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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

haha thanks guys. I'm just trying to have fun with the prose. The analogies aren't all that consistent; I'm sure MF could walk all over this if she tried. And no such luck with more photos. I just stuck in two of my more artsy-fartsy photos during that trip to highlight the mood of HK. I think audio is difficult to make photogenic.

did you get to go to mingo? 

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I don't know, I wouldn't give any intellectual property to hedfoneia if it was me.

 

 

They're a little too commercial, review-ish and bland for my liking, it seems like everything has a luke-warm positivistic review "this one has excellent black levels, quite good depth, not so much height, with a tonal focus on the low treble" means [and looks like] very close to zero to me, no passion, criticism or any imagery which hits home.

 

How about the Fiio E6 "amplifier for the masses" yeah, if they want to ruin their sound quality, lol, maybe I just got a chip on my shoulder about the E6, and the Yulong U100 which sucked and I decided to return.

 

I think Headfonia stems from an Indonesian forum called audiophile-id.  In that spirit, I'm sure a collective effort could turn journalistic writings by Tomscy, Ardgedee and Romy into a seperate website or blog. 

 

It could be called otononikki.com.


Considering in the past I've tried to talk Romy into pouring some of her creative energy into serious writing I would like nothing better then to see some of her penmanship on the audio enthusiast blog a sphere.

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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post  did you get to go to mingo? 

 

Yes, I did go, but I chose not to write about it because I didn't get to hear much. I was literally there for 10 minutes and had to go.

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Yes, I did go, but I chose not to write about it because I didn't get to hear much. I was literally there for 10 minutes and had to go.

Ahh I see 

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whats mingo

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Hmm I really should've highlight some of the writings here on this thread in my blog for the audiophile section, since it's more to record my 'journey' (sorry MF) and experience in audiophiledom. And the walls of text from the likes of MF, tomscy, DF and others here worth quite a lot of XP to me.
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whats mingo

A headphone store in HK ^^ 

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Originally Posted by kiteki View Post

I don't know, I wouldn't give any intellectual property to hedfoneia if it was me.

 

 

They're a little too commercial, review-ish and bland for my liking, it seems like everything has a luke-warm positivistic review "this one has excellent black levels, quite good depth, not so much height, with a tonal focus on the low treble" means [and looks like] very close to zero to me, no passion, criticism or any imagery which hits home.

 

How about the Fiio E6 "amplifier for the masses" yeah, if they want to ruin their sound quality, lol, maybe I just got a chip on my shoulder about the E6, and the Yulong U100 which sucked and I decided to return.

 

I think Headfonia stems from an Indonesian forum called audiophile-id.  In that spirit, I'm sure a collective effort could turn journalistic writings by Tomscy, Ardgedee and Romy into a seperate website or blog. 

 

It could be called otononikki.com.

 

Why don't you create a collective blog which will be thought provoking? You have a distinct direction and passion, there are several enthusiasts who can write well. For example, there is a popular photography blog of Steve Huff where he invites people to publish their articles on his blog. 


Edited by mutabor - 12/2/12 at 11:22pm
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I give it some thought

 

 

1 - blogs are a bit boring, uninteractive (compared to a forum), and not very professional these days since they're so easy to make, and so common.

 

2 - otononikki looks stylish but sounds weird, like some kind of Japanese fish.

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The Senns.

 

I guess they're out now? Where did you order?

 

Though reading impressions, it seems like maybe I should give them a miss...

 

I had them on pre-order from here, but finally cancelled and bought them locally when the Austrian Senn distributor told me they had a unit in stock.

 

But I can highly recommend fair-kaeuflich.de, they were great to deal with, even after my cancellation.

 

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After reading james444's early impressions I'm starting to wonder why Sennheiser can't seem to find a happy medium. Either it's overly bright and thin (HD800, HD700) or it's boomy or bloated (IE8, Momentum). At this rate I'm guessing I should keep an eye open for a good deal on a HD650 learn to live with the Sennheiser veil and call it a decade as far as Sennheiser is concerned.

 

Actually, the IE800 are in some way a medium, with only slightly bloated bass and only slightly thinnish treble. Whether it is a *happy* medium is in the ear of the beholder...

 

The thing is, apart from their design shortcomings, they're not bad at all. But it seems like many head-fiers are so used to hype and shilling, that any more level-headed assessment of a product will instinctively trigger those "don't like them, huh?" remarks. wink.gif

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After reading james444's early impressions I'm starting to wonder why Sennheiser can't seem to find a happy medium. Either it's overly bright and thin (HD800, HD700) or it's boomy or bloated (IE8, Momentum).

I think that in many cases where other companies would get a pass on their divergence from fidelity, Sennheiser's held to task for it and become typecast. People make too much of it sometimes.

Sennheiser's relatively slow turnover of products at the higher end of their product range gives the punters a lot of time to spend with things and get tired of them, too.
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I think Headfonia stems from an Indonesian forum called audiophile-id.  In that spirit, I'm sure a collective effort could turn journalistic writings by Tomscy, Ardgedee and Romy into a seperate website or blog. 

It could be called otononikki.com.

