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Only crits I have thus far are minor: all the writing on the top makes the overall look a wee bit cluttered, and I kinda lol at the use of "STD" to label the normal bias jack....

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Only crits I have thus far are minor: all the writing on the top makes the overall look a wee bit cluttered, and I kinda lol at the use of "STD" to label the normal bias jack....

At least it is consistently over-labelled:D I bet it will sound amazing though, I would be more than willing to forgive a more retro than slick industrial design.
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Only crits I have thus far are minor: all the writing on the top makes the overall look a wee bit cluttered, and I kinda lol at the use of "STD" to label the normal bias jack....

And here I was about to remark that the socket on the left should be labeled "AMATEUR".
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Someone posted some... interesting impressions of the LCD-2s wherein he talks about people close to him and what they think of them. I feel really awkward watching the YouTube videos he posted of his wife singing along to some music. Apparently she doesn't know he posted those videos online for people all over the world to see. At this point, I can't help but wonder about the motivations and thought processes that go on with some people. There's a definite voyeuristic quality at work, someone one sees only hinted at with unboxing videos and shots of peoples rigs at home. Headphone listening is a very private activity by its very nature. In that sense, there's almost an exhibitionist quality when it comes to making that private moment public.

 

Thanks for the link, that was a nice read :)

 

My humble take on it, I think it's simply his innocent passion running wild, and probably an overwhelming desire to share his joy with everyone. Even though he posted personal videos, I just don't sense the same exhibitionist/voyeuristic motives here, like I do with some unboxing videos. Jm2c, of course.

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Even though he posted personal videos, I just don't sense the same exhibitionist/voyeuristic motives here, like I do with some unboxing videos. Jm2c, of course.

I think that, regardless of his intention in candidly videoing her, it would have been better of him to have told her that he did so, and asked for her approval before posting it to YouTube.
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^ Agreed, no doubt.

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Thanks for the link, that was a nice read :)

 

My humble take on it, I think it's simply his innocent passion running wild, and probably an overwhelming desire to share his joy with everyone. Even though he posted personal videos, I just don't sense the same exhibitionist/voyeuristic motives here, like I do with some unboxing videos. Jm2c, of course.

 

I meant voyeuristic on the part of the people watching the video. Us, in other words lol. That's why I felt so awkward watching it but couldn't turn away.

 

With unboxing videos especially, those posting them seem rather exhibitionist, basically "putting on a show" for their audience. Sometimes it's subtle, and other times it's almost a parody of itself (like a striptease wherein the person doing the unboxing gives the audience a little peak, only to cover it back up again). In this case it's definitely less clear, but I can't help but feel like the poster knows he's sharing a private moment involving his wife when he comments that she'd be really upset if she knew he posted it to a public forum. I agree that there's genuine enthusiasm permeating the review tho; it's clear he's excited about the headphones and how they're soliciting a certain response among the people in his life. Still, you also have to admit that posting videos of people singing to themselves has a certain whiff of "revenge plot" about it. Not suggesting he has that as a motive, but that element of potential mortification sort of taints any "innocence" in his review IMHO.

 

Of course, I'm just speculating there. I tend to view things in terms of the fact that whenever we post on the forums, there's always an underlying personal motivation, and the act itself plays just as much of a role in meaning as the content expressed therein. I really do think it's about more than just headphones often times, though I'm aware of the valid criticisms of such a view. Still, I'm beginning to see impressions more and more in the light of personal expression, and there's almost an element of performance art to it, a certain dance of signification and social practice that occurs between the performer and spectators. What I like about this schema is that it takes into account the audience, and a post like the LCD-2 review is made largely in accommodation of that audience. In a lot of cases it seems like the review is thinking of what he or she can give the audience that they want. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, either. However in this case, it's why I kind of feel as though the reviewer is saying to himself "oh, my audience will love this embarrassing clip of my wife" and risking potential humiliation to gain... I dunno, camaraderie? Something along those lines maybe. Yeah, I'm reading a lot into it LOL.

 

It could also be the case that those videos are staged and she knows full well he's going to post them. Either way though, it's playing to the audience and not really "innocent" in my view. Still, enthusiasm is important and makes for the best reviews. It's not something easily faked, and I can discern such enthusiasm in the review.


Edited by MuppetFace - 11/7/12 at 5:45am
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Starting to see knockoff Lightning connectors showing up on the Chinese knockoff-electronics sites. Tempted to get one or two to see what they're like or to experiment with, but they aren't actually sufficiently cheap to justify buying: $13 plus shipping for a fake Lightning->USB cable vs. $19 for the real thing doesn't sound like a meaningful discount. Granted, these vendors usually offer free shipping, but only if I'm willing to wait up to 8 weeks to receive the order. Roll in the shipping upcharge to receive the cable in a week, and it costs about as much or more than the real thing. Especially since, in the photos, they look really poorly assembled.

