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post #31 of 95
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Originally posted by rickcr42
probably why i steer clear of that joint

gives me the dam* willies
lol... wassup with that bro'?

lol... Seriously though, yeah... we've lost some good members, but we've gained more... its all like the good old circle of life, we are born, we grow, and we die... some of us are just living here that little bit longer
post #32 of 95
While the golden age of Head-Fi might be over, it seems to me that the golden age of headphones is just about to begin. A few more great products to get into the hands of someone with the ability to get the message out far and wide could break it open. At that point, when cans become mainstream and accepted, we'll see the golden age of headphones begin in earnest. Manufacturers will begin to see this as a viable market, and as such begin making more and better products aimed at someone other than the Coby level average buyer.

Also, while Head-Fi's golden age might be over, for each newb here it only begins for them when they sign-up. Each person is just starting their journey when they discover this place, and as such they are in for a golden age of their own when they spend some time here.
post #33 of 95
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At that point, when cans become mainstream and accepted, we'll see the golden age of headphones begin in earnest. Manufacturers will begin to see this as a viable market, and as such begin making more and better products aimed at someone other than the Coby level average buyer.
problem is that the coby buyer is still a huge percentage of market share

the good news is , through this site ,the unavoidable recognition of its populaity (alexa rankings ) and the tireless crusade of Tyll at Headroom (for YEARS guys and gals,way before most of us even considered this as a viable hobby) high end audio has taken notice and have begun to cater to us a bit more .

the Golden Age for me was my first pair of KOSS PRO-4AA headphones and my first Sony Walkman

cassette !!

but it had those cool neodinexxx magnets for high sensitivity which allowed tiny little amps to produce good sound for the first time

MUSIC TO GO
post #34 of 95
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Originally posted by Duncan
some of us are just living here that little bit longer
And some of us just posting way more often.
post #35 of 95
off topic but flashed into my mind (a scary place ) so i thought i would share the vision for the OldTimers

better known as the original HeadWize All Stars

music to go

brings up a certain visual for most of us ,one with an itty bitty source , headphone amp and a set of earbuds-that seems to be the norm

But back in the "old days" we had a guy come on board to the DIY forum at headwize and he was attempting to build an amp to drive his Grados to insane volume levels and his first attempt was a real disaster

So as we always did , the guys that knew what time of day it was went through the process of troubleshooting his amp online over a period of days until the operation was a success

the joy was always in the helping the new guy , the next generation of 'builder of things audio'

that and a little ego as in "I know this and you all stand back and watch while i tell him how to proceed"

This particular guy was relentless and every time something was suggested he would log off ,try the fix , and then log back and with

IT DID NOT WORK !!!!

NOW WHAT ???

followed by *^%&&**^ (not the edited version folks )

Well eventually the operation was a success , he survived ,we survived and the pictorial to follow was a thing of beauty !

but we created a monster (some of you are already smiling ) and this person was not content to have a fully operational CMOY amp so the next day he unveiled the BATTERY PACK so he could amp up

again not good enough

Two days later or maybe longer ,not sure , the 47 Amp was unveiled

then it got a little weird , new amps every other day

each more powerful than the last , some actually scary looking all podged together with four opamps stacked and wires going all over

this wing nut is the "A" in the CHA47 amp

where this is heading is....

i always had a vision of a glazed eyed amp constructor laboring over the workbench , no sleep,coffe at hand and finally

EUREKA !

success at last


and then i picture him walking down the streets of manhatten with his most recent creation-

towing the six car batteries in a little red wagon to power it !



apheared/mike

we miss you man







addendum : Apheared was the original moderator of the DIY forum here and even though i taught him a good portion of what he came to know he was like a jackrabbit and soon leaped beyond teacher . I am still just carrying his water
post #36 of 95
[EDIT] - Out of respect for Apheared, post removed for a moment of silence...
post #37 of 95
Ironic that you guys spend so mcuh time making essentially worthless posts in order to complain about worthless posts. How about less threads like this bunch of whining and just get back to what makes this site great!
post #38 of 95
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Originally posted by Iron_Dreamer
How about less threads like this bunch of whining and just get back to what makes this site great!
Which is?

