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Tuned to the zeitgeist, I am.

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Time to head to bed finally... gotta get up and go to the big local library sale. CDs and LPs for $1 a piece. Picked up a few gems last time I went a couple years ago.
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Beets are high in fiber. It could still work.

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Just heard the SM64. I'm quite impressed. Okay, the price is a little steep, but it's waaaay better than the Ultrasone IQ. Gawd, I hate that earphone...

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We should hang out some time in the future, get into all sorts of trouble. Confuse the hell out of lots of people.

 

Sydney Mardi Gras is coming up, buy a plane ticket. XD

 

I'm vaguely contemplating going to a underwear party w00t.

 

Actually it sounds kind of awful.

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I'm surprised you disliked it so much. If I remember correctly Joker recently have it some pretty high marks in his ongoing IEM review thread.
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Meeting people you know from the Internet can be fun. Sure, they can be meat cleaver wielding psychopaths --- but who among us has seriously never had the urge to wield a meat cleaver? Round 'n' round, like some windmill of death?

 

 

I know I have, but this wouldn't be our first time meeting, but likely under better conditions than the last time around. 

 

@a_rec: *fives*

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I'm surprised you disliked it so much. If I remember correctly Joker recently have it some pretty high marks in his ongoing IEM review thread.


That's one IEM where I completely disagree with Joker. The IQ is the sux0rs.

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That's one IEM where I completely disagree with Joker. The IQ is the sux0rs.

I'll be getting a chance to hear them soon. Did you try Ety er38-18 tips? My understanding is the deeper insertion and smaller bore tame the treble. Unfortunately I don't have any of these. I'd hate to have to order a 10ct lot from Ety.
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post  I'll be getting a chance to hear them soon. Did you try Ety er38-18 tips? My understanding is the deeper insertion and smaller bore tame the treble. Unfortunately I don't have any of these. I'd hate to have to order a 10ct lot from Ety.


No, I used their stock tips (which are pretty cool, actually, they're sort of like the new Westone EPIC tips). Perhaps that'll do the trick, but I just don't find it worthy of the $900 price tag in any way, whatsoever. So, you have the 1P2 right now; that is what I consider really good bassiness. The IQ, on the other hand, is bloated, without enough resolution for its price tier. I can't describe it in any other way. If people thought the FI-BA-SS's treble was "obnoxious", wait 'til they hear the IQs... I almost ripped them off my ears immediately. To me, at least, the Tio is soooo much better. I usually try to find merit in most in-ears; the only merit I can give the IQ is that it sounds fairly spacious. Nothing else. The resolution isn't there. The treble sounds unrefined. It honestly, to me, sounds like a mess. If people can recall, I likened it to Lindsay Lohan. I just can't say enough bad things about the IQ.

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Perhaps that'll do the trick, but I just don't find it worthy of the $900 price tag in any way, whatsoever.

 

X2. Joker's comparison to the HFI-780 was all I needed to know. eek.gif

 

What's up with the SM64, do they still retain the SM3's surround sound thingy?

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Thanks to the Liquid Glass, I'm becoming a bit obsessed with looking for vintage tubes. So far I've ordered a pair of Hytron and Sylvania 12SN7 GTs from the 1950s. In particular 12SN7s seem fairly overlooked, and as such they're usually a much better value for money than 6SN7s which have gone up in price quite a bit.

 

 

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While tube hunting can get a bit spendy, this new fixation is really the best thing that could have happened right now for my relationship with this hobby. Since I'm such a t00b n00b, I feel like I did when I was a novice starting out in the realm of high-end audio equipment. Despite the daunting aspect it's really a nice feeling to have all those possibilities laid out in front of you.

 

I think looking at things through the eyes of a beginner is a good way of keeping one's preoccupations fresh.

 

Now that I'm thinking about tubes a lot more these days, my thoughts return to Analog ^ 2 Paper and Kageyuki Shikada. You may (or may not) recall he's a one-man operation building amps in Japan. We talked a bit, and he offered to build me a totally bespoke headphone amp based on his 300B preamplifier, only using 6ZP1 tubes instead. It's a seriously tempting prospect as he does really beautiful work, and establishing that human connection---in this case through a commission and its personalized results---is what draws me to this hobby most.

 

For now this yet-unrealized 6ZP1 amp remains on my list of dynamic amps I can't really justify at this point in time but remain future possibilities. It's in good company. Speaking of which, I'm actually more inclined to go with the ECP Audio L-2 before anything like that, just because it's reportedly very quiet. Given my somewhat... shaky... luck when it comes to amps and noise, I'd worry that this totally bespoke amp would end up humming and couldn't be returned given its nature. I'm also really looking forward to the Liquid Fire mk2, though I could justify it more as a preamp than another dedicated headphone amp.

