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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

 

H E L L O   D I A R Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

700

 

Holy sh... a Qualia Walkman, the 017. 

 

 

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And how much is that? 

post #2867 of 21761

It's a minidisc player and, according to Wikipedia, had an MSRP of US $1,700.

 

 

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Products

  Function Unveiled RRP Model number Based on
Qualia 001 Video processor January 2005 US$5,080 Q001-CB01 -
Qualia 002 HDV camcorder April 2005 US$5,800 Q002-HDR1 HDR-FX1
Qualia 004 SXRD Video projector June 2003 US$25,000 Q004-R1 -
Qualia 005 46" LCD television August 2004 US$10,000 KDX46Q005 -
Qualia 006 70" SXRD rear-projection television September 2004 US$15,000 KDS-70Q006 KDS-70XBR100
Qualia 007 SACD player and amplifier June 2003 US$6,700 Q007-SCD -
Qualia 010 Headphones April 2004 US$2,400 Q010-MDR1  
Qualia 015 36" CRT television June 2003 US$11,000 Q015-KX36  
Qualia 016 Modular compact digital camera June 2003 US$4,000 Q016-WE1 -
Qualia 017 MiniDisc player June 2004 US$1,700 Q017-MD1 MZ-E10
- In-ear headphones June 2004 US$200 MDR-EXQ1 MDR-EX71

 

Since, IIRC, the Qualia line was only available in Sony Style stores, there weren't any third-party retailers selling them at discount, so I doubt referring to the price as "MSRP" even applies; That was the asking price, take it or leave it.

post #2868 of 21761
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I wonder if the earphones that came with the Q017 were "official" Qualia IEMs? I also wonder how good they were at that price point.

 

I'd love to run the Q010 out of the Q017.

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I'm not sure how I feel about the ESW11's yet.  They lack that bit of edge I've grown accustomed to in portable listening with the Sig Pro's and FIBASS, which probably just means they're more balanced.  They sound larger than their cups would suggest, but still have the slightest bit of veil which I'd expect from the form factor (emphasis on slightest).

 

I like the cups too!  And they're pretty darn comfortable.

 

I'm in a similar state of aporia in regards to my new Burson Conductor, but not even sure how I'd elaborate on that atm.  I'm just not sure what I expect of this stuff anymore.  Will the Balancing Act tell me?


Edited by driver 8 - 11/30/12 at 6:14am
post #2870 of 21761
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

I wonder if the earphones that came with the Q017 were "official" Qualia IEMs? I also wonder how good they were at that price point.

I wonder what models were intended for the gaps in the number series.
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I'm not sure how I feel about the ESW11's yet.  They lack that bit of edge I've grown accustomed to in portable listening with the Sig Pro's and FIBASS, which probably just means they're more balanced.  They sound larger than their cups would suggest, but still have the slightest bit of veil which I'd expect from the form factor (emphasis on slightest).

 

So far, I'm liking the way the Ear Suit W11LTDs sound. The treble on the W9 and even the W10JPN was a bit splashy, which gave it a fun sound but made it a little fatiguing. The W11LTDs do seem more balanced, which is in keeping with Audio-Technica's LTD / Limited models.

post #2872 of 21761
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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post  I wonder what models were intended for the gaps in the number series.


Keeps the imagination going, doesn't it? wink.gif

post #2873 of 21761

I was never even aware of mini disc players being a thing.  I had a cassette player until I was 10, got a portable CD player, and pretty much stuck with that until 2006 because I was spending what little money I had on video games prior.

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Keeps the imagination going, doesn't it? wink.gif

The products were released nonconsecutively over a year and a half, which implies that there was a full suite of products planned and designated, and items came out when they were ready. At some point, the plug was pulled on the Qualia line, so I assume that there were at least half a dozen items that were in the works and cancelled.

I vaguely recall that one of the versions of the Aibo was either officially or unofficially a Qualia product, so maybe the problem is the chart isn't complete. I don't know.
post #2875 of 21761
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post700

 

Holy sh... a Qualia Walkman, the 017. 

 

 

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Thank you for sharing that photo.  /jawdrop

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Did a little googling over lunchbreak. Nothing overly informative turned up, but this essay about the demise of Aibo and Qualia is a nice little thing even if a little overbaked. I liked the concluding paragraph in particular, with its analogies to various kinds of futilely perfectionist aestetics:

 

Hidden from those who would rather read the whole essay first. (Click to show)

[....] It’s possible that, like the Walkman, the AIBO represented the culmination of a technological system, as it was dying out, not the start of something new. Sony unwittingly symbolised the fulfillment of the Bladerunner prophecy. A version of AIBO, the rovers Spirit and Opportunity were robot dogs traversing Mars. One of them landed, rolled into place on the surface of the planet and began playing (Sony recording artist) Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born To Run”. A melancholy book about Sony, by John Nathan, ended with a chapter entitled “Idei the Heretic” in which the then Chief Executive suspected Sony as we knew it then would have to die. He was right. He was removed from the job. AIBO was discontinued, and the Qualia range, something as bizarrely perfectly unreal, like a Victorian naturalist’s specimens remains only as high-priced range in America. Qualia suggested that electronics would create heady new sensations, comparable with the joy of savouring a $400 glass of wine, or a perfect leaf plucked from a rainforest. Qualia stores were exclusive tombs, with their own scent and concierges clad in Yohji Yamamoto costumes demonstrating electronics to potential customers. The Qualia operation reminded me of the Tyrell Corporation’s perfect Frank Lloyd Wright headquarters with its all but real owl, and the nearly human Rachel.

