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@ warrenpchi

 

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dt880smile.png rolleyes.gif This thread just went from Zero to 60! in a 25 mph zone...


Edited by Silent One - 3/2/13 at 2:51pm
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I seriously doubt the drop in posts is due to confusion over avatars. Maxvla was probably kidding, and besides he doesn't post much in here these days anyway. A lot of the diary regulars are busy atm with other commitments. A_rec is working on his graduate thesis, CdC has his new job, RGD has work related stuff too, Tom is off being Reed Richards, kiteki is off being Sue Richards (only he can't seem to turn visible again), maverick seems to have fallen into a Dr. Who-ian crack that appeared in his bedroom one day ---- wait, what was I talking about again?

 

I'm sure all the rest of you are busy with life's various foibles as well.

 

Tonight is another party I don't really feel like attending. LOL my social life is hilarious.


Edited by MuppetFace - 3/2/13 at 2:27pm
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Marrying Mupps....

 

Forget the wedding ring. It's all about the rose gold FAD 1601SC (with custom tips):

 

 

 

Who cares if the airflow is obstructed and the sound is more congested as a result? Hnnngggg.

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Sometimes I regret having dived in deep in anime culture...........

I'm so sorry...
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Did you read my earlier post Muppet? I was wondering if you could give a comparison between the Flat 4 Sui and Kaede?

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Sometimes I regret having dived in deep in anime culture...........

I'm so sorry...

 

Terrific glance w/avatar!

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I seriously doubt the drop in posts is due to confusion over avatars. Maxvla was probably kidding, and besides he doesn't post much in here these days anyway. A lot of the diary regulars are busy atm with other commitments. A_rec is working on his graduate thesis, CdC has his new job, RGD has work related stuff too, Tom is off being Reed Richards, kiteki is off being Sue Richards (only he can't seem to turn visible again), maverick seems to have fallen into a Dr. Who-ian crack that appeared in his bedroom one day ---- wait, what was I talking about again?

 

Yeah, last time I checked, maverick hasn't been around since last year.  And DF has discovered YT.  I wonder how many people are over at the other place (I've been lurking there for a while).

 

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Tonight is another party I don't really feel like attending. LOL my social life is hilarious.

 

Do you ultimately end up having a good time though?

 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

Marrying Mupps....

 

Forget the wedding ring. It's all about the rose gold FAD 1601SC (with custom tips):

 

 

Do you have any idea what kind of imaginative (and ultimately lame) excuses we have to come up with in the course of stealthily finding out a girl's ring size?  This is gonna introduce a whole new level of creepiness into the mix.  My hat off in advance to the girl that tries!  biggrin.gif

 

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Sometimes I regret having dived in deep in anime culture...........

I'm so sorry...

 

smile.gif  Wait, I don't get it.


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Did you read my earlier post Muppet? I was wondering if you could give a comparison between the Flat 4 Sui and Kaede?

Since she isn't around I can pass along some info - I've asked about that before - the short of it is, she feels the premium mostly went into the build of the Kaede and that the difference in sound quality doesn't really justify the additional cost.
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Since she isn't around I can pass along some info - I've asked about that before - the short of it is, she feels the premium mostly went into the build of the Kaede and that the difference in sound quality doesn't really justify the additional cost.


Ahh ok, thanks for that. :)

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

Marrying Mupps....

 

Forget the wedding ring. It's all about the rose gold FAD 1601SC (with custom tips):

 

 

Who cares if the airflow is obstructed and the sound is more congested as a result? Hnnngggg.

 

These look like something for the honeymoon, not the wedding.

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OMG. Finally did the DBV #3 mod developed by the one and only Bluemonkeyflyer... I have to say, against my melanin foam concoction, his is just way better in every level, but still maintained what I aimed to achieve: detail in almost every range, but nothing too focused from one another, and still doing that "intimate vocal crowned by music" thing that I found easier achieved in most IEMs. Bravo.
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Thought you guys might be interested, I put some early impressions of the AD900X over at the new ADx thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/631998/audio-technica-updates-their-open-headphones-ad-series-ad2000x-ad1000x-ad900x-ad700x-and-ad500x

 

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The AD900X's definitely do have the characteristic that I remember most strongly from the AD900 - namely a very dry, extended treble range. This is a definite and noticeable aspect of the sound that carries through every track I throw at it - this very strong sense of air from an emphasis on the treble.

