I'm on head-fi WAY TOO MUCH I think that was 7-9 hours today, I'm going to disconnect the modem at my apartment, nice chatting to you all!
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By the way Veyron, I've put up the UE6000's to go on their merry way... http://www.head-fi.org/t/640917/fs-logitech-ue6000-white-as-new
Is your Dad still keen? They have full warranty :3
I think white is too flashy for my dad......... so thanks but I dont think I will bite ^^
The only good news in a while, amazon.com order from the U.S. to Jakarta in less than 4 days , so now I have two Clip+'s, this **** better sound good. Also wtf it's thick like a sandwich, internet stop being deceiving.
I find the middle-class people here the most annoying since they're desperate to act rich. At least the rich people and poor people act natural, apart from judging you like "how much is your apartment?", but since I'm a westerner they never really do that, except I'm young which is rare, and Asians seem to think I'm like 20-25 for some weird reason which makes it even worse.
that's pop culture for you
How many rooms will your next house have?
If you're going to Montreal I highly recommend you learn a few phrases of French or at the very least a few words. Montreal folk speak English but if given the choice they would rather speak French. If you mispronounce a few words don't worry Montrealers are quite understanding and helpful and will politely correct you and meet you half way and help you along in trying to learn the native language.
I hate correcting a Canadian about Canadiana, but that is the complete opposite of my experience. If Quebequois or Parisian French does not flow naturally and natively and you're over the age of five, everybody around you will speak English at you regardless of your fluency. Previously mentioned friend has lived their entire life in Montreal and speaks French (and Joual) fluently, and random clerks will still immediately switch to English regardless, because the accent is still that of an English speaker's.
My limited high school French augmented by occasional guidebooks has fared no better, and much worse. It's only been in the rougher parts of Montreal or in the rural parts of the province where people will speak French no matter what, because they haven't got enough English to converse with.
Schiit isn't a big enough company to afford to make new products purely out of spite, so I find it interesting that this one bears all the hallmarks of a rebuke.
I haven't read up on it yet -- has it got a gain switch? I'm not totally sold on the idea of throwing high voltage through my IEMs, by accident or because it can't be helped.
It's actually weirdly kind of rattly; the headband is limber due to the gimbals at the cup forks, so that plus the sprung headrest can make the whole thing seem ready to shake apart when you pick it up wrong.
It looks like industrial equipment, too. I'm still not totally sold on the grey plastic cups.
The sound is fantastic, though. It's been getting almost all the listening time of my full-sized phones lately.
oh ye, another thing I wanted to share with this thread, yesterday I visited a CD store called "audiophile", they literally only sold "audiophile CD's", as in HDCD, XRCD, DSD, 24-bit and so on. There were some 'normal' titles too, but only if they were Jazz, female vocal, classical, lounge or instrumental (like solo Erhu, lute, piano etc.).
The Diana Krall section must need its own room there.
Kind of a throwback to the 80s when record stores would have an "Audiophile" bin for the latest MSFL reissues, whatever'd come down the pike from Linn or Denon, major releases on heavy virgin vinyl, and so on.
No gain switch on the Magni.. I guess one of the only negatives vs the O2. They say it's still quiet enough for most IEM's though. I'll probably grab the stack if impressions are positive.
It's also incredibly limber, which combined with the single-entry design of the headphones, connotes cheapness to a lot of head-fiers.
So I don't think it's a bad cable and I haven't entertained serious thought about recabling mine, but I can understand why other people feel motivated to: The cable's too long and in the way, or it feels cheap, or they can't be satisfied with the thought of asymmetrical cabling in their phones.
This statement really intrigues me as I'm trying to think of products made purely out of spite.
I guess these would be products that have very little reason to exist other than to hurt the competition.
One I can think of is Apple Maps, which doesn't really seem to me to have a real benefit to Apple. (Apple is a consumer electronics company, not a data mining company, and it seems supremely arrogant on their part to imagine they could do both as much as they might be upset with their former bedfellow.)
I can't think of any others, though I suspect this is because a product made purely to prove a point is not likely to be a well thought out or successful product.
@compoopers: I've had 2 HE500's and they both sounded different with the later having more bass. You should definitely try to audition both it and the 400 if that's at all possible.
