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May I ask what's so special with the AKG Sextetts like the K240, K250, K340? I know they're vintage and very hard to come by and one is a very interesting electrostat and dynamic hybrid design, do they have a very unique sound that till this day remain extremely good against newer ones?

Nothing that much special about it except I really like them. I've heard them various times at my local meet and always liked them. When my buddy decided to sell them I immediately jumped at the opportunity. They sound smooth and enjoyable so I jumped at the opportunity to own one.

[quote name="ardgedee" url="/t/626954/the-diary-entries-of-a-little-girl-who-is-now-30-part
Congratulations on a good find.

How are the ear cup elastics? Those are usually dead by now.
The K340 was never sold in Sextett configuration, although the K140 and one or two other models were.

I think the appeal mostly comes from the esoteric technology and the age. They have a nice timbre and decent tonal balance and the details are soft compared to current headphones. This makes it very forgiving of source material and upstream components, and if you're lucky with the version you get the net result can be a lush, velvety sound that makes listening very easy.[/quote]

The cups elastics are in excellent condition. If I remember right my buddy scavenged parts from another dead K240. He's quite meticulous about keeping his gear in good working order.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 2/20/13 at 6:52am
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Cloth-wrapped hair elastics are the standard replacement for the elastics in old Sextetts. They're pretty nearly the same thing, actually. I replaced the worn-out elastics in my K250 with blue and red, because I kept putting the phones on backwards -- making sure the single-entry cable is on the left wasn't a sufficient visual cue at the time, I guess.
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IEMs are a lot harder for me to classify as "summit-fi" or not, because price plays even less of a factor in determining quality than with full-sized headphones in my experience. Here's what I've listened to over the last few months...


My personal favorites:

Final Audio Design FI-BA-SS
Final Audio Design Heaven VI
FitEar TO GO! 334
Ocharaku Flat4 KAEDE
Ocharaku Flat4 SUI
Sennheiser IE800


Other stuff I like well enough:

AKG K3003
Audio-Technica CKW1000ANV
FitEar F111
JVC HA-FXT80
Phonak Audeo PFE 232

Sony MDR-EX700SL



Sony MDR-EX800ST



Stax SR-001
Stax SR-002 (a bit disappointing honestly -- the portable amp ruins it).
TDK BA200
Ultimate Ears UE900
VSONIC GR07 Bass Edition (not that diff. from the "normal" version...)


Stuff I really don't like:

Audio-Technica CKM1000 (the wood housing is better in almost every way)
JVC HA-FXZ200 (probably the worst new IEM I've tried in a long time)


Stuff I'm still kind of unsure about:

Heir Audio Tzar 350 (technically very impressive, but not that enjoyable)
Not a fan of customs ?
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The idea was weekly or monthly ... not daily.

Ah, you're referring to the "all day errday"? Basically it was a pretty short lived meme back in the day.
Sorry to be out of topic, but is your name in référence to the most awesome manga ever ?
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Final Audio Design Heaven VI

Welp, I'm certain now that I'm not your Rule 64'd doppelganger. :P
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Not a fan of customs ?

 

On the contrary, I've got two CIEMs coming in the next few weeks and maybe a third shortly thereafter. I just haven't had a chance to listen to many so far.

 

 


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Welp, I'm certain now that I'm not your Rule 64'd doppelganger. :P

 

What, you didn't like the Heaven VI?

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I'm really curious about the Frogbeats C4, shame there isn't more info on them. LFF really seemed to love them
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Are these three a secret...I think you mentioned fitear and canalworks no?
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What, you didn't like the Heaven VI?




Well I'm mistaken on the model. Confused with the PF VIII (not that I don't like it, but I don't dislilke it either). I haven't heard any FAD Heaven models yet though. So I retract the previous statement, but that doesn't mean the opposite though. :P
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Sorry to be out of topic, but is your name in référence to the most awesome manga ever ?

Actually, no. Some years ago, people used to describe MMA as human "rooster" (well, the correct word is also foul language) fighting. After that I decided to call myself a "fighting rooster" in french because I thought it sounded pretty funny, and I was tired of my normal nickname which is systemerror. Sorry to disappoint you, but it basically has to do with a (fairly misunderstood) sport I love to watch and follow with a passion rather than a manga.

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/652097/wts-mmdt-gr07-bose-ie2-k701-sony-m10

 

Just a heads up for any diary member *looks sideways at jgray* who's wanted to try/own the GR07. Some gu is selling his for $65.

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You could say that I'm in the aviation engineering majoring in automatic and intelligent control systems, from a rough translation.

 

Okay wow, I wouldn't know if there are any schools that a specifically good for flight control systems.  Though I would think that any school competent in EE would be good for you (of which there are many in California).  There are the obvious ones like Stanford, Berkeley and CalTech.  But I believe UCLA and UCSD (San Diego) are also quite good.

