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I believe Laurence Dickie designed both the Giya and the Nautilus.

If you watch this video...



...you'll see that the principles in play are rather similar, except the Giya's tapered tubes for the three drivers above the woofers are internal (as opposed to the Nautilus, which makes show of them), and the woofers' tapered tube goes up to the top, including that visible curl.

So you're absolutely right that there's some stuff in common here between the Nautilus and the Giya.



I included the PHA-1 as one of the products in the Head-Fi Holiday Gift Guide. You can see its entry by clicking here. (We haven't posted links to the guide or promoted it yet, as we're still working on finishing it over the next day or so.)

As with most of the other products in the guide, it's not a comprehensive review, as space was limited. That said, I love the thing. It's not a drive-everything portable amp, but it is a drive-most-of-what-I-want-to-use-portably amp. In terms of background noise, it's dead quiet. And its band-and-rail system (that lashes one's iPod/iPhone to it) is simple, brilliant.

Nice to see ya here Jude. I like the new web app for the forum but its still quite difficult to select and delete large sections of text, hence the large quote.

But wait, looking at the gift guide - there is a professional version of the z1000 with a tweaked signature?!?!?
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

 

No, but I loved that game too! Totally scared me as a kid, I don't even know why. I think it was the real feeling of danger in the later levels.

 

...play Maniac Mansion?

 


 

Audio Technica ATH-CKM33 arrived ...

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Yeah well I have to admit you have a point. The couple of times I've run across a minty pair the pricing was silly. All the others had damage which the sellers kept downplaying and in a few cases they outright lied by saying replacement parts could easily be sourced from AKG. I'm hoping one day my buddy gets tired of his AKG's and I can buy them off him.

Also, the thing is that I don't have any money to play around with until christmas is over. Right now we're dirt poor, and really have to look for coins in couches but come christmas, I will have had my first *real* payday (the last one was for about only one week or so, enough for rent and some food on that). That's when I can start my shopping spree. I'm not going to buy everything all at once though .. merely one headphone a month.

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Ebay, my friend. When I had my BHC, I searched up and down for a pair of Sextetts. Now that I don't have it

 

 

BOOM

 

Everywhere. 

 

In other news, I enjoyed the HD600 when I had it. You might also add the HE-400 to that list. I'm not sure how much of it is hype train, but unless you can afford the HE-500 it's probably a good buy. Oh and if you haven't messed around with T50RP's, do so. If you don't like DIY or tinkering, get a set of Mad Dogs, seems to be positive vibes all around about them.

Ebay is a good solution for old and rare stuff, except that not all sellers are willing to send to Sweden and the swedish ebay just isn't big enough to have myriads of different headphones. Shipping and a possible tax/"importing fee" is to be summed into the price as well, so for newer and more available stuff it's probably better to import from Germany or UK, if not buy locally here.

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I included the PHA-1 as one of the products in the Head-Fi Holiday Gift Guide...

Would you say it's better than all the usual suspects when it comes to portable amps with integrated dacs, or just different?

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Nice to see ya here Jude. I like the new web app for the forum but its still quite difficult to select and delete large sections of text, hence the large quote.
But wait, looking at the gift guide - there is a professional version of the z1000 with a tweaked signature?!?!?

Are you talking about the 7520? http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7520-MDR-7520-Headphones/dp/B004Z58VZ2

 

Edit: after having read that guide, I was a bit surprised to see four Sony headphones in the full-size category.


Edited by Coq de Combat - 12/10/12 at 12:42am
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Been expanding my music tastes recently. Oh the world of house and chiptune electronic music is really magical. And Japanese jazz is really superb. I don't know why it's called death jazz but it sounds more alive than ever.
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The consultant that designed our databases did an awful job. There's really no question about it. Just an awful, awful job. I feel like this job is some sort of anger management for me, because at the same time as I want to just take all of these computers and throw them outside the window with the consultant attached to them, that would be pretty psycho if I actually did that. Instead, I silently bang my head against the wall in my fantasies and just smile whenever someone is asking how my job is going. This is the work of some seriously demented and screwed up consultant that has no business, whatsoever, in IT. There are myriads of problems here, but I'll try to lay out the basic lines of what kind of work I have before me.

