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post #21466 of 21761
Hi guys, hope you are all healthy, doing well, and have happy ears.

I'm just popping in for my usual monthly post with a question.

I, against all warnings, purchased the Hifiman RE-400s since my AT CKM 500s cable broke and the right driver stopped playing.

For about a month or two now I've had these and I enjoy them a lot, but I do use them daily and hold them in my pocket. I try to be gentle with them, but as people warned me, they're already starting to wear down. When I rotate the jack in my phone, it loses connectivity a lot and it is annoying to deal with.

I am wondering what options I have in this situation. Is there a way to custom mod / fix this, or should I just return these guys? I love the way they sound, but it's just casual listening for me when I walk around, not anything serious. The inconvenience of having to worry about them short out / break all the time is worse than the pleasure I get from listening. On top of that, does anyone have experience returning / dealing with Hifiman? I bought them through amazon, if that helps.

Thanks guys! smily_headphones1.gif
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Thread Starter 

Over the last few months I've built up quite a backlog of notes on various things I've been meaning to post in here. I've been debating with myself what the best way of disseminating this stuff, so I thought I'd take an informal poll. Do you folks prefer the longer diary entries of mine with lots of different topics all bundled together, or would you prefer shorter more frequent posts grouped more thematically? Granted, I find it somewhat fun trying to weave topic together, and sometimes it creates an overarching narrative, but these types of posts take much longer to put together and frankly I don't always have the time to devote to them.

 

Just some thought for food.

 

Moving along...

 

Yesterday I got my copy of indie rock icon Pixies' new album Indie Cindy. This is their first 'proper' album since, what, 1991? I guess they were inspired by My Bloody Valentine's comeback or something. Anyway, I'm really curious as to what Ardgedee thinks of this one, as he's sort of my late 80s / early 90s indie rock comrade in arms. Of course anyone else who wants to weigh in as well is welcome to it.

 

 

Doing a bit of Google-research, this LP is actually composed of two EPs and a single released over the last few months. For whatever reason I never paid any attention to those releases----they pretty much slipped by me unnoticed---so I had no idea what to expect from Indie Cindy. Would it be a triumphant return or, like so many comebacks, a big disappointment? So far I'm inclined to think it's the latter. However I'm not quite sure just how disappointing it is yet, and there are moments that are genuinely well honed on this thing. I get that the band has moved on over the last 25+ years since their heyday. Inevitably folks will scrutinize this album in light of the band's earlier works, and I think there's legitimacy in doing so, but by the same token a band isn't beholden to anyone and should embrace change if they so desire. If anything though, Indie Cindy is trapped in a sort of no man's land where the band has moved on but at the same time hasn't really grown much. I'm hearing echos of the late 80s but there's no soul, only the motions. In some ways Indie Cindy sounds more mature, sure, but unfortunately that maturity isn't all positive: more prevalent than any depth or refinement is a pervasive tiredness to this record. More often than not, it just comes across as dull and lacking any genuine spark.

 

"Greens and Blues" is perhaps my favorite on the album, the most immediately Pixies-ish in its sound to me. Other tracks like Magdalena 318, Andro Queen, and Jamie Bravo are really likable and have the right kind of energy behind them, light and drifty and enjoyable indie rock that doesn't need any grown up profundity. Opener "What Goes Boom" is more a rollicking aggro track, but it's still catchy and has nice guitar play. Then there's the stuff that works but isn't particularly memorable for me: Silver Snail, Ring the Bell, and Another Toe In the Ocean. Everything else just doesn't appeal to me much. The title track, "Indie Cindy," has a sort of Hold Steady thing going on, but it comes across as obnoxious and gives way to a lethargic chorus that falls pretty flat in my opinion. Blue Eyed Hexe meanwhile sound out of place, like Stephen Malkmus playing bad heavy blues rock with added cowbell. The worst track though, by far, is "Bag Boy." I'm not quite sure if it's trying to be ironic or what, but it certainly seems sincere. There's all sorts of cringe-worthy stuff going on here, from 80's rap percussion and b-boy backup vocals to the laughable interjections of "BAG BOY!" throughout. Just... no.

 

Overall, Indie Cindy has grown on me a bit from those first uncertain encounters. It's still a highly inconsistent album to me though, and it just seems devoid of inspiration, like a hodgepodge of new ideas, members' solo projects, and a somewhat shallow call back to earlier Pixies. In other words it fails to capture the spirit of their older work, while at the same time failing to move forward in any endearing capacity. It's an album that doesn't really seem to know what it wants, trying to be too many things and not really succeeding at any of them.

 

If anything, it makes me want to revisit Surfer Rosa. Now where is my mind?

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I'll vote for shorter more frequent posts grouped thematically. It's easier to read on a smartphone. Looking forward to your various new iem notes.
post #21469 of 21761
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Originally Posted by compoopers View Post

Hi guys, hope you are all healthy, doing well, and have happy ears.

I'm just popping in for my usual monthly post with a question.

I, against all warnings, purchased the Hifiman RE-400s since my AT CKM 500s cable broke and the right driver stopped playing.

