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Warrenpchi...his avatar and new frontier.

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For Romy <3 

 

 

 

 

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I want this sweater:

 

 

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And these pillows:

 

 

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I love those pillows but feel like owning them would be like living in some Satoshi Kon film.

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Those pillows call for a photosensitive epilepsy

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This is strange. I'm really really impressed by the Momentums, particularly in terms of their clarity and precision. They do the job of sounding clear without sounding harsh, which is always a huge thing for me. Yet at the same time, for lack of a better turn of phrase, I'm not really 'feeling' them. I don't know if its the hot weather making the leather pads a bit distracting, or if its the signature not being quite right for me.

 

I don't think the TMA-1's are quite at the same level technically (although they are very good) and yet I feel like I have more fun wearing them.

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I like the look of the ORB portable amplifier.

 

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"elegance of a lacquer craftsmen's workshop in Kanazawa we have achieved a genuinely high quality amplifier, from the black acrylic plate exterior to the pure and intense sound."

 

Apparently runs on a pair of AA batteries for only 12 hours or so. I'd have to dredge up some spare sets of lithium batteries and remember to keep them charged.

 

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There's probably a lot of things in my childhood that have planted those seeds...I'm generally enamoured with the idea of decay, failure, and explosive growth. I like to keep a balance, but I seem to keep a balance by dabbling in the extremes lol.

 

Speaking of which, I've been reading the recent book by Nassim Taleb about antifragility, after getting interested in his ideas from an interview he did on a podcast I listen to: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/01/taleb_on_antifr.html

 

Interesting. Having grown up and lived in the American rust belt for most of my life, the post-industrial landscape has made its marks on my psyche. Even now that I live in the south, the motif of having to find/go/do something in a mostly-abandoned city is still a dominant motif in the dreams I remember.

 

Some of Taleb's arguments seem founded more on interpreting events through popular ideologies rather than through trying to explain or interpret the phenomena directly. As an esthetic concept, though, antifragility is intriguing.

 

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I foresee myself getting a PM from an irate mod in the near future

 

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I'm poking fun at cables and some people get insulted pretty fast whether it be in a clownish manner or not

 

It's all fun and games until somebody gets a temporary ban.

 

I dunno. I find the preciousness of certain circles of audiophilia easily mockable, but it's also one of those things where they're such easy targets that the fun exhausts itself quickly. Also, I don't think anybody could do a better job than the Coconut Audio website. (Interesting: At least one thread discussing Patrick and Coconut Audio in my browser history been locked and deleted. Take that as a warning, too, I guess.)

 

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And these pillows:

 

Love the pillows. I want to break into a house full of baroquely filigreed furniture and porcelain figurines and leave them on the couch.

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Some of Taleb's arguments seem founded more on interpreting events through popular ideologies rather than through trying to explain or interpret the phenomena directly. As an esthetic concept, though, antifragility is intriguing.

 

My brief description does make him sound like a sort of Ayn Rand groupie, but his writing is actually a bit more nuanced. (Much like Hayek's). He does argue that the principle of antifragility means that having a strategy of 90% risk aversion / redundancy / stability and 10% exposure to high risk seem like a good idea. ie: The human body is stimulated by the extremes at 10% and recovers for the remaining 90%, or; let's nationalise all the banks and deregulate all the hedge funds! (I'm pretty sure this would offend almost everyone on both ends of the free market spectrum).

 

He also argues strongly for ethics, a celebration of failure and for people having a responsibility for their own failures rather than offloading their damages onto third parties through lobbysists and legal maneuvering.  So it's not so much anarcho-capitalism as it immediately sounds (much like how Hayek is misintepreted at times).

 

It's a fun thought experiment.

 

I always feel like if I wasn't doing my art degree, I'd do economics, which I only discovered an interest in in the past two years or so. This makes me feel a little oddly out of place.

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I've been in a lull, headphone-wise: The Hidition has put a cap on my interest in exploring IEMs further (aside from some things I'll probably never have access to, like the Flat-4, and TDK's odd little rotary motor IEM).
 
It's become part of the reasons for the slowness in my review, at this point: I put on the NT 6 Pro, and yes, there they are. They've become a norm very quickly, and so I'm having difficulty putting into words what has become, in a sense, the baseline rather than the variance in the listening experience. It's easy to say that they're unrealistic in particular ways but now that they're broken in (and now that I've adapted to them) I can't really find a good way of saying how that unrealism affects the listening experience itself. Simply rotely saying, "the highs and lows are stronger but the mids aren't compromised" doesn't really help, particularly since that would also describe pretty nearly every other worthwhile pair of IEMs.
 
