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post #76 of 201
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I agree that it has to sound at least "good" and fit well, but if it's painful to wear it's kind of pointless to discuss. How are the children supposed to learn to read if they can't even fit into the building?

 

Right, so thankfully there are a multitude of options out there.  And even if there aren't, we can always mess with pads, and stretch out headbands, and what not.

 

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The question is, what's the threshold between "good enough" and "unacceptable" when talking about sound quality?

 

Does it sound good enough to you?

 

Exactly.  If it does, then great!  If it doesn't, then maybe you shouldn't have gotten Beats.  J/K  biggrin.gif

post #77 of 201
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Because, you know, taste and audition are totally the same thing. 

 

Isn't it? tongue.gif

post #78 of 201
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The general snob appeal that goes into "audiophilia" in general is kind of in there as well - it's just sickening after a while.

 

I think snob appeal exists in all realms, its part of human nature, so its kinda unavoidable.

post #79 of 201

There seems to be a misconception about MP3s, particularly that two MP3s encoded at the same bit rate sound the same. The reality being that different MP3 profiles provide better encoding.

 

I think one of the more common methods of ripping music is just putting the CD in, opening it up in WMP, and expecting the highest bit rate MP3 encode to sound good. It does not. Even before I was big into headphones I could tell the 320kbps rips from WMP sounded drastically worse than a lossless file.

 

That's not to say I think lossless has a definite improvement over all MP3's. In fact, I can't tell a difference between a good LAME encode and lossless. But of course I keep lossless so as to encode to other formats as I need.

 

The other big misconception that bugs me is the price=performance, or that a cheap headphone couldn't possibly compete with the big boys. Or the whole "high end barrier of entry" dick waving that goes on here. (Not really a misconception, but something that really irks me.)

post #80 of 201
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Does it sound good enough to you?

 

Agree 100 per cent. It shouldnt matter whether it lines up with anything written in a magazine or on a forum etc - if it makes you happy, that should be all that matters. It it was all about fashion or following trends, I doubt that Koss would have sold a single electrostatic headphone.or AKG a single pair of K1000's. 

post #81 of 201
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You don't want your expensive headphones to break easily or be so uncomfortable that you can barely put up with them after a few minutes, right?

 

Reminds me of LCD-2... wink.gif

post #82 of 201
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

I have stopped with the Head-Fi debates years ago, but on this subject it is truly Night and Day. Why would folks spend all the money? Oh ya, they like the new looks of an expensive amp, it's just snake-oil-placebo and bragging rites.eek.gif Ya right!

 

 

Why would folks spend all the money? Are you really, seriously asking? It certainly goes way beyond placebo and snake oil. We're human beings, and human beings can convince themselves of almost anything, especially when trying to justify a large outlay they were doubtful about to start with.

 

Frankly, I'm surprised to find someone pushing this line. I've been in hi-fi for 50 years and I've never heard anything like a "massive" difference between amps unless one was either faulty or just plain badly designed.  

post #83 of 201
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Why would folks spend all the money? Are you really, seriously asking? It certainly goes way beyond placebo and snake oil. We're human beings, and human beings can convince themselves of almost anything, especially when trying to justify a large outlay they were doubtful about to start with.

 

Frankly, I'm surprised to find someone pushing this line. I've been in hi-fi for 50 years and I've never heard anything like a "massive" difference between amps unless one was either faulty or just plain badly designed.  

 

I think it's all about searching for "the most pleasant form of distortion" with those ultra-ultra amps... rolleyes.gif

post #84 of 201

Most hated misconception? First one that comes to mind is "Newer iPods/iPhones suck because they no longer have Wolfson DAC chips like the old ones." popcorn.gif

post #85 of 201
Most badly misconception => "I don't hear any audible sound difference between cable A and cable B!"
post #86 of 201

It's more like:

 

"I don't imagine hearing any audible difference between calbe A and calbe B"

post #87 of 201

By far overpriced cables.

http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2008/11/most-expensive-speaker-cable-world-audioquest-audiophile/

^ like that one


Edited by Great Sound - 10/10/12 at 10:52am
post #88 of 201
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By far overpriced cables.

http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2008/11/most-expensive-speaker-cable-world-audioquest-audiophile/

^ like that one

 

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post #89 of 201
No, actually I was correct.
I can hear difference between cables, but some people that can't hear the difference, will never believe this.
Being said that, no, I can't justify a 21K cable, no! Neva!
post #90 of 201
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Hearphones: LCD-2; HD650; Fostex T50RP; ATH-AD700; UM3X; Shure SE530; IE8; Grado SR-60; Koss PortaPro

 

OT: Do you have T50RP modded? How do they compare with HD650?

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