If you're going to Montreal I highly recommend you learn a few phrases of French or at the very least a few words. Montreal folk speak English but if given the choice they would rather speak French. If you mispronounce a few words don't worry Montrealers are quite understanding and helpful and will politely correct you and meet you half way and help you along in trying to learn the native language. Overall the general vibe in that city is rather nice. The only way I can describe it is it's like millionaire playboy Mr New York married Mrs tre chic Paris and had a child named Montreal. When you're there be sure to check out the local nightlife and cafe's. Quebecers have a very strong devotion to their local artists and the musical style in that city you won't find anywhere else in Canada. Montreal music and culture is very much onto itself. As for McGill University I've never been there but it's one of Canada's premier ivy league schools. Mostly the very rich get schooled there and a lot of old money have sent their kids there for their education. Be prepared to run across some snooty people.
I have worked with a number of people from Montreal who really didn't speak much in the way of French. The western part is fairly english. It get more french as you go more east.
But mostly, I just wanted toa gree with what DF said.
Yeah. I like innovations like the crushed seashells and cherubim tears in the QUALIA 010 drivers, but overall I think fullsized headphones really haven't progressed much. Even my new treasure, the Float QUAD Atelier, is pretty much a copy of the originals with a few tweaks here and there. The original QUAD ESL speakers from around the same era still trounce most stuff today. One area where fullsized headphones have progressed quite a bit however is design. More audiophiles should appreciate this, but hey, it makes you look hardcore when you disavow any interest in the form or aesthetics of something.
By contrast I think IEMs are riding the innovation bullet train. Just look at what $100 USD can get you today versus five years ago. Then again, IEMs are a fresher market segment. I also think they've got more limiting factors from a design standpoint, and perhaps being under more "pressure" from this results in more progress. A lack of challenge leads to stagnation.
Or maybe IEM designers are in on Dr. NakaMat's underwater brainstorm method.
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As I said in the Ear Suit W11LTD thread, I'm a little underwhelmed by the newest, biggest addition to the ESW lineup. Audio-Technica did such a stellar job with their 50th anniversary products, especially the CKW1000ANV and W3000ANV, so I think expectations were riding high. They also cost quite a bit, but then they're limited to 1000 examples or thereabouts and are made from haunted trees, soooo.... yeah.
They have a quiet, ashen character upon inspection. Almost like the older, more experienced and weatherworn brother to the W9. Like the haunted forest from which they came. A Shinto gateway just beyond some moss-covered steps, shrouded in a dreamy mist. In terms of how they actually sound however, it's more like a dance-battle a la "you got served" going on in that forest. The ancient and mysterious tranquility of the above image instead gives way to a certain raucousness. Overall, it's a good headphones but not a great headphone in my view thus far.
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In addition to the ESP/10, I'm listening to the FI-BA-SS this morning.
It's like I keep forgetting just how exceptional this single-driver BA is. Focused. Clear. The sense of space it manages to recreate is breathtaking, it's ability to mine details and capture the faintest trace of dynamic transaction instilling a sense of rawness that is by no means out-of-control, but rather masterfully controlled and utilized to great effect. Brightness is a gamble: when pulled off poorly, it's attrocious; when successful however it's hyperreal in the best sense.
My trifecta of bright, detailed IEM goodness:
Sony EX700 <---> Final FI-BA-SS <---> Ocharaku Flat-4
Maybe it'll end up looking something like:
FitEar Monet Rooth LS8 <---> Final FI-BA-SS <---> Ocharaku Flat-4
...If the LS8 surpasses the EX700. Thinking about picking one up in universal form soon-ish.
I've discovered that someone in Singapore acquired the Monets but apparently he was in Japan at the time so I guess your best bet to get them is really to be there in person. I've also read that they only take their own ear impressions (taking them is not the usual process), which would explain them denying sending them impressions. This is really quite the dedication to the craft.
Jezus Romy, your descriptions of the CKW1000ANV and FI-BA-SS sound are really great. I didn't even know you liked the former that much.
Rooth LS8. Yeah, I have an interesting story proceeding with Master Xiao right now, pretty much... I think I need to rekindle and finish what I once started with Xiao, over 1 year ago, I sent him an email, and his reply is a bit strange... looking forward to his next email...
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