 

Let me start by describing what the databases are for: our scientists are conducting research related to rheumatic arthritis. In order to do this, they use this questionnaire. The questionnaire is about 37 pages, with all kinds of questions. I have quite a few thoughts about the questions themselves, but it's not my job to mess with that. What I need to do, is to develop some way for these people to take a questionnaire and put it into digital form. The whole idea is simple, really. You have lots of questions and the respondents answers are going into a database (or, as in this case, into myriads of different databases). Now, in an ideal world, with all these automated IT-solutions there would be a machine that would scan these questionnaires and do this for them. In the real world though, there simply isn't room in the budget for that kind of wizardry. So, let's take the next best solution, develop software for them to input the data into a big database. This is where I, and before me, the consultant comes in. This is what I do, this is my job.

 

Now, the consultant has done this already. But, with quite a few caveats that just isn't acceptable. Not by any means, imo. I feel like this consultant is a charlatan, trying to pass off as a database developer, that makes so many fundamentally wrong mistakes that he wouldn't have passed through our courses at university. So, what I need to do, is to develop a new database and software to input data, and migrate the old data. This would be a lot easier if there was one, or two, access databases with data. But there isn't. There is, at the time of writing, a total of 205 access databases, that are for the most part based on the same database, with a couple of variances such as empty, non-used failed tables (yes, he has experimented and left them there to rot), example-tuples (rows), non-used example attributes (columns) and so on and so forth. A lot of these access-databases contain fairly much of the same data, but not everything. Most of the database files are just purely redundant copies of copies and to no purpose at all!

 

Most of the columns used for data, are named according to the questionnaire. The names are not AmntofCigs to refer to the amounts of cigarettes smoked, but merely F14 to refer that it's question 14 in the F section that is being answered. Now, I can understand his thoughts in doing this - this would save him some time and well, at first it would seem logical. However, it doesn't save time, and it isn't logical nor intuitive. It takes me forever to find what these different attributes mean, and where they are in the questionnaire (remember, it's a 37 page questionnaire with lots and lots of questions). The thing is that these questionnaires comes in different revisions, as time pass by and these people decides to scrap some questions, change some, move some, add new questions and so on. This research has been going on since 1996, so you can imagine that there needs to be some changes made. This also means that if a questions, for instance no. 14 from F, changes to become question 10 in the  G section instead, you suddenly have a F14 column in a table for F mapped to a question in the G section of the questionnaire. This has happened, a lot. What happends when there is a new question 14 in the F section now? Well, the column can't be named F14 because there already is such a column. The new name of the new column becomes F14_2. Or so my predecessor thought. This has also happened. I have to deal with attributes and variables named F14x2_4 and so on.

 

The usage of tables is bad. It's so bad I just want to bang my head against the keyboard instead of the wall now. The consultant thought it would be a great idea to separate the tables according to the letters in each section, and stay there. I can understand him wanting to do that, and I can see myself doing somewhat of the same principle. But with better names for attributes. But this smeghead didn't think of creating sub-tables for questions that has more than one answer, i.e. "What jobs have you had?". Normally, what you do, is you create a sub-table for that and map it to the respondent via primary keys and foreign keys. Oh, but noooo, that would be far too clever a solution for this smeghead. Instead, he created attributes, or again, columns for each job. So the table for section X has columns FOR EACH JOB that a respondent has had. Let's put this is an explanatory example for you:

 

  • A job has a start date
  • A job has an end date
  • A job has a description
  • A job has an employer

 

This is an incredibly simplified example, because in the real world, with this questionnaire, there are about 30 variables for each job. Let's call the start date startDate (to follow the camelBack convention), ending date endDate, job description jobDescr and employer simply empl. To add to that, you have the respondent ID which is the key used to map to the other tables, which we'll call rID. A really, really simple approach here. Ideally a table would look like this:

 

rID, startDate, endDate, jobDescr, empl

0    1990        2010       123          321               (Where 123 is a code for a certain job description found in another table, and the same principle for the employer)

 

This solution creates the opportunity of one person having as many different jobs as possible, since all it takes to add a job, is to add another row with the same rID.

