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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

I own the HE-400 and i decided that in order to not have to sell a kidney someday, ill better stay away from meetings and shops where you can test monsters like those...

Well, maybe just once... :D.

 

Do it! You know you want to.

 

That and there's no harm in getting an idea of how things compare and what you might eventually like to get.

 

Just don't bring your wallet :)

post #47 of 140
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Originally Posted by rommy View Post

iv'e owned he 500s and thought they weren't revealing at all, actually they sounded muffled. compared to grado sr350s, they weren't even close. the 500s had a deeper smoother bass, but no detail in the mids, and highs

 

May i know what kind of setup do you use when you compare them both?

post #48 of 140
I guess better late than never, here are some of my impressions and highlights of the meet.
First off, it was great to see everybody and hang out and listen to tunes again. Big thanks to Alex for making it happen.

As most of you know the mjolnir/gungnir combo didn't make it in time so I used Aaron's asgard/bifrost as a base for auditioning headphones. I was familiar with its signature going into the meet and am continued to be impressed at how good this budget setup is at bringing good results to
all the different cans at the meet. A good all around setup

Now the opposite of budget was Danny's setup. The main setup was a Cary 306sacd player into a Moth Audio 2a3(vintage RCA monoplate 2a3s)amp, speaker taps out to a Woo Wee powering a Stax O2MkII and a HE Audio jade. Which sounded amazing as is, and had Danny and I speculating how much better a dedicated electrostat amp could sound. Another cool feature was Danny had speaker taps out of the Wee converted into a female 4pin adapter allowing for direct compairison to my lcd3. I wish I had more time compairing the stats to the lcd3 but I can say they had more similarities than differences. For instance on a Bela Fleck and the Flecktones track, I thought that the stats wouldnt hold up to the bass extension of the lcd3 but the quantity and quality of the stats bass was really on par imo.

I had bought some audeze to senn800 cable converters from Steve Eddy and Ken let me put those to use on his hd800s plugged in balanced to Alex's Woo wa22. I didn't know that Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros had a new album, so I sat down and did a listen through the whole album. The hd800/wa22 is a great combo and deserves the good reputation the combo has been given.

I had the opportunity to listen to the he-6 through about every setup at the meet and was surprised how nice it sounded driven by from the budget schiit setups, to vintage receivers, to speaker taps, they had very quality sound. I was under the impression it was speaker taps or nothing, not the case.

A few more favorites of mine. Steve's wife's Beyer1350 favorite portable can. Favorite can I hadn't heard of mb quart x95. Must have can of the meet...akg k1000, real hard to look cool wairing it but for years it's been one of my favorite cans to revisite.

Alright thanks again guys for making the meet so memorable, till next year.
post #49 of 140

Hey all, so while at the meet me and a couple people were having a conversation about new smart phones that could be used as USB out devices. There's was talk of a thread that had all the relevant info. Is there anyway someone could send me a link to it?

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Hey all, so while at the meet me and a couple people were having a conversation about new smart phones that could be used as USB out devices. There's was talk of a thread that had all the relevant info. Is there anyway someone could send me a link to it?

 

Also intersted!

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post #52 of 140
Is it just me, or does it seem like these meets are usually huge sausage fests? Also, when I can drive this summer, I'd love to have a meetup for anyone in the nearby Dallas metroplex :P
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Is it just me, or does it seem like these meets are usually huge sausage fests?

 

 

Audio is predominately a male hobby. Head-Fi probably has less than 1% female active members.

post #54 of 140
I legitimately wonder why that is.
post #55 of 140
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Is it just me, or does it seem like these meets are usually huge sausage fests?

 

Uh, are you looking to pick up chicks at head-fi meets, or something? Probably not the best place, bro.

 

I think for a woman this hobby falls into the "geek" or "techie" category and is generally not what most women would find appealing in a hobby. How many women do you know love building computers? How many women do you know would spend $1,000 on a pair of headphones instead of a designer handbag bag or clothes?

 

Not being sexist here, I'm sure there are some women out there, but they are few and far between. Of course there are plenty of men out there that would think head-fi is a waste of time and money too. It just comes down to priorities.

post #56 of 140

Just installed the Speedball upgrade to my Crack.  For all who care, I can confidently say that it sounds better than the V200 with the HD800.

post #57 of 140
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

I legitimately wonder why that is.

 

Of the women I know who are interested in audio equipment, very few (but not none) are interested in it as a hobby. For the most part they see it as a significant expenditure that they would rather plan on spending once and being done with it. Most men are like this too, for whatever it's worth -- if you've ever read any of the threads about introducing high-end audio to non-hobbyists, you'll see that being not-interested in audio equipment is not gender-specific. It's just that, currently, of the extreme minority of the general population interested in audio as a hobby, most of them are men.

 

I think if people thought less about "How can this hobby be more appealing to women" and more along the lines of "how can we make this hobby attractive to anybody", I think you'd see more diversity of all kinds in forums, in stores and at meets. Trying to target a specific group (eg, women) to the hobby ends up self-defeating, in a way.

post #58 of 140
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Is it just me, or does it seem like these meets are usually huge sausage fests? Also, when I can drive this summer, I'd love to have a meetup for anyone in the nearby Dallas metroplex :P

 

It seems like there are meets in Dallas and Austin pretty regularly. Keep an eye on new postings in the Meets forum; something will come along.

post #59 of 140
Okay, thanks all! It'll be sometime around July anyways :P
post #60 of 140
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Originally Posted by vc1187 View Post

Just installed the Speedball upgrade to my Crack.  For all who care, I can confidently say that it sounds better than the V200 with the HD800.

Would you recommend me installing it during my initial build, or am I better off installing it down the road? Shame you don't have a pair of HD650's to test it on!
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