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Is the Liquid Gold an upcoming product?  I can't find much info on it. 

 

It would seem my ECBA is still under construction :/ .  I think it's been... 12 weeks?  He said 8-14, though, so I guess it's to be expected but I was really hoping for something closer to that 8.  Oh well, from more recent pictures I've seen of their interiors I at least know it'll be well built.

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Is the Liquid Gold an upcoming product?  I can't find much info on it. 

 

It would seem my ECBA is still under construction :/ .  I think it's been... 12 weeks?  He said 8-14, though, so I guess it's to be expected but I was really hoping for something closer to that 8.  Oh well, from more recent pictures I've seen of their interiors I at least know it'll be well built.

 

 

The LAu is Cavalli's solid state dynamic amp. It'll be kind of like the balanced B22 in terms of its capabilities, but he's trying to get it all in a single---albeit large---box. It was supposed to debut at RMAF, but there were some setbacks. It may or may not make it to production, and right now it's more of a proof of concept. I guess it depends on how much interest there is in it.

 

On your BA, I have a feeling it may be taking Craig a bit longer than it would have otherwise because he's working on getting the Electra pre-orders open. Right now he's working on finishing the final production model for the Electra, polishing it up, etc.

 

His build quality is pretty good, though not quite HeadAmp-level in my experience (you'd be waiting a lot longer---upwards of a year---for something from HeadAmp however lol). Issues still arise from time to time, but I'd say his stuff is in the top 5% as far as that goes. He also makes far less than almost any other manufacturer in profits. If anyone else were selling the BA, it would cost a lot more.


Edited by MuppetFace - 10/30/12 at 9:28pm
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I am under the impression that the Monet is a niche product (well I suppose you can argue that everything from FitEar is niche) mainly targeted at the anime/manga fan demographic. I could be wrong but that's my understanding. Does that help you decide whether to go for it or not?


The anime/manga fan demographic is unusually large here in Japan, home of this type of media as it is. I'd be surprised if the Monet had a big market outside of Japan if it's mainly designed to reproduce that niche genre of audio.

 

 

FitEar has been working on expanding their market with universals, but in general they don't sell their customs outside of Japan. I'd be going through a proxy I know fairly well, so it would be a rather extravagant and drastic process from the outset to work with them and get them exported. 

 

The market for the Monet interests me quite a bit, as it's going to be extremely costly, even in Japan. Seems to be for the very obsessive anime connoisseur, the young and adventurous business person , or something similar.

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http://rinchoi.blogspot.ru/2012/10/ultimate-ears-part3-in-depth-analysis.html
The UE900 looks like a great buy.

Depends which country you are in - RRP varies wildly with the UE900 unfortunately.
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They are 599 SGD here ~ 490 USD.

 

I managed to listen to the UE900 last weekend and I was really impressed. I'd rate it as the 2nd best universal I've heard, the first being the FitEar F111. I honestly think it's better than the Westone 4. Logitech has a clear winner here I believe. Fit and everything was sorted out. My only complaint would be the rotating cable connectors.

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http://rinchoi.blogspot.ru/2012/10/ultimate-ears-part3-in-depth-analysis.html
The UE900 looks like a great buy.

Depends which country you are in - RRP varies wildly with the UE900 unfortunately.

Right. Forgot about that. Haven't checked for availability here yet, though I can expect it's higher than US's RRP.
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Forgot to mention some of the odder highlights of my trip to Korea, head-fi-wise: Got to try a FAD IEM for the first time, either the Heaven IV or Heaven VI, albeit in kind of weird circumstances -- it was in the Kyobo bookstore in Gangnam, and I didn't have any music handy so I used one of the environmental sound reprocessing applets in RjDj, which is pretty much useless for any kind of meaningful evaluation, but it made me want to try it again in earnest some time in the future. Kind of a shame that it's hard to audition good IEMs in the States.

The Yongsan market was also an eye-opener. Imagine something like the garment district in New York, only for electronics. And bigger. One floor of a major-hospital-sized building was given over primarily to vendors of high-end equipment; single-room shoe-shop-sized storefronts packed to the freaking gills with every major high-end product you could think of, said packing exacerbated by the indulgent scale of many of the products which would be considered room-filling even in your usual sparsely-furnished dedicated listening room: Wilson Audio products rubbing shoulders with unfurled Magnepan screens, Altec Lansing theater horn arrays peeking up from the back, their black rectangles overshadowing the colorfully packed circular profiles of Avantgarde horns, shelves with stacks of massive monoblock amps, and dressing bureau sized Clearaudio turntable, all glass and chrome, with the massive flywheel counterweight hanging from a shaft down the middle of the structure, tucked in a corner for lack of room. And then you take a few steps and there's another room packed similarly but with entirely different stuff, and then again, over and over, as you keep walking along... To get there we went through the ground floor, passing by one room that only sold wire, another that only sold circuit switches, another that only sold RF chokes... there's over two dozen buildings just like this one, some cleaner and nicer than others, some old and dirty and closed-in, where you can't window-shop because the building is composed of hundreds of windowless rooms, like an old faculty office building with armored doors and piles of electronics stacked in the hallway for lack of room.

