mean about switching stuff around - it is probably easier where there is a lot of space to get at the back of equipment, but a lot of the time I think it's better to just sit back and enjoy the music unless something is on loan or being evaluated.  Another funny thing is I find that pretty often as my setup develops and becomes more revealing/transparent I will do 180 on previous judgements, but I recon my gear is still pulling out of mid-fi so I guess it gets easier with higher end stuff.

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So I've been solely listening to my HD800s since Thanksgiving as I'd left my JH13pros at my parents' place.  Got them back yesterday finally and WOW.  I'm not quite enough of a bass lover to want to be called a bass head, but even with mods like the anax 2.0 and a cable swap, it was a hugely different experience between the two.  I feel like the 13pros are incredibly close in terms of overall details presented, lack a bit in staging (obviously, right?) but have a much more pleasing overall sound signature.

 

 Originally, I'd got the hd800 knowing this and wanted to keep them because they were that much more comfortable and technical than the lcd-2 and he400 I'd used to pay for them, but now I'm not so sure if I want to keep them or look into getting the lcd-x or alpha dogs or what.  I'm even contemplating looking into the k812 if not for seeing a couple mentions of build quality complaints.

 

Most of my listening with headphones that aren't fitted in my ear is through a lyr with orange globes and a bifrost uber.  

 

Of course, I'm also hoping I can just be chill and enjoy the hd800s and jh13pros in their own ways without trying to have the same experience sitting down that I do at work (sitting is also involved, but I move around more).

 

I haven't listened to JH13's in a while but my friends pair were pretty decent from memory - I actually found them better balanced than I was expecting based off the frequency response curve and I think they would work well for a lot of genres.  HD800's supposedly CAN produce solid bass but they will always be neutral-bright in frequency balance.  Apparently the right equipment can help with the HD800 bass in terms of impact, drive etc, but it depends how much you are willing to invest in the HD800 to get the result, or whether you just want to EQ up the bass a couple of notches (I'm too tin hat about DSP to use EQ).  I would talk to Muppet about the K812 - her review talks about the K812 bass in specific detail.  IIRC the main reason I stopped using customs is because they isolate too much, and people would have to tap me on the shoulder to get my attention, and I would miss phone calls and emails etc. but if you can live with that I guess they could be pretty easy to get good sound out of compared to the HD800.

post #20802 of 21761

A mix: Maine Coon and Bengal. The parents are purebred.

 

Doesn't that sound like a lovely mix?

 

 

The price is basically one third of a pure breed, so it's tempting...

post #20803 of 21761
Pretty cat. smily_headphones1.gif Is it from an animal shelter?
post #20804 of 21761
Dope lookin cat. Like seriously.

As for me, I've been trying to get in touch with the people at the shelter to no avail. We're all snowed in at the moment so my next attempt will be on the coming Monday. Got my eye on a lovely Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest mix:

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19017498/

Gonna be my first cat so I'm really hoping it all goes smoothly
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Cute cat

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