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The "Week-with-a-Crappy-Can" Challenge! OR "See how much of the experience the MUSIC carries!"

post #1 of 52
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Head-Fi'ers, by and large, have some of the nicest audio gear in the world. But we've all got a few clunkers sitting in the drawer. You know what I'm talking about. The cruddy stuff we bought before we knew any better, probably from a big box store. The stuff we'd be embarrassed to admit we ever enjoyed. Poor fit, poor build quality, and, most importantly, poor sound.

 

We'd probably love to forget those bad purchases and get our money and time back. We can't do that. But what we can do is remind ourselves just what it was like before we discovered quality gear.

 

So, especially if you're feeling a certain sense of buyer's remorse at the moment, here's what I'm challenging you to do: Set aside your nice headphones, your gorgeous amps, your expensive cables, etc.; pick something from your cumulative collection of cast off crap, and use it exclusively for one week.

 

For me there's really only one choice: my busted up MDR-V700DJ. Now I'm not actually saying that I'm going to take this challenge right away. This will require some planning and maybe the drawing up of a last will and testament. I'd love to see if anybody else would like to do this, either in stages or as a collective endeavor. We could report on our individual experiences in this thread, compare and contrast, and have a good time all around.

 

The point of this is threefold. First, you'll get to remember just how bad (sometimes laughably) your first audio gear was. Or will you? Maybe you'll find a redeeming quality somewhere in there that you never considered. Second, and perhaps even more importantly, you'll find out just how much of your enjoyment of listening to music comes from the music itself. Because that's what it's really all supposed to be about. Finally, once the week's over you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the best gear you own, even if beforehand you were lusting after something higher up the chain or regretting shelling out for a less-than-earth shattering upgrade.

 

So what do you y'all say? Anybody game? Or am I just off my face.

post #2 of 52

Great thread idea. Most do have some "clunkers" laying around. I do believe they can teach us how to hear and appreciate our better gear. Much of the time older gear will also have a sentimental quality and remind us of good things in the past. 

 

I have a 12 year old pair of Panasonic "egg" headphones that I used to listen to in bed while my Wife was asleep when we first were married. They don't have as much bass as I remember.

 

 

Stuff like this is fun to listen to! I will like to see the other posts.

 

I ended up taking an old pair of Sony headphones on vacation once to Mexico. I was there for a week and listened to them almost every day. After a about 3 days they started to sound better and better. It was an amazing phenomena foe me that I attributed to both listening to the same album over and over again and my ears somehow adjusting to the somewhat flat Sony curve. 


Edited by Redcarmoose - 10/14/12 at 5:23am
post #3 of 52

Yikes.....exclusively for one week?  This will be a fun thread to watch. Fortunately for me,  all the really crappy headphones are long gone.smile.gif

post #4 of 52
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Postsomewhat flat Sony curve. 

How can a curve be flat?

post #5 of 52
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

I ended up taking an old pair of Sony headphones on vacation once to Mexico. I was there for a week and listened to them almost every day. After a about 3 days they started to sound better and better. It was an amazing phenomena foe me that I attributed to both listening to the same album over and over again and my ears somehow adjusting to the somewhat flat Sony curve. 

 

It's amazing how that happens. I did just the same thing last night with my old V700 while waiting for my Beyer's pads to dry after their cleaning (as I think I've mentioned in too many threads by now), and that's when I got the idea for this thread. I was going to do something like this with just myself a long time ago, but I thought it would be more fun if other people could get involved. Human hearing is amazingly adaptable. At first it sounded like I was listening to a portable AM radio, but gradually I started getting used to the balance, and when I finally got my Beyers back they sounded really dark in the upper midrange.

 

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Yikes.....exclusively for one week?  This will be a fun thread to watch. Fortunately for me,  all the really crappy headphones are long gone.smile.gif

 

Oh, c'mon! You've got to have an iBud or something like that lurking in the back of a drawer. If not, by all means feel free to buy the cheapest thing you see the next time you're in the drug store or something if you'd like to join in.

 

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How can a curve be flat?