To get there you take a walkway from the train station (which has its own built-in mall, too, a multi-level girlfriend's bench, so to speak), through an electronics market building filled with mostly prosaic phones, cameras, computer equipment, down to the ground floor where you'll walk past a convenience store stocked primarily with instant ramen and an industrial-sized hot water dispenser for the miserable, hungry otaku in dirty shirts, saving their money for the mini figures or games stocked in the distant building where the computer and console game vendors congregate.

We only had a couple hours to spend, not enough time to dedicated to an earnest search for things I wanted and needed; now that I'm back home I've been working out the frustration on shopping lists to buy the things mailorder, and it's not the same because of knowing how much I'll spend on shipping and vendor markups and the inability to dicker, feeling a little lost for the lack of the sense of immersion and tactility that being there provides.
Edited by ardgedee - 10/31/12 at 4:35am
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Forgot to mention some of the odder highlights of my trip to Korea, head-fi-wise: Got to try a FAD IEM for the first time, either the Heaven IV or Heaven VI, albeit in kind of weird circumstances -- it was in the Kyobo bookstore in Gangnam, and I didn't have any music handy so I used one of the environmental sound reprocessing applets in RjDj, which is pretty much useless for any kind of meaningful evaluation, but it made me want to try it again in earnest some time in the future. Kind of a shame that it's hard to audition good IEMs in the States.
 

 

Do you remember if it was silver (with either a black, white, or purple cable) or a kind of golden color (with a brown cable)? The former is the IV, the latter the VI.

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Silver with a purple/blue cable, so I guess it was the Heaven IV. I took a photo of the display so I'll be able to know for sure once I finish sifting through my pics. There were four different FAD models on display, as I recall, and the one I tried was in the 250,000 KRW price range, which would roughly be in the US $245 price range.
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Do you remember if it was silver (with either a black, white, or purple cable) or a kind of golden color (with a brown cable)? The former is the IV, the latter the VI.


This somehow reminds me of my asking patients whether they remember the color of their sputum, stool, etc. redface.gif

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Nice pumpkin, MF.
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Yes, talk of golden colors and brown cables also reminds me of that. biggrin.gif

Also interesting at the same Kyobo bookstore (as well as the innumerable and ubiquitous mobile accessory kiosks across Seoul) was the display of iPhone 5 cases, and the Lightning connectors on sale at Frisbee stores (the local, independent counterpart to the Apple Stores that haven't arrived yet). The iPhone 5 won't actually be available there until early November, as part of Apple's progressive international release schedule, so the Kyobo clerk I showed my phone to nearly plotzed when he got to play with it. A little embarassing, but I guess South Korea is going to have its Apple fans too.
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The LAu is Cavalli's solid state dynamic amp. It'll be kind of like the balanced B22 in terms of its capabilities, but he's trying to get it all in a single---albeit large---box. It was supposed to debut at RMAF, but there were some setbacks. It may or may not make it to production, and right now it's more of a proof of concept. I guess it depends on how much interest there is in it.

 

On your BA, I have a feeling it may be taking Craig a bit longer than it would have otherwise because he's working on getting the Electra pre-orders open. Right now he's working on finishing the final production model for the Electra, polishing it up, etc.

 

His build quality is pretty good, though not quite HeadAmp-level in my experience (you'd be waiting a lot longer---upwards of a year---for something from HeadAmp however lol). Issues still arise from time to time, but I'd say his stuff is in the top 5% as far as that goes. He also makes far less than almost any other manufacturer in profits. If anyone else were selling the BA, it would cost a lot more.

 

Huh, the idea of a B22 I don't have to build or try and commission someone here to build is tempting.  

 

And yeah, in regards to the BA I'm rationally sure it'll be great, but memories of the first-run unit 6moons reviewed make me anxious sometimes, especially when I seem to get faulty harware more than most (across all my "techie" interests; I've actually been lucky here with only 2 defective items on purchase.)

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Thanks to Steam's Halloween sale, I have more games that I won't play in a looooooong time. Woo.
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