...I think that is the exact point that people in the thread are trying to make
post #39 of 95
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Ironic that you guys spend so mcuh time making essentially worthless posts in order to complain about worthless posts. How about less threads like this bunch of whining and just get back to what makes this site great!
talk about bringing nothing to the table

like most threads the original topic sometimes grows into something more and maybe some questions are answered that were left unasked for fear of starting a "useless" thread

so when there is anactual discussion going on it goes from being a useless post to a topic of discussion and all answers are valid execpt for the thread craps or single word answers...

where were we ?
post #40 of 95
You can look at the positives and negatives of any change, but one positive's for certain: the growth of Head-Fi means cooler products by more manufacturers. We've seen this, particularly with DIY-inspired product offerings, not to mention the higher-end side of the marketplace. For the product offerings to continue to evolve, the marketplace has to be there to support product innovation and roll-outs, and Head-Fi is easily the single largest representative chunk of that marketplace. The growth of Head-Fi will result in continued innovation, and so greater product variety, for headphone hi-fi'ers.

And the community still clearly exists, with members loaning gear to other members, members opening their doors to other members, etc. I still haven't seen a community of this size where the sense of community is so strong.

Is it different than it was when it first started? Of course. But look at what's available now that wasn't then.
post #41 of 95
Where we were was that you could live life 3 ways (taken from "My life as a surfer" by me):

1) You can blindly think you know what's going on and start paddling whether there's a wave there or not.

2) You can close your eyes and start paddeling when you feel the swell---but you'll always miss it that way and for ever be bobong around.

3) Or you can keep your head on a swivel, and plan for each new swell, positioning your launch just right, and then riding like there's no tomorrow.

This issue is not going to go away. Head-Fi needs structural changes or surfing Head-Fi won't stay fun. I won't say more; the last thread I ranted in died.
post #42 of 95
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Racking up meaningless “post counts” is about the only gripe I have.
That is a big issue and you should check out The Gaia Forums... if you really want to see that in action, it's a fun forum that I started visiting on Sunday but it definetely has a "stupid" element to it, it's not really about any one thing, but the "gold" and "avatar" things are the only thing that keep people around and idiotic posting is just rediculous, they really need about five times as many mods as they currently do.

lol...markl, I can't wait until we have head-fi cons
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we also didn't have any newbies
...but if you don't have n00bs they your community will not grow as people leave and will eventually die out
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Take for the example of foul language... the one word replies to posts that have really noting to add or say to the topic at hand, they are used to "up my count". (p.s. "replys is replies, I fixed it for you
Well said, I see it as just extra stuff that doesn't need to be there..."colorful metaphors"
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...Its like we have our own little family in there
You'd have gotten another member in there a lot if I'da gotten that D-EJ2000...dangit
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the Golden Age for me was my first pair of KOSS PRO-4AA headphones and my first Sony Walkman...cassette !!
I never owned a cassette player, I feel left out, I might get a nice one just to have one, or maybe not

*yeah*
post #43 of 95
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Originally posted by sleepkyng
Golden age over??

golden age over?

shucks, i guess i missed it, since i am just now being exposed to high end audio i find it sad that due to my age and lack of funding i have missed this golden age!

I hear you sonny. I've seen such comments tossed around before since I joined the forum late last year. Always felt as if I'm living the dark ages after the Fall of Rome.

But then again... perhaps 5 years down the line you and I would be pining over our "golden age" too.


"In words as fashions the same rule will hold,
Alike fantastic if too new or old:
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside."
-Alexander Pope, An Essay On Criticism
post #44 of 95
I have noticed a change since I started browsing (earlier last year), but head-fi is still the best forum on the web

Rock on
post #45 of 95
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While the golden age of Head-Fi might be over, it seems to me that the golden age of headphones is just about to begin. A few more great products to get into the hands of someone with the ability to get the message out far and wide could break it open. At that point, when cans become mainstream and accepted, we'll see the golden age of headphones begin in earnest. Manufacturers will begin to see this as a viable market, and as such begin making more and better products aimed at someone other than the Coby level average buyer.
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You can look at the positives and negatives of any change, but one positive's for certain: the growth of Head-Fi means cooler products by more manufacturers. We've seen this, particularly with DIY-inspired product offerings, not to mention the higher-end side of the marketplace. For the product offerings to continue to evolve, the marketplace has to be there to support product innovation and roll-outs, and Head-Fi is easily the single largest representative chunk of that marketplace. The growth of Head-Fi will result in continued innovation, and so greater product variety, for headphone hi-fi'ers.

I belive that this is in fact the biggest and best change. Back in the old days (all of three years ago ) We didn't have much in the way of choices when it came to high end cans and amps, now we have tons, just look at my site!


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Ironic that you guys spend so mcuh time making essentially worthless posts in order to complain about worthless posts. How about less threads like this bunch of whining and just get back to what makes this site great!
No, what is really ironic is that your post was the most useless and worthless of them all in this thread, now that's sweat irony

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Apheared
He hasn't been back since 9/11

I still say Apheared Levels when refering to someone who listens to their headphones too loud
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