 

This smeghead didn't do that. What he did was this:

 

rID, startDate1, endDate1, jobDescr1, empl1, startDate2, endDate2, jobDescr2, empl2, startDate3, endDate3, jobDescr3, empl3

 

...but instead of having 3 jobs, there are 13, and instead of 4 different attributes, there are 30, and instead of having one table solely for this, he put these columns into a whole table with columns for other questions as well, and instead of using intuitive naming conventions for his attributes, he used AKSDHFKAFSDH2311412341234 for his columns. This ended up too big for one table, so he divided this into several tables, with all of the different columns named F14x_2, F56, Fx2_3, and so on and so forth - with no thought behind this, what so ever.

 

This is what I do, this is what I need to clean up.

 

Sorry for this rant in your diary MuppetFace, but I needed to spew all of that out to someone. I feel like ... angry_face.gif


Edited by Coq de Combat - 12/10/12 at 2:45am
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...play Maniac Mansion?

 

I think I must be giving off the idea that I was a nervous and sickly child, scared by any number of not so scary things...

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Are you talking about the 7520? http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7520-MDR-7520-Headphones/dp/B004Z58VZ2

 

Edit: after having read that guide, I was a bit surprised to see four Sony headphones in the full-size category.

Yes. That is tremendously exciting to me if they made a version of the Z1000 with the same build quality but improved audio performance...

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Headphones on and  がんばれ? (I think this means you can do it or something? should have listened in Jap.....) 

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Headphones on and  がんばれ? (I think this means you can do it or something? should have listened in Jap.....) 

Yeah, that's basically what I'm doing. Headphones on and just do it. It's just that sometimes, I get this incredible urge to just leave it be and migrate the whole horrible database, as-is, to the SQL Server and just leave it be for them to solve. But I can't. I can't do that. I need to do something about this - this is unacceptable for a one of the best universities in Sweden to handle data like this. Sometimes I'm just angry with the consultant because of this, and sometimes I just need to spew it all out, kind of like releasing the pressure ... it helped to write all that out. I suddenly feel calmer and I have some new energy again.

 

I talked to one of the assistant professors here about this dilemma and he shook his head and said that there is something seriously fishy about that consultant and that he can't understand how the university is prepared to pay him hundreds of thousands of crowns for such a lousy job.

 

Oh well... the ranting helped. Back to mapping variables to questions ..

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No harm done, now I'm on the hunt for vanilla cigs of quality ^_^ It's odd, I swear even though I mainly just smoke cigars every once in a while, I can crave a cig in the most random times. Something about a cig on a cold night I guess.

Dunno how you you feel about kreteks, but I like vanilla Djarums. Plus you can embrace your inner goth lol. Flavored cigs are illegal to sell domestically in the US now, which makes buying them from importers a pain (and expensive).

They repackage them as "mini cigars" and theyre the same size, but they switched the paper, and it effects the burn in a negative way...
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Well, that's the thing - I don't really know what I want anymore. I've had my eyes on the sextette before, but it seems to be pretty elusive.

 

Sales of any given headphone model go through trends. At the moment they may be hard to find, but in three months they might or might not be everywhere again.

 

Keep in mind, too, that when most people say "Sextette" they mean the original K240. But Sextette was a driver configuration, used by a couple different AKG headphones (K140, K240, K250) and a few third-parties that AKG was OEM for (I'm aware of one or two Phillips and a Realistic; there's a Sextette thread somewhere here where members have been reporting their finds).

 

When you're ready to take the plunge and buy a sextette, PM me.

