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post #4096 of 21760

Well this is disconcerting, I just went on the Canadian page of Amazon. Today is Boxing Day in Canada which means it's not unlike Black Friday in the USA. I looked and looked and looked and I'm seeing nothing worth buying in the headphone department. There are sales available of coarse but it's mostly sales on Beats JBuds and entry level Koss stuff. In short, it's all mostly over priced junk to begin with so not really worth my time. I then decided to do a little checking on the FutureShop site which is a Canadian electronics retailer. Believe it or not BestBuy bought them out a few years ago and runs them as a sister company. Again also nothing to talk about and the few sales that are available on ear/headphones is over priced junk that wasn't worth their price to begin with. Somewhere out there there's got to be a decent deal on a Sennheiser or Audio Technica for Canadians.

post #4097 of 21760
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

That's just revolting. I just don't see how good a speaker/turntable could be to warrant that much money. With the way houses are priced in the South, you could get damn near a mansion for that much. Then again, I never thought I'd spend $300 on a pair of ear speakers.

 

 

On the plus side, the $170,000 Clearaudio turntable is so huge, it could conceivably double as a house:

 

 

 

1000

 

 


Quote:
Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

As for books, you wouldn't happen to have a copy of Don Quixote, would you? I had one of the first mass printed volumes when I was younger, and I used to read it all the time and ignore my chores and responsibilities. One day my mom rage quit and ripped the book to shreds....when I was 90% through the story. I've been too traumatized to hunt down another copy since.

 

That sucks.

 

I've got a copy, but it's not an early edition.

post #4098 of 21760
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

Well this is disconcerting, I just went on the Canadian page of Amazon. Today is Boxing Day in Canada which means it's not unlike Black Friday in the USA. I looked and looked and looked and I'm seeing nothing worth buying in the headphone department. There are sales available of coarse but it's mostly sales on Beats JBuds and entry level Koss stuff. In short, it's all mostly over priced junk to begin with so not really worth my time. I then decided to do a little checking on the FutureShop site which is a Canadian electronics retailer. Believe it or not BestBuy bought them out a few years ago and runs them as a sister company. Again also nothing to talk about and the few sales that are available on ear/headphones is over priced junk that wasn't worth their price to begin with. Somewhere out there there's got to be a decent deal on a Sennheiser or Audio Technica for Canadians.


I'm glad I am not Canadian.

post #4099 of 21760

Hmph, on the plus side I just scored a couple of SanDisk 64GB class 10 micro SD cards for 50 bones each with free ground shipping. Not bad at all.

 

Enough online shopping, time to make my bed go shave get into my monkey suit and head off for work. Later people


Edited by DigitalFreak - 12/26/12 at 9:55am
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

On the plus side, the $170,000 Clearaudio turntable is so huge, it could conceivably double as a house:

 

 

 

1000

 

 


 

That thing reminds me more of some sort of minimalist art deco statue and not a turntable. By the way where do you put the vinyl and wheres the arm that holds the needle cartridge lol.

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That thing reminds me more of some sort of minimalist art deco statue and not a turntable. By the way where do you put the vinyl and wheres the arm that holds the needle cartridge lol.

 

The platter and tonearm are at the very top of the structure. The remaining 9/10th of it is basically the stand. It's about as tall as a person.

post #4102 of 21760
A short person, anyway. It's about 1.5 meter tall-ish.

It is still imposing in person even if you are taller than it. I've never seen anything like it outside of a museum.

The cylinder at the bottom is a counterweight -- the shaft is the platter's axle. It is probably stable through all but the worst Pacific ring earthquakes.

It's kind of like Final Audio's top products in that it transcends conventional terms of criticism -- there is nothing about it which is, strictly speaking, needless. It is a highly functional device. But it looks so theatrically overdone, it's impossible to not be fascinated by it.