The difficulty in getting more than an hour at a time to sit down and have a good, focused listen is also an issue. Even though I spend a lot of time in my office/listening room, that time's usually divided between tasks; the other night I was doing some idle prep work for a cable experiment but also had to nursemaid some automated tasks on behalf of a client. So.
 
My thoughts on what to do next w/r/t full-sized headphones are fixed right now as well -- only the HE-6 and CD 3000 have gotten meaningful listening time in the second half of this year and I like them enough to not do anything more about that. The only headphone I'm actively interested in and can budget for is the ESP-950 -- the next-cheapest can't be found for less than five times as much -- and those are common enough that I'm willing to wait until something comes along at the right price. Which is not to say there isn't anything else I'm interested in, more that I'm not interested enough to do anything about them.
 
I remain interested in other aspects of the equipment chain. Some cabling experiments (and some cabling non-experiments, such as replacement for the HE-6's cable; the stock wire is really great but I want something more compatible with my needs), a desire for one of the classic vintage high-powered receivers...
 
And a new DAC. My current DAC is really great and I can't really tell at the moment whether I'm craving more... something out of it, or whether I'm just being restless. MuppetFace -- you'd once mentioned interest in the NAD M51; anything ever become of that interest? The Resolution Cantata and PSA Audio Perfectwave pique my curiosity (particularly the latter, since I've had the opportunity to fiddle with one) but they're out of my budget. Comments on the AudioNote DAC also make it sound relevant to my interests, but when I read reviews of it I'm left with the lingering feeling that it may be more precious than useful.

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These are my favorite Clip skins from that link:

 

 

 

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ENJOY, I look forward to your impressions. I ran across the thread myself a month or two ago

 

ORB is a brand I've been curious about for a while now. Considered their Jade DAC / amp combo with the bamboo enclosure for a while but kind of lost interest in amp / DAC combos in general. I'm really curious about their portable amp since I'm in need of something of that ilk while my UHA-6S gets repaired. I'd want to get one with more interesting casework than what's in the eBay listing however.

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Warrenpchi...his avatar and new frontier.

 

Actually, that would be your avatar, but I thank you for the kind thought sir.  smile.gif

 

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And these pillows:

 

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Now those would make good avatars.

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I've been in a lull, headphone-wise: The Hidition has put a cap on my interest in exploring IEMs further (aside from some things I'll probably never have access to, like the Flat-4, and TDK's odd little rotary motor IEM).
 
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And a new DAC. My current DAC is really great and I can't really tell at the moment whether I'm craving more... something out of it, or whether I'm just being restless. MuppetFace -- you'd once mentioned interest in the NAD M51; anything ever become of that interest? The Resolution Cantata and PSA Audio Perfectwave pique my curiosity (particularly the latter, since I've had the opportunity to fiddle with one) but they're out of my budget. Comments on the AudioNote DAC also make it sound relevant to my interests, but when I read reviews of it I'm left with the lingering feeling that it may be more precious than useful.

 

 

Really looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on the New Tears.

 

Speaking of the Flat-4, I've got the Maple coming in soon. I'm curious as to whether there's actually a sonic difference compared to the SUI, which I'm really quite fond of. If they're basically the same I may end up letting the SUI go to another diary member or send it on a tour or something.

 

I'd go so far as to say the Flat-4 SUI is one of my favorite IEMs these days. Listening to it right now, and it just mines a ridiculous amount of information from tracks without sounding clinical. It has an exceptional sense of microdetail and inner dynamics, and so it's the antithesis of hollow-sounding. Extremities are a little on the wild side, but not out of control.

 

Then again, I adore the Sony EX700, so...

 

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Re: DACs

 

I haven't had a chance to listen to the NAD M51 yet, but it's been getting a lot of praise from some folks I respect, and based on gauging my preferences compared to theirs it's still at the top of my list. It gets compared to the Perfectwave MK2, and seems to be almost on the same level performance-wise, though not quite, but it appeals to me more because it seems more stable versus the PWD which has been undergoing a lot of updates and revisions.

