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Hasn't she been on every single "Greatest Audiophile Hits Compilation Remastered by the Most Golden of Golden Ears in an Anechoic Chamber surrounded by Heavenly Fairies" album for the last few years? tongue.gif

 

lol X2 biggrin.gif

 

Btw Tom, do you know Luisa Sobral? Anyone who's into Stacey Kent and Melody Gardot should give her a try imo. Cute website too.

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From the perspective of someone who's been to various countries from Japan to Mexico to India, China was nothing like I expected.

The main difference is the way people treat you. In most countries people see Americans and act incredibly hospitable and kind. Whether or not they actually like us is another story, but they at least act that way. China is a whole different beast... it's a man eat dog world (I didn't eat any, but I did see it being sold) and the Americans are the dogs. In markets, they price things 10x higher unless you threaten to leave the store. Taxis drive in circles to build up their meter and get you to pay more. Pickpockets are everywhere and tourist attractions have multiple layers of tickets that you don't realize you have to pay for until you get to them.

On the other hand, you could view it as a challenge. Welcome to China, prepare to be screwed. Unless you screw them back, and in a sense you earn a little respect from the locals when you can.

Their clubs kinda suck though. People in China can't dance yet. Maybe in 5 years I'll go back and check on the scene.

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I completely understand you, even though I was Chinese I am unusually tall and large (in HK, I am of a normal size in Australia)  and I stand out in HK like a termite in an ants nest. So I dont seem like a local, in other words I get treated differently. As an outsider I felt as if I was completely different and out of place, 


Edited by veyrongatti - 3/25/13 at 4:35am
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Originally Posted by compoopers View Post


From the perspective of someone who's been to various countries from Japan to Mexico to India, China was nothing like I expected.

The main difference is the way people treat you. In most countries people see Americans and act incredibly hospitable and kind. Whether or not they actually like us is another story, but they at least act that way. China is a whole different beast... it's a man eat dog world (I didn't eat any, but I did see it being sold) and the Americans are the dogs. In markets, they price things 10x higher unless you threaten to leave the store. Taxis drive in circles to build up their meter and get you to pay more. Pickpockets are everywhere and tourist attractions have multiple layers of tickets that you don't realize you have to pay for until you get to them.

On the other hand, you could view it as a challenge. Welcome to China, prepare to be screwed. Unless you screw them back, and in a sense you earn a little respect from the locals when you can.

Their clubs kinda suck though. People in China can't dance yet. Maybe in 5 years I'll go back and check on the scene.

Having been living in China for a year and studying Chinese for more years than I want to count, I understand what you are saying and feel it is true to a certain extent. However, there is a second layer to be discovered. Besides, the mentalility changes a lot from one province to another. I actually like the fact that the Chinese do not talk to you like you are god / a walking wallet like it may happen in some other countries. And the Chinese treat foreigners kinda like they treat each other, in a very rough but honest and straightforward way. Of course their are some cons, but not more so than in Thailand, Italy, Brazil, etc...

 

The whole issue is generally a problem of language / culture gap. Once you somehow speak their language and understand that yelling is a part of communication and not a sign of anger, you do much better.

 

Besides, you went to the wrong clubs trust me :) China is where it's at now ! Call me next time you come ;)

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I was listening to someone called Sara K.  Has anyone here heard of her?

 

You must be kidding, she's been a poster girl for Chesky Records for many years. smile_phones.gif

 

Okay, but I didn't want to just assume that everyone's been listening to her all this time.  smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by james444   You must be kidding, she's been a poster girl for Chesky Records for many years. smile_phones.gif


Hasn't she been on every single "Greatest Audiophile Hits Compilation Remastered by the Most Golden of Golden Ears in an Anechoic Chamber surrounded by Heavenly Fairies" album for the last few years? tongue.gif

 

I first came across her on a Bowers & Wilkins disc.  wink.gif

 

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/\ lol.

 

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Having been living in China for a year and studying Chinese for more years than I want to count, I understand what you are saying and feel it is true to a certain extent. However, there is a second layer to be discovered. Besides, the mentalility changes a lot from one province to another. I actually like the fact that the Chinese do not talk to you like you are god / a walking wallet like it may happen in some other countries. And the Chinese treat foreigners kinda like they treat each other, in a very rough but honest and straightforward way. Of course their are some cons, but not more so than in Thailand, Italy, Brazil, etc...