I always liked the phrase "ongaku otaku", but that's been claimed already.

Collaborative blogs can be fun for a while, but they require more effort than it seems to keep them lively, and I'm not in a position to volunteer more of my time to things when I'm not even keeping up with things I've already promised. :P

Doing my audio writing here for free, and letting Jude & co skim a little ad revenue off it, is OK with me, in that he's providing the hosting and community services, and all I have to do is type when I feel like it. These days I think that if I was going to do a topical blog, it would have to be more diverse in subject matter than audio alone. And, of course, if the topics are too diffuse, it's hard to hold an audience who wants to read authors who reliably scratch a particular itch.

So my future as a professional blogger is in doubt, is what I'm sayin'.
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The thing is, apart from their design shortcomings, they're not bad at all. But it seems like many head-fiers are so used to hype and shilling, that any more level-headed assessment of a product will instinctively trigger those "don't like them, huh?" remarks. wink.gif

I guess that's the other thing: I feel more inclined these days to try to be even-handed in assessing things I've used for a fair amount of time. Pages of nuanced thought is not as effective as clickbait full of strongly stated opinions of products ripped from their boxes just minutes before (and captured on video).
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Well, it took me long enough, but the first two sections are out on my CIEM retrospective. It's not as fleshed out as I originally conceived, but it's what I could do with the time I have now --- hopefully the diary regulars find it interesting.

 

 

Not to get all sappy here, but I was feeling a little disillusioned with this hobby and questioning why I still feel compelled to post about audio. This helped me to remember what it is about head-fi that I truly enjoy: the sharing of experiences and the relationship between people and such feats of engineering. So thank you for sharing this, Tom!

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

Well, it took me long enough, but the first two sections are out on my CIEM retrospective. It's not as fleshed out as I originally conceived, but it's what I could do with the time I have now --- hopefully the diary regulars find it interesting.

Great read, thanks for sharing! Felt a bit lost amidst the Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen and Stephanie Meyer analogies, but I think I got where you're coming from w/r/t JH customs. beerchug.gif

 

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I think that in many cases where other companies would get a pass on their divergence from fidelity, Sennheiser's held to task for it and become typecast. People make too much of it sometimes.

 

Can't speak for full-sized headphones, but I think the IE8/80 have been a huge success, even though they diverge quite boldly from fidelity.

 

Speaking of which, if we're talking about portable audio (and ambient noise), fidelity becomes much harder to determine. The IE800 sound undoubtably bassy in a quiet room, but surprisingly more balanced once I'm out of the door.

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Originally Posted by kiteki View Post  I give it some thought

 

1 - blogs are a bit boring, uninteractive (compared to a forum), and not very professional these days since they're so easy to make, and so common.

 

2 - otononikki looks stylish but sounds weird, like some kind of Japanese fish.

 

I think blogs can work if they're applied the right way, but it requires a lot of work, and basically near full-time (or at least part time) dedication. The only thing is to build up a readership, and if a blog is self-selective in its viewers, it might be difficult to get any interaction going; that's why Headfonia is structured the way it is; it has shiny pictures and hyperbole = lots of readers. I actually wouldn't mind being part of the coalition of the willing if others are as well.

 

Japanese fish are high quality, though.

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  The thing is, apart from their design shortcomings, they're not bad at all. But it seems like many head-fiers are so used to hype and shilling, that any more level-headed assessment of a product will instinctively trigger those "don't like them, huh?" remarks. wink.gif

 

I agree. Senn seems to have hit their target, but you can't please everyone in every situation. Even with those fiddly design bits

 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post  Not to get all sappy here, but I was feeling a little disillusioned with this hobby and questioning why I still feel compelled to post about audio. This helped me to remember what it is about head-fi that I truly enjoy: the sharing of experiences and the relationship between people and such feats of engineering. So thank you for sharing this, Tom!

 

Thanks MF! I have to say, I was definitely influenced by the diary thread when I got the idea; it came in the wake of the now MIA "impressions contest" --- I wanted to try something that would effectively describe my internal thoughts but that wouldn't come off as opinionated, but would rather highlight our naturally capricious and whimsical attitudes toward this hobby. I think just hanging around the diary members really rubbed off on me and the process by which I approached the the content.

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  Great read, thanks for sharing! Felt a bit lost amidst the Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen and Stephanie Meyer analogies, but I think I got where you're coming from w/r/t JH customs. beerchug.gif

 

Sorry about that! redface.gif It was definitely a bit forced, and definitely doesn't resonate with most over a certain age (heck, I'm only 27 and I don't even watch/read those movies/books) but I figured if people are at least mindful of internet pop culture they'd understand the satire.

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I'm not sure if I have asked this question before (seems familiar, so the answer is probably yes redface.gif ) - on CIEMs, do most of the newer, more "generic" CIEM makers that have cropped-up fairly recently use the same handful of Knowles BA transducers? If they do, then what else will drive differences in the way they sound? Are there crossover circuits between the transducers in multi-driver CIEMs? I would imagine that Westone, JH Audio or UE might commission their own OEM transducers from Knowles (or whomever), but it seems unlikely the smaller Asian houses would do that - would they?
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