 

Mids are clear and have a nice bell-tone clarity, but vocals are not especially mellow or liquid. Again like typical AT they do an amazing job on female vocals; the lack of lower mid emphasis make male vocals sound nice but not particularly interesting.

 

Bass is fast, tight and punchy, decent for an open headphone but not anything standout to me. From memory it seems like a definite improvement on the AD900 bass. Listening to this test: http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_frequencychecklow.php driver action starts at around 20hz, but only really becomes audible at 30hz and only reaches full volume at about 60hz. There is definitely some roll off in the sub-bass, same as with almost all open headphones. (Except the LCD-2 heh.)

 

Soundstage initially seems quite open because of the treble emphasis and the way it tends to emphasize atmospherics in the sound (reverb, echo). However, like how I remember the AD900 and AD2000, soundstage is actually somewhat diffuse and imprecise. It's slightly smeared over a large area, and I'm not getting any sense of great imaging.

 

My main criticism of the sound: while these sound great for slower tracks where the atmospherics shine, they fall apart a bit for very fast aggressive music because a) they don't separate or layer amazingly b) the hot treble just becomes too spitty c) the slight bass roll off makes it harder to preserve a sense of beat or rhythm.

 

I am really being incredibly harsh here though. Relative to other headphones in their price category (I'm going by the Amazon.co.jp price I got) these are great. While I wouldn't recommend them for people who listen to a lot of aggressive electronic or metal, they do an amazing job with almost everything else. Build quality is also a big plus, but I'm still undecided about comfort.

 

I want to listen a listen a little more and gather my thoughts before I give a comprehensive comparison against the MA900, but I'll say this: I like the MA900 more. I am sure the AD900 will have many fans because of the treble flavour (the MA900 is definitely more laid back and mellow in that regard) but imaging and layering are noticeably better on the MA900. The MA900 sounds a little more boring but has better genre bandwidth than the AD900X. The MA900 is also hands down more comfortable for me.

 

Of course, the MA900 should be a better headphone technically; it costs more. Build quality on the AD900X puts the MA900 to shame.

 

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Thought you guys might be interested, I put some early impressions of the AD900X over at the new ADx thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/631998/audio-technica-updates-their-open-headphones-ad-series-ad2000x-ad1000x-ad900x-ad700x-and-ad500x

 

I guess my two choices for another open headphone is decided. The MA900 it is, so long as I can get to a demo model to see just how flimsy it is.

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Hey MF, you never got around to posting the H-100 impressions. I guess you got caught up with the SM64 smile.gif

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Finally catching up on some posts before heading out for the evening. Here we go!

 

 


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Is the build better on the Heaven IV now? I remember you being discouraged before.

 

The new RE-400 looks like its channeling some FAD spirits on the cheap.

 

The build on the Heaven IV and VI is alright. Mostly the design is just a bit pedestrian by FAD's standards. The flat cable is still obnoxious, but it's an improvement over the one on the Heaven S. There's also a proper strain relief, which is rare for them. I guess they're slowly but surely making concessions to practicality, and while I'm not sure how I feel about that in the long run, the Heaven VI has been a joy overall.

 

 


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Pictured below is a headphone amp that will soon be released, the Sileo by Human Audio.  (Sileo means silence, quietness - pretty apt, huh?)

 

 

Looks pretty cool. I'm not familiar with Human Audio, so I'll have to check out their stuff sometime. As if I needed something else to throw money at now.

 

 


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That's rather disappointing, sounds like they did the best they possibly could with the highs and mids and threw in the one note low end as an afterthought. I would have thought they would have taken the time to at least throw in a little extra mid and sub bass flare and give the listener a touch of rumble for the sheer joy of it.

 

 

Honestly, the bass response isn't that bad for a universal balanced armature. I'm just pointing out the short comings.

 

I'm glad they didn't throw in moar bass. Again, my issue isn't with the quantity of bass but the quality (lacking in texture). If the bass isn't amazing to begin with, the last thing I want is more of it lol.

 

 


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By the way I read your early impressions in the TH600 thread and believe it or not I like what I read. A step down from the TH 900 but a step up from the D7000 has me really intrigued and makes me wonder if this is the bargain hifi can for me. The comment concerning there being less powerful and prominent bass was also a plus for me. I like bass but if I'm going to spend around a grand on a can I want something that's multi genre friendly because I can't stand to much bass in my rock metal or jazz unless it's supposed to sound overly bassy. Would you characterize the mids detailing ability as close to top tier status and do you think by the end of the year we might see the price come down 1 or 200 bones from the current MSRP?

