I guess I see it different. I'm a little sad looking at so many good cans that probably don't get as much head-time as they should. That said, I'm in awe.
Speaking of which, what are the chances that this "Amy Morrel" is a pseudonym for one of us (an actual audiophile)? And for that matter, is Amy really an Amy?
Oh you're such a cad you...
Finally catching up on some posts before heading out for the evening. Here we go!
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.
I think that most audiophiles have "strong archival tendencies" (the euphemism is lovely BTW). For one reason or another, it seems to almost be a requirement. I know that for me, it's because I want to preserve a library for comparative purposes later on - eschewing items that I obviously have a distaste for and can't wait to get rid of.
Aha! Kidding, I haven't had an epiphany or anything. But seeking to understand the complexity that lies within the subtleties... I think that's been a take home message of the recent diary entries. So in a sense, is the amp the inner depth of the signal path here?
Speaking of which...
Well as long as it's just a freeform thing, don't see what's wrong with that. After all, it's not like you're going to the first 20 minutes of a wedding, and then ditching the joint right before the vows. But yeah, I understand about the signal-to-noise ratio thing.
Sure, but unless one (or both of you) has got some weird ear fetish - or is secretly an audiologist - I'm not sure how much you'll be able to learn about the other's outer ear under the guise of being, you know, not a freak.
I think we might be blowing the size of those custom tips WAAYYY out of proportion here...
I'm always here. I come on thread once in the morning before work and in the evening after I get home from work. By the way whats YT and are they touring through my neck of the woods soon?
I have some very bad news guys. I'm starting to feel bored with my gear again which means my wallet will probably want to kill me soon. I wonder where what I should look into next.
Oh you know, YT. The place where we've been having that other conversation.
Like the real stuff, or the stuff out of a can?
On a bit of a spree. Randomly ordered the new ATH-CKN70 and ordered another pair of FXD80's (after my original pair died).
Now that I've done my XBA-1 video, I really understand why Sennheiser went with micro drivers for the IE800. There is no reason to try to get a good sound out of a BA driver when you can get better frequency range and distortion figures out of a single micro-driver and the same physical dimensions. The FXD80 rips all over the XBA-1, especially with the better build and less money. Hopefully AT can do something magical with the CKN70!
lol I'll be sipping Lipton sweetened ice tea ;-). Which model did you opt for, the Sui or Kaede? How much did you score them for? :)
I exchanged my monsters 2 times before giving up..............
Yeah, the lack of a strain relief is mark against the Flat4. There's also no screen on the nozzle to keep debris out, so keep an eye out for wax 'n' stuff...
The funny thing is, that 4070 and one of those SR-Omegas in that picture are mine now. As is his K1000. Over the years he's sold off a good amount of his gear from when those pictures were taken. I suppose we're kind of similar in that respect (and we both prefer 'stats). Another head-fier with a huge collection is kiertijai. I believe he's a professor and cardiologist for royalty or something along those lines.
As far as ultimate head-fi collections goes though, few can hold a candle to some of these head-fiers in Hong Kong and Italy. Those tend to be the spendy audiophile capitals of the world. One Italian head-fier set up a museum for his collection which contained thousands of headphones from various decades. No joke.
Iunno, I'm not into "collecting" so much anymore. For instance I had an opportunity to buy a mint Ultrasone Edition 7 for a good price----not so great in terms of sound, but one of the rarest headphones on the planet---and I passed on it without much of a second thought. A year or two ago I would have definitely taken him up on the offer.
Oh, I see what you're saying. I just sort of assumed the impressions would come later. You could always say "a trip to the audiologist" was included in the package / surprise. Similarly with rings, you could always take her to pick it out herself as part of the present. Just depends on how you play it 's all.
And as far as being perceived as a freak with weird fetishes goes.... it's usually too late by that point for me anyway.