 

The Resolution Cantata is definitely beautiful sounding and looking. A real showpiece. The fact that it's both an exceptional DAC and a CD transport is what intrigues me most of all. There's also the Resonessence Invicta (---who names this stuff?) which is in between the two price-wise. I've been reading impressions from Radio_Head who has tried all three and is currently A/Bing the M51 with the Invicta, and both seem like real winners. He also seems really fond of the Mytek DAC which is in the same price bracket as the M51, but has a smaller footprint. The M51 is a huge pair of NADs.

 

Another review of the Mytek: http://www.head-fi.org/t/622248/review-mytek-stereo-192-dsd-dac-preamp-amplifier

 

 


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This is strange. I'm really really impressed by the Momentums, particularly in terms of their clarity and precision. They do the job of sounding clear without sounding harsh, which is always a huge thing for me. Yet at the same time, for lack of a better turn of phrase, I'm not really 'feeling' them. I don't know if its the hot weather making the leather pads a bit distracting, or if its the signature not being quite right for me.

 

I don't think the TMA-1's are quite at the same level technically (although they are very good) and yet I feel like I have more fun wearing them.

 

How are the Momentums and Sony MDR-1R in terms of their spatial qualities? I don't care much about soundstage size, but does either sound flat?

 

Tyll raved about the Momentums recently. I'm more curious about the 1R, personally.

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I haven't had a chance to listen to the NAD M51 yet, but it's been getting a lot of praise from some folks I respect, and based on gauging my preferences compared to theirs it's still at the top of my list. It gets compared to the Perfectwave MK2, and seems to be almost on the same level performance-wise, though not quite, but it appeals to me more because it seems more stable versus the PWD which has been undergoing a lot of updates and revisions.

 

The Resolution Cantata is definitely beautiful sounding and looking. A real showpiece. The fact that it's both an exceptional DAC and a CD transport is what intrigues me most of all. There's also the Resonessence Invicta (---who names this stuff?) which is in between the two price-wise. I've been reading impressions from Radio_Head who has tried all three and is currently A/Bing the M51 with the Invicta, and both seem like real winners. He also seems really fond of the Mytek DAC which is in the same price bracket as the M51, but has a smaller footprint. The M51 is a huge pair of NADs.

 

Another review of the Mytek: http://www.head-fi.org/t/622248/review-mytek-stereo-192-dsd-dac-preamp-amplifier

 

The Mytek wasn't on my radar. Don't know whether to thank you or curse you for that link.

 

"Almost on the same level" is meaningful, since the M51 is about a third the price of the PW MK2. Given the M51's current FOTM status, there will probably be some good deals in the used market come spring, when I'll be able to look in earnest.

 

One current model of DAC I left unmentioned was the Wyred for Sound DAC-2, which also sounds good by description and whose price is in the ballpark of the NAD and Mytek. But...

 

They look reminiscent of a certain era of Krell Audio's case design. And as appealing as the Krells are, they were unambiguously of the "go big or go home" variety. This simply doesn't go big. Granted, the DAC-2's price doesn't accommodate that approach, but that means the design should maybe have gone in some other direction; the sloped shoulders on the fascia make it look cheaper, not more expensive.

 

As much of a hodgepodge as my audio rack is (seriously, it looks more like storage than a working system), there's something about the visual aesthetics of the DAC-2 that breaks the deal. By comparison, the NAD's deliberate ugly duckling case is in keeping with its house style of functional minimalism; it is less attention-getting, more forgivable.

 

Since most of the equipment on my audio rack is over thirty years old, I also wonder whether getting an older DAC for it would be a good deal. There are a lot of really good DACs out there that only support Red Book specs; not useful to anybody collecting HD audio. Since everything in my music collection is ripped from CD, that's not an impediment. There's a vintage DAC thread I've been reading and taking notes from.


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ORB is a brand I've been curious about for a while now. Considered their Jade DAC / amp combo with the bamboo enclosure for a while but kind of lost interest in amp / DAC combos in general. I'm really curious about their portable amp since I'm in need of something of that ilk while my UHA-6S gets repaired. I'd want to get one with more interesting casework than what's in the eBay listing however.

HERE you go, the one with the artsy splash design is pretty expensive. Don't know if I'd pay 85 bones extra for a slightly nicer paint job on a amp

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It's a fun thought experiment.

 

Somewhat. He seems to be overusing the human body as a working metaphor for the body of humanity, too. There's just something about it all that fails to fully hang together, even if I can't readily articulate why.

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