 

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Ebay is a good solution for old and rare stuff, except that not all sellers are willing to send to Sweden and the swedish ebay just isn't big enough to have myriads of different headphones. Shipping and a possible tax/"importing fee" is to be summed into the price as well, so for newer and more available stuff it's probably better to import from Germany or UK, if not buy locally here.

Would you say it's better than all the usual suspects when it comes to portable amps with integrated dacs, or just different?

 

On the other hand you have the advantage of being in Sweden; look for brands like Philips, Wharfdale, Peerless, MB Quart, and other brands that don't get a lot of attention here. The best of them are genuinely good (Philips rebadged a lot of classic headphones with their stickers, such as those Sextettes) and stay under the radar of the headphone punditry.

 

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The consultant that designed our databases did an awful job. There's really no question about it. Just an awful, awful job.

 

 

Haha, that's been my task many times, to act as fireman and mitigate the damage somebody else's mess has caused.

 

And yes, when I'm on that sort of job, I usually start by surveying the problem, then throwing things and stomping around and complaining to my colleagues how stupid somebody was. After the anger passes, it's time to get to work...

 

Just make sure that whatever you're writing here is also being shared with your supervisors. Do it early and often. You want to be proactively reporting on any impediments to the project. Not just so you don't get blamed, but to help them avoid unforeseen delays.

 

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Been expanding my music tastes recently. Oh the world of house and chiptune electronic music is really magical. And Japanese jazz is really superb. I don't know why it's called death jazz but it sounds more alive than ever.

 

"Death jazz"? Can you YouTube an example?

 

Usually when I think of Japanese jazz, the first thing that comes to mind are the endless bossa nova albums of Sadao Watanabe and peers.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post
 

Dunno how you you feel about kreteks, but I like vanilla Djarums. Plus you can embrace your inner goth lol.

 

Nooooooooooo don't talk about Kreteks I am in Kretek country lol. 

 

p.s. don't change your avatar it rox the blox.

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"Death jazz"? Can you YouTube an example?

Usually when I think of Japanese jazz, the first thing that comes to mind are the endless bossa nova albums of Sadao Watanabe and peers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQMgXPFzdg8

I don't know why it's called death jazz. But isn't it popping?

On another topic... I'm having SEVERE tagging/music organizational problems.

I'm trying to tag all my music with the correct genres. However, some songs have multiple genres. For instance a song can be both hip hop and jazz, or both chiptunes and electronic music. However, foobar doesn't seem to want to take my multiple genre tags. And I've yet to find an app for my phone (which I use as music player) that supports multiple genre tagging. Since I don't really use playlists and listen to my music by genre, this is a huge roadblock for me. It's really difficult and it seems like very few people do it the way I do (Genre tags? who cares?) so I haven't had much luck looking it up online.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQMgXPFzdg8
I don't know why it's called death jazz. But isn't it popping?
On another topic... I'm having SEVERE tagging/music organizational problems.
I'm trying to tag all my music with the correct genres. However, some songs have multiple genres. For instance a song can be both hip hop and jazz, or both chiptunes and electronic music. However, foobar doesn't seem to want to take my multiple genre tags. And I've yet to find an app for my phone (which I use as music player) that supports multiple genre tagging. Since I don't really use playlists and listen to my music by genre, this is a huge roadblock for me. It's really difficult and it seems like very few people do it the way I do (Genre tags? who cares?) so I haven't had much luck looking it up online.

 

Yes, I find genre tags confusing at best.

 

My old Sony walkman had a neat function that would scan all the songs and match them to some algorithm that detected similar styles, or at least similar moods / tempos. It worked a lot better than genre matching, or something like Apple's Genius (guffaw) which just falls apart trying to work out content that isn't (*gasp*) sold on iTunes. I wish there was more of that kind of thing. Maybe you could get a program that could build playlists like that? It also took hours to scan through the music, so I guess you win some you lose some.

 

Also, I updated my comparo thingy with my thoughts on the UE6000. They are actually worth a look, nice aperture science cans.

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