(df: it is a linear tracker, if I recall correctly. In which case the tonearm slides along the two steel rails above the platter.)
Edited by ardgedee - 12/26/12 at 10:34am
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

On the plus side, the $170,000 Clearaudio turntable is so huge, it could conceivably double as a house:

 

 

 

1000

 

 

 

 

 

I'd hate to live there during the winter months

 

 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

That sucks.

 

I've got a copy, but it's not an early edition.

 

Let me know if you ever want to get rid of it.

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The year of 2012 has been a year of discovering myself, as cliche as that sounds. Only gotten serious since Oct. 2011, I never thought that I will be spending countless times on a website catering to a hobby that once thought to be for crazy people that waste money on something trivial as 'sound'.

The biggest thing to happen to me spending-wise was in the summer where I just went on a small shopping spree of an Alessandro MS1i, a Fostex T50RP, a Sony MDR-7550, a Koss KDE250 and an old, out of season FOTM the Thermaltake Isurus. Love the Koss so much, but I decided to give it to my dad as a birthday present. Missed the unique sound of it so much. Gave the old FOTM to my younger bro for his birthday.

But experience-wise, two of the biggest thing was recognising the weird phenomenon of Razor Treble of Death and the awesome might of the T50RP magic. Thanks to Beyer and their T1 for the painful and honestly insulting experience of the worst treble ever, even with a tube amp. And thanks for Jaben for presenting the chance for me to do so. And the Fostex is still with me, becoming my main headphone, fully modded and named.

The interesting thing that I noticed though was that I never went on the so-called "Journey", where noobs often went on a spend-and-sell spree to placate their lust of new-sound-never-heard-before and the New Toy Syndrome. Up until summer, I was in fact losing sleep reading on all these great headphones and IEMs, always planning to buy this and that, started from just a "mere" $150, a step up from the Creative Aurvana Live!, and ended up looking at candidates worth $500, all the while trying to justify the ever increasing and unsupportable budget. One fated day, I found out about the T50RP and all my nights was lost reading the leviathan of a thread that is the T50RP modding thread. Somewhere there, someone offered me a spare T50RP they are willing to sell to me through PM and 1 month later I got the magical headphone. Prior to receiving them, I've already bought the Koss, Alessandro, etc. Just in a few days the T50RP managed to murder my own lust for new gear. Just like that, I have saved a lot of money. Since then my interest towards new gear, while still there, is just a background thing to me. And I wonder why I should come on on Head-Fi anymore. But I do still come on.

And it's all because of the people I've met in this hobby. Some I would proudly declare as my friends. From the tale-master and predatory headphone collector MuppetFace, the bus driver from Canada DigitalFreak, the very long-winded, but very knowledgeable music4321, the infuriating yet still lovable panda-man bowei[a few numbers], the math genius and my nth-dimension doppelganger Tilpo, the awesome Photoshop master warrenpchi, the totally too awesome, forever diligent and dauntless mod Currawong, and to all the myriads of people that I don't managed to remember, but still close and dear to my heart, you guys are the reason that kept me stuck, glued to Head-Fi beyond just the lust and the "Journey". I laughed, I thought, I shed a few tears, I conversed, I discussed, I listened, I lurked, I despaired, shared and discovered new music, all with some guys across several nations and seas and mountains, and I cherished every moment of it. All of you made my time in this ridiculous hobby all the more worthwhile and valuable. And oh so very magical. I thank all of you for the great time I've had so far, and wish that this could go on forever until the Mayans, or some other things, decided to end the world.

On that slightly touching note, for 2013, the only thing on my target is the FiiO X3, probably the VSonic planar IEMs and the refused-to-be-called-other-than-GR08, and the JVC HAFXZ100 (at this rate, I'll end up buying it in 2013). Not really following much of the hobby's trend. I also won't miss any chance to try new gear, but it most probably won't be at my own monetary expense.

P.S. at the tail end of 2012, I got myself an Apple EarPod, and it seems to be my mainstay portable now. Alas, my main DAP is my Nokia 808 PV, and the hp jack seems not compatible with Saya (the EarPod). That's where my UHA-4 comes in and acts as a 'bridge' for the two.
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Thread Starter 

Here's some high-end turntable smut:

 

 

 

 

700

 

The Clearaudio Statement. (As tall as a [rather small] person.)

