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I need some recommendations from you guys. Can anyone recommend any good instrumental music that's mellow relaxing and uses a kind smattering of not normally heard of traditional instruments from countries that are considered off the beaten track so to speak. I'm not really well versed in world music so I thought I'd come in here and ask. I would prefer something with a mixture of strings or flutes or maybe even East Indian drums and I'm not adverse to anything that may merge the modern with the traditional. I don't know, maybe a touch of the progressive is what i mean when I say modern.

 

 

Check out Bombay Dub Orchestra. 

 

Also, if you can find it, anything by Psychobaba (or Saicobaba) or Yoshimi (either her recent solo stuff as Yoshimio or her band OOIOO). On the more ambient side of things, there's Yagya, but his stuff has gotten really expensive and collectable for some reason. On the more folksy / acoustic side of things, there's Barn Owl, The Observatories, Arcn Tmpl, and Ghost.

 

I'd also recommend checking out Appalachian guitar music, for instance Alexander Turnquist.

 

And of course, the ultimate recommendation I could EVER give you: Popol Vuh.

 

 


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Which Lambda are you referring to? LOL

 

The original Stax Lambda (normal bias) is still my favorite in many ways, and it's usually regarded as one of the best. The later pro biased Lambdas will be good bets as well however. Really, so long as you can find one with the transformer for under, say $500, you can't go wrong. The Nova Signature is usually considered one of the best models along with the original normal bias one. The (non-Nova) Signature is also a good bet.

 


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I've been neglecting the full-sized side of things for a while; I don't have the luxury of quiet time, nor to leak sound, as I live with three other people in close proximity. However, from time to time, I get some good ear time in with my HD598, and like most people know, it really is an ideal headphone from the aspect of easy driveability, flat response with a tiny bit of upper mid emphasis, and big soundstage. I keep thinking about what I can go with next, though, when I do eventually get my own place with enough space to stash an actual amp.

 

Those who have been around the thread for a while are probably familiar with my listening tendencies, at least in the IEM realm. I like a very neutral response with the very slightest hint of crisp edginess. Lately, I've seen myself eschewing the peakier earphones for ones that are smoother in response, but still very detailed and revealing. In this sense, the HD598 has been an ideal headphone for me --- I keep thinking of which headphone would give me an extra step of refinement, as lately I've noticed some of its less refined aspects in the bass and treble regions. For example, the HD650 is a better headphone, and I respect it quite a bit, but it doesn't have the signature I want. The HD800 is king of the land, but runs the risk of sounding detached when not paired with the right amp. I haven't heard any of the Hifimans, but their ergonomics worry me, though the HE-500 seems nice. I'd love a STAX Omega, but I'd like to keep my kidneys. Any other suggestions?

 

Do you want a closed full-sized, or an open?

 

The best closed full-size I could recommend, with a sound signature you'd like (knowing what I know about your tastes), is the Paradox. It's based on the T50RP, but LFF's mods are ridiculous and bring it up to the level of the HE-500 and beyond in my humble opinion. It's pretty much ruler-flat, too.

 

http://referencesounds.com/products.html

 

If you contact LFF he should be able to answer any of your questions or concerns. He tunes these things by ear, but he has an extensive background in mastering as an audio engineer and knows what he's doing. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm friends with LFF.

 

Otherwise if you want an open headphone, I'd still recommend you give the Paradox a consideration lol, but also consider the HiFiMan HE-400 or HE-500 (I think the latter would be more to your taste). As per Maverick's recommendation, used Stax gear is a nice bet, particularly the Lambdas. Also consider the Koss ESP 950 + transformer box if you can find it for around $600 or less.


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I got my pair of impedance adapters today. Out of curiosity I decided to hook up my K2 sp to the 15 ohm one and plugged it into my ALO RX MKII. I immediately noticed a lack of detail in the sound and tonality sounded a little weird in places. Guess the adapter works, now the waiting game begins for the Studio V Rocoo player.
I need some recommendations from you guys. Can anyone recommend any good instrumental music that's mellow relaxing and uses a kind smattering of not normally heard of traditional instruments from countries that are considered off the beaten track so to speak. I'm not really well versed in world music so I thought I'd come in here and ask. I would prefer something with a mixture of strings or flutes or maybe even East Indian drums and I'm not adverse to anything that may merge the modern with the traditional. I don't know, maybe a touch of the progressive is what i mean when I say modern.

Try putting the impedance adaptor between the DAP and the amp. Might be better (the amp is going to be more indifferent to the line impedance), might not (might drop the line level too close to the amp's noise floor). I've had mixed results trying that, myself. It's entirely possible the problem ends up being the adaptor itself is poor quality.

I'll second many of MuppetFace's recommendations, though I'll note the only Ghost I've heard mostly has vocals. And the only Popul Vuh album I really like is In the gardens of Pharaoh / Aguirre, the latter half being a remix of excerpts from his soundtrack for the movie Aguirre: The Wrath of God. Definitely more at the new age end of the spectrum but it's a monster.

