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Originally Posted by jgray91 View Post

Tru dat. I am imagining those kinds of angels. Kind of like this:

Only very very sterile looking while holding forth scalpels.
Horrifying angel portrayal courtesy of Warhammer 40000. Love that universe, so grim and hopeless and gothic it's fun to read about it, especially the normal, non-Mary Sue, non-super-powered or magic-imbued humans.

Oh, great. Thanks a lot, mr Ruin-my-day. mad.gif

I've been wanting to read all about that thing there, just because it looks so god damned kickass on pictures. I thought I had forgot all about it since I kind of wanted to. Now you went ahead and showed that kickass picture.

You might as well tell me where I find books (are there comic books for even more eyegasm?) and where to start. Treat me as a complete n00b when it comes to warhammer, because, I really am.
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For some reason the intro post on the front page seems to have had its formatting borked: too much space between everything. I guess I'll try to fix it, and also add some links to some of my more detailed diary entries or something.

 

I've noticed that when editing something in the non-WYSIWYG editor after initially posting it with the WYSIWYG editor -- or vice versa -- extra air is added. On the backend the system is re-parsing carriage returns as linebreaks after having already interpreted them as linebreaks earlier. Or something.

 

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So, the Monet is now a future goal for whenever I end up visiting Japan. Until then I'm planning on ordering some Rooth customs, albeit in universal form: either the LS-X5, LS8, LS8+ or some combination thereof. I'm also thinking of asking Master Xiao to make some sort of bespoke CIEM for me, like a C435 or Monet clone. Based on Kiteki's customs, I think a Master Xiao-designed clone of Mone-can would end up being her evil stepsister LOL. Or maybe I'll try to convince him to make this thing I dreamt about called The Leviathan which was translucent black with pink faceplates and had 10 drivers.

 

Now that I see it typed out like that... I so want this thing to be made more than ever.

 

I've also decided that I'm going to try to get a Spiral Ear SE 5-Way. I've got some friends in Europe who could accept delivery and forward it on to me, since SE doesn't ship outside the EU. Now I just hope my ears are large enough to accommodate all the stuff inside those silicon shells. Silicon seems like a better alternative from a fit / comfort standpoint, though in terms of design potential it's rather limiting.

 

I think those pink/orange things actually are pink dayglow...

 

The Spiral Ears remain on my radar. I can say, though, having a set of customs that are solid acrylic and a set that are acrylic with silicone-jacketed tips, silicone affects the fit in an odd way. I can't say whether it's better or worse; it's different. Think of the feeling you get with flanged eartips; it's kind of like that, only with more pressure inside the canal (and less on the canal walls) but solid. I don't know how the Spiral Ears will feel, since they seem to go for a more shallow, Heir-style fit rather than Hidition's relatively deep fit, and I'm not sure how a totally-silicone IEM will feel compared to something that's only silicone at the tip.

 

I remain impressed with the Heir 4.A. I'm contemplating sending them back for some changes unrelated to the fit, though I want to hang on to them until I finish my writeups. They're the most comfortable IEMs I've ever had in some ways, which I attribute to the shallow fit; I can pop these suckers in and out all day with no difficulties, unlike either the Hiditions or universal IEMs, but at the same time, on a good day they will stay wherever I put 'em.

 

Which leads to (since I'm kind of braindedly jumping around this morning) the matter of fit itself; these things are literally moulded to my ears, but there is still a good bit of fiddling-around possible regarding fit. Sometimes I find it very easy to get things positioned on the first try, sometimes I can't; first I thought it was an idiosyncrasy specific to the 4.A, since it's acrylic and has a shallow insert, but the Hidition, with its deep insert and silicone nozzle that presses against the walls of the inner ear also can be positioned well or badly.

 

re. the Leviathans, why opt for 10 drivers per ear when you can do 20 drivers:

 

 

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"How does it sound?"

"It sounds like a CIEM with 20 drivers."

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Originally Posted by mutabor View Post

I just checked Seiko 5 on Amazon and there is a nice selection for the very affordable price. I also liked Citizen Eco-Drives with solar battery and they are also affordable. Another watches which I liked were Bulova 96B104 and super-slim Skagen 858 ( some said that they are on the bigger side - 39mm. Hm?).

 

I have to warn against the cheapest Seiko 5s: Watches rated for 75 M are not waterproof and only lightly water resistant (which makes no sense, I know). Get something rated for 150 M or higher if you intend to shower, do dishes, wash the car, or swim with your watch on. Which, IMO, one should be able to do with a good bash-about grade watch. Whether or not one ever intends to.

 

The mechanism of the Seiko 5 hasn't changed much in four decades, so there are some excellent finds available used. Seiko evolves their case designs slowly, and targets designs to different markets, which again means the used/reseller market for the line has a lot of designs you'll never see online elsewhere. Frankly, some of the bulbous post-International Style 1960s-70s designs are appealing in their chunky hideousness.

 

The Seiko 5 I bought used worked right out of the box. But read the seller's description carefully before placing a bid (if you do); many of the sellers are self-taught watch hobbyists and tend to, for lack of a better phrase, brute force their refurbishments.

 

The Skagens, yes, tend to have oversize dials, compensating for the ultra-slimness. I like Skagen's designs generally; I'm not ordinarily a fan of gold fashion watches but the Skagen I was given as a gift is very handsome and I wear it more often than I thought I would.

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It's not a true 20-driver IEM, a true 20-driver IEM would have 20 drivers each assigned to a specific task, like 10Hz-1000Hz, 1kHz-2kHz, 2kHz-3kHz, each with very strict and advanced active crossovers, and hand-selected drivers which are all savants of their faculty.  Like 20 different coloured birds of similar race all flying in harmony and sync.