 

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How was it?  I'm honestly surprised no one caught this when it flew by.

Not bad. Very peppery and fresh tasting since all the peppers came from our back yard. Despite how it sounds, I've had hotter Thai curries. I'm prone to sinus headaches and migraines and sharply hot food helps mitigate them, but even without that excuse I like hot spices on their own merit.

 

Ahh, so in addition to the heat there was also a bit of sweetness due to the freshness.  You've got me hungry now.  If I can make it out to the market before dinner (which is looking more and more unlikely), I'll be mixing up a batch of spicy marinade (finely minced Serrano peppers, Gochujang, bit of honey, and soju) for some thinly sliced steak I picked up on a whim last night. 

 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

IEMs are a lot harder for me to classify as "summit-fi" or not, because price plays even less of a factor in determining quality than with full-sized headphones in my experience. Here's what I've listened to over the last few months...

 

My personal favorites:

 

Final Audio Design FI-BA-SS

Final Audio Design Heaven VI

FitEar TO GO! 334

Ocharaku Flat4 KAEDE

Ocharaku Flat4 SUI

Sennheiser IE800

 

Other stuff I like well enough:

 

AKG K3003

Audio-Technica CKW1000ANV

FitEar F111

JVC HA-FXT80

Phonak Audeo PFE 232

Sony MDR-EX700SL

Sony MDR-EX800ST

Stax SR-001

Stax SR-002 (a bit disappointing honestly -- the portable amp ruins it).

TDK BA200

Ultimate Ears UE900

VSONIC GR07 Bass Edition (not that diff. from the "normal" version...)

 

Stuff I really don't like:

 

Audio-Technica CKM1000 (the wood housing is better in almost every way)

JVC HA-FXZ200 (probably the worst new IEM I've tried in a long time)

 

Stuff I'm still kind of unsure about:

 

Heir Audio Tzar 350 (technically very impressive, but not that enjoyable)

 

Wow, thanks for that!

 

One of the reasons I ask is because IEMs rarely show up at meets.  Just went to my second one, and there were almost none in sight (not counting the UE table).  Of course I get why, customs are customized, and there's no way for people to supply a lot of clean and sterile tips just for auditioning.

 

I haven't heard a single thing on that list, so it appears that I have quite a bit of exploring to do.  Is there any specific unit on that list that you'd suggest as a gateway drug?  Or rather, what would you recommend as a more wallet-conscious example of what's to come later on as I work myself up the list?

 

BTW, have you heard HiFiMAN's new RE-400 yet?  Balanced for the most part I think.  I found the mid-bass response a little sparse, although I liked both the speed and texture across the entire LF.range.  The mids were forward (or maybe it just sounded that way due to the depressed mid-bass).  The highs rolled off just a tad too early for my tastes, but I wouldn't label the unit dark on the whole.  Overall it was an enjoyable listen as long as I'm not in a super-picky frame of mind.  I'm keen to re-audition it with smaller tips as I couldn't find fit any small tips at their CES booth.

 

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I replaced the worn-out elastics in my K250 with blue and red, because I kept putting the phones on backwards -- making sure the single-entry cable is on the left wasn't a sufficient visual cue at the time, I guess.

 

LOL.  I can't remember who, but one manufacturer recently started placing their single-entry cable on the right side (controls and all).  I personally don't think they thought that one through as only 10% of people are sinister.  I also think it's a bad thing that they violated convention.  Because left-side entry isn't set in stone anywhere, the only thing that keeps it a de facto standard is consistency (which they just broke).  Whatevs, free country and all.


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Yay! My project H unit came in today!
For everyone who's unfamiliar with it, a group of us over on the anime thread got together and designed an amp/DAC combo that has very good performance for the money. We used a CS8416/CS4398 DAC set, along with an O2 amp with OPA2134 opamps, along with a custom designed control board that distributes power, manages the gain, provides muting for power on/off noise, as well as allowing the ability for the DAC to be output straight to RCA connectors, and the O2 to receive signals from a likewise pair of RCAs on the back of the unit. All for less than $200 shipped in a case that I was able to model on CAD software, and then design all the holes that needed to be cut out and such. I also designed the lettering on the front and back of the unit.

 

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Thanks for B1o2r3i4s5 for doing all of the actual building of the units and custom control board, and pretty much everything else!

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Ahhhh so that's what I was looking at in the anime thread... (referring to PCB layouts) Very neat looking unit smily_headphones1.gif
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http://www.head-fi.org/t/652097/wts-mmdt-gr07-bose-ie2-k701-sony-m10

Just a heads up for any diary member *looks sideways at jgray* who's wanted to try/own the GR07. Some gu is selling his for $65.

You don't understand. I'm trying to save for the Flat-4 SUI so that I can dream to become MF. :P
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