 

 

I'm not so sure the price of the TH600 is going to drop by the end of the year, at least so long as it remains less widely available. People were looking to the Denons for precedent and expecting the TH900 to drop in price quickly, but I was skeptical since it's pretty much still import exotica at this point. The retailers who stock it in the US likely order them from abroad only when they get orders to prevent any surplus stock, and without surplus stock you're not going to see price slashing. The prices have only dropped recently due to the JPY fluctuations. If Fostex starts distributing them more widely then prices will likely start to drop in time.

 

 


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If you'll indulge me for a moment, I think I have a way of understanding why that might be so.

 

I'd wager that we all have an expectation of continued exploration when it comes to IEMs (and cans).  I don't imagine the journey ending for any of us - at least not any time soon.  But I think that source and signal path components tend to be an area where we aren't as capricious.  This is typically so - not only because of cost - but because of a fear of chaos.  After all, the farther back into the signal path we go, the more we'll need to change downstream to account for it.

 

Is it at all possible that, since you're anticipating a significant change in environment, you've taken this time to kind of cut loose a little with the audio gear as well?  I guess what I'm trying to say is that your recent interest might be in concert with life events in general?

 

Or alternatively, I am just waayyyy off (wouldn't be the first time).smile.gif

 

 

 

There's probably some truth to that. The upcoming move was impetus, but in general I had felt smothered by my audio stuff, so I ended up clearing out a lot of my inventory. In particular most of my former amps were sold. In that sense it affords me the opportunity to start fresh. In general, I tend to have strong archival tendencies: I cling to the past and like preserving stuff, but at the same time I have an insatiable urge to try new things and explore, so it's easy for me to amass collections (not just with headphones but everything). That's why I force myself periodically to start anew. Clothes, furniture... and in a more abstract sense certain dependencies and precedents.

 

With amps however I have a genuine interest in their design and implementation. Also there's that human aspect I tend to prattle on about: with a lot of these amps, you can talk to their designers and come to know their design philosophy. Those ideas and passion are reflected in the amps themselves, much like a work of art (ignoring those schools of art criticism which advocate viewing works in isolation outside of their creators; personally as someone interested in authorship and filmmaking I find that view suspect and frankly boring). While there are certainly small scale headphone operations where you can come to know the designers, it's much more common with amps (and CIEMs which, incidentally, I'm more interested in these days as well).

 

Also I tend to be fascinated with the way the audio chain and listener interface. As perhaps the least critical aspect of the big three---source, amp, headphones---the amp's role is understated yet still intriguing to me.

 

 

 


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Heh,thanks for the memories,MuppetFace.

 

Thanks for your great response.

 

 


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Other commitments have mostly overwhelmed my listening time as well as my audio forum-ing time. Probably only for a short time though.

 

Well take care, and hopefully we'll see more of you around soon. I'm looking forward to your entries for the upcoming playlist / mixtapes.

 

 


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Did you read my earlier post Muppet? I was wondering if you could give a comparison between the Flat 4 Sui and Kaede?

 


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Since she isn't around I can pass along some info - I've asked about that before - the short of it is, she feels the premium mostly went into the build of the Kaede and that the difference in sound quality doesn't really justify the additional cost.

 

Pretty much, yeah. If you do a search in this thread you should come up with a bunch of my impressions scattered throughout. I've done some comparisons between the two here and there. Basically as Idsynchrono says the KAEDE isn't that much different from the SUI. It has a slightly more refined sound, particularly in the treble region which has less glare compared to the SUI. Overall they're more similar to my ears than dissimilar. The build quality on the KAEDE is much fancier, but for most folks I wouldn't suggest spending twice as much unless you really want the added luxury or absolutely love the sound of them like I do.

 

 


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Do you ultimately end up having a good time though?

 

 

 

 

Generally not until I decide to abandon ship with a few friends and go hang out somewhere else. Which is probably terribly ungracious.

 


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Do you have any idea what kind of imaginative (and ultimately lame) excuses we have to come up with in the course of stealthily finding out a girl's ring size?  This is gonna introduce a whole new level of creepiness into the mix.  My hat off in advance to the girl that tries!  biggrin.gif

 

 

I tend to have a general idea of ring size just by comparing hands since I know what mine is.

 

 


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These look like something for the honeymoon, not the wedding.

 

Without the custom tips they look like something for the wedding. With the custom tips they look like something for the honeymoon.

 

 

 

 


 

Well I need to be heading off here. Have a nice Saturday night everyone!

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