 

The whole issue is generally a problem of language / culture gap. Once you somehow speak their language and understand that yelling is a part of communication and not a sign of anger, you do much better.

 

Besides, you went to the wrong clubs trust me :) China is where it's at now ! Call me next time you come ;)

As my mum often says:

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Blast from the past this morning.

 

Despite parting with some of my collection, I've kept several of my vintage treasures. One of these is the Sansui SS-1.

 

 

 

Circa 1960s. From Japan.

 

Just look at that design! Has a sort of 60s mod fashion + hospital bed pan thing going. Whole thing is made of this shiny gray plastic, including the cable jacket and plug. The earpads are vinyl and supposedly red, though over time they seemed to have faded to a color that can best be described as "calamine lotion pink." They're not too uncomfortable; over time the earpads get softer when they're heated by your body.

 

The interesting thing about these is that they employ a mylar cone rather than a paper cone. Alas, they sound like crap. Very thin and unpleasant midrange paired with a sucked-out bottom end. Highs are inoffensive but rolled off. Maybe this is due to degradation over time? They're in pristine condition in every other respect however.

 

The box is in very good shape too, and the original manual is still there. Here's a blurb about these headphones:

 

"If you have a yen for true stereo sound, then this new Sansui stereophonic headset is for you. For only headset listening provides exact stereo effect -- just as if you were listening live in the audience yourself. In fact, earphones are the trademark of the audio engineer, the real connoisseur of authentic stereo reception. With the SS-1 pictured above you have quality performance plus ideal wearing comfort. You enjoy balanced, distrotion-free listening over the full range because Sansui's specially-designed diaphragms are curved to fit snugly over your ears. The functional design of the SS-1 also allows you to enjoy full volume performances over an extended period without tiring. You really get an earful of stereo pleasure with this great new Sansui set. Discover what we mean about concert hall clarity today. Your Sansui dealer has a set earmarked just for you!"

 

There's also specs on the back of the page. Including a circuit diagram for connecting these to an amp without a headphone jack! Yikes!

 

Best part? There's a Telex number for Sansui listed on the back too.

 

<3 <3 <3

 

I love headphones history.

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Hey guys, got some good news

 

This weekend was actually the worst of the bunch. Saturday was more or less feverish sleep/awake while having that cough that hurt and those blisters and all that. Yesterday wasn't a lot better, but it was better and today I went to the doctors: he basically said that he could see several viral infections in my body at the same time, and while it's bad luck, there isn't much else to do except to wait it out. So, it's just a matter of waiting it out. Also, it means that it isn't streptococcus or some other bacterial infection, which would've been a bit harder to get rid of. Oh well.

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So, it's just a matter of waiting it out. Also, it means that it isn't streptococcus or some other bacterial infection, which would've been a bit harder to get rid of. Oh well.

 

Wow!  Viral or not that sounds like a pretty trying time nonetheless.  Truly hope that you get better, and feel better everyday.  smile.gif 

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Wow!  Viral or not that sounds like a pretty trying time nonetheless.  Truly hope that you get better, and feel better everyday.  smile.gif 

Thanks my friend, yeah, it's been taxing to be honest. Both physically and mentally, but now I at least know that it's not streptococcus (something I had severe fear for it being, since they've had it going at the kindergarten and our children do seem to bring home those bacterias and viruses) but merely a string of bad luck with viruses.

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Thanks my friend, yeah, it's been taxing to be honest. Both physically and mentally, but now I at least know that it's not streptococcus (something I had severe fear for it being, since they've had it going at the kindergarten and our children do seem to bring home those bacterias and viruses) but merely a string of bad luck with viruses.

 

OMG, I hadn't even thought to ask, is your family okay?  eek.gif

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Hey guys, got some good news

This weekend was actually the worst of the bunch. Saturday was more or less feverish sleep/awake while having that cough that hurt and those blisters and all that. Yesterday wasn't a lot better, but it was better and today I went to the doctors: he basically said that he could see several viral infections in my body at the same time, and while it's bad luck, there isn't much else to do except to wait it out. So, it's just a matter of waiting it out. Also, it means that it isn't streptococcus or some other bacterial infection, which would've been a bit harder to get rid of. Oh well.

Ouch again. Stay strong there CdC. Wishing you get better ASAP and stay healthy for a long time.


Good news I guess. Mixtape #1 Repetition is done, or closest to being done without any sense of arrangement, just how members here posted in chronological order.

And again, as a non-entry I present another glimpse of repetition:

Based on the song in the first 15 seconds, it spawned 20 (at least just in this small collection) of different genre of songs.
post #8922 of 21761
James, I'll try to give the book a read over spring break.

@coq. Dude, please don't EVER wait that long again to go to the doctor. If you have reservations about them, at least go to your local pharmacy and ask them about your symptoms. We pharmacists know just as much as the physicians, with the added knowledge of how a drug will affect you. Go ask if there's anything you can take to give relief for your symptoms. You're lucky it wasn't something more serious, and trust me, they get far more serious.
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Your profile is empty, so I can't even begin to guess.  Portable or home rig based?

 

Uh.. oops.  Portable DAC/AMP.  ibasso d4.  I think I aim to leave it at work, pair it with my Galaxy S3.  On its own, the S3 puts out more noise than Niagara Falls.  :(

 

Of course, that will lead to better phones for work, then a better dac for work (so the d4 can be used when travelling), then an upgraded home rig....

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Okay, I've been reading through this thread for a while.  While I haven't had much interaction with many of the regulars here (outside of Maxvla in general and MF in the LG thread), I guess there's no time like the present to jump into the thread.

Since I've noticed there are a lot of IEM users here, I thought I'd ask does anyone know anything about these?  It's a 3-way dynamic from Unique Melody.  It seems there's a dearth of information on them, and I kept getting errors when I tried to sign up for email notifications.  I've tried a few IEMs in the past, most notably the Westone 4R and Sennheiser IE80 with a few others scattered in there.  What I've found is that anything I've tried that employs balanced armatures has just sounded wrong to me.  I actually thought the 4R's sounded very good, but for some reason something sounded unnatural.  I think the bass output of the IE80 is way too strong, but it's the one IEM that's still in my stable since it doesn't sound fake to me.  I realize that I've probably got some sort of subconscious (is this the right term?) bias against BA's, but I don't really feel like undergoing any psychological treatment to get me to like BA IEMs.  I've also found that I'm a little sensitive to poorly implemented crossovers in speakers, so it could just be that the IEMs I've tried don't do a good job in this regard.  Perhaps I'd really change my tune if I used a set of tri-amped JH-16's, but I'm not really too keen to dump that much money down the IEM "rabbit hole" for now.  Regardless of the rest of this long-winded paragraph, I really am curious if anyone has heard anything about the new 3-way UM CIEM's (at least I assume they're customs).

Anyway,  Hello thread.  Nice to meet you.

Dave

Hey Dave!

I hate to be the sole voice in the wilderness crying out the same thing over and over, but I think the Vsonic GR07 would really suit you. Of all the iems that I've tried, I feel like it does the least amount of things wrong,while doing so many things right. There are technically better and more exciting iems out there, but the gr07 is a solid, do no wrong kind of earphone. I wrote a review of it (in my sig) comparing it to other top tier dynamics to give a sort of reference.

FWIW, the last triple dynamic I heard (fxz-100) relatively sucked. The review is also in my sig.
post #8925 of 21761
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

Having been living in China for a year and studying Chinese for more years than I want to count, I understand what you are saying and feel it is true to a certain extent. However, there is a second layer to be discovered. Besides, the mentalility changes a lot from one province to another. I actually like the fact that the Chinese do not talk to you like you are god / a walking wallet like it may happen in some other countries. And the Chinese treat foreigners kinda like they treat each other, in a very rough but honest and straightforward way. Of course their are some cons, but not more so than in Thailand, Italy, Brazil, etc...

The whole issue is generally a problem of language / culture gap. Once you somehow speak their language and understand that yelling is a part of communication and not a sign of anger, you do much better.

Besides, you went to the wrong clubs trust me smily_headphones1.gif China is where it's at now ! Call me next time you come wink.gif

Thanks for the response. Good to hear from the perspective of someone with longer term experience than me. I was only there 10 days so I got the "touristy" hit it and quit it experience. I bet it's different once you get more and more acclimated.

Next time I'm in Shanghai, hit me up with the good clubs!

PS: If anyone goes to Beijing, let me know if you can find some "I <3 BJ" underwear. I spent hours looking for them.
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