 

Then there's the Eddie Current Leviathan, looming ever large on the horizon. It's like The Fade's Black City in Dragon Age: Origins: no matter where I turn, it's there. Given its projected cost I really can't justify it. I think I'd sell the Moth 2A3 and a few other amps if I went that route. But that's still a ways away.

 

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On the subject of portable amps, the Portaphile 627 was recommended to me by someone, and it certainly seems interesting. The main issue --- short battery life --- seems to be addressed by the upcoming 627X revision.

 

Of course if you know anything about me, you probably know I tend to instinctually go for the more esoteric and less-known stuff. On that front Tom turned me on to a product called the BAB-1-MC LE. It's pretty unusual in several respects, including having a chip that can supposedly be programmed for specific earphones to give a flat response. The few impressions that exist so far suggest it's extremely transparent sounding.

 

 

 

Actually getting ahold of this thing is a bit tricky, unfortunately. It's something I'm very interested in however and will continue to monitor.

 

Then there's another company that barely gets any mention 'round here called Just Audio. They have some interesting looking portable amps, including this beast:

 

 

It's called the AHA-120. Seems like the designer is a nice fellow who put a lot of thought into its components, and there's a pretty wide range of impedance options include 0dB for really sensitive IEMs. I also gotta say, I really like the look of it. Much more than a lot of the other stuff out there. The front panel reminds me of the Pete Millett 307A.

 

 

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There are a few new universal IEMs I really want to try soon. The EarSonics SM64 that Tom mentions is definitely appealing to my impulsive side, so there's a good chance I'll end up listening to them by the end of next week. The SM3v2 was one of those ubiquitous earphones that was a nice listen but didn't really stand out otherwise. Honestly I think it's a bit unfair because I'm usually distracted by a multitude of things at any given time, so what would otherwise be a perfectly exciting IEM for most people ends up being overshadowed for me. Sort of like the GR07.

 

The Heir 5.0 is also likely to end up in my ears sooner or later, despite my chilly relationship with the Tzar 350. I prefer the 8.A to any of the other Heirs I've split, so the 5.0 is probably the most sensible option for me when it comes to their universals.

 

I've been listening to the T-Peos off and on, and at times I feel a bit befuddled by what I'm hearing. Still trying to phrase my impressions in a satisfactory way.

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On my list of universals I left out the 1Plus2 which I'd like to pick up at some point. There's also the universal version of Rooth's LS8+ when they finalize their new shell design.

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  What's up with the SM64, do they still retain the SM3's surround sound thingy?

 

I didn't test it extensively; it seemed like it retained parts of the old SM3 3D-like presentation, but the SM64 is a lot more open sounding, so the effect is much less pronounced to my ears. I wrote something up here.

 

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Of course if you know anything about me, you probably know I tend to instinctually go for the more esoteric and less-known stuff. On that front Tom turned me on to a product called the BAB-1-MC LE. It's pretty unusual in several respects, including having a chip that can supposedly be programmed for specific earphones to give a flat response. The few impressions that exist so far suggest it's extremely transparent sounding.

 

Actually getting ahold of this thing is a bit tricky, unfortunately. It's something I'm very interested in however and will continue to monitor.

 

Then there's another company that barely gets any mention 'round here called Just Audio. They have some interesting looking portable amps, including this beast:

 

It's called the AHA-120. Seems like the designer is a nice fellow who put a lot of thought into its components, and there's a pretty wide range of impedance options include 0dB for really sensitive IEMs. I also gotta say, I really like the look of it. Much more than a lot of the other stuff out there. The front panel reminds me of the Pete Millett 307A.


There are a few new universal IEMs I really want to try soon. The EarSonics SM64 that Tom mentions is definitely appealing to my impulsive side, so there's a good chance I'll end up listening to them by the end of next week.

 

I'll let you know when things develop -- probably within the next week or two (given that I actually get some quality ear time with it)? I'll try to write something up when I get a chance. I did some more research on it, and I think the main thing that it can be programmed for is to do current inversion that optimizes itself for specific impedance responses. I still don't know what its "sound field control" thing works. However, the amp is essentially a Class D amp like the iQube, but is controlled via special microcontroller (supposedly built specifically for the telecommunications and broadcast industry, but repurposed here; apparently the owner of JL Acoustics knows someone who produces those chips and that's why he's able to get a hold of them, otherwise they're not available?) to do pulse-width modulation. If it sounds anything like the iQube V1/V2, it should be pretty good; rudi0504 bought a BAB3-JE (dual-core version of the BAB1) and posted some impressions. The BAB1 is single-core, but I've heard that it's not like computers, where dual-cores perform better --- the dual-core just enables it to drive headphones to higher power.

 

For some reason, I assumed that Just Audio was popular, but just with big can owners. The design is pretty cool, though, but reminds me of medical instruments and probes. The 0 dB option is interesting, but according to headfonia, there's quite a bit of channel imbalance on the pot?

 

I think you'd like the SM64, if only for the squidgy neoprene/styrofoam carry case! (well, the case sold me... LOL)

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