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I think the head-fier n3rdling already beat me to it. Heck I think he may have even beat out MuppetFace

 

 

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. 

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Also is that a EX1000?

Nope, it's the EX1000's little brother the EX600.

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Nope, it's the EX1000's little brother the EX600.

I see.
Man listening to Bloc Party, which I found before The Change (i.e. this stupid forum LOL) is both fun and torturing: fun because it reminds me of one of my friends, but it's just pure torture since the mastering is soooooooo baaaad. :cries:
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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...

 

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?

 

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

 

Oh you're such a cad you...tongue.gif

 

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

 

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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.

 

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?

 

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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.

 

Speaking of which... smile.gif

 

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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.

 

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.  biggrin.gif  But yeah, I understand about the signal-to-noise ratio thing.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

I think we might be blowing the size of those custom tips WAAYYY out of proportion here...

 

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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).

 

??????

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.

 

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TH600s arrived via DHL. Early impression: Mmmm, good.
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If I can liken these to pie, these are like a great slice of cherry pie: sweet, a little tart, warm, and delicious. Compared to the TH900s? Well, the 900s are that same pie, but with some whipped cream on top.

 

Like the real stuff, or the stuff out of a can?

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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!

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Guess I'll be joining Mupps and Driver 8 (and possibly Lee?) in the Flat-4 club soon. Just scored a real nice deal in the FS section after vacillating between that and waiting it out for the 334/SM64. We'll be having our own tea and private listening ceremonies cordoned off from the rest of you non F-4 folk. I'll be drinking Lipton out of a styrofoam cup myself after filing taxes and these phones though :l
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Guess I'll be joining Mupps and Driver 8 (and possibly Lee?) in the Flat-4 club soon. Just scored a real nice deal in the FS section after vacillating between that and waiting it out for the 334/SM64. We'll be having our own tea and private listening ceremonies cordoned off from the rest of you non F-4 folk. I'll be drinking Lipton out of a styrofoam cup myself after filing taxes and these phones though :l


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? :)

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Yeah man. The hell with Matcha and its mystique! We're kickin' it ghetto style. Picked up the SUI off of Sopp06. Paid $360. Don't see the point of the Kaede after Romy broke it down. Only thing I'm really iffy about is that confounding lack of strain relief. I mean... That's just baffling man. I used to think my FX500s were bullet proof until one day, the left side just shorted out on me :/

Wonder if the Kaede is better in that respect
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Yeah I know what you mean. That does have me a bit worried as well. I wonder how long the warranty period is.... devil_face.gif
 

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Whatever it is, it's never long enough. I swear a lot of stuff just seems to be engineered to fail right outside of the warranty period as if there was a halflife applied to the materials or something. How does a company like Koss or Monster (?) offer lifetime warranties on their products?
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Whatever it is, it's never long enough. I swear a lot of stuff just seems to be engineered to fail right outside of the warranty period as if there was a halflife applied to the materials or something. How does a company like Koss or Monster (?) offer lifetime warranties on their products?

I exchanged my monsters 2 times before giving up..............

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Yeah man. The hell with Matcha and its mystique! We're kickin' it ghetto style. Picked up the SUI off of Sopp06. Paid $360. Don't see the point of the Kaede after Romy broke it down. Only thing I'm really iffy about is that confounding lack of strain relief. I mean... That's just baffling man. I used to think my FX500s were bullet proof until one day, the left side just shorted out on me :/

Wonder if the Kaede is better in that respect

 

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...

 

 


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I think the head-fier n3rdling already beat me to it. Heck I think he may have even beat out MuppetFace

 

 

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.

 

 


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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.

 

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.

 

 


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I think we might be blowing the size of those custom tips WAAYYY out of proportion here...

 

 

Not necessarily. Ear-play anyone?

 

 

 

"It's all about PRaT...."

 

(That's pretty exploitable for some Typical Head-fier type comments....)

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My feet are killing me.

 

At times like this I lament being single.

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My feet are killing me.

 

At times like this I lament being single.

 

You need some kind of Cinco Girl.

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You need some kind of Cinco Girl.

 

So long as someone like that Cinco rep. (I want to say his name was Gorm ....?) doesn't spy on us all the time.

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