 

Instead it's basically like taking four tigers and saying "ok you guys handle the bass... stuff" and 16 seagulls and saying "ok now you take care of the mids and highs, here's some bread to fight over...".

 

 

Although, it was a creative err, challenge... he undertook, and probably led to the existence of the Heir 8.A today so, ye...

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As I recall, it was done purely as a response to somebody else's joke and wasn't meant to do anything other than meet the challenge of stuffing 20 drivers of any kind into a shell. His response to the question of how it sounds more or less summarizes his expectations and the result, I guess. (Edit:  I wonder how often he turns down requests from people to build them one. I can see, on the one hand, being willing to do it if the asker stakes enough money; but I can also understand the fear of it becoming considered a flagship piece by the unknowing and becoming most widely known for making bad-sounding stunts.)


Edited by ardgedee - 12/16/12 at 8:48am
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LOL, a 20-driver, 20-way crossover... that'll be the day...

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Oh, great. Thanks a lot, mr Ruin-my-day. mad.gif

I've been wanting to read all about that thing there, just because it looks so god damned kickass on pictures. I thought I had forgot all about it since I kind of wanted to. Now you went ahead and showed that kickass picture.

You might as well tell me where I find books (are there comic books for even more eyegasm?) and where to start. Treat me as a complete n00b when it comes to warhammer, because, I really am.

While I myself am not too knowledgeable in all manner Warhammer 40k, this is a good repository of the backstory of the universe: http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page#.UM31MW_a_8g They are first and foremost a tabletop game first made in the 1970s or something, but the lore themselves is their own universe, which occasionally ties back to the game.

Where to start is something of a hard thing to answer. Back then when I just discovered internet, I stumbled on power-armored super-humans waving chainswords killing orcs and thought that it's ******* badass, and then the RTS games and thought that it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. It goes downhill into the depths of hell from there. I guess now that they are actively expanding the history of how the 40,000th millennium came to be; that is they are telling the story of the 30,000th millennium; you can start from the Horus Heresy saga. For dead-tree books, Amazon is the default place to go, while I think for ebooks you (and me apparently. No more plundering from the depths of the Internet for the books, since I genuinely like love them) should stick to Black Library. I have no idea for the graphic novels and such though.

I suppose there are graphic novels and comics, but I've never been too interested in them since I got all my visual stimulation of its Gothic interpretation from the video games.

And yes, on top of reading from the official unofficial lore library (Lexicanum up there) for more time blackhole you should also visit the TV Tropes page of it.

Not only there are humans (normal human armies, superhumans in power armor, nuns in power armor, space Inquisition rooting out heresy, witchcraft, corruption and rebellion, kilometers-long cathedral-warships, cyborgs and their legions of gigantic warmachines), there are space orcs, space elves, space Soviet Russia aliens, space dark elves, all-consuming space insect swarms, corrupted humans (including all the subfactions mentioned) and ancient primordial. eldritch gods. And all of the stories regarding them span whole galaxies in wars that lasted 10,000 years.

I'm sorry for you lost days.
EDIT: Lucky you, dear new reader, they also have this: http://www.blacklibrary.com/Getting-Started/New-Reader.html
Edited by jgray91 - 12/16/12 at 8:58am
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Speaking of Heir... the Tzar 350 has me intrigued. Too bad the pre-order price ended, what, yesterday? I just found out about 'em today lol.

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That's my point he stuffed 1 tigers (with four paws) and 8 seagulls (with two wings) into a beach hut and said "look 20 drivers!!~".

 


 

Tom, what if someone asked Gui Ling for 1x CI, 1x DTEC, 1x Sonion, 1x TWFK, 2x ED29689? (10 total) tongue_smile.giftongue_smile.gif

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Speaking of Heir... the Tzar 350 has me intrigued. Too bad the pre-order prints ce ended, what, yesterday? I just found out about 'em today lol.

I had them pre ordered, but swapped to the 90s at the last second. I've never really had a hyper transparent, analytical IEM, and I can't really afford taking a gamble in whether I would like that sound sig. It seems fantastic though, I'll give my comments on the 90s when I get them smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post  Speaking of Heir... the Tzar 350 has me intrigued. Too bad the pre-order price ended, what, yesterday? I just found out about 'em today lol.


Really? I pre-ordered last week... hoping it's the one universal to rule them all.

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Originally Posted by kiteki View Post

That's my point he stuffed 1 tigers (with four paws) and 8 seagulls (with two wings) into a beach hut and said "look 20 drivers!!~".


Tom, what if someone asked Gui Ling for 1x CI, 1x DTEC, 1x Sonion, 1x TWFK, 2x ED29689? (10 total) tongue_smile.giftongue_smile.gif

 

A Sonion what? 3300? Even with that, it's only 9 drivers...

 

If it were up to me, I'd do a quad array of 3300 (x2) for the lows, DTEC for the lower mids, WBHC (x2), and ED (x2) for combined mids/highs/super-highs... 10 drivers

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Don't forget the 20mm dynamic driver that you need for the visceral bass, and the dogwhistle to get into the +40 kHz range.

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

Don't forget the 20mm dynamic driver that you need for the visceral bass, and the dogwhistle to get into the +40 kHz range.

 

I'd incorporate a TakeT-BPP driver on the surface of the shell, in the area of the bony part of the ear canal... biggrin.gif

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Tom, maybe just 2x CI-22955's, 1x Final Audio Adagio II for the lows, 1x Final Audio Heaven C for the mids, 1x Final Audio Adagio V for the highs?

 

lolol.

 

...and then send him some crushed seashells to make the faceplates out of.


Edited by kiteki - 12/16/12 at 10:19am
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