If you end up liking Popul Vuh, you'll want to get into Tangerine Dream and associated acts.

There's also Outback, which does cheerful didgeridoo + guitar tracks wih a dancy, spacy feel. Downright cloying sometimes when I'm not in the right mood, but at other times it hits the spot in a nice music-background kind of way. Dr. Didg is the solo project of the didgeridoo player, definitely in the same vein but doesn't quite work as well.

And that reminds me of the late Martyn Bennett's work (although he played fiddle, not didgeridoo), which is mostly out of print and worth tracking down. Many tracks have vocals, though.

Also worth having is the audiophile chestnut A meeting by the river by Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt. In addition to sounding great, it really honestly is excellent music, and suits all your requirements (except for its lack of flutes).

If you don't have any John Fahey, start now. Any of the albums whose titles invoke Blind Joe Death is a good place to start. For now, avoid anything he recorded in the 1990s -- while it's excellent stuff he started delving into Japan noise and compositional experimentation, probably not the groove you want to dig right now.

More will come to mind as I continue thinking about this.
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Those who have been around the thread for a while are probably familiar with my listening tendencies, at least in the IEM realm. I like a very neutral response with the very slightest hint of crisp edginess. Lately, I've seen myself eschewing the peakier earphones for ones that are smoother in response, but still very detailed and revealing.

Somebody who's spent more time with them than I have would have to back me up on this, but what came to mind was the Ultrasone Signature Pro. Bonus: It's closed-backed.
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Imma let you finish, but, this new phone is pretty awesome.

Hah. Jealous. I ordered my wife's and mine five minutes apart.

Hers is arriving later this morning. Mine is arriving in October.
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In my experience lossless does a number on battery life.

Definitely true of HDD-based DAPs, due to the extra disk spin (mitigated on some players by having an extra-large cache on board for the disk read to load into: the larger ipods' is something around 64-128 MB).

On older SSD-based DAPs, it's probably a wash: fewer reads, but decompressing the music stream before decoding is more CPU-intensive. On more recent SSD-based DAPs, I don't really know where the balance lies; I'd guess it'd depend on whether there are any optimizations in the decoding stream or if they're resting on eight year old logic hardware for that.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone, and definitely quite a few that wouldn't come to mind immediately. I'll look into each of them to see what suits me best. I'm not necessarily looking for closed headphones, as I don't plan on upgrading until I actually get my own place.

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Also apropos impedance adaptors: On my to-do list is building LODs with a 15 dB signal drop and a passive Meier-style crossover (Edit: crossfeed! derp) circuit. Maybe both (though the crossover will itself induce a 3dB or so drop). They're each mostly simple resistor circuits. What I don't know right now is what values of resistors to use.

In related updates, I sold off the iPod that, er, experienced my first LOD experiment a few weeks back. There's a chain store that buys 'em in any condition, and I got enough trade-in value to cover most of the cost of a replacement. So I'll be getting a 60 GB video iPod to replace the old 30 GB video iPod, for less than the cost of repairing the old one. I'll be putting a high-capacity battery in ASAP and maybe a 128 GB SSD. At the moment I'm trying to find resources that are both cheap and trustworthy: 850 mAh batteries can be had for $5 and compatible 128 GB drives can be had for $140, but the resources for both seem kind of mystery meat-ish. Otherwise, the prices of ZIF-format SSDs don't seem to have dropped in the past year, which is a nuisance.
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I need some recommendations from you guys. Can anyone recommend any good instrumental music that's mellow relaxing and uses a kind smattering of not normally heard of traditional instruments from countries that are considered off the beaten track so to speak. I'm not really well versed in world music so I thought I'd come in here and ask. I would prefer something with a mixture of strings or flutes or maybe even East Indian drums and I'm not adverse to anything that may merge the modern with the traditional. I don't know, maybe a touch of the progressive is what i mean when I say modern.

 

 

Santoor ( Shiv Kumar Sharma) "Elements: Water"

 

 

Talvin Singh's popular composition "Traveller"

 

 

Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas "Water Down the Ganges"

 

 

This used to be a very popular track. Prem Joshua "Shiva Moon". 

 


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I need some recommendations from you guys. Can anyone recommend any good instrumental music that's mellow relaxing and uses a kind smattering of not normally heard of traditional instruments from countries that are considered off the beaten track so to speak.

Another soundtrack album that I think fits only what I quoted is Botanicula's soundtrack. It's from an indie game, a very character-driven one and very dependent on the BGM to give it its fullest, so it stands to say that the soundtrack in of itself is very good too. Head over to bandcamp again. Not all are peaceful and relaxing though, since there are tracks that's played in some enemy scenes.
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And since two of the Regulars here are getting/have got their iP5, I wonder if this would happen to you?
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In my experience lossless does a number on battery life.