 

 

700

 

Transrotor Artus.

 

 

 

 

700

 

Purevox PV-Flagship

 

 

1000

 

Kronos Audio Turntable

 

 

1000

 

DaVinci Audio Labs AAAS

 

 

1000

 

Angelis Labor Luxury Turntable

 

 

1000

 

Basis Work Of Art. (One of my personal favorites.)

 

 

1000

 

Basis Inspiration

 

 

1000

 

Basis Debut Signature

 

 

1000

 

Basis 2500 Signature

 

 

1000

 

1000

 

McIntosh MT10 (Surrounded by other McIntosh gear)

 

 

1000

 

SOTA Millennia

 

 

1000

 

 

700

 

Montegiro Lusso Da Vinci

 

 

1000

 

700

 

Shindo Labs 301 (Another favorite...)

 

 

1000

 

1000

 

Kondo Ginga (Perhaps my favorite of all of these.)


Edited by MuppetFace - 12/26/12 at 1:18pm
post #4106 of 21760
Thread Starter 

Looking at all of this high end gear tends to make me feel... overwhelmed. Almost like I'm having a panic attack. It's too much.

 

The Basis turntables are really cool looking IMO. The "Work of Art" is just amazing, like some kind of alien sculpture. It would definitely be on my short list of turntables I'd consider if money were no object. As it stands, the Basis 2500 Signature is on my "future possibilities" list, assuming I ever go in a direction like that.

 

Really, I'm the type of person who feels most comfortable having a clear goal in mind. Yet I'm also the type of person who is fickle and fleeting, and my goals end up changing quite often. There have been many different iterations of my "ideal future setup" with regard to this hobby, though two names have remained fairly constant as a source of intrigue for me: Moth Audio and Shindo Labs.

 

I've got the Moth 2A3 on its way (hopefully soon), and I'm keeping a lookout for some Cicada speakers to compliment it. But Shindo Labs... it remains something of a waking dream, the sort of thing that resides on the border between too excessive and just barely possible. It's rare, and it's expensive. Though it's not quite full blown unobtanium, and it hasn't quite reached the outer financial orbits of the impossible for me.

 

 

1000

 

1000

 

Those dark green and gold amps are really something else. In a way, they were the inspiration for my going with custom green faceplates for my BHSE. Someday I may just "settle down" with an all-Shindo system: the Monbrison pre-amp with 300B monoblocks or the Cortese stereo amp, along with a pair of the Shindo Labs Latour speakers (pictured above) and 301 turntable (mentioned in the last post).

 

 

 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

 

Another company for me along these lines of wistful attachment is Kondo. Where as Shindo occupies the razor edge between possible and impossible, Kondo is pretty much intrenched in the outer realms. Pretty much not feasible for me to have an all-Kondo setup, or even a few Kondo pieces, anytime soon.

 

 

1000

 

1000

 

1000

 

I also referenced their uber-turntable, the Ginga, in the previous post. TBH Shindo's build quality is a little iffy. It's built with exacting standards, but their parts are largely NOS and difficult to work with and replace. They can develop buzzing and other issues just because they're old and rather esoteric. Kondo on the other hand has ridiculous QC and is pretty much invulnerable.

 

Romy's dream setup? Kondo gear and Magico speakers. The end.

post #4107 of 21760

Actually my year on head-fi was more about music than gear. Or no, it was 50x50. Because my gear is pathetic ( Sony notebook, Sansa Clip +, Brainwavz Beta, FAD Piano Forte II) I had nothing valuable to add to a conversation but to mildly annoy ppl.

