It was a vacation trip; purely coincidence there was a meetup happening around the same time too. Which is not what I want you to believe, but I feel compelled to stay honest.
Okay, well your secret is safe with me.
Or Lone Wolf McQuade. "You got a supercharger?" Yeah, I've seen some weird stuff being the latchkey kid that I was.
I'm running an LG Optimus. It's just smart[phone] enough to not be declared legally stupid. The office is offering me an iPhone5, but I'm not sure I want to live in an Apple ecosystem just yet. So if this Sony fits my txt/email/web/app/audio needs, it's got me sold.
I might add the Grado RS1i and GR10's to my list of things to sell in the near future. I've always found the GR10 to be merit-less compared to every other IEM I own atm, but it was only after listening to the RS1i's for an extended period of time today that I realized I have no reason to keep them nor do I have a whole lot of appreciation for them as things. I was using them as portable open headphones, but in that context there's little reason to use them over the SR80i's. I mean, they're not in the same league, but I don't really care when I'm riding my bike.
Speaking of which, I really wish my bike hadn't been stolen. It was a black Specialized -- by far the nicest bike I've ever owned. (This happened months ago and I've already done all the **** you're going to suggest I do; I'm just venting frustration here.)
2013 Head-Fi Agenda
I've decided to lay off all but substantial upgrades this year, which in my case means I won't be interested in anything but maybe going stats* or getting a much higher end DAC. I enjoy collecting and exploring this stuff but am not in the best position to be doing so -- as I've more or less said elsewhere in these threads, my life's an unfocussed mess right now so I should be applying focus of some sort where ever I can. I see this as doing such.
I've tried to stop buying before, but failed because I still had no idea what I was looking for in terms of sound and was therefore easily swayed. I have a much better idea of that now though and a much better idea as to whose ears I can trust. This past year was the first one since my joining where I've been consistently active, which entailed a lot of experimentation; as far as I'm concerned my Head-Fi journey is just beginning.
*It should be noted that I have no intention of selling off all my dynamic stuff if I do so. I feel as though these two breeds of headphone could live side-by-side in this place + I always have at least 2 home rigs.
Does my use of censored profanities here bother anyone? It's never meant to be aggressive so much as an accurate representation of how I speak >_>
Only in the sense that it might take me a second longer to decipher which word it might be. Other than that brief inconvenience, it's fine with me personally. On a side note, I am thrilled that the censors don't filter out Schiit.
There's also M-Fidelity, which used to make Starkey's customs under a branding contract but are using their own name now. They're in Stavanger, Norway, not Stockholm, but that's just a ferry ride away, right?
So that's what happened to Starkey....
I feel better now knowing their products are still around in one form or another.
For iPhone & iTouch users, "BrailleTouch" will be hitting the AppStore 31 January. Fully compatible with "VoiceOver."
More info: http://brailletouchapp.com/
The Ocharaku Flat4-Maple is here. ....sheesh. This thing has utterly floored me. I don't want to talk about it much atm because I'm like totally having "new toy syndrome" here probably, but the packaging has to be the nicest I've ever seen on a pair of IEMs ever. The little wooden box is a little work of art, and inside there's a royal blue silk cloth folded with meticulous care, and inside that the IEMs.
The actual Maples are pretty nondescript: a lot darker in color palate than the SUI, but much more elegant looking. The little handle-like tubes----the anti resonance mechanism thingamajigs---are coated in a black lacquer. The inlays are made from wood with the same meticulous craftsmanship of the box.
Sound-wise, they seem pretty much like the SUI, but I'm inclined to say the balance is a little less top-heavy and more bottom-heavy, ie. the treble isn't as bright and the bass is more powerful. But that may not be the case. Need to do a direct comparison.
So far, I think these things are fantastic.