I think I'll let somebody else take one for the team this time around.
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Starting to see knockoff Lightning connectors showing up on the Chinese knockoff-electronics sites. Tempted to get one or two to see what they're like or to experiment with, but they aren't actually sufficiently cheap to justify buying: $13 plus shipping for a fake Lightning->USB cable vs. $19 for the real thing doesn't sound like a meaningful discount. Granted, these vendors usually offer free shipping, but only if I'm willing to wait up to 8 weeks to receive the order. Roll in the shipping upcharge to receive the cable in a week, and it costs about as much or more than the real thing. Especially since, in the photos, they look really poorly assembled.
I think I'll let somebody else take one for the team this time around.

As much as i hate apple for doing this. I would rather buy the original after reading this article

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/10/china-finally-cracks-apples-secret-iphone-5-cable-here-come-the-cheap-clones/

 

 

Btw what i eventually did was order the lighting to micro usb adapter: £15. And now i can use any micro usb cable to charge and sync :) 

hope this helps

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Yup. I'm getting one of Apple's micro-USB adaptors for my portable audio toolbox. We don't have the same requirements the EU does regarding mobile device cables, but one less cable to pack means one less cable to tangle with the others.
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Peter at Double Helix is fighting the good fight, but I wish he would stop running around the gadget blogs claiming Lightning has a security chip, since he has no proof of this. People who know how to reverse-engineer chips and have investigated the connector claim the chip manages pin assignments and function routing.

From the standpoint of an outsider trying to make their versions of the connector work, these can effectively be the same thing. When the connection is effectively self-obfuscating and dependent on devices stating what they intend to use the connection for, a loose form of device ID is occurring. But this is not the same thing as exchanging passkeys: a data handshake is not the same thing as a secure transaction initiation.

In other words, a Lightning connector says, "I am a charger" or "I am a stereo" or "I am a computer data connector", which is not the same thing as saying, "I am Denon audio system registry ID 9HJ389SHJ28Y9G28Y72UI2879928GSY8922". Whether Apple can lock out third party clones has yet to be seen. I hope not, or at least I hope Apple can't be bothered to try. There's a point at which it's going to be counterproductive; without a rich ecology of third-party devices to fuel consumer interest, Apple's going to be sabotaging their own primary device sales.
Edited by ardgedee - 11/7/12 at 6:53am
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Peter at Double Helix is fighting the good fight, but I wish he would stop running around the gadget blogs claiming Lightning has a security chip, since he has no proof of this. People who know how to reverse-engineer chips and have investigated the connector claim the chip manages pin assignments and function routing.
From the standpoint of an outsider trying to make their versions of the connector work, these can effectively be the same thing. When the connection is effectively self-obfuscating and dependent on devices stating what they intend to use the connection for, a loose form of device ID is occurring. But this is not the same thing as exchanging passkeys: a data handshake is not the same thing as a secure transaction initiation.
In other words, a Lightning connector says, "I am a charger" or "I am a stereo" or "I am a computer data connector", which is not the same thing as saying, "I am Denon audio system registry ID 9HJ389SHJ28Y9G28Y72UI2879928GSY8922". Whether Apple can lock out third party clones has yet to be seen. I hope not, or at least I hope Apple can't be bothered to try. There's a point at which it's going to be counterproductive; without a rich ecology of third-party devices to fuel consumer interest, Apple's going to be sabotaging their own primary device sales.

ah i understand it now. thanks for clearing that one up. you are spot on there, as much as i like the iphone, if they are intending on locking out third party cables and adapters, they will loose many customers over the next few years when people upgrade their phones, myself included.  

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I'm reading a lot into it LOL.

 

Indeed. wink.gif

 

Funny coincidence, I got an LCD-2 v2 on loan the day before he posted his review.

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An ye old nokia N900 would be a good choice for you....

Hey, veyron.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/600088/an-audiophile-and-car-nuts-quest-for-domestic-tranquility-a-bloggish-kind-of-thing/765#post_8846379

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Romy, no offense but I'm just curious... you say you're a little girl nearing 30, meaning you're in your late twenties (a few years older than I am, I suppose) and you're already a college professor? I can somehow tell you're a well-educated person from the way you write, but becoming a college professor before 30 is quite unbelievable. And yet you seem to have a lot of time on your hands, being a really active member here at Head-Fi. Maybe people can become professors at a young age in your country, or you're just incredibly talented? What country are you from exactly, and what's your major?

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