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*rubs temples*

 

I'm really having a bit of a time trying to decide the best course of action to take with regard to the Floats. Here's the main issue:

 

When I first got these and fired them up, the right channel wasn't coming through. After a minute or two, it suddenly popped into existence. I read in the QA thread that other users experienced a similar occurrence. However periodically, the right channel would cut in and out and crackle, basically rendering them unlistenable. Another user said the right channel on his set eventually gave out entirely, going "soft" so to speak, and he returned it. With this in mind, I sent an e-mail to the head guy at QUAD Musik asking for advice. He told me to let it charge up for five hours (...!) and see how it sounded. Seems a bit ridiculous, but whatever. Five hours later, the right channel is now completely quiet. The problem has gotten worse, not better. I decided to adjust the balance to the right channel entirely and turned the volume up to a level that is louder than one at which I normally listen, and the driver sort of "woke up" and started playing at normal volume. Only now it sounded horribly distorted, like an overblown speaker, accompanied by popping noises and a bit of squealing from the left driver. I gave up and unplugged the set.

 

Returning home from my lunch break, I decided to plug them back in and listen. Lo and behold, they sounded fine. The previously mentioned issues seemed completely absent. Over the course of the next three days, the problems remained practically nonexistent, aside from a wee bit of left channel squeal on one or two occasions.

 

This morning, on day four, I started hearing the right channel cutting in and out again. The same progression as before. This time, I unplugged them and discharged the stators by touching the pins on the plug with my finger, hoping that perhaps it was just a parasitic charge. Plugging them back in, the right channel was once again totally quiet. Sigh. Trying the "wake up" trick again resulted in a return to proper volume levels but more distortion. Now, the headphones are back to sounding perfectly fine.

 

Obviously I can't keep this up, and I should return them for a replacement. There are some concerns however.

 

1. I waited five months for this set. I'd hope that a replacement wouldn't take nearly as long now that production seems to be somewhat steady. Still, the thought of more waiting is irksome, and now that the holiday season is here, shipping will be sluggish.

 

2. The previously referenced user who returned his set reported getting a replacement that sounded worse than his previous set overall. "Lifeless" is how he basically described it. This is very disconcerting, as I really (*really*) like the way these things sound. I'd hate to get something that sounded different due to manufacturing inconsistency.

 

3. Having spoken to some folks, it seems these issues were present to varying degrees in the original Floats. The design of the new QA variant seems to actually be more similar than dissimilar in this regard. Thus it seems these issues arise from in inherent design flaw. Which means the problem could happen again with the replacement set.

 

I'm willing to contend with this stuff, as I'm really enamored with these stupid headphones. I'm just not sure as to the best way to proceed at the moment. I guess I'm still naively holding out hope for the issues resolving themselves, which is most likely *not* going to happen.

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Very nice post Romy. Those Qualia IEM's pictured with the Qualia Walkman were actually my very first IEM's I ever inserted into my skull. I didn't know what IEM were 'supposed to sound like' at that time so I didn't think very much of them but I was quite fascinated by the sound either way. If you search for them on head-fi there'll probably be an old thread somewhere with me complaining about getting ripped off with fakes.

 

Wait... IIRC, I think I signed up on head-fi just to make a thread about fake Qualias, lol.  Damn Chinese.

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Very nice post Romy. Those Qualia IEM's pictured with the Qualia Walkman were actually my very first IEM's I ever inserted into my skull. I didn't know what IEM were 'supposed to sound like' at that time so I didn't think very much of them but I was quite fascinated by the sound either way. If you search for them on head-fi there'll probably be an old thread somewhere with me complaining about getting ripped off with fakes.

 

Wait... IIRC, I think I signed up on head-fi just to make a thread about fake Qualias, lol.  Damn Chinese.

 

Thanks, kiteki.

 

That's really cool re: the Qualia IEMs. Did Sony ever package them separately, or did they only come with Qualia stuff?

 

Now I'm fantasizing about Sony going all out and making a true statement-level pair of Qualia IEMs. I kind of picture them looking like the Piano Forte IX, only less flower vase and more UFO.

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Ya, I think this was my first post on head-fi... http://www.head-fi.org/t/139932/are-the-sony-mdr-exq1s-gone#post_6725300

 

 

It feels strange 'looking at myself' like that, remembering where I lived, how I spent my time, the desk and computer I used while typing that, the friends I had then, and my very limited interest in audio, compared to music.

 

I think I became a little 'sickly' interested in audio instead of music, and instruments, after that... since audio is like thousands of little boxes waiting to be unlocked, need to unlock them all!  Need to hear everything!  Need to find my favorite box!

 

I also learnt quite a lot about audio science (and science attitudes in general) while I was here which was very useful since I can see the exact parallels to those attitudes in other fields now, like medical science, politics, art.  So I've learnt about humans, via audio.

 

I was listening to my new speakers this morning and I've pretty much decided now I only like IEM's and full-size speakers, so I'm going to discard of all my headphones now which I no longer have any affection for or boxes to unlock.  I'll buy two or three IEM's when I'm in Japan in January.

 

Diyaudio.com and speaker-fi-ville have too many boxes to unlock so I get a weird anxiety in my left arm about them.

 

I really love 'the internet' and audio/visual entertainment, it's very emotionally deep, but it is just that... entertainment.  There is a lot of receiving and not much sending.  The people which make the entertainment are the senders, I don't have much yin / yang balance of sending / receiving, so I need to restructure my head there now.

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