For about a month or two now I've had these and I enjoy them a lot, but I do use them daily and hold them in my pocket. I try to be gentle with them, but as people warned me, they're already starting to wear down. When I rotate the jack in my phone, it loses connectivity a lot and it is annoying to deal with.

I am wondering what options I have in this situation. Is there a way to custom mod / fix this, or should I just return these guys? I love the way they sound, but it's just casual listening for me when I walk around, not anything serious. The inconvenience of having to worry about them short out / break all the time is worse than the pleasure I get from listening. On top of that, does anyone have experience returning / dealing with Hifiman? I bought them through amazon, if that helps.

Thanks guys! smily_headphones1.gif

 

I completely hated these due to their reliability.

Mine had one of the sides go out in less than a month and I don't even use in-ears too much (and I baby my gear!). But I quickly contacted Hifiman and they sent me a new pair (that's the good part). Since I didn't want to deal with them again, I decided to sell these new ones. The guy that I sold them to, contacted me a few months ago because he needed the original receipt... why?! Yeah, they broke on him as well...

 

I really suggest getting another reliable pair... The Shure SE215, although bassier, have an excellent sound signature and quality, removable cables all for similar pricing...

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

I'll vote for shorter more frequent posts grouped thematically. It's easier to read on a smartphone. Looking forward to your various new iem notes.

 

Yep, I vote for this as well!

 

Regarding The Pixies, heard a few of the tracks before buying it and decided not to... From the few tracks I heard, this is more in the style of "Black Francis" releases and I wasn't to attached to those. I guess I also miss Kim... Got to see The Pixies live last year at Riot Fest in Chicago and they had the "other Kim"... they were excellent and played a few "new" songs and even in the live setting, they didn't wow me with those. I think I have a few pics and videos somewhere... Anyway, to me this is a bargain bin CD and I will buy it when it is priced as such! ;-)

post #21471 of 21761
I like your shorter posts where I find to have a distinct focus on what you're documenting on, MF.

While I do enjoy your wall-class posts, I tend to skim it, like every other wall-class anything written. But that's my problem. But again, longer posts do make me ponder longer, and I find that refreshing once in a while.

In a roundabout way, I think I'm voting for shorter posts. :-P
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I actually like the longer posts in that I enjoy them more.  But on a practical level, I'd have to admit that the shorter posts are easier to digest.  The problem with the shorter posts is that they do seem like fragments don't they, sometimes lacking in continuity.  Maybe there could be a teaser at the beginning of each fragment... like "last time in the Diary..."

 

Also, I vote for an index of links to your posts somewhere.  And maybe links to the previous/next diary entry within each post?  :smile:

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As long as you post, Muppet. As long as you post.

post #21474 of 21761
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

I actually like the longer posts in that I enjoy them more.  But on a practical level, I'd have to admit that the shorter posts are easier to digest.  The problem with the shorter posts is that they do seem like fragments don't they, sometimes lacking in continuity.  Maybe there could be a teaser at the beginning of each fragment... like "last time in the Diary..."

 

Also, I vote for an index of links to your posts somewhere.  And maybe links to the previous/next diary entry within each post?  :smile:

+1

Great avatar, by the way!

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post
 

Yesterday I got my copy of indie rock icon Pixies' new album Indie Cindy. This is their first 'proper' album since, what, 1991? I guess they were inspired by My Bloody Valentine's comeback or something. Anyway, I'm really curious as to what Ardgedee thinks of this one, as he's sort of my late 80s / early 90s indie rock comrade in arms. Of course anyone else who wants to weigh in as well is welcome to it.

 

Kim Deal opposed recording new material, and the band didn't until after she left. If I recall, she discussed it a little in the loudQUIETloud documentary, that she believed The Pixies were a particular band of a particular time, and while she was happy to continue working revival tours as a day job, she was not interested in making it a creative project again. She'd moved on personally and wanted to devote her creativity to other things more relevant to her current life.

 

So I haven't been avoiding The Pixies' new material out of boycott, I think I'm just not ready for the cognitive shift required to take them in their current form.

 

I'm not opposed to band reunions, though. I think I like this century's Mission of Burma more than last century's. Way more fierce this time around.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post
 

Do you folks prefer the longer diary entries of mine with lots of different topics all bundled together, or would you prefer shorter more frequent posts grouped more thematically? 

 

I like length that suits the material. If you can't make a long stroll work, have some short walks instead.

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What a neat idea! 

 

Well executed, too.

post #21479 of 21761

Whatever strikes your fancy MF, whatever is more convenient for you at the time is ok with me.

post #21480 of 21761

So, yesterday I went for a 10k. I've noticed this before, but they are more apparent with longer runs than with shorter. At some point in my running, it's as if my brains shuts down for a while, my focus isn't on anything at all, I reach a state where I suddenly get reminded that I'm outside running yet my mind wanders somewhere else. My body is on autopilot, and I am of course conscious, but I'm not really "there". Sort of a meditative state. It's a wild moment.

 

Is this what they call runner's high? I asked my colleague at work and he thought so but he hadn't experienced it himself so he couldn't say for sure.

 

I have to be careful with my running, I don't want to end up chasing the dragon here.

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