 

Clever, clever. biggrin.gif I believe he meant that the sound itself was uninvolving.

post #6 of 52
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Why don't we start off by posting some pictures of our candidates? Here's my V700:

 

 

 

 

Notice that lovely red twisty tie on the right fork, the cracking pleather (these pads actually came from my first pair, as the new pair's pads had flaked almost completely off), and the bare wire showing just beneath the strain relief on the left cup. I kept this thing working by substituting parts from my first pair. Here's what they look like now:

 

 

 

Notice that the cord is shinier--the old cord had a better quality coating and is still coiled. I'm actually considering cannibalizing the newer pair to remake the older one, as the old drivers still work (I think).

 

 

 

So guys, pretty bad, huh? The pair up top got that way in only three years, BTW. The workmanship on these wasn't poor. That would be an insult to poor. Just think--you could have an M50 or a multitude of other headphones for the same price ($150-$160) today.

 

So what sort of crap is lurking in your closet or in the backs of your drawers? Pics, folks, pics!

post #7 of 52

Showing old headphones can be a little depressing. It's like seeing dead dogs if your a dog lover. I don't see this going very far. That's only my thoughts. Even though it's a reality that headphones can wear out, this place is about keeping em alive!wink.gif

 

Even though you have a point about adjusting to the sound of sub-par phones, the whole idea of this place is about the best and the newest. Even at it's most convoluted you have members finding old gear on E-bay and proving that headphones have always sounded good. Still they are in better condition than the above.eek.gif

 

You never know though you could be onto something with this whole necrophone thing. These phones are like zombies being brought back to life from being close to death only to live again. A little sad though. Even though we don't have to worry about break in........................heck they're broken!

post #8 of 52

I got an old pair of Koss TD 75's that I keep around, they are not busted but they lack a head band... so I have to strap em to my head with a belt <3 I'll post a pic later and I still like them for the very forward mids! They are also Brighter than my XB 700s xD 

 

I do wish I had a pair of my old Sony MDR v100s... those where teh first cans I got into when I got into Dub Step! It's because of them I needed to find MORE BASS and found the XB700 which lead me here and eventually lead me to where I am now [Dt 880s] 

post #9 of 52
Well I'm hoping to reshell my shure SE535, and I promise for one week while they're gone i'll use the stock cheap Nokia headphones with my phone as a source. But only for one week, don't think I could last longer.
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Well I'm hoping to reshell my shure SE535, and I promise for one week while they're gone i'll use the stock cheap Nokia headphones with my phone as a source. But only for one week, don't think I could last longer.

Oh gawd yea, I should use my Phone as teh source then run DI Import at 256kbs with my Koss's xD

post #11 of 52

I was just thinking if I would be able to try the challenge but remembered that all my old crap headphones were destroyed beyond use "accidentally" then I looked up and realized I had an almost new pair of sony MDR-XD100s sitting on the shelf, guess I am going to be listening to a lot of music through those this week. frown.gif

post #12 of 52
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I was just thinking if I would be able to try the challenge but remembered that all my old crap headphones were destroyed beyond use "accidentally" then I looked up and realized I had an almost new pair of sony MDR-XD100s sitting on the shelf, guess I am going to be listening to a lot of music through those this week. frown.gif

 

Don't feel so bad. After all, according to the marketing material, it apparently has "long stroke drivers," so that sounds like a lot of fun. It also comes with a cord, apparently, which is always a high end feature. wink.gif (I'm reading the marketing copy from Amazon).

 

I'm curious. What does the Sound Mode Switch do?

post #13 of 52

This is a great idea! I'm going to see if I can borrow someone's Apple earpods.

post #14 of 52
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This is a great idea! I'm going to see if I can borrow someone's Apple earpods.

 

I've heard conflicting accounts about those--supposedly they're the best-sounding version of Apple's pack-in buds yet, though whether or not they stray into the category of halfway decent or not is still up for debate.

 

I'm not about to buy a pair to find out, but I will say that the version directly preceding the pods wasn't, IMO, quite as bad as everybody made it out to be. Nothing I'd choose to listen to, of course, but noticeably better than the previous version.

post #15 of 52

If we're talking "before you started spending lots of money on headphones", then I could probably survive for a week with my Sansui SS-20 (something my stepfather had lying around and never used). It does need new earpads and is rather heavy, but it sounds decent.

 

But if we're talking "worst-sounding headphone in your collection", that means I have to suffer with the GE H-22 (which I got well after getting into Head-Fi) and its total lack of extension for an entire week, hoping my ears don't bleed. It's comfortable, but it'll take extreme EQ to make it sound even halfway decent.

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