 

I was busy:

 

1. Supporting the useless thread on Russian pop music who nobody cared except one Russian guy from Netherlands

 

2. Presenting a bits of Kazakhstani pop music in the Asian music thread who nobody cared about

 

As a result I listened pretty lot of Russian and Kazakhstani crap  music videos and actually enjoyed them. I even stopped watching Bollywood music which had been my addiction before ( I miss my time spent in Himalayas). Browsing around head-fi I discovered a lot of music and I figured out what from contemporary styles is closer to my tastes. I'm now a fan of boring and sentimental genres like dream pop, indie pop and alike, the music which hipsters would probably favor.

 

About gear:

 

My guru in portable audio james_444 opened my eyes on the nature of IEMs and showed me the sacred path I should follow. He listened to my difficulties ( my discomforts with fully sealing IEMs) and prescribed me semi-open or vented design. Brainwavz Betas are semi-open and absolutely comfortable ( upgrade seems to be much more expensive, something like Sony EX-600). My other interests are full-sized affordable headphones like must haves Fostex T50RPs ( closed), Sony MA900s ( so light), Philips Fidelio X1 ( I'm a Philips fan).

 

Kazakhstani pop muzik

 

 

Bollywood pop muzik

 

 

Russian pop muzik

 


Edited by mutabor - 12/26/12 at 2:35pm
post #4108 of 21760
My year in review is a lot different than you all. I'm merely at the inception of my audio "journey." This year marks the year I went from a logitech gaming headphones to sennheiser hd555s to Sony z1000s. And now, my appetite is whet and im looking for my first campus job to fund my new headphone desires.

My headphone choices don't define me but rather reflect how I've changed over his year. I started with the energetic, and albeit entry level hd555s. In parallel, and I've finally gotten over my depression of several years, I opened my eyes to the world and rediscovered a hidden person inside of me that is full of life and goals. This excitement morphed when I got my z1000s in March. Slowly my life became more balanced and stable. No more swings of extreme happiness or sadness. I learned to appreciate the littlest things as well as the big things that Ihave lucky in my life. And not to leave my ath-ckm500s out, I've finally gotten out of my damn room and made some quality friends.

Now I'm looking at the he-400. Powerful, and exciting, and we'll grounded. Technical and accurate yet enjoyable. No hiding anything. Let's put everything on the table.

After that I have my eyes set on the lcd 3, and th900s. Also magni/modi and possibly others on the future.

I have changed a lot this year as a person and this forum and my audio hobby is a part of that. For that I thank you all for a great year. looking forward to my crying wallet at your recommendations . Ps writing long posts on phone = typos. Srryzzzz!!
Edited by compoopers - 12/26/12 at 2:24pm
post #4109 of 21760
The McIntosh MT10 will likely be my next TT, when I get to it (gonna see if my local store can get me a loaner). Looks to be one of the best values in higher-end tables, and it'll match my other Mc gear. I'm currently trying out an MX151 processor and really liking it, it's equally adept at handling 2-ch audio as it is MC formats in movies, impressive DAC in it. Probably going to buy it.
post #4110 of 21760
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

Those dark green and gold amps are really something else. In a way, they were the inspiration for my going with custom green faceplates for my BHSE. Someday I may just "settle down" with an all-Shindo system: the Monbrison pre-amp with 300B monoblocks or the Cortese stereo amp, along with a pair of the Shindo Labs Latour speakers (pictured above) and 301 turntable (mentioned in the last post).

 

Shindo seems to base its business more or less on copies of classic 50s gear. I can't tell if its 301 is an actual restored Garrard 301 (restoring 301s is or was part of their business) or a faithful copy. I won't turn up my nose: It's an excellent device to clone, although it makes me wonder about paying statement-equipment prices for a transcription turntable on a nice plinth. That in turn makes me wonder about the design inspiration for the amps and the speakers.

 

I don't know if I could feel fully at home with a Shindo system anywhere other than while gazing at a scenic overview from the listening room in my split-level ranch nestled in the hills. Eames lounge chair totally necessary, though the rest could be a mix of Danish and American modern pieces. I'd take a pull on my pipe and snifter of brandy and cue up side one of Hüsker Dü's Land Speed Record...

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