From a "more technical than you wanted to know" perspective:

 

power usage = complexity times bitrate

 

ALAC/FLAC has roughly the same complexity as MP3, and a much higher bitrate, so it eats batteries.

 

WAV has a complexity of just above zero, because it's essentially PCM with a header.  So if you can spare the disk space, WAV will use very little power.

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What's this... a new planar magnetic headphone debuting at RMAF?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.abyss-headphones.com/

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I like how they trademarked Ultrathin. Also near zero distortion, except on the word dsitortion.
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Also "BioWare" has announced Mass Effect 4 is in the works apparently and is going to be set apart from the trilogy involving Commander Shepard. The press release mentioned it being "Casey Hudson's vision" or something.

 

In other words, it's probably going to suck something fierce. : (

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Which Lambda are you referring to? LOL

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The original Stax Lambda (normal bias) is still my favorite in many ways, and it's usually regarded as one of the best. The later pro biased Lambdas will be good bets as well however. Really, so long as you can find one with the transformer for under, say $500, you can't go wrong. The Nova Signature is usually considered one of the best models along with the original normal bias one. The (non-Nova) Signature is also a good bet.

 

The original normal bias just like Romy mentioned.

 

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Actually, to be honest, most conf-files are where they should be and linux is kinda sorta very easy to "hack". It's almost as if you really shouldn't call it hack, since it's actually meant to be tampered with. If you go with ubuntu (debian or linux mint as well) and want to change desktop environment from Gnome to KDE (or lxde, which I prefer over both Gnome, KDE and XFCE) you just type sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop or sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop depending on what package you want to use. After that you can tamper with conf-files which should be seen as .ini files. Easy peasy.

 

I'm not sure here, but if you put the virtual machine/virtual hdd on your ssd, everything will be on the ssd in that virtual inception world of yours.

 

Oh, and changing where you put /catalogs, when installing, is as easy as typing in your username and password. You have to go the manual route when presented the question of how to partition your HDD. It may sound more advanced than it really is. When you choose manual, you see the gparted partitioner, and it kinda looks like this:

 

 

It doesn't really get more straight forward and easy to use than that without getting an Apple logo on it. The installer will configure everything for you, and when installed, everything works just the way you wanted - automagically!

 

The hard part is more or less just finding the right place to change the setting.

 

The disk image file is on the SSD so everything goes plenty fast.  Of course it doesn't need more than that.  It just has one virtualized drive in a dynamically expanding container file.  I only set up the VM so I could learn some basic linux stuff and more easily run Octave without having to mess with Cygwin or something.  The VM isn't going to have much installed on it and it doesn't need to access any of my music, movies, or other media so I don't need to do any of this right now.  That's what Win7 it's being virtualized on is for.  I was just wondering for the future.

 

I'm going to have to make it show me the actual logical drives and/or partitions in both in the file manager and terminal though.  I'm still kinda shocked that linux, of all things, would abstract away something that even Windows presents directly to the user

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I like how back in the day Disney cartoons were usually well done and could have good music. I like especially this one:

 

 

 

I admit (Click to show)

I have actually not seen Fantasia

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What's this... a new planar magnetic headphone debuting at RMAF?

 

I can't help but laugh at the Spiderman grill...

 

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Also "BioWare" has announced Mass Effect 4 is in the works apparently and is going to be set apart from the trilogy involving Commander Shepard. The press release mentioned it being "Casey Hudson's vision" or something.

 

So what were the first 3 games then?

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Cool. How did you manage to do that? I remember you said that you've studied at an international school. I think that you can become bilingual from the very early age. The later you learn the less possibility that a second language will be equal to the first.

Because I studied English late I didn't grasp it by intuition but by reasoning which is the lamest way to learn languages. There was no environment to communicate in English so I just read texts and learned new words and memorized grammar rules.

I went to an International school for 6 years (from age 13 to 17). Before that my English was abominable.
It turns out that if you start speaking a language a lot at age 13 you can pick it up quite quickly. A Japanese friend who joined the school at the age of 16 had a lot of trouble, however. And he's still very far from my level. (it's his 4th year in that school now).
Perhaps 13-14 is about the latest at which you can still pick up a second language.
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Good old cram-days... I use to procrastinate til the very last minute while in school lol (not all the time but when I could get away with it). I remember I had one online class that I waited till the very last week for everything to be turned in and I just jammed it. Was astronomy class. Got an A smily_headphones1.gif.

 

My strategy in high school was exactly the same.

Now I'm a little more disciplined and get it out of the way quite soon. Then again, I've only had three weeks of university so far.
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I like how they trademarked Ultrathin. Also near zero distortion, except on the word dsitortion.

Dsitortion is different from 'distortion'. A true audiophile should know this.

It's the amount of distortion measured in the complex plane of sound waves. Limiting this adds more detail and tranquility to